U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Green Power Network
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
March 2014 - Hypertherm Inc., a New Hampshire-based designer and manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, has partnered with Renewable Choice Energy, a green power provider and sustainability consultant, to purchase renewable energy equivalent to 100% of the company's electricity needs in the United States. To date, the company has acquired more than 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice for 2014. The purchase is managed by a Maine-based consulting firm, Competitive Energy Services.
August 2013 - Standard Power of America (SPA) has committed to purchasing enough renewable energy certificates (RECs) to account for all of the electricity it sells to its customers. SPA is partnering with Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy to achieve its goal and has purchased 12 million kWh of RECs since April 2013. SPA, an energy consulting company, offers its clients various green power products and services including RECs, carbon offsets, solar energy, and geothermal heating and cooling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.