2008 MLB All-Star Game, State Farm Home Run Derby and DHL All-Star FanFest Powered by Wind
(Radnor, PA) - Major League Baseball has teamed up with Community Energy, Inc. to provide renewable energy for the All-Star Week events, including Yankee Stadium.
The 79th annual All-Star Game and the entire schedule of All-Star Week festivities will be powered by clean, renewable wind energy. Community Energy is providing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from new wind power projects to offset the electricity used at MLB's All-Star Week events. This includes the All-Star Game and State Farm Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium as well as DHL All-Star FanFest: MLB's 5-day event held at the Javits Center in New York City. MLB's commitment to wind energy reduces the carbon footprint of the All-Star Week festivities, preventing the release of more than 70 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
"Major League Baseball is reducing baseball's environmental footprint and the 2008 MLB All-Star Game will be the greenest event in our history," said John McHale, Executive Vice President, Administration & Chief Information Officer, Major League Baseball. "Our fans will have the opportunity to enjoy baseball festivities and celebrate the great history of the sport, while learning about how to preserve the future."
Wind power currently powers the equivalent of over 4.5 million homes in the U.S, with no fuel and zero emissions. Wind projects accounted for about 30% of all new power generating capacity added in the U.S. in 2007, thanks to a record growth of 45%. Customers can voluntarily purchase clean, renewable wind power in the New York City area thanks to a partnership between Community Energy and ConEdison Solutions, which has enrolled over 14,000 customers.
Community Energy Vice President of Sales and Marketing Amy McGinty stated, "Community Energy is pleased to partner with Major League Baseball to help make a greener All-Star Week. MLB's commitment to renewable energy promotes clean air and a healthy environment. As more organizations choose to follow their lead and commit to renewable energy, more wind farms will be built -- an essential part of the climate change solution."
"MLB is using its market influence and cultural visibility to send environmentally meaningful signals to the market place," said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist with NRDC. "All Americans should take pride in what the League is doing. By using renewable and clean energy for its All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, MLB is making an important statement that we all need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that we cause to be emitted. This should be used as the model for all major league events."
ABOUT COMMUNITY ENERGY
Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) is a marketer and developer of wind energy generation founded in 1999 and headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania. CEI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBERDROLA RENEWABLES - the world's leading provider of wind power with more than 8,000 MW of wind power in operation globally now. CEI cites its utility partners and customers as the reason for its success in bringing wind energy to market in new regions of the country. CEI has developed new wind projects in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest and supports projects under development throughout the US. For more information, please visit www.NewWindEnergy.com.