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Moab is nation's first Green Power Community

Release Date: 11/10/2004
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      Moab, Utah, is recognized as nation's first Green Power Community
      Pictured left to right: Matt Clouse, director of EPA's Green Power Partnership; Mayor Dave Sakrison, City of Moab; Mayor Bruce Keeler, Castle Valley

      Denver -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Utah’s Greater Moab Area Community Saturday as the nation’s first Green Power Community. During a public ceremony EPA presented the mayors of Castle Valley and the City of Moab with a street sign highlighting the milestone.

In August 2004, the City of Moab, Castle Valley, Park Creek Ranch, and Spanish Valley, Utah, became the first community in the nation to meet and exceed the EPA Green Power Partnership’s minimum benchmark for green power usage with voluntary purchases. By having 4 percent of the Moab Area Community’s electricity offset by renewable power, EPA estimates the environmental benefit is equivalent to avoiding the generation of four million pounds of carbon dioxide.

Green Power Communities are a new type of partner for EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which provides assistance and recognition to organizations that demonstrate environmental leadership by choosing green power. Green Power Communities are recognized by EPA’s Green Power Partnership for having area homes, businesses, organizations and local governments voluntarily commit to switch a portion of their collective electric power usage to green power through individual and organizational purchases.

The Green Power Campaign in the Greater Moab Area was led by the Moab Green Power Steering Committee, which is made up of citizens, business leaders and public officials and was aided by Utah Clean Energy and Utah Power. Green power is electricity generated from renewable energy sources – wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biomass and eligible hydropower. The Moab Area Community is purchasing green power generated from wind power.

More information about the Green Power Partnership is available at The media contact for the EPA’s Green Power Partnership is Matt Clouse, 202.343.9004.