Philadelphia Zoo to be powered by green energy

Philadelphia, April 5, 2011 — The Philadelphia Zoo announced that GDF SUEZ Energy Resources, the retail energy business of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, will supply its electricity for the next two years, beginning with 25 percent of the zoo's electricity consumption offset by renewable energy certificates.

RECs represent the environmental attributes of electricity generated from wind, solar or other renewable power facilities.

The RECs, which are Green-e Energy Certified, will be donated to the zoo by GDF SUEZ Energy Resources and will displace an estimated 3,195,990 pounds of carbon dioxide per year — the equivalent of taking 314 cars off the road.

In using the certificates, the zoo will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage development of domestic sources of cleaner, renewable energy.

GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA is one of the largest non-residential retail energy suppliers in the U.S. and currently serves commercial and industrial customers in 11 markets: Delaware, Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. The company serves about 73,000 accounts for customers having a peak demand ranging from 50 KW to more than 200 MW.

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