Purchase supports new development of clean renewable resources

22 Aug 2009 [06:17h]     Bookmark and Share

Southwest Airlines‘ Dallas and Houston operations were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its leading Green power purchase and for its support and participation in the Agency’s Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge.

DALLAS – The Dallas and Houston operations are purchasing nearly 16 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green power, which is enough to meet 30 percent of the factilities‘ purchased electricity use.  Southwest Airlines‘ Dallas and Houston operations are buying renewable energy certificates (REC) from Reliant Energy.

Earlier this week, the EPA updated each of its National Top Partner lists, highlighting some of America’s largest Green power purchasers.  Southwes Airlines (Dallas & Houston Operations) currently ranks No. 32 on EPA’s Fortune 500 List.  Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners that have completed the largest annual voluntary purchases through July 7, 2009.  EPA updates its Top Partner Lists quarterly at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/.

Southwest Airlines (Dallas and Houston operations) is purchasing Green power in support of EPA’s Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge.  EPA is challenging Fortune 500 Corporations to collectively exceed 10 billion kilowatt-hours Green power purchasing by year end 2009.

„This was a wonderful initiative by our Green Team, and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,“ said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. „Purchasing Green power helps our Company become more sustainable, and it helps us in our mission to do the right thing by Our Planet, Our Communities, and Our People.“

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 dioxide 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.

„EPA commends our leading partners for their continued commitment to protecting the environment by using green power,“ said Kathleen Hogan, Director of the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at EPA. „By supporting green power, Southwest Airlines is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, supporting clean energy technologies, and contributing to a clean energy future.“

About Southwest Airlines

Efficient operations are the hallmark of our Company and the foundation of our environmental commitment. Over the decades, Southwest has been at the forefront of such efficiencies as paperless tickets, quick turnarounds, installation of winglets, and, more recently, the installation of fleet-wide advanced avionics, engine washing, and aircraft performance management. This focus on efficiency not only makes good business sense, it is the right thing to do. For more information on how Southwest Airlines cares for the environment, visit www.southwest.com/cares

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) currently serves 67 cities in 35 states, and announced service to Boston Logan beginning Aug. 16, and service to Milwaukee beginning Nov. 1. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and has more than 35,000 Employees systemwide.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,100 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities.  For additional information, please visit


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