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March 2014 - Steelcase Inc., a developer and manufacturer of furniture products and services for offices, is investing in a long-term renewable energy goal of 127,067 MWh, equivalent to 100% of its global electricity consumption. According to the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership, this investment in green power makes the company the 15th largest 100% renewable energy purchaser in the United States. Steelcase purchases renewable energy certificates from a portfolio that includes newer projects and renewable energy sources, such as wind and hydroelectric energy in North America and Europe.

Press Release - Steelcase Commitment to Renewable Energy Equivalent to 100% of Company's Global Electricity Use


February 2014 - The Green Schools Alliance (GSA), a peer-to-peer network of over 3,000 schools in 42 U.S. states and 35 countries, has partnered with Sterling Planet, a retail renewable energy provider, to deliver green power to the Green Schools Renewable Energy Purchasing Consortium. Since 2013, the consortium has invited schools to collectively purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) for their facilities, earn national recognition from EPA's Green Power Partnership and encourage renewable energy use within the educational community. To date, schools are planning to purchase approximately 15,000 MWh of renewable energy.

Press Release - GSA Announces Purchasing Consortium Energy Provider


April 2013 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released its updated list of the National Top 50 Partners. This list is comprised of the organizations making the largest green power purchases in the United States. Collectively, the top 50 organizations account for more than 17 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power purchased annually. This list welcomed four new members, including Apple (10th), Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Company (31st), the State of Wisconsin (32nd), and Appleton Coated LLC (47th). Intel Corporation continues to hold top spot, while Microsoft Corporation took the second position from Kohl's Department Stores. Additionally, U.S. Department of Energy (6th) and Starbucks (8th) moved into the Top Ten.

This release is accompanied by the new EPA Long-term Contracts list featuring organizations that have committed to purchasing green power for five years or more. The top partners were University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Amway. Among the 47 members of the list are fifteen higher education institutions, with seven standing in the Top Ten.

Press Release - EPA Announces U.S. Organizations Using the Most Green Power

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership National Top 50 Partners

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership Long-term Contracts


February 2013 - Aqua America announced that the volume of its green power purchases has qualified it for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. The company is purchasing the equivalent of nearly 13 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents 4 percent of the organization's electricity use. The Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) were purchased from Constellation NewEnergy, a competitive energy supplier, and will be sourced primarily through wind energy.

Aqua America also installed a 1.1-megawatt solar farm at its Ingram's Mill water treatment plant in 2009.

News Release - Aqua America Recognized By EPA for Reducing Carbon Footprint

Additional Information - Aqua America Sustainability Report

Contact: Donna Alston, 610-645-1095


September 2012 - The town of Wellesley has become the first U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Community in Massachusetts. To achieve this designation, a community must acquire at least 3 percent of its electricity from sources of green power and Wellesley's current percentage of renewable use sits at 4.12 percent. The bulk of this renewably generated electricity stems from community members enrolling in the Wellesley's Renewable Energy program. The Renewable Energy program is a local voluntary green power program that purchases its power from the Spruce Mountain wind farm in Maine. Presently, 11.8 percent of Municipal Light Plant accounts participate in the voluntary green power program.

Additional Information - Babson College Honored As Green Power Partner


August 2012 - Coca-Cola Refreshments has earned the third spot on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of largest on-site green power generators, largely due to Coca-Cola's installation of an onsite landfill-gas-to-energy system at an Atlanta facility. The system supplies most of the facility's energy needs, including electricity, steam and chilled water. The system contributes at least 48 million kilowatt-hours of on-site biomass energy each year and was part of the facility's effort to achieve LEED Gold certification. In addition, Coca-Cola also uses biofuels, fuel cells and solar panels at other facilities, which contributed to the EPA's recognition.

Walmart (114.9 million kWh) and BMW (61.8 million kWh) are the EPA's top on-site green power generators with the U.S. Air Force (39.7 million kWh) and the City of San Francisco (31.8 million kWh) rounding out the top five places.

