October 2004 - At a ceremony held during the Ninth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Albany, New York, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued Green Power Leadership Awards to 19 purchasers and six suppliers. The awards are designed to recognize the actions of individuals, companies, and organizations that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through voluntary green power markets.
Among green power purchasers, Montgomery County (Maryland), Staples Inc., Silk, Clif Bar, and the U.S. General Services Administration received Green Power Partner of the Year Awards—the highest purchasing honor given. In addition, the following purchasers were recognized for their substantial green power purchase commitments: Salt Lake City, Johnson & Johnson, New York Municipal Wind Buyers Group, College of the Atlantic, Whole Foods, Interface, Inc., Alterra Coffee Roasters, Lundberg Family Farms, Edwards Air Force Base, Harbec Plastics, California State University at Hayward, Mauna Lani Resort, Rodney Strong Vineyards, and the City and County of San Francisco, Moscone Convention Center.
Among green power suppliers, Austin Energy received the Green Power Program of the Year award, the highest honor. Lenox Municipal Utilities, PaloAltoGreen, Calpine, The Energy Cooperative of Pennsylvania, and PPM Energy, Inc. were also recognized for their substantial achievements as green power suppliers.
The Center for Resource Solutions issued recognition awards for outstanding leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable energy. Green Power Market Development Awards were presented to the following individuals and organizations: Western Washington Green Power Campaign, World Resources Institute, and Rob Harmon of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Honorable Mention awards were presented to the Maine Green Power Connection, and Alan Apt and Jim Welch of Fort Collins, Colorado.
News Release - 2004 Green Power Leadership Award Winners EPA, DOE, CRS To Honor National Green Power Leaders
December 2003 - Just one month after Lenox Municipal Utilities (Iowa) launched a new green power program, 13% of its 550 electricity customers have enrolled—the highest participation rate for any U.S. utility green pricing program. Under the Green City Energy program, customers can purchase 100-kWh blocks of wind energy each month for an extra $2.00, or a rate premium of 2.0˘/kWh. Power for the program is supplied from a 750-kW wind turbine located south of town, which will generate approximately 1.8 million kWh of electricity annually or enough to meet about 10% of the town's total electricity needs. Customers must commit to the program for a minimum of one year.
By law, all electric utilities in Iowa are required to offer their customers a renewable energy option.
News Release - Wind Turbine is Making Lenox a Green City
Lenox Municipal Utilities Contact: David Ferris (641) 333-2550
IAMU Contact: Patti Cale-Finnegan (515) 289-1999