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Horizon joins Pure Power program

Posted Friday, July 23, 2010, at 4:06 PM

Horizon Screen Printing and Promotional Products is participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Green Power Partnership. Horizon Screen Printing is purchasing more than 20000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 15 percent of the organization's electricity use. Horizon Screen Printing is participating in Ameren's Pure Power program. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives right here in Missouri through the purchase of renewable energy credits (REC).

"Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing our dependence on foreign energy sources," said Dru Reeves, General Manager.

Green power includes electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources. Green power purchases also support the development of new renewable energy generation sources nationwide. More information about this program can be found at www.mypurepower.com or by contacting Jill Wicks, Pure Power Outreach Coordinator; jwicks@3degreesinc.com. According to the U.S. EPA, Horizon Screen Printing's green power purchase of more than 20000 kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 3 passenger vehicles per year or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 2 average American homes annually.

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So Horizon added $25 a month to their electric bill and get an article? Cheaper than real advertising I guess....

-- Posted by Nil on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 7:18 PM

Sets an example for those concerned with doing something about the environment, by demonstrating action instead of mere flappy lip service. Whatever one's views on global warming / climate change, energy independence, or energy sustainability - suggest credit is due for doing something one believes in, without dragging everyone else into it.

Figuring 20,000 kilowatt-hours sold at $15 per 1,000 kilowatt-hour block comes out to $300 extra expense per year, or about $25 per month, added on top of the regular utility bill - an additional expenditure that likely won't have any positive effect on the regular business operations - the lights won't light any brighter, the machines won't run any faster, etc.

Ah, and let's not forget the extra $24.75 in sales taxes / usage fees due on the additional $300. [heheheh, for those who 'know' me here online - you can't say you didn't see this one coming :-)~ ]

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 8:02 PM

Hogwash. More nuttiness.

-- Posted by voyager on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 6:40 AM

I support this decision and hope others make the same decision. However, I would oppose any attempt to make it mandatory.

If it's what they want to do, more power to them (no pun intended)...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 11:05 AM

That's a real "Liberal" thing for the company. I didn't think they believed in such myths.

-- Posted by crackpot on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 12:18 PM

Now don't go gettin' all green & "progressive" on us... I didn't figure you really cared about CO2 footprints and the like.

-- Posted by Just__Me on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 1:08 PM

Even if man-made climate change is hogwash, and I suspect it is, people choosing to be more ecologically friendly probably isn't a bad thing.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 4:51 PM

Even if man-made climate change is hogwash, and I suspect it is, people choosing to be more ecologically friendly probably isn't a bad thing.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 4:52 PM

Wow. Double post. Not intentional...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 4:52 PM

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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian

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