News Release - EPA Recognizes Coca-Cola Refreshments Among Nation's Top Green Energy Users

News Article - Coca-Cola Makes EPA List of Largest On-Site Green Power Generators


June 2012 - The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to purchase more than 22 million kilowatt-hours of solar and wind renewable energy certificates (RECs), matching 100 percent of their electricity demand for two years. As part of the purchase, the team will acquire a share of the RECs from the largest solar project in Pennsylvania, a 6-megawatt ground-mounted project currently under development in Lancaster County.

The REC purchase agreement is part of the "Red Goes Green" initiative, which the team started in 2008 when the Phillies became the first Major League Baseball team to join the EPA's Green Power Partnership program.

News Release - Phillies Power Up Citizens Bank Park with Pennsylvania Electricity

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership: Phillies Partner Profile


May 2012 - The City of Evanston, Illinois, selected Constellation Energy to be the city's community choice aggregation (CCA) electricity provider. In response to the recently approved CCA referendum, which was supported by 73 percent of Evanston voters, the Evanston City Council voted unanimously to purchase electricity from Constellation Energy. Constellation Energy will provide Evanston with 100 percent renewable electricity for a term of 12 months at a rate of 4.797¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is about 38 percent lower than the city's current residential electric rate. Renewable energy for the program will be provided by the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind projects in Illinois and adjacent states.

The City of Peoria, Illinois, selected Homefield Energy as the city's CCA electricity provider. Homefield Energy will provide 100 percent renewable electricity to Peoria over a two-year period, at a rate of 4.08¢/kWh. Renewable electricity for Peoria's CCA program will be provided by the purchase of RECs, sourced from various renewable energy projects. Customers will be receiving opt-out letters by the end of May, and will have 15 days to respond if they do not wish to participate in the CCA program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the Village of Oak Park, Illinois, as a Green Power Community for choosing renewable energy sources for its CCA program. Green Power Communities are cities, towns and villages whose local government, businesses and residents collectively purchase green power in amounts that meet or exceed EPA's green power purchasing requirements. Oak Park uses 191 million kWh of green power annually, and ranks first among Green Power Communities in terms of the percentage green power, with about 83 percent of the village's total electricity use provided by green power.

News Release - Evanston to Buy its Own Energy, Save Residents Money and Help Achieve Climate Action Goals

News Release - Constellation Energy Chosen by Evanston, Illinois to Supply Low-Cost Electricity and Green Energy to Residents

News Release - Municipal Electricity Aggregation Results

News Release - EPA designates Oak Park a Green Power Community

Additional Information - Evanston Community Choice Electricity Aggregation

Contacts:
Maureen Brown, Constellation Energy, 410-470-9700
Christopher Setti, City of Peoria, 309-494-8618
David Powers, Village of Oak Park, 708-358-5781
K.C. Poulos, Village of Oak Park, 708-358-5778


April 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its updated National Top 50 Green Power Partnership rankings, which recognize leading organizations for their voluntary green power efforts. Microsoft and McDonald's, who joined the EPA Green Power Partnership in March, both made the National Top 50 rankings. Microsoft ranked 3rd, with more than 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of annual green power usage, while McDonald's ranked 11th overall with 306 million kWh of annual green power usage. Intel and Kohl's retained the top two spots.

News Release - EPA Releases List of Top 50 Green-Powered Organizations/Intel, Kohl's, Microsoft rank in top three


April 2012 - Lowe's increased its annual green power purchasing by 34 percent, according to the company's 2011 Social Responsibility Report. Lowe's purchased more than 148 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy in 2011, compared to 111 million kWh in 2010. The increase in green power purchasing allowed Lowe's to move up from 34th to 31st on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Top 50 Green Power Partner rankings. Lowe's currently ranks 8th on the Top 20 Retail Green Power Partner list.

Additional Information - Lowe's Sustainability Report: Purchased Green Power Jumps 34%

Additional Information - Purchasing Green Power


April 2012 - Wellesley, Massachusetts residents and businesses are voluntarily supporting renewable energy. The town has achieved a 10 percent green power participation rate through Wellesley's Renewable Energy Program. Wellesley Municipal Light Plant customers have the power to choose renewable energy, generated primarily from the Spruce Mountain Wind Farm, for a portion or all of their electricity usage.

