September 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced the 2012 Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets 2012 conference in Washington D.C. The EPA recognizes exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power partners and green power suppliers, and differentiates award categories between green power purchaser and supplier awards.
The EPA handed out a total of twenty-eight Green Power Leadership Awards. On the purchaser side, The City of Austin, TX, Hilton Worldwide, Microsoft Corporation and the University of Oklahoma were named Green Power Partners of the Year, and Beaverton, Oregon and Oak Park, Illinois were named Green Power Communities of the Year. Additionally, Coca Cola Refreshments and Zotos international, Inc. each received awards for on-site generation, and Intel, Staples, Kohl's, and Whole Foods Market all received awards for sustained excellence in green power. On the supplier side, Renewable Choice Energy and Sterling Planet were named Green Power Suppliers of the year, and Wellesley Municipal Light Plant was named Innovative Green Power Program of the.
In addition to the EPA Green Power awards, CRS announced four award recipients: Wisconsin Public Service Community Foundation was named Best Green Power Education Outreach Program; the National Football League was given an award for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser and Puget Sound Energy for the Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier; and Lisa Jackson of the EPA was given an award for the Green Power Leader of the Year.
EPA News Release -
EPA Green Power Leadership Awards
CRS News Release -
Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2012 Green Power Leadership Award Winners
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Microsoft and McDonald's Join EPA Green Power Partnership
Coca-Cola Earns Third on EPA Top 20 List of On-Site Green Power Generators
Intel, Kohl's Lead Corporate Renewable Energy Efforts
SunEdison and Staples Reach 30 million kWh of Solar Production
Wellesley (MA) Program Achieves 10% Participation
Wellesley Becomes First EPA Green Power Community in Massachusetts
October 2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added Google, Ingram Micro, and Price Chopper Supermarkets as Green Power Partners, which recognizes leading organizations for their voluntary green power efforts.
Google ranks 47th on the Green Power Partnership's National Top 50 list, with over 103 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of annual green power usage. In addition to on-site renewable energy generation, Google purchases renewable energy from NextEra Energy Resources, Renewable Choice Energy, and Puget Sound Energy.
Ingram Micro ranks 61st on the Green Power Partnership's Fortune 500 Partners list, purchasing more than 3.1 million kWh of green power each year, which is equivalent to meet 107 percent of the company's electricity use at its corporate headquarters in Santa Ana, California. Ingram Micro is purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy.
Price Chopper Supermarkets ranks 18th on the Green Power Partnership's Top 20 Retail list, using 12 million kWh of green power annually. Price Chopper purchases green power from Hess Energy Marketing.
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U.S. EPA adds Global Tech Giants Google, Ingram Micro as Green Power Partners
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EPA Recognizes Ingram Micro Inc. Among Nation's Leading Green Power Purchasers
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EPA Recognizes Price Chopper Supermarkets Among Nation's Leading Green Power Purchasers
September 2011 - Tate Access Floors announced it has purchased more than 11.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind-generated renewable energy credits (RECs). The company's purchase of Green-e Energy certified RECs is equivalent to 100% of the electricity use at its Red Lion, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. Tate purchased the RECs from Renewable Choice Energy.
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Tate offsets 100% of electricity consumed at Red Lion, PA, facility with wind-generated renewable energy
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September 2011 - Shaughnessy Paper has renewed and increased its Green Power commitment through a partnership with Renewable Choice Energy. Shaughnessy has purchased 1,861,155 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy credits (RECs) from Renewable Choice, which is equivalent to 100% of the company's electricity use. Shaughnessy is a member of the EPA's Green Power Partnership and is recognized as a 100% Green Power Purchaser.
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Shaughnessy Renews and Increases Environmental Commitment
August 2011 - Deluxe Corporation has achieved the top ranking on the Environmental Protection Agency's Top 20 Printers list, which recognizes America's printers that purchase the most green power. Deluxe Corporation is purchasing nearly 38 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is equivalent to 63% of the organization's electricity use. Deluxe Corporation purchases wind renewable energy certificates from Renewable Choice Energy.
