Miami, FL (Miami Today) February 20th --
By Rachel Tannenbaum.
While more than 1,300 Green Power Partners collectively buy nearly 21 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, The InterContinental Miami is the largest green power purchaser in Florida.
The hotel was added to the 100% purchased list maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership when it partnered with Greenlight Energy to buy 15.47 million kilowatt-hours of wind power during 2012, according to a press release.
The Green Power Partnership is an industry-government partnership that helps increase the use of green power.
The InterContinental brand began offering its hotels in New York, San Francisco and Miami wind energy last year, said Aurelia Vasquez, marketing and communications for the Miami hotel.
"The government is really promoting wind energy and green power and trying to make it available," she said.
The purchase is offsetting the hotel's carbon footprint and greenhouse gases, reducing greenhouse gases by 2,000 passenger vehicles each year, Ms. Vasquez said.
The purchase also earned the hotel membership in the partnership's Leadership Club...
The InterContinental is not the only South Florida hotel to buy wind energy or to have a partnership with the EPA. Fifty percent of Palm Beach's The Breakers energy comes from green sources purchased through Renewable Choice Energy.