Babson College, Massachusetts, recently joined Wellesley's Renewable Energy Program. Babson will join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership, and the town of Wellesley is also in the process of applying to be an EPA Green Power Community for its voluntary green power achievements. Green Power Communities must collectively use green power in amounts that meet minimum EPA percentage requirements, based on base load electricity use.

News Release - Babson College To Be Powered By Renewable Energy; Over 10% of Wellesley Residents and Commercial Businesses Also Chose Renewable Energy Enabling the Town to be Closer to its Goal of Being Named a Green Power Community by the EPA

Contact: Michael Chmura, Babson College, 781-239-4549


March 2012 - Marin Energy Authority (MEA), a community choice aggregation program, has nearly doubled the renewable energy content of its Light Green power option. Marin Clean Energy (MCE), overseen by MEA, increased the renewable energy content of its Light Green power product from 27 to 50 percent. In addition to the Light Green power option, MCE customers may also opt for Deep Green, MCE's 100 percent renewable energy product.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership ranked MEA 12th on its Top 20 Local Government rankings. MEA also qualified for the EPA Green Power Leadership Club which recognizes organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA's minimum green power purchase requirements.

News Article - Marin Energy Authority surpasses renewable goals


February 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed its quarterly Green Power Partnership rankings, which recognizes leading organizations for their green power efforts. Wal-Mart moved up in rankings from 15th to 3rd in overall green power use, behind Intel and Kohl's, who retained their top two rankings. Wal-Mart increased its green power use from about 263 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) as of October 5, 2011 to more than 872 million kWh as of January 5, 2012. The Green Power Partnership rankings only include Wal-Mart's California and Texas facilities.

Sprint also moved up the Green Power Partner rankings, from 20th place to 13th place on the Fortune 500 Partners List, and up from 45th place to 26th place on the National Top 50 Partners List. Sprint increased its green power use from about 107 million kWh as of October 5, 2011 to 176 million kWh as of January 5, 2012. Supermarket retailer Ahold USA made the Green Power Partnership rankings for the first time, with more than 149 million kWh of annual green power use.

News Release - Wal-Mart No. 2 on EPA's Top 20 Retail List of Green Power Purchases in Two Biggest States

News Release - Sprint Leads Wireless Industry in Green Power, Securing No. 13 on EPA Fortune 500 Green Power Partner List

News Release - Ahold USA Recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Leading Green Power Purchases

Additional Information - Green Power Partnership Top Partner Rankings


February 2012 - InterContinental Miami hotel has partnered with Greenlight Energy to purchase 15.4 million kilowatt-hours of wind renewable energy certificates (RECs), equivalent to 100 percent of the hotel's electricity needs for 2012. InterContinental Miami has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 100 percent Green Power Purchasers List, as well as the EPA's Green Power Leadership Club for its purchase.

News Release - InterContinental Miami goes 100% Green with Wind Power


December 2011 - Green House Data increased its purchase of renewable energy by 100 percent in 2011. This increase expands the company's annual green power purchasing to 1.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). In 2011, the company was recognized to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Leadership Club, which recognizes organizations that have significantly exceeded the EPA Green Power Partnership's minimum green power purchasing requirements.

News Release - Green House Data Doubles Its Renewable Energy Purchases for Data Center


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.

Google ranks 47th on the Green Power Partnership's National Top 50 list, with over 103 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of annual green power usage. In addition to on-site renewable energy generation, Google purchases renewable energy from NextEra Energy Resources, Renewable Choice Energy, and Puget Sound Energy.

Ingram Micro ranks 61st on the Green Power Partnership's Fortune 500 Partners list, purchasing more than 3.1 million kWh of green power each year, which is equivalent to meet 107 percent of the company's electricity use at its corporate headquarters in Santa Ana, California. Ingram Micro is purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy.

Price Chopper Supermarkets ranks 18th on the Green Power Partnership's Top 20 Retail list, using 12 million kWh of green power annually. Price Chopper purchases green power from Hess Energy Marketing.

