Kate Slusark, 212-727-4592
NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 30, 2009) – A new website launched today simplifies the process for consumers to switch to clean, renewable energy in New York City, in a joint effort by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York.
“Three clicks and you can make the switch from fossil fuels to clean energy,” said Brandi Colander, attorney in the Air and Energy Program at NRDC. “This website gives New Yorkers a tool to lead the way in repowering America, starting with their own homes and small businesses.”
Green Power NYC (http://www.greenpowernyc.com) allows residents and small business owners to select their desired type of clean power and energy provider. Then, after filling out a short form with their information, they can begin supporting wind and other renewable energy sources.
This program will help New Yorkers reduce carbon emissions, increase economic development in the clean energy sector, and avoid the construction of new fossil fuel power plants. It was made possible by a generous donation from the Wolfensohn Family Foundation.
“This new project is exciting for energy providers, environmentalists and New York City residents alike,” said Carol Murphy Executive Director of ACE NY. “Our new website furthers our mission by making it easier for New Yorkers to use alternatives to dirty fossil fuels.”
“NRDC has led the way for decades, and is leading again by offering a proven way for electric customers to promote wind power here in New York, through the ConEdison Solutions WIND Power Program,” said Brent Alderfer, President of Community Energy, Inc., ConEdison Solutions’ green power partner.
“With the launch of Green Power NYC, millions more New Yorkers can discover that clean, renewable energy is an easy, affordable option that’s good for the environment, good for the economy, and good for increased energy security and independence,” said Mel Jones, Sterling Planet president and chief executive officer. “Sterling Planet is honored to serve Green Power NYC as a provider, bringing our pristine renewable energy supply from wind and water projects to the heart of the vibrant Big Apple, to the energized city that never sleeps. For daily pocket change, New Yorkers can now ‘renew’ their electricity using homegrown energy that makes it easy to enjoy modern comforts today without potentially compromising the lifestyles of future generations.”