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Deluxe Corporation Ranks No. 1 on EPA's Top 20 Printers List of Green Power Purchasers
January 2011 - Lundberg Family Farms (Richvale, CA) opened a new warehouse that supports a solar system expected to produce 500,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. The company is already producing approximately 584,000 kWh of green power through solar panels located on the farm. With the new installation, the farm expects to generate 20 percent of its electricity from solar. In addition, Lundberg Family Farms purchases renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy to match the rest of its electricity use.
News Release - At Lundberg Family Farms, Sun Powers More Than Just Rice Fields
August 2010 - Becker Underwood, a producer of bio-agronomic and colorant products, purchased 7.9 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind. The purchase is equivalent to 100 percent of Becker Underwood's electricity use. The RECs are Green-e Energy certified and were bought through the marketer Renewable Choice Energy. Becker Underwood will purchase the amount annually for 3 years.
Additional Information - Becker Underwood Buys RECs to Offset 100% of Electricity Use
July 2010 - The Fairmont Washington, D.C. hotel has purchased 9.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs), representing 100 percent of the hotel's electricity use. The wind RECs are being supplied by Renewable Choice Energy.
The Fairmont's purchase is part of a larger sustainability initiative by the hotel, which includes recycling programs, energy efficiency measures, water conservation, and other measures. The hotel also offers a green meeting option.
Additional Information - Fairmont in D.C. Purchases 100 Percent Renewable Energy
June 2010 - American University announced the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to 100 percent of the university's 53 million kilowatt-hours of annual electricity usage. The RECs are supplied by Renewable Choice Energy through the Langdon Wind Energy Center in North Dakota.
With the purchase, the university is now the 12th largest purchaser of green power in the nation on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership Top 50 Purchasers List and has been honored as one of the top 54 colleges in EPA's 2009-2010 College and University Green Power Challenge.
News Release - American University Buys 100% Green Power
Contact: Maralee B. Csellar, email@example.com
June 2010 - Montgomery County (MD) officials announced that the Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group has increased its annual green power purchase to 161 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). The group is purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) from NextEra Energy Resources and Renewable Choice Energy.
The Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group consists of Montgomery County government, Montgomery County public schools, Montgomery College and The Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission. Also participating are the City of College Park, Chevy Chase Village, Chevy Chase Village Section 5, City of Gaithersburg, City of Rockville, City of Takoma Park, Town of Glen Echo, Town of Kensington, Town of Laytonsville and Town of Somerset.
The purchase was the equivalent to 30 percent of the group's annual purchased electricity use, which exceeds its 2010 goal of 20 percent, and increased its ranking to No. 4 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Top 20 Local Government list and No. 22 on the National Top 50 list.
News Release - Montgomery County Clean Energy Purchase Catapults it to Fourth Largest Local Government Purchaser Nationwide; Also Ranks 22nd on EPA's National Top 50 List
Additional Information - EPA List of National Top 50 Green Power Purchasers
Contact: Esther Bowring, 240-777-6507
April 2010 - The InterContinental San Francisco Hotel purchased 5.6 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy credits from Renewable Energy Choice. The purchase is equivalent to 100 percent of the hotel's electricity use and is designed to help the hotel achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance.
News Release - San Francisco's Newest Hotel Earns the ENERGY STAR and Partners with Renewable Choice Energy in Purchasing Green Power to Offset Energy Use
April 2010 - Preotle, Lane & Associates, developer of River's Edge, an office park development in Medford, Massachusetts, purchased 4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) through Renewable Choice Energy. The purchase is equivalent to 100 percent of the base building's energy use over the next three years. The building has also been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Environment and Energy Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
Additional Information - EPA Recognizes Developer as Green Power Purchaser
March 2010 - HKS Architects has purchased renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to 100 percent of the annual electricity consumed at its 110,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Dallas, TX. The company is purchasing 4.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of RECs generated by nationally sourced wind through Renewable Choice Energy. The purchase helps HSK Architects achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the building.
News Release - HKS Architects invest in future of renewable energy and offsets 100% of its electricity with wind power
February 2010 - Adelphi University (New Jersey) purchased 20 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, equivalent to 100 percent of the electricity consumed at its Garden City campus. The purchase is sourced from wind resources nationally and provided by Renewable Energy Choice.