News Release - U.S. EPA adds Global Tech Giants Google, Ingram Micro as Green Power Partners

News Release - EPA Recognizes Ingram Micro Inc. Among Nation's Leading Green Power Purchasers

News Release - EPA Recognizes Price Chopper Supermarkets Among Nation's Leading Green Power Purchasers


September 2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the communities of Brookeville (MD) and Washington, D.C. as winners of the first Green Power Community Challenge. The year-long challenge encouraged communities across the U.S. to voluntarily increase their use of Green Power generated from renewable resources.

Washington, D.C. won the title for the largest amount of annual green power usage. District of Columbia residents, businesses, and District Government are collectively using more than 772 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power each year, enough to meet 8% of the community's total electricity use. Brookeville (MD) won for the highest green power percentage of electricity use (45%).

Separately from EPA's Green Power Community Challenge, the City of Austin (TX) municipal government announced that it is switching to 100% green power on October 1st, 2011. The 400 million kWh purchase makes the City of Austin the second largest local government purchaser of green power in the U.S., behind the City of Houston, and the largest local government purchasing 100% of its total electricity use from green power. The purchase will be through Austin Energy's Green Choice program. Renewable energy for the program will be produced at a wind farm in West Texas.

News Release - City of Austin largest local government in U.S. to go 100% Green Powered

News Release - EPA Announces Winners of First-Ever Green Power Community Challenge

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership


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.

News Release - Shaughnessy Renews and Increases Environmental Commitment


April 2011 - The Big Ten conference surpassed the Ivy League conference as the top athletic conference in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) College and University Green Power Challenge. The Big Ten purchased more than 256 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.

The University of Pennsylvania continues to be the top individual school in the green power challenge, by purchasing approximately 200 million kWh, equivalent to nearly half of the university's electricity needs. The 69 institutions competing in the challenge collectively purchase more than 1.5 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release – EPA Recognizes Leaders in College and University Green Power Challenge

Contacts: Stacy Kika, 202-564-0906 | Cathy Milbourn, 202-564-7849


March 2011 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Washington D.C. as the nation's leading Green Power Community for collectively purchasing nearly 756 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, over 8 percent of the community's total electricity use. The combined green power purchasing by residents and organizations within the District is enough electricity to power 65,000 average U.S. homes for a year.

District leaders initiated a Green Power Challenge to increase citywide green power purchases by 33 percent before August 31, 2011. If the challenge is successful, the District's green power purchases will exceed 1 billion kWh annually and equal approximately 10 percent of the community's total electricity use.

News Release - U.S. EPA to Recognize Washington DC as the Nation's Leading Green Power Community

Additional Information - Green Energy DC

Additional Information - Green Power Community Challenge Rankings

Contact - Melissa Donnelly, 202-343-9546


February 2011 - The Environmental Protection Agency's Emission and Generation Integrated Resource Database (eGRID) is now updated with 2007 data. The eGRID database provides emissions and emissions rates for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. The update also includes new data on regional output emissions rates and non-baseload output emission rates, which are frequently used to calculate the benefits of renewable energy systems.

Additional Information - eGRID2010 Version 1.0 Year 2007 GHG Annual Output Emission RatesPDF

Contact: Art Diem, 202-343-9340


February 2011 - Intel Corporation has nearly doubled its annual green power purchase to more than 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), maintaining its spot at the top of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership's Top 50 purchasers list. Kohl's Department Stores also increased its purchase to more than 1.4 billion kWh annually. Newcomers to the Top 50 list include Best Buy, Suffolk County, NY, and Drexel University.

Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 13.5 billion kWh annually, or approximately 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,300 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy more than 19.2 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - EPA Partners Continue Large Green Power Purchases / One corporation nearly doubles its green power usage

Contact: Stacy Kika, 202-564-0906


November 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released its latest list of top green power purchasers. Retaining their places at the top of the list were Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, and Whole Foods Market. Entering the Top 5 were Starbucks (No. 4) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (No.5). Starbucks jumped 12 spots in the rankings after increasing its purchase from 237 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) to more than 537 million kWh, and it is now meeting 55% of its total purchased electricity use with green power. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania increased its purchase from 400 million kWh to 500 million kWh, and currently supplies 50% of its purchased electricity from green power.

Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 12.5 billion kWh annually, or approximately 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,300 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy nearly 18 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - Starbucks recognized as one of the Top Green Power Purchasers in the nation

News Release - EPA Recognizes Top Green Power Purchasers

Additional Information - EPA List of National Top 50 Green Power Purchasers

Contact: Stacy Kika, 202-564-0906 or Cathy Milbourn, 202-564-7849


October 2010 - Twenty-eight companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Renewable Energy Markets 2010 Conference in Portland. 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 the Kohl's Department Stores, Motorola, Inc., TD Bank, and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partners of the Year. The City of San Francisco and Phoenix Press, Inc. were recognized for their On-Site Generation. Corvallis, Oregon and Park City, Utah were honored as Communities of the Year. 3Degrees, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, SunRun Inc., and SolarCity were named Non-Utility Green Power Suppliers of the Year. La Plata Electric Association, Inc. and Portland General Electric won for Utility Green Power Programs of the Year. Arizona Public Service was awarded for Best Green Power Education Outreach Program. Sundance Square was named for Best Promotional Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser. Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power were recognized for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier. Thor Hinckley of Portland General Electric received the Green Power Pioneer Award.

News Release - DOE Recognizes Six Organizations as Nation's Top Green Power Suppliers

News Release - EPA Honors 18 Partners for Advancing Green Power Market

News Release - Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2010 Green Power Leadership Award Winners

News Article - Portland General Electric Receives Two National Green Power Awards

More Information - 2010 Green Power Leadership Awards


September 2010 - Southwestern University has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership program with its purchase of more than 17 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy annually for the next 18 years. The purchase is equivalent to 100 percent of the university's estimated annual electricity use. The electricity will be sourced from the Southwest Mesa and South Trent Wind Farms through an agreement between the City of Georgetown and AEP Energy Partners.

News Release - Southwestern Joins EPA's Green Power Partnership Program

News Release - A Historic Moment for Southwestern

Additional Information - Southwestern's sustainability activities

Contact: Ellen Davis, 512-863-1570


September 2010 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its national Green Power Community Challenge, a year-long campaign to encourage cities, towns, villages, and Native American tribes to use renewable energy and fight climate change. To participate, a local government must join EPA's Green Power Partnership and use green power in amounts that meet the program's purchase requirements. The local government must also conduct a campaign to encourage local businesses and residents to collectively buy or produce green power on-site in amounts that meet EPA requirements.

As part of the national campaign, communities will compete to see which one can use the most green power and which one can achieve the highest green power percentage of total electricity use. There will be a separate award for each category with national recognition and special attention from EPA. The winners will be announced in September 2011.

More than 30 cities and towns in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin have become green power communities, and are collectively buying more than 900 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. The campaign is designed to expand upon the successes of the program, aiming to double the total aggregate amount of green power used by EPA Green Power Communities.

News Release - EPA Launches Green Power Community Challenge Nationwide/Local governments expand use of green power

More Information - EPA's Green Power Community Challenge

More Information - EPA's Green Power Communities

Contacts:
Stacy Kika, 202-564-0906
Cathy Milbourn, 202-564-7849


August 2010 - Marin Energy Authority (Calif.) is purchasing more than 42 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, enough to meet 25 percent of electricity use for its communities in Marin County. The purchase is of biogas, biomass, and wind through Shell Energy North America. The size of the purchase was great enough to put Marin Energy Authority in the EPA's Top 20 list of the largest local government green power purchasers nationwide for the first time, at Number 13.

The Marin Energy Authority operates Marin Clean Energy, a program that offers a 25% and 100% renewable option to its customers. Marin Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, whereby the existing local utility continues to deliver electricity and bill consumers, but CCA determines the source and price paid for generation.

