July 2010 - The city of Santa Clara has secured the top spot in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Communities rankings with more than 163 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of the community's electricity usage coming from voluntary purchases of green power.
In 2009, businesses in Santa Clara purchased almost 38 million kWh of renewable energy certificates through Silicon Valley Power's Santa Clara Green Power program, which is jointly managed with 3Degrees. The program has a customer participation rate of eight percent, the sixth best customer participation rate in the country. The 4,000 residential participants in the Santa Clara program purchased the equivalent of over 25 million kWh of wind and solar. In addition, some Santa Clara businesses supported renewable energy by purchasing RECs from other vendors. Most notably, the nation's largest purchaser of renewable energy certificates (RECs) is Santa Clara based Intel, which purchased the equivalent of over 1.4 billion kWhs in 2009 for their national operations from a nation-wide supplier.
The other communities topping the EPA rankings include: Gresham, OR (126 million kWh and 12% participation), Corvallis, OR (100 million kWh, 15% participation), Bellingham, WA (92 million kWh, 13% participation), and Beaverton, OR (71 million kWh, 5% participation).
News Release - EPA Names Santa Clara The Top Green Power Community In The United States
News Article - Santa Clara top 'green' power community in U.S.
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Contact: Carol McCarthy, 408-615-2213
August 2009 - Santa Clara University doubled its commitment to renewable energy by purchasing 22.5 million kilowatt-hours of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) through Silicon Valley Power's voluntary green pricing program, Santa Clara Green Power. The purchase makes Santa Clara University the municipal utility’s largest purchaser of green power.
News Release - Santa Clara University Increases Its Green Power Purchasing
to Become One of the Top Green Power Universities in the Nation
September 2008 - Santa Clara University has expanded its annual green power purchase commitment from 8 million kWh to about 11.3 million kWh. The purchase was made through Santa Clara Green Power, the green pricing program of the city’s municipal utility, Silicon Valley Power (SVP), which is marketed in partnership with 3Degrees. The utility offers renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from newly constructed wind projects located within the western U.S. The expanded purchase makes the University a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership’s Green Power Leadership Club.
News Release - Santa Clara University Purchases over 11 Million Kilowatt-Hours of Clean Renewable Energy
SVP Contact: Joyce Kinnear, (408) 615-5686
October 2007 - Twenty-seven companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Twelfth National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference in Philadelphia. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.
Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to City of Bellingham, WA, Johnson & Johnson, Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., PepsiCo, Staples, Wells Fargo & Company and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partner of the Year. Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power and Silicon Valley Power were named Green Power Programs of the Year and Constellation NewEnergy won for New Green Power Product. John Schaeffer of Gaiam Real Goods and William Sprately of Green Energy Ohio received the Green Power Pioneer Award.
News Release - Department of Energy Recognizes Six Leading Organizations for Helping the U.S. 'Go Green'
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More Information - Federal News Radio's Daily Debrief with Amy Morris (Green Power! - October 30, 2007)
July 2007 - Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the municipal electric utility of the City of Santa Clara, Calif., announced several new or increased purchase commitments totaling more than 10 million kWh for the utility's Santa Clara Green Power. Santa Clara University increased its annual purchase commitment fivefold to 8 million kWh and both Yahoo! and National Semiconductor are purchasing 1.6 million kWh annually, or the equivalent of one-half of the annual output of one large-scale wind turbine. The utility offers renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from newly constructed wind and solar projects located in California at a price of 1.5¢/kWh above standard rates. In May, the City endorsed a community renewable energy challenge to boost program participation from 6% to 10% by the end of 2007.
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News Release - National Semiconductor Commits to Half-Turbine Renewable Power Purchase from Silicon Valley Power (PDF 50 KB) Download Adobe Reader
SVP Contact: Joyce Kinnear, (408) 615-5686
March 2007 - The City of Santa Clara (Calif.) recently endorsed a community renewable energy challenge to boost participation in Silicon Valley Power's (SVP) Santa Clara Green Power program to 10% by the end of 2007. The program has already garnered a 6% customer participation rate after only two years in operation. Under the program, the utility's customers can purchase green power at a premium of 1.5¢/kWh above standard rates. Residential customers must participate at a 100% monthly usage level while large commercial and industrial customers can purchase an unlimited number of 1,000-kWh blocks. SVP operates the program in partnership with 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees), using renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from newly constructed wind and solar projects located in California.
SVP recently announced major green power purchases by two of its commercial customers: Westfield Valley Fair, part of the world's largest retail property group, is purchasing 1.6 million kWh annually, and Applied Materials, a global leader in nanomanufacturing technology solutions, is purchasing 8.2 million kWh annually.
News Release - Green Green Green!
SVP Contact: Joyce Kinnear (408) 615-5686
December 2006 - Twenty-eight companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Eleventh National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.
Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to Aspen Skiing Company, HSBC-North America, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partner of the Year. Portland General Electric was named Green Power Program of the Year and Silicon Valley Power won for New Green Power Program. Jim Burke of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Brent Alderfer and Eric Blank of Community Energy Inc. received the Green Power Pioneer Award.
News Release - 2006 National Green Power Award Winners Announced
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February 2005 - Silicon Valley Power (SVP) announced that 729 residential and business customers, or 1.5% of its customer base, have enrolled in its Santa Clara Green Power program after just three months in operation. SVP has set a goal of enrolling 5% of its customers in the program by the end of the first year.
Under the program, customers can purchase renewable energy to meet all of their electricity needs at a rate premium of 1.5¢/kWh, or an extra $7 each month for the average residential customer using 470 kWh a month. The program is supplied with renewable energy credits from newly constructed wind farms and solar photovoltaic projects located in California.
News Release - Santa Clara Green Power, Silicon Valley Power's Renewable Energy Option, Surpasses National Green Power Average After Only Three Months
News Article - Utility's 'green power' customer list grows
October 2004 - Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the municipal electric utility of the City of Santa Clara, CA, announced a new renewable energy offering for its residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Under the new program—Santa Clara Green Power—customers can choose to receive 100% renewable energy for a premium of 1.5¢/kWh. The product will be supplied with renewable energy credits from newly constructed wind turbine facilities and new solar photovoltaic projects located within California. Additionally, a portion of the program revenues will be used to support new solar facilities in the Santa Clara community.
SVP is partnering with 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees), a California-based renewable energy company, to develop the offering and manage the renewable energy purchases and marketing on behalf of the City.
News Release - Silicon Valley Power Offers New Wind and Solar Energy Choice Option to its Residential and Commercial Customers
News Release - Santa Clara offers 'green power' but at a premium price
SVP Contact: Joyce Kinnear (408) 615-5686