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BurstNET® Announces Green Power/Operations Initiative

April 10, 2009 by  

Web Hosting ToolsScranton, PA – BurstNET Technologies, Inc™, the largest web hosting and co-location provider in the Northeast Pennsylvania region, announced its purchase of renewable wind energy certificates from Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) to match 100% of the company’s electricity needs. This Green-e® Energy certified product is sourced from a mixture of local Pennsylvania wind power from the Waymart Wind Farm, and other wind farms throughout the United States—and is delivered to the regional and national power grids on behalf of BurstNET®. By purchasing five million kWh of wind power, BurstNET will offset the release of approximately 3,591 metric tons (7,916,400 lbs) of carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the atmosphere, a harmful greenhouse gas that is linked to global warming. That is estimated to be the equivalent of removing 650 vehicles from the road for a year, saving 400,000 gallons of gasoline, or powering 500 homes for one yea r according to the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Equivalency Calculator.

BurstNET is committed to being an industry leader in environmental responsibility, and the recent wind power commitment is a natural step in furthering the company’s goals. In addition to the purchase of 100% renewable energy certificates, BurstNET is actively involved in environmental initiatives including energy usage reduction and recycling. These initiatives have already reduced BurstNET’s electricity consumption by an estimated 13%, with additional reduction currently being implemented. “We found it important to step up as a leader in our industry, and to do our part for the environment. We are proud to say that we are 100% powered by the wind, and one of the first data centers globally to do so. This purchase, along with other eco-friendly business practices, demonstrates our continued commitment to protecting the environment,” stated BurstNET CEO Shawn M. Arcus.

BurstNET has recently joined the EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has hundreds of Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. BurstNET qualifies as a Leadership Club member in the Partnership, due to the 100% renewable power commitment. “America is shifting to a ‘green culture,’ with more and more businesses taking important steps to combat climate change,” said Kathleen Hogan, Director of the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at the EPA. “EPA commends BurstNET for making a long-term commitment to protecting the environment by purchasing green power.”

The purchase by BurstNET is certified by Green-e®, the leading renewable energy certification and verification program in the U.S. The program provides independent, third-party certification to ensure certified renewable energy meets strict environmental and consumer protection standards, including ensuring renewable energy is sourced from verified, new facilities; not double-counted towards any state’s renewable energy goal; and retired on behalf of the purchaser. By joining Green-e Marketplace, BurstNET is submitting to auditing procedures that verify the organization’s purchase, allowing them to use the Green-e® logo. “The Center for Resource Solutions is pleased that BurstNET has committed to purchase certified renewable energy to match 100% of its electricity use,” said Justin Roth, Green-e Marketplace program analyst. “BurstNET is leading the way to provide certified hosting services that replace conventional electricity by voluntarily purchasing certified renewable e nergy”.

About Community Energy, Inc. (www.NewWindEnergy.com)
Headquartered in Radnor, Pa., Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) is a marketer and developer of wind energy generation celebrating 10 years of wind power leadership. CEI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables ¬ the world leader in wind power. 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.

About U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership (www.epa.gov/greenpower)
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,000 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities.

About Green-e® and Center for Resource Solutions (www.green-e.org)
Green-e® is the nation’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green-e offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products through Green-e Energy, the renewable energy certification program; and Green-e Climate, the greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program. Green-e Marketplace is a labeling program for organizations that purchase or generate sufficient quantities of renewable energy. Green-e is a program of the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a San Francisco¬based nonprofit with a global impact. CRS brings forth expert responses to climate change issues with the speed and effectiveness necessary to provide real-time solutions. Our leadership through collaboration and environmental innovation builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets.

About BurstNET® (www.burst.net/green/)
BurstNET®, an INC500™ company, is a Web Hosting and Internet Solutions Provider servicing over 200,000 websites, maintained on over 3000 servers, for clients in over 150 countries worldwide. The company was founded in 1991, and entered the Web Hosting market in 1996, making it one of the oldest and most respected providers in the industry, as well as one of the longest remaining privately held companies in the sector. The BurstNET Network Operations Center (NOC), located in Scranton, Pennsylvania is a telco-grade facility with UPS power backup systems, diesel generator backup, security monitoring, and fully redundant temperature and environmental control. The data center is the largest Web Hosting and Co-location facility in the Northeast PA region.

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