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Green Power Switch News
Vol. 2, No. 4—
Fall 2002

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Lowe’s leads in home improvement—and more

Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse has become the largest purchaser of Green Power Switch.

“Using clean energy is part of our corporate citizenship,” says Robin Nickles, Vice President of Retail Facilities Management at Lowe’s. “It’s the right thing to do for the environment, and it’s the right thing to do for our customers.”

photo of Robin Nickles, Kathleen Hogan, and Debbie Murray
From left, Robin Nickles, Vice President of Retail Facilities Management at Lowe’s; Kathleen Hogan, Director of the Climate Protection Partnership Division at EPA; Debbie Murray, TVA Senior Account Manager

For its purchase of Green Power Switch, Lowe’s has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Green Power Partnership. The EPA program is a new, voluntary initiative to establish green-power procurement as a best practice of environmental management. Program participants include Fortune 500 companies, cities, and leading organizations around the nation. More information about the partnership is available at the EPA Web site.

Gary Harris, Green Power Switch Program Manager, says, “We commend Lowe’s for its corporate commitment to improving the environment and for choosing Green Power Switch as a means of doing so.”

Lowe’s, the nation’s 13th-largest retailer, stocks more than 40,000 home improvement items and caters to both do-it-yourself and commercial customers. The company has 53 locations in the TVA service area that are served by 37 power distributors. At the 32 Lowe’s stores where Green Power Switch is currently available, green-power purchases total about 3 percent of monthly electrical use.

“Lowe’s’ participation in Green Power Switch has given participating distributors the opportunity to promote green power at the corporate level,” says Debbie Murray, TVA Senior Account Manager assigned to Lowe’s. Hopefully more companies across the region will follow the store’s example.


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In this issue

Main story

An energy-efficient older home
Also: Hungry for GPS

Methane facility in Memphis
Also: Hybrid car

Updates: Generation and participation figures

Green Power Switch News Archive

Link to a PDF version of this issue (376 kb, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Green Power Switch is a renewable energy initiative that offers consumers in the Tennessee Valley a choice in the type of power they buy. TVA and local public power companies, working in cooperation with the environmental community, developed Green Power Switch as a way to bring green power—electricity that’s generated by cleaner, renewable resources like solar, wind, and methane gas—to Valley consumers.

Green Power Switch is sold to residential consumers in 150-kilowatt-hour blocks (about 12 percent of a typical household’s monthly energy use). Each block adds $4 to the customer’s monthly power bill. For more information, go to the Green Power Switch home page.

Green Power Switch News is a quarterly newsletter produced cooperatively by the Tennessee Valley Authority, distributors of TVA power, and the environmental community to provide information about the status and growth of Green Power Switch.