News Release - Adelphi University Embraces Renewable Energy and Offsets 100 Percent of Its Electricity with Wind Power
Contact: Kali Chan, 516-877-4040
October 2009 - Auraria Higher Education Center, which houses the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and University of Colorado at Denver, announced the campus increased its commitment to purchase renewable energy equivalent to 100 percent of its expected annual electricity use. Under a three-year contract, Renewable Choice Energy (RCE), a Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy marketer, is supplying the Auraria campus with 40 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind energy projects nationally. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, the student-lead initiative made Auraria Campus the top Colorado college campus green power purchaser and ranked it seventh nationally among colleges and universities.
Since fall 2004, students have paid an additional $1 to $4 fee per semester to fund a variety of sustainability programs. In April 2007, more than 90 percent of students at the campus voted to renew and expand the sustainable campus program, which included the 3-year renewable energy contract.
News Release - Auraria Leads Colorado Campuses as Top Buyer of Wind Energy, Ranks 7th in Nation
News Release - Student Leads Effort of Sustainability
Additional Information - BOT Approves Sustainable Campus fee
Contact: Jacque Montgomery, 303-724-1528
September 2009 - Whole Foods Market, the nation's largest natural and organic foods supermarket, announced that it is continuing its commitment to purchase green power equivalent to 100% of the electricity used in its North American locations.
Its purchase of more than 776 million kWh of wind energy certificates annually is the third largest by a corporate purchaser in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. Renewable Choice Energy (RCE), a Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy marketers, is supplying 90% of the renewable energy certificates (RECs) from E.ON Climate & Renewables' recently-completed Panther Creek wind farms in Texas.
The purchase of RECs is part of the Whole Food's comprehensive energy commitment, which also includes plans to more than triple the number of stores with solar panels and to retrofit existing stores with energy-efficient lighting, equipment and mechanical components.
News Release - Whole Foods Market Helps Fund New Wind Farm, Makes Landmark Purchase of Wind Energy Credits
Additional Information - Energy Credits Fund New Wind Farm
Whole Foods Market Contact: Ashley Hawkins, 512-542-0381
August 2009 - SPIRE, a 42-story condominium building under construction in downtown Denver, has purchased nearly 20 million kWh of wind energy, or enough to match 100 percent of projected building electricity use for 2 years. The Nichols Partnership, the project developers, purchased renewable energy credits from Renewable Choice Energy. The credits will support wind farm development in states like Oklahoma and Texas.
SPIRE is also a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership.
News Article - New Denver Condo Buys Wind Credits
Contact: Christopher Crosby, 720-272-3577
August 2009 - The Weather Channel’s new Atlanta broadcast facility will purchase renewable energy credits from Renewable Choice Energy equivalent to 35 percent of its electricity use over the next two years. The facility received Gold LEED-New Construction certification for its 12,500 square-foot facility.
The Weather Channel is the only media company to achieve Gold LEED-New Construction certification for a facility that will serve as a live television broadcast studio 24 hours a day, every day of the week. The facility will use heat from studio lights to warm the building, and will also have a weather sensitive irrigation system that stores rainwater to supply the landscape irrigation system.
News Article - The Weather Channel purchases renewable energy credits
Additional Information - The Weather Channel's Atlanta HD Broadcast Facility Earns LEED Gold
June 2009 - Costa Del Mar Sunglasses announced that it is purchasing wind energy for 100% of its electricity use at its Daytona Beach headquarters facility. Under Costa Del Mar’s agreement with Renewable Choice Energy, the company will purchase over 400,000 kWh of renewable energy credits (RECs). In conjunction with the RECs, the company purchased carbon offsets to cover the estimated amount of carbon emissions associated with company travel (air and ground).
Press Release - Walk the Talk: Costa Del Mar Sunglasses Invests in Renewable Energy to Offset Carbon Footprint
Contact: Liza Jones, 864-270-0722
April 2008 - Powdr Corp announced that it will offset 100% of the grid supplied electricity consumed at its seven ski and snowboard resorts and one tubing park through the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). Under an agreement with Renewable Choice Energy, Powdr Corp will purchase nearly 50 million kWh of RECs beginning in June 2008, making it the second largest green power purchaser in the travel and leisure category among participants in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.
