Opening and Closing Bell on Wall Street
NYSE Closing Bell Celebrates NYSE Euronext’s Choice of Renewable Energy
--Global exchange operator purchases wind energy from Green Mountain Energy Company --
On Thursday, January 17, Green Mountain Energy Company President, James Steffes, will visit the New York Stock Exchange and ring The Closing Bell® alongside executives of NYSE Euronext, to highlight the global exchange operator’s recent purchase of 100 percent wind energy. David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG), Green Mountain’s parent company, will also be present during the NYSE Closing Bell ceremony.
The Exchange purchased over 80 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind energy from Green Mountain Energy to cover the full range of its 2011 electricity usage – from trading floor activities to operational needs – which avoided over 82 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), the same amount generated by more than 33 million New York City taxi rides. The Exchange has made a commitment to do the same for is 2012 electricity usage.
NYSE Euronext is the only carbon-neutral global exchange operator, a position it has held for two years.
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. Founded in 1997, the company is a green power pioneer and celebrates 15 years delivering on the mission to “change the way power is made”. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity, as well as carbon offsets and sustainable solutions for businesses. One of Green Mountain’s largest customers is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid over 19.4 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Green Mountain is backed by NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG), a pioneer in developing cleaner and smarter energy choices for customers and one of the largest solar power developers in the country.
About NRG Energy
NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. We deliver cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers, backed by the nation’s largest independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel, nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A Fortune 300 company, NRG is challenging the U.S. energy industry by becoming the largest developer of solar power, building the first privately-funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and providing customers with the most advanced smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use. In addition to 47,000 megawatts of generation capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail electricity providers – Reliant, Green Mountain Energy and Energy Plus – serve more than two million customers. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy. (Source: NRG Energy)