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October 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) honored a group of organizations committed to advancing the development of green power markets in the United States. The annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing leading national green power purchasers and suppliers, were presented on October 24 at the Tenth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Austin, Texas.

EPA and DOE presented awards for green power purchasing to 29 organizations. The highest honor in purchasing, the Green Power Partner of the Year Award, was presented to HSBC North America, Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Air Force and WhiteWave Foods Company. Additional Purchaser Award winners included: Alameda County, California; Aspen Skiing Company; the Atlantic Golf division of the Brick Companies; Dagoba Organic Chocolate; FedEx Express Oakland, California Hub Facility; City of Fresno, Calif.; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; Harvard University; the Hyatt Regency Dallas and the Hyatt Regency Dallas-Fort Worth; Mohawk Fine Papers; Safeway Inc.; St. Francis Winery and Vineyard; Starbucks Coffee; The University of Minnesota, Morris; the City of Vallejo, Calif.; Western Washington University; Whole Foods Market – Rocky Mountain Region; and the World Bank Group.

Seven awards were also presented to organizations demonstrating notable success in marketing and encouraging green power program participation. The highest honor, Green Power Program of the Year, was presented to Austin Energy's GreenChoice Program for the second consecutive year. Other Supplier Award winners included 3 Phases Energy; Enel North America, Inc.; Florida Power & Light; PacifiCorp's Blue Sky Program; PECO WIND and Community Energy; and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

CRS presented Green Power Market Development Awards to organizations and individuals showing leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable energy. Recipients included 3 Phases Energy, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Blair Swezey of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

More Information - 2005 Award Ceremony Booklet (PDF 1.1 MB) Download Acrobat Reader

December 2003 - Gainesville Regional Utilities announced that it is offering a new green power option to its approximately 82,000 residential and business customers in Florida. Under the GRUgreen Energy program, customers can purchase renewable energy for any portion of their electricity usage for an additional 2¢/kWh. Most of the power for the program (95%) will be supplied from a new 2.3-MW landfill gas facility in Alachua County. The project is unique in that it recycles landfill leachate back through the waste to accelerate the creation of methane gas. The remainder of the power will be supplied from wind energy certificates and local solar systems.

News Release - GRU, Alachua County Team Up to Bring Residents GRUGreen Energy

GRU Contacts:
Mark Spiller (352) 393-1293,
Steve Staglino (352) 393-1479

March 1997 - On January 11, 1997, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) completed a 10-kW photovoltaic demonstration project that is partially funded by community donations through green pricing ($42,000). Other funding sources include grants from the Department of Community Affairs Florida Energy Office ($75,000) and a contract from the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group ($40,000). The U.S. Department of Energy has pledged to match these funds dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.

Photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof of GRU's Electric System Control Center. GRU garnered community support for the project through its monthly customer bulletin and inserts in the local newspaper. More than 600 customers contributed to the project during a three-year period. The names of all community participants who contributed $50 or more are inscribed on a plaque, which was presented at a celebration of the project.

GRU Contact: Kathy Viehe (352) 334-3400, ext. 1035

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