The "Top 10" Mother Nature Scorecards

May 23, 2006

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The Top 10: Most Polluted U.S. Cities — Eco-Friendly Companies — Green Energy Programs in the U.S. — States for Hybrid Registrations — Greenest Vehicles

…Most Polluted U.S. Cities (Ozone Rated Only)

1. Los Angeles, CA (Long Beach, CA; Riverside, CA) 2. Bakersfield, CA 3. Fresno-Madera, CA 4. Visalia-Porterville, CA 5. Merced, CA 6. Houston, TX (Baytown, Huntsville, Tex.) 7. Sacramento, CA (Arden, CA; Arcade, CA; Truckee, NV) 8. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 9. New York (Newark, NJ; Bridgeport, CT) 10. Philadelphia, PA (Camden, NJ; Vineland, NJ)

Source: American Lung Association (for 2005), via Forbes magazine

…Eco-Friendly Companies*

1. Seattle Biodiesel 2. Miasole 3. Hydrogenics 4. Panda Development 5. STM Power 6. Ion America 7. Vestas Wind Systems 8. PowerLight 9. SunPower Corp. 10. Comverge, Inc.

* Not neccessarily the "Top 10," but, according to Newsweek, these companies are "winning over investors and customers, and saving the environment" based on their alternative-energy projects and/or new technologies.

Source: Newsweek, November 2005

…Green Energy Programs in the U.S.

(MWh/year = million kWh/year rounded down)

1. Austin Energy Resources used: wind power, land fill gas Sales: 435 MWh/year

2. Portland General Electric (PGE) Resources used: existing geothermal and hydro, wind Sales: 340 MWh/year

3. PacifiCorp Resources used: wind, biomass, solar Sales: 234 MWh/year

4. Florida Power & Light Resources used: biomass, wind, solar Sales: 225 MWh/year

5. Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Resources used: landfill gas, wind, small hydro, solar Sales: 195 MWh/year

6. Xcel Energy Resources used: wind Sales: 148 MWh/year

7. National Grid Resources used: biomass, wind, small hydro, solar Sales: 128 MWh/year

8. Basin Electric Power Cooperative (SMUD) - Resources used: wind Sales: 114 MWh/year

9. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Resources used: wind, solar, biogas Sales: 71 MWh/year

10. OG&E Electric Services Resources used: wind Sales: 64 MWh/year

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), December 2005

…States for Hybrid Registrations

1. California Hybrid vehicle registrations: 52,619 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 26.4 percent

2. Florida Hybrid vehicle registrations: 10,470 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 5.3 percent

3. Texas Hybrid vehicle registrations: 9,632 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 4.8 percent

4. New York Hybrid vehicle registrations: 9,372 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 4.7 percent

5. Virginia Hybrid vehicle registrations: 8,650 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 4.3 percent

6. Illinois Hybrid vehicle registrations: 7,286 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 3.7 percent

7. Washington Hybrid vehicle registrations: 6,970 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 3.5 percent

8. Pennsylvania Hybrid vehicle registrations: 6,948 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 3.5 percent

9. Massachusetts Hybrid vehicle registrations: 6,060 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 3.0 percent

10. Maryland Hybrid vehicle registrations: 5,673 State's share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 2.8 percent

Combined top ten Hybrid vehicle registrations: 123,680 Share of total U.S. hybrid volume: 62.1 percent

Source: R.L. Polk & Co. (for 2005), via The Associated Press

…Greenest Vehicles

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Source: GreenerCars.com (for 2005), via The Auto Channel

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