Carbon Offsets Provide Unique New Option for Landowners

Georgia company strives to provide trees with a way to earn their keep

Stamford, CT - March 1, 2011 - It is a common sight across this country, bulldozers felling trees making way for new subdivisions and shopping malls, often the property becoming available because it was the only financially viable option for the original landowner. In Georgia, however, Valley Wood Inc. hopes to change all that by giving landowners the option of forest sequestration.


Richard Ramey, owner of Valley Wood Inc., manages "tree plantations" or carbon offset farms, which allow the land to generate income and hopefully prevent them from being sold for development.

The Georgia carbon offset farm was recently profiled on "Attainable Sustainables" a program airing on MXTV and created by MXenergy, a leading independent energy provider and a carbon neutral company itself.

"At MXenergy we feel very strongly about our obligation to maintain carbon neutrality," says Marjorie Kass, MXenergy Managing Director and MXTV host. "When you walk through this forest you instantly see the value of these trees and the numerous benefits they bring to the environment. By allowing our customers to purchase carbon offsets and our involvement in this forest it presents a tangible way for people to grasp the impact each on of them can have on our environment."

The trees purchased through the CCX-registered afforestation program naturally sequester carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. This project was developed with the sole purpose of creating a permanent solution for sequestering greenhouse gas emissions. The Georgia climate offers an excellent environment for such a project due to its abundant rainfall, warm temperatures and longer growing season.

John Ramey, son and co-owner of Valley Wood, says carbon neutrality is a reasonable goal for everyone.

"If you are willing to pay to have your carbon footprint measured, you can be carbon neutral." Ramey says.

MXenergy TV, or MXTV for short, can be found on Cablevision iO Channel 654 in the Northeast United States. "Greener Trees" is just one of many programs focused on energy efficiency and "green living." The complete episode and others can be viewed at http://mxenergy.com/mxenergytv-video-archive.html.

MXenergy customers can also visit the MXenergy website at www.mxenergy.com to learn how they can purchase carbon offsets for themselves.

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About MXenergy

MXenergy is one of the fastest growing retail natural gas and electricity suppliers in North America, serving approximately 500,000 customers in 41 utility territories in the United States and Canada. For over 11 years, the company has provided millions of customers with a choice in how they purchase energy to run their homes and businesses. Founded in 1999 to provide natural gas and electricity to consumers in deregulated energy markets, MXenergy helps residential customers and small business owners control their energy bills by providing both fixed and variable rate plans. MXenergy is committed to best practices in environmental conservation, supporting local communities through various outreach programs and is a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. For more information MXenergy please visit www.mxenergy.com.

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