News Release - Powdr Corp to Offset 100 Percent of Power from Renewable Energy Sources Beginning in June 2008
March 2008 - Steelcase Inc., a manufacturer of office furniture, announced a five-year commitment to buy all of the green power that will be generated at a 10 MW wind farm under development in Panhandle, Texas. Through an agreement with Renewable Choice Energy, Steelcase will purchase approximately 35 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (REC) annually from the wind farm for at least its first five years of operation. The purchase is equivalent to about 20% of Steelcase's electricity needs at its U.S.-based facilities. The wind farm is being developed by a local landowner and John Deere Renewables and will be known as the "Wege Wind Energy Farm" in honor of Steelcase founding family member and former board member, Peter Wege. The project is expected to be operational in May 2008.
News Release - Steelcase Inc. Becomes First Renewable Energy Credit Buyer to Sponsor Commercial-Scale Wind Farm
News Article - Corporate Sponsorship for a Wind Farm
March 2007 - Gander Mountain Company, a retailer of hunting, fishing, and other outdoor products, has committed to buy green power for 100% of the electricity used for its stores in five states as well as its corporate headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. Under an agreement with Renewable Choice Energy, the company will buy 17 million kWh of renewable energy credits (RECs) from renewable energy sources such as wind and biomass. Gander Mountain operates 105 stores in 22 states.
News Release - Gander Mountain Makes Landmark Renewable Energy Purchase
News Article - Gander Mountain Goes Green
October 2006 - Kettle Foods, a maker of all-natural snack foods, announced that it is purchasing wind energy for 100% of its U.S. electricity use. Under an agreement with Renewable Choice Energy, the company will purchase 8.75 million kWh of renewable energy credits (RECs) annually to offset all of the electricity used at its Salem, Ore. headquarters and at a new plant in Beloit, Wis., which is slated to begin operation next year.
News Release - Kettle Foods Blows off Conventional Energy,
Commits to 100 Percent Wind Power
September 2006 - Performance Bicycle has become the first U.S. sports retailer to use renewable energy for its entire operations. Through an agreement with Boulder, Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy, the company will purchase about 5.1 million kWh of renewable energy credits (RECs) annually to meet 100% of the electricity use of its stores, corporate headquarters, distribution centers and call center. In addition, Performance Bicycle is offering free gift cards to customers who choose wind power for their homes.
News Release - Clean, Renewable Energy Powers Performance Bicycle — the First National Sports Retailer to Use 100 Percent Renewable Energy
August 2006 - Vail Resorts announced that it is purchasing wind energy equivalent to its total annual corporate electricity use, including its five mountain resorts and 125 retail locations, its lodging properties, and its new corporate headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. Under an agreement with Renewable Choice Energy, Vail Resorts will purchase about 152 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind energy facilities located in several states, making it the second-largest corporate buyer of wind energy nationally. The company also announced a Ski With the Wind promotion, which offers a free one-day ski lift ticket to families who commit to a one-year purchase of wind power for their residences.
News Release - Vail Resorts Chooses Wind Power for 100% of Electricity Use - Becomes Second Largest Corporate Wind Power Purchaser in U.S.
News Article - Change in the Air
January 2006 - Whole Foods Market, the nation's largest natural and organic foods supermarket, announced that it is purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset 100% of the electricity used in all of its stores. The purchase, totaling 458 million kWh of wind energy annually, makes Whole Foods the leading corporate purchaser of green power in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. Whole Foods also becomes the nation's first Fortune 500 Company to be entirely green-powered. The RECs are being supplied by Renewable Choice Energy (RCE).
News Release - Whole Foods Market Makes Largest Ever Purchase of Wind Energy Credits in United States
News Article - Whole Foods Goes with the Wind
News Article - Whole Foods Commits to Wind Energy
RCE Contact: Quayle Hodek (303) 468-0405 x224
November 2005 - The City of Boulder, Colorado announced that it exceeded its goals for a recent campaign designed to increase the number of residents and businesses purchasing green power. During the roughly two-month "Wind Power Challenge," 1,150 customers signed up to purchase wind power from local renewable energy suppliers, far exceeding the campaign's goal of 500 new subscribers. When combined with the more than 5,700 pre-existing green power customers, about 16% of the city's residents and businesses now purchase green power. Collectively, these purchases represent nearly 5% of the community's total electricity needs.
Due in part to the success of the challenge, which was sponsored by the city and local non-profit Western Resource Advocates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership has designation the city a "Green Power Community," making Boulder the first community in Colorado to receive this distinction.