News Release - San Francisco Bay Area Municipalities Get Thumbs up from the Federal Government for Fighting Climate Change

EPA Contact: Mary Simms


August 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released its latest list of top green power purchasers. Retaining their places at the top of the list were Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, City of Houston, and Dell Inc.

There were a number of newcomers to the Top 50 list including: Washington, D.C. (No. 14), TD Bank, N.A. (No. 15), the state of Illinois (No. 23), Pearson, Inc. (No. 27), Chicago Public Schools (No. 35), and Harris N.A. (No. 42). BD (No. 19) and the Port of Portland (No. 49) both rose in the rankings by nearly doubling their green power purchases.

Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 12 billion kWh annually, or approximately 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy more than 17 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - EPA Announces Nation's Top 50 Green Power Organizations

Contact: Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827 or 202-564-4355


June 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released its latest list of top green power purchasers. Retaining their places at the top of the list were Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, City of Houston, and Dell Inc.

Other changes in rankings included Motorola increasing its purchase by 40.6 million kilowatt-hours to meet 32 percent of its total purchased electricity use and PepsiCo leaving the top green power purchasing list to instead invest in on-site renewable energy projects. In addition, there were a number of newcomers to the Top 50 list including: Montgomery County Clean Energy Buyers Group (No. 22), Hilton Worldwide (No. 32), Citi (No. 49), and Oregon State University (No. 50). Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 11.6 billion kWh annually, or more than 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy more than 17 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Article - America's Greenest Companies

News Article - Green power group buying 16.5 TWh a year

Additional Information - EPA List of National Top 50 Green Power Purchasers


April 2010 - The University of Pennsylvania topped the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2009-2010 College and University Green Power Challenge by purchasing more than 192 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power. The challenge ranks colleges and universities individually and by conference. The Ivy League was the top conference, collectively purchasing over 225 million kWh of green power. The 54 universities competing in the challenge purchased more than 1 billion kWh.

News Release - 54 Universities Compete in EPA's Green Power Challenge

Additional Information - 2009-2010 College & University Green Power Challenge

Contact: Dave Ryan (news media only), 202-564-7827, 202-564-4355


April 2010 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an updated version of the Guide to Purchasing Green Power. The guide provides information about green power products, the benefits of green power purchasing, and how to capture the greatest benefit from a green power purchase. The updated guide includes new market information and terminology, information on REC tracking systems, guidance on making environmental claims, new case studies, information on power purchase agreements for on-site renewable projects, and resources for Federal agencies on planning green power purchases or on-site renewable projects.

Additional Information - Guide to Purchasing Green Power (PDF 2.0 MB) Download Adobe Reader

Contact: Allison Dennis, 202-343-9526


February 2010 - DCG/West, a Seattle-based printing company, has signed up to purchase 100 percent of its electricity, or nearly 2.6 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, from Seattle City Light's Green Up program. The company was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its commitment to green operations and is currently ranked 17th on the EPA's Green Power Partnership Top 20 Printers list. The Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use.

News Release - Seattle Printing Company Gets Green Thumbs Up from EPA

Contact: Hanady Kader, 206-553-0454


January 2010 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued revised lists of its leading green power partners nationally. Kohl's increased its purchase by 160 percent, from 851 million kWh to 1.37 billion kWh, moving from the third-largest purchaser to the second-largest purchaser. Bank of New York Mellon also increased its purchase by 238 percent, from 96 million kWh to 229.5 million kWh, moving from 36th largest purchaser to the 17th largest purchaser.

BD, a global medical technology company, and Carnegie Mellon University both entered the EPA's National Top 50 list, purchasing approximately 101 million kWh and 86.8 million kWh, respectively.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 partner organizations that are collectively buying more than 18 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - Green Power Usage Edged Higher in 2009 among EPA Partners

Contact: Dave Ryan (news media only) 202-564-7827 or 202-564-4355


January 2010 - Other World Computing (OWC), a technology and internet services provider headquartered in Woodstock, Illinois, has installed a Vestas V39-500 kilowatt (kW) wind turbine. The turbine is projected to generate 1.25 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, nearly double the current energy requirements of OWC operations. The excess power is sold back to the local power provider.

