Pittsburgh Company Buys Energy Credits for G-20 Summit

Direct Energy Business, wants to show off Pittsburgh's green progress when it becomes an international hub next week. The Pittsburgh-based company will be purchasing renewable energy to offset the power used during the G20. The Allegheny Front's Katelyn Malongowski reports. (aired on September 16, 2009)

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OPEN: Direct Energy Business wants to show off Pittsburgh's green progress when it becomes an international hub next week. The Pittsburgh-based company will be purchasing renewable energy to offset the power used during the G20. The Allegheny Front's Katelyn Malongowski Mal-on-gowski reports.

Dave Grupp, Pennsylvania Sales Director for Direct Energy Business, says the bundle of renewal energy credits are coming from different sources.

"One would be an in-state resource that comes from a landfill gas facility. So it's basically a waste-to-energy project that takes methane gas and creates green electricity from that. And then the balance of the renewable energy would come from wind turbines from our farms that we operate down in Texas."

He says Direct Energy is going to offset 16 million kilowatt hours during the G20. To put that in perspective, a residential home, on average, uses 10 thousand kilowatt hours of energy annually. It will not only offset energy used at the Convention Center, but the credits will also be applied to the hotels where the international leaders will be staying, as well as any residence or business within city limits.

For the Allegheny Front, I'm Katelyn Malongowski.