March 2005

Texas establishes first wind-powered community

Houston, TX— Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail provider of cleaner electricity, and Freedom Seal, a home certification program focused on more energy efficient, healthier, environmentally friendly and technologically advanced standards, have joined forces to create the first wind-powered community in the state of Texas. The Shadow Creek master planned community is in Pearland, Texas and is located about fifteen minutes from downtown Houston.

“What we’ve done here is create an opportunity for the community to do some good now and for future generations,” said David Goswick, managing director of Freedom Seal. “All the homes in the master planned community consume thirty percent less energy than traditionally built homes, and now we are able to offer community residents wind energy that is totally reliable at an affordable rate. We selected Green Mountain Energy Company as our power partner based on their commitment and leadership in providing cleaner energy.”

By signing up for Green Mountain Energy® electricity, a Pearland resident with average monthly electricity usage of 1,000 kilowatt-hours can help avoid nearly 18,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, equivalent to about 20,000 miles not driven in a year. This would be like taking nearly two cars off the road for an entire year to avoid the same amount of CO2. Upon completion, Shadow Creek Ranch will have over 10,000 homes. Based on these figures, the potential yearly CO2 emissions impact of Shadow Creek Ranch would be roughly equivalent to the removal of about 15,600 automobiles traveling nearly 200 million miles.

“We feel this partnership presents a very unique opportunity for us and for the residents of Shadow Creek Ranch,” said Paul Thomas, president and CEO of Mountain Energy Company. “This community becomes a model for what can be done in Houston and across America.”

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