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City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program Reaches New Milestone

Naperville on Track to Become One of the Nation’s Top Utility Green Power Programs

October 17, 2006, Press Release from Community Energy

Naperville, IL – The City of Naperville and Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) announced today that more than 2,600 Naperville households have chosen to purchase clean, environmentally-friendly renewable energy through the City of Naperville’s Renewable Energy program. The enthusiastic support of Naperville residents has enabled the city to reach and surpass its renewable energy goal of five percent participation – three months earlier than planned.

The Naperville Renewable Energy program has become one of the fastest growing green power programs in the country and is well on its way to becoming one of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Top Utility Green Power Programs in the nation, based on customer participation rate.

“We are excited about the response to the Naperville Renewable Energy program, and we are pleased residents are making a choice in how their electricity is generated. The success of this program gives us one more reason to be proud of the community we all have created. By offering renewable energy to our utility customers, we have strengthened our relationship with the members of our community because they understand we care about the environment that we all share,” said Naperville Mayor George Pradel.

The environmental benefit of the City of Naperville’s renewable energy program is equal to offsetting approximately 9.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year, which is equivalent to planting more than 635,000 trees or not driving almost 8 million miles. In addition to the city’s most recent success with the renewable energy program, Naperville has also been recognized with the Clean Air Award from the Partners for Clean Air (April 2006), the Environmotion Award from the U.S. Green Building Council-Chicago Chapter (May 2006) and the Illinois Environmental Heroes Award for 2005.

The Naperville Renewable Energy program is supplied by marketer and developer, Community Energy, Inc. The renewable energy product is comprised of ninety percent wind energy, five percent solar and five percent small-hydro energy. A portion of the wind energy is sourced from the Crescent Ridge Wind Farm, located approximately 90 miles southwest of the City of Naperville.

“The City of Naperville is one of the best green energy programs in the country. Naperville residents are leaders, putting their energy dollars to work not only for their community, but for the national interest as well,” said Brent Alderfer, Executive Vice President of CEI.

The Naperville Renewable Energy program is available to residential and business customers in 200-kilowatt hour (kWh) blocks for an additional monthly fee of $5 per block, added directly to customers’ monthly Naperville utility bills. For more information about the Naperville Renewable Energy program, or to sign up, customers can call 1-866-WIND-123 or visit www.naperville.il.us. Information about the program can also be found in Naperville customers’ October utility bill.

About the City of Naperville
The City of Naperville, incorporated in 1857, is located in the northeastern part of the state which is the top growth area in Illinois. Naperville is located 28 miles west of downtown Chicago and occupies a land area of 37.58 square miles with a population of nearly 140,000. The city has grown by over 35,000 residents in the past 10 years. Ranked as a top community in the United States to raise children, retire and start a home-based business, the city boasts nationally acclaimed schools, the best public library system in the country, an exceptionally low crime rate, and a lower unemployment rate than the state’s average. In 2006, the city was once again named as one of best places to live in the United States by Money Magazine. Naperville ranked second of 100 finalists to make the 2006 “Best Places To Live” list. www.naperville.il.us

About Community Energy, Inc.
Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) is a marketer and developer of wind energy generation founded in 1999 and headquartered in Wayne, Pennsylvania. CEI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBERDROLA – one of the largest owners and operators of renewable energy facilities in the world. CEI has more than 3 billion kilowatt-hours of wind energy sales, 100,000 residential customers and marketing arrangements with 18 investor-owned and municipal utilities. CEI cites its utility partners and customers as the reason for its success in bringing wind energy to market in new regions of the country. CEI developed and jointly owns the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm and the Bear Creek Wind Farm, and has wind projects under development in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern and Rocky Mountain states. www.CommunityEnergy.biz

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