Champion Energy Services, a subsidiary of Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), the electricity supplier to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, announced on August 1, 2016 that it will be donating Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the electricity used during the 2016 US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world.
RECs play an important role in ensuring the viability of renewable energy sources in the United States. RECs help support the generation of renewable power sources and provide more opportunities for facilities and homes to participate in the “green” movement without the need for installing renewable electricity infrastructure onsite.
“As a responsible member of the community, the National Tennis Center strives to not only reduce our own impact on the environment, but to promote environmentally friendly behavior to the thousands of tennis players and fans who visit us every year. The donation of renewable energy certificates will go a long way toward doing that.” – Daniel Zausner, COO, USTA BJK National Tennis Center.
Why is Champion Energy donating Green-e certified RECs to the 2016 US Open?
“We are excited to support the USTA’s commitment to environmentally responsible operations,” said Jason Fox, Vice President of Supply. “As a world-class sporting event, the 2016 US Open represents an opportunity to encourage and promote the use of renewable energy. We are glad to serve the USTA, and all of our clients, in a way that supports their operational goals.”
About the 2016 US Open
The US Open is one of the oldest tennis championships in the world, having grown out of the US National Championship, which originated in 1881. Since 1987, the US Open has been the final Grand Slam tournament held annually, following the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
The USTA is the national governing body for tennis in the United States.