FatCow Web Hosting
FatCow Web Hosting "Goes Green" by Committing to 100% Wind Energy
BURLINGTON, Mass., July 22, 2009 - FatCow, a leading provider of Web hosting,
domain registration and related marketing services, announced today that its offices
and data centers are now 100 percent powered by wind energy. "We're offsetting all
of our electricity use by purchasing wind-generated Renewable Energy Certificates,"
explains Paul Bukhovko, FatCow's Marketing Manager, "providing our customers with an
environmentally preferable Web hosting solution." The Renewable Energy Certificates
(RECs) are being supplied by wind energy marketer and developer Community Energy Inc. (CEI).
On behalf of all of its offices and data centers, FatCow is buying 4,412,000 kilowatt
hours (kWhs) per year of wind-generated RECs. This volume is comparable to the entire
output of one 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbine over the course of one year.
When compared to the average generation mix in the national electric grid, the
estimated environmental benefit from this purchase is equal to offsetting approximately
2,260 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the impact of which is equivalent to
planting about 2,390 acres of trees each year or not driving 6.1 million miles.
"Electricity generation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, and Community
Energy applauds FatCow for taking action on climate change," says Brent Alderfer,
Executive VP of Community Energy. "Their commitment to 100 percent wind-generated
RECs makes a difference for cleaner air, a stronger economy and new clean energy sources in the U.S."
By reducing its carbon footprint, FatCow is responding to feedback from its staff,
as well as letting customers host green sites of their own. "Quite frankly,"
Bukhovko says, "our employees and our customers were the driving factors behind
our decision to go green. Our staff members encourage responsible environmental
behavior inside the office and practice it outside the office. And, we know that
many of our customers feel just as strongly. We wanted to give them an opportunity
to reduce their own carbon footprint by hosting their sites on servers 100 percent powered by wind energy."
FatCow provides shared Web hosting solutions for individuals and small to
medium sized businesses looking for an affordable, reliable Web hosting option.
FatCow pioneered the "one plan one price" philosophy when it began offering its
signature all-in-one Web site hosting solution, The FatCow, back in 1998.