Methodist Medical Center is now part of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. The EPA announced the addition of Methodist to its list of participating companies this week. Methodist is purchasing nearly 4 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 10 percent of the hospitals electricity use. Methodist is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from BlueStar Energy. EPA officials say Methodist is demonstrating a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.
“This is a great honor and Methodist is proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Vance Vinson, Manager of Facility Services for Methodist. “Purchasing green power helps Methodist 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 climate risk.”
Green power is electricity that is 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 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.
According to the U.S. EPA, Methodist Medical Center’s green power purchase of nearly 4 million Kilowatt hours is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 500 passenger vehicles per year or emissions from the electricity use of more than 300 average American homes annually.