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February 2013 - In January 2013, Oberlin, Ohio began receiving energy generated by landfill gas in Mahoning County. This is the first of two landfill gas generation projects owned by Waste Management Renewable Energy that will supply a combined 60,000 megawatt-hours per year. Upon completion of the second landfill generator, the City will receive about 55 percent of its energy needs from green power resources. The projects began in 2011 when the city council approved a $66 million 15-year purchase agreement.

The City aims to continue reducing its carbon dioxide emissions through further use of renewable energy. By 2015, the City plans to obtain 90 percent of its electricity from a combination of wind, water, solar, and landfill gas resources.

News Article - Oberlin plugs into 'green' energy source

October 2008 - Kohl’s Department Stores implements a diverse strategy for its U.S. operations, known as the "Kohl’s Green Scene." The strategy includes an annual renewable energy purchase of approximately 236 million kWh, making the retailer the 15th largest U.S. renewable energy purchaser, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership program. In recognition of the purchase and Kohl’s other green initiatives, Kohl’s received an EPA Green Power Leadership award at the 2008 Renewable Energy Marketing Conference.

The purchase of RECs from various renewable energy sources represents about 20% of the company’s U.S. electricity use. Kohl’s REC suppliers include the City of Dover, Neuwing Energy Ventures, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sterling Planet, and WM Renewable Energy.

Kohl’s other green initiatives feature on-site solar-powered energy generation either installed or planned for 130 stores in six states, with over 100 stores currently earning the EPA’s Energy Star label for superior energy efficiency and environmental performance. In addition, a total of 45 Kohl’s stores are expected to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008. Other initiatives include the installation of automated demand response controls at store locations to reduce power usage during peak energy periods, high efficiency lighting retrofits, cardboard recycling, and efficient freight distribution, through which the company conducts more than 30% of its inbound transportation via rail.

News Article - Kohl’s Green Retail Efforts Worth Checking Out

Additional Information - Kohl’s Green Initiatives

April 2008 - Dell, a leading computer manufacturer, announced that it is purchasing green power for all of the electricity needs of its 2.1 million square-foot global headquarters in Houston, Texas, which houses more than 10,000 employees. The approximately 80 million kWh of green power will be supplied by TXU Energy from Texas-based wind farms (60%) and from Waste Management's Austin Community Landfill gas-to-energy plant (40%). Dell also announced it is more than doubling its purchase of green power through Austin Energy's GreenChoice program to meet 17% of the electricity needs at its Austin Parmer Campus, up from 8% previously. The purchase of green power gives Dell price certainty on its operational costs for power, and the company expects it may see cost benefits to using green power in the future. In addition, Dell procures green power for all of the electricity needs of its Twin Falls, Idaho, facility from wind (97%) and solar (3%) resources.

In September 2007, Dell announced it would make company owned and leased facilities "carbon neutral" in 2008 through a strategy of improving energy-efficiency in its operations and maximizing the purchase of renewable power. This commitment is part of the company's climate strategy which also seeks to minimize carbon impact of supplier operations and customer product use.

News Release - Dell Global Headquarters Campus Going 100 Percent Green

News Article - Dell's HQ Switches to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

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