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For Immediate Release

Kate Slusark, 212-727-4592

New Website Lets New Yorkers Switch to Green Power in Three Clicks


A new website launched today simplifies
the process for consumers to switch to clean, renewable energy in New
York City, in a joint effort by the Natural Resources Defense Council
and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York.

clicks and you can make the switch from fossil fuels to clean energy,"
said Brandi Colander, attorney in the Air and Energy Program at NRDC.
"This website gives New Yorkers a tool to lead the way in repowering
America, starting with their own homes and small businesses."

Green Power NYC (
allows residents and small business owners to select their desired type
of clean power and energy provider. Then, after filling out a short
form with their information, they can begin supporting wind and other
renewable energy sources.

This program will help New
Yorkers reduce carbon emissions, increase economic development in the
clean energy sector, and avoid the construction of new fossil fuel
power plants. It was made possible by a generous donation from the
Wolfensohn Family Foundation.

"This new project is
exciting for energy providers, environmentalists and New York City
residents alike," said Carol Murphy Executive Director of ACE NY. "Our
new website furthers our mission by making it easier for New Yorkers to
use alternatives to dirty fossil fuels."

"NRDC has led
the way for decades, and is leading again by offering a proven way for
electric customers to promote wind power here in New York, through the
ConEdison Solutions WIND Power Program," said Brent Alderfer, President of Community Energy, Inc., ConEdison Solutions' green power partner.

the launch of Green Power NYC, millions more New Yorkers can discover
that clean, renewable energy is an easy, affordable option that's good
for the environment, good for the economy, and good for increased
energy security and independence," said Mel Jones, Sterling Planet
president and chief executive officer. "Sterling Planet is honored to
serve Green Power NYC as a provider, bringing our pristine renewable
energy supply from wind and water projects to the heart of the vibrant
Big Apple, to the energized city that never sleeps. For daily pocket
change, New Yorkers can now 'renew' their electricity using homegrown
energy that makes it easy to enjoy modern comforts today without
potentially compromising the lifestyles of future generations."

NRDC works to safeguard the earth--its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

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