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EPA Recognizes Hypertherm Inc. as a Top Green Power Partner

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David Deegan (deegan.dave@epa.gov)

BOSTON - Hypertherm Inc., based in Hanover N.H., has been recognized by EPA as one of the nation's top purchasers of Green Power.

As part of EPA's Green Power Partnership, more than 1,300 organizations are purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually, avoiding carbon pollution equal to that created by the electricity use of more than 2.5 million American homes.

In 2014, Hypertherm used green power for 100 percent of its U.S.-based energy needs by purchasing more than 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs). Given the energy intensity of the industrial goods and services sector, Hypertherm is one of the industry's only 100-percent green power users, with 2014 domestic usage equivalent to the annual electricity use of nearly 2,000 average American homes.

"Hypertherm and EPA's other Green Power Purchasers are driving the development of new renewable energy sources and demonstrating that green power makes good environmental and business sense," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. "We applaud their efforts and look forward to other organizations following their lead."

Hypertherm designs and manufactures plasma, laser and waterjet cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. The company recently opened its first LEED Gold manufacturing facility near its Hanover headquarters. Hypertherm plans to meet an array of environmental sustainability goals by 2020. These goals include producing zero landfill waste, improving the energy efficiency of its global operations by 30 percent, and reducing the carbon impact of its products by 20 percent. The company also employs an internal environmental strategy with a measurement and rating system to advance its sustainability aims.

In accepting the award, Hypertherm Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility Jenny Levy said the company was honored to be included among other environmentally conscious organizations. "Hypertherm's decision to use green power is a reflection of our long-standing commitment to the environment and lean business principles that include improvement of our energy efficiencies," Levy explained. "We strongly believe supporting clean energy sources is a sound business decision that not only fits with our broader sustainability strategies but benefits the world at large as we all work to collectively address the effects of climate change."

EPA's Green Power Partnership provides quarterly updated lists of partners using green power in the following categories: K-12 schools, technology and telecommunications, local government, and retail, among others. More information on EPA's Green Power Partnership can be found at: www.epa.gov/greenpower