Cox Communications in Orange County Embraces Fuel Cell Technology to Reduce Carbon Footprint

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One of the First Southern California Companies to Provide Environmental Friendly

Ribbon cutting unveiling fuel cell system

The launch of Cox’s fuel cell program at the Orange County facility, together with our overall Cox Conserves initiatives, clearly demonstrates our commitment to our customers, to our communities and to the state of California.

Cox Communications in Orange County will be one of the first in Southern California to generate more than half of its energy needs with an 800-kilowatt fuel cell. The fuel cell will reduce the company’s energy costs by using a clean and renewable energy to generate electricity, reducing the company’s dependence on the local power grid and decreasing its carbon footprint. The project is estimated to reduce Cox’s annual emissions equal to removing more than 850 cars from the road per year. That’s enough energy to light up about 603 average homes.

Fuel cells are one of the cleanest energy-generation sources available in the world and meet the strictest U.S. emission standards. Highly efficient and virtually pollutant-free, fuel cells produce electricity, heat and water through an electrochemical process that combines hydrogen and oxygen.

Cox takes a further step by making the electricity the fuel cell produces renewable by burning biogas to prevent methane gas from entering the environment.

“At Cox Communications, we’re always looking for innovative ways to do business more sustainably to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Duffy Leone, vice president operations, Cox Communications in California. “The fuel cell technology is one of the most cutting-edge environmental solutions on the market for renewable energy. The launch of Cox’s fuel cell program at the Orange County facility, together with our overall Cox Conserves initiatives, clearly demonstrates our commitment to our customers, to our communities and to the state of California.”

Other environmentally focused programs in place at Cox include:

  •     Gas-saving high quality, permanent air filters in Cox vehicles to improve mileage and save more than 200,000 gallons of gasoline annually
  •     Photovoltaic solar technology to convert the sun’s energy into usable energy to save electricity use
  •     Reduce vehicle idle time to save more than 40,000 gallons of gasoline each year
  •     Employee vanpool program that saves over 480,000 commuter miles annually
  •     Lighting retrofit that reduces lighting energy use by one-third
  •     Water-saving fixtures installed in the restrooms to reduce amount of water used
  •     Recycling to keep more than 83 tons of paper, metal, electronics and plastic out of local landfills

The fuel cell project will help reduce Cox’s impact on the environment and lessen overall energy demands from traditional sources. With the fuel cell, if there is a power outage within the area, Cox facilities in Orange County will be able to operate because the electricity is generated on-site.

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a telecommunications company serving more than 6.2 million residential and commercial customers. Locally, Cox Communications facilities in Orange County serves the communities of: Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, select unincorporated areas of Orange County, as well as Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Santa Barbara and portions of San Pedro. Additionally, Cox provides dedicated local community programming on Cox3 and Cox8.

Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox ranked the highest in customer satisfaction for residential telephone services in the West; Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications for seven years; Cox has ranked among Diversity Inc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity for fives years, and the company holds a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for 3 years. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at http://www.cox.com, http://www.coxbusiness.com and http://www.coxmedia.com.

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