The following local renewable energy suppliers participated in the city's wind power challenge: Clean and Green; Community Energy, Inc.; Renewable Choice Energy; and Xcel Energy through its Windsource program.
News Release - Boulder exceeds goals of Wind Challenge; Becomes Green Power Community
News Release - City of Boulder challenges community to increase wind power purchases
Western Resource Advocates Contact: Susan Innis, (303) 444-1188, ext 221
City of Boulder Contacts:
Carolyn Weinreich, Office of Environmental Affairs, (303) 441-1914
Jodie Carroll, Media Relations, (303) 441-3155
October 2004 - Horizon Organic, the leading U.S. manufacturer of certified organic foods, announced that it will purchase wind energy credits to replace all of the electricity used in its operations beginning in 2005. The company follows the lead of its sister brand, White Wave, which will purchase nearly 25 million kWh of wind energy in 2004 to cover the electricity needed for its entire product supply chain. White Wave received a Green Power Leadership Award for green power purchasing in 2003 and a Green Power Partner of the Year Award in 2004. Both Horizon Organic and White Wave are subsidiary companies of Dean Foods Company.
News Release - Horizon Organic Joins White Wave in Using Renewable Energy Source for 100% of Operations
April 2003 - Duke University has teamed with Renewable Choice Energy, a renewable energy certificate marketer, to issue a green power challenge to its students. The university has agreed to match student purchases of wind power up to 1.25 million kWh annually. Funding for the program comes from savings generated by a cooperative energy conservation effort between the university and Environmental Alliance, a student organization committed to promoting the implementation of sustainable practices at the university. The student group is conducting events during the month of April to promote the challenge.
News Release - Duke University Challenges Students to Purchase Wind Power
Renewable Choice Energy Contact: Kris Lotlikar (303) 652-0770
February 2003 - White Wave, a leading manufacturer of soy milk and other soy-based foods, announced that it has contracted to purchase wind energy certificates equivalent to 100% of the electricity used in its manufacturing operations. The company will purchase a total of 20 million kilowatt-hours of "green tags" this year from two renewable energy suppliers — Renewable Choice Energy and Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The White Wave commitment represents the largest single U.S. purchase of wind energy to supply a company's entire electricity needs.
The wind energy will be supplied from wind farms in several different states, including Iowa, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. The company estimates that the wind energy purchase will increase its expenses by several hundred thousand dollars per year. White Wave is also encouraging consumers to purchase wind energy by providing links off of their corporate Web site.
News Release - White Wave Invests in Wind to Fuel Soy Manufacturing
News Article - Soy company to reap power from the wind - No longer online at denverpost.com
News Article - Boulder's White Wave has gone with the wind - No longer online at rockymountainnews.com
News Article - White Wave lifted by wind - No longer online at dailycamera.com
News Article - White Wave invests in wind energy
More Information - White Wave Is Putting Wind to Work
May 2002 - Renewable Choice Energy (RCE), a Colorado-based marketer of renewable energy certificates, announced a partnership with Coldwell Banker Colorado Landmark, Realtors through which the real estate company will offer RCE's American Wind certificate product to its home-buying clients. The RCE product, which represents the environmental attributes of Texas-based wind energy generation, recently received Green-e certification.
News Release - Coldwell Banker Colorado Landmark, Realtors and Renewable Choice Energy Announce Agreement To Market American WindTM Energy To Homebuyers - No longer online
RCE Contact: Kris Lotlikar (303) 652-0770
February 2002 - Renewable Choice Energy (RCE), a new Boulder, Colorado-based green power marketer, is offering renewable energy certificates for sale to consumers nationwide. The company is offering two products: American Wind, a 100% new wind energy option supplied primarily from Texas-based wind resources, and EcoChoice, a blend of 10% new wind resources and 90% existing renewables. The American Wind product is sold for 2.5¢/kWh and EcoChoice for 1.8¢/kWh.
RCE backs all purchases with tradable renewable energy credits (T-RECs) that verify the source of the energy. Customers are issued renewable energy certificates that document their energy purchase, including all avoided pollution, and do not switch from their current electricity supplier. The company is using grassroots marketing, including direct sales and community events, to promote its products.
More Information - New Company Brings Renewable Energy to Homes Nationwide Grassroots Marketing Approach Educates Consumers
RCE Contact: Kris Lotlikar (303) 652-0770