The turbine is part of a slate of initiatives developed by OWC when designing its corporate headquarters. The turbine and the OWC building and campus have also applied for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum status.

News Release - Other World Computing Recognized by EPA Green Power Partnership Program for Achieving More than 100% On-Site Power Generation

Additional information - OWC.NET your "Green" Internet Solutions Provider

Contact: Eileen Millard, 815-333-5023


December 2009 - The City of Lake Oswego, Oregon has been named a Green Power Community by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its high percentage of renewable energy purchases by local government, businesses and residents. The city recently concluded its two-month Green Power Challenge, attracting 336 residential and 20 business customers to purchase green power through Portland General Electric's renewable programs. The campaign increased the community's collective green power participation rate to more than 12 percent and bumped up the city's consumption of renewable energy to about 9 percent (35 million kWh) of its total demand.

Additionally, the City currently purchases more than 1.7 million kWh of wind power annually for its operations, equivalent to nearly 8 percent of Lake Oswego's annual electricity use for its facilities.

EPA's Green Power Community initiative recognizes communities that collectively purchase green power in amounts that meet EPA's purchase requirements. Lake Oswego is the 12th community in Oregon and 25th in the nation to receive the honor.

News Release - Lake Oswego Exceeds Green Power Challenge (November 2009)

News Article - EPA names Lake Oswego a 'green power' community for high green energy purchasing

Additional Information - Lake Oswego Green Power Challenge

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Communities

Contact: Susan Millhauser, 503-228-6322, online e-mail form


October 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership has recognized 20 primary and secondary schools for using the most renewable energy. Combined, the top 20 partners purchase almost 113 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy. The top five schools are Austin Independent School District (Austin, Texas), Round Rock Independent School District (Round Rock, Texas), Rochester City School District (Rochester, New York), Bullis School (Potomic, Maryland), and The Dalton School (New York, New York).

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,100 organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, EPA Green Power Partners are buying more than 17 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - EPA Names Top 20 Green Powered Schools

Additional Information - Top 20 K-12 Schools

Contact: Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827


September 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership recently recognized FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko's), a global provider of document solutions and business services, for the company's purchase of more than 34 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually to meet approximately 14 percent of its total annual U.S. electricity needs with renewable energy. Fedex Office ranks first on the EPA Top 20 Printers List of the largest green power purchasers in the commercial printing business.

FedEx Office's green power purchases are part of a broader initiative by FedEx Corp. to minimize its impact on the environment. For example, in 2010 FedEx Express plans to open its largest solar-powered hub to date in Cologne, Germany, which will include a 1.4-megawatt solar power system. By 2020, FedEx plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions intensity from its FedEx Express aircraft fleet by 20 percent and improve the fuel efficiency of its FedEx Express vehicle fleet by 20 percent.

News Release - PA Recognizes FedEx Office for Leading Green Power Purchases In Print and Retail Industries


September 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership recently recognized Lockheed Martin, a global advanced technology security company, for its purchase of 98 million kilowatt-hours of green power, which represents 5 percent of its estimated electricity usage, making Lockheed Martin the 34th largest green power purchaser in the nation. A portion of the corporation's green power purchase consists of renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased from 3Degrees Inc. and Sterling Planet, but the company also purchases bundled green energy from utilities serving regions in which its operations are located.

In addition, Lockheed Martin has a goal to reduce energy use by 25 percent by 2012 and was awarded a "Sustainable Communities Champion" award by San Diego Gas & Electric for its new campus at Scripps Ranch in San Diego.

News Release - Lockheed Martin Opens New "Green" Facility In San Diego

News Release - EPA Recognizes Lockheed Martin As A Top Green Power Purchaser

Contact: Gail Rymer, 301-535-9500


September 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership recently recognized Deutsche Bank for its purchase of 160 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy certificates (RECs) per year from 3Degrees Inc. The two-year agreement will supply RECs equivalent to 100% of electricity needs of the company's U.S. corporate offices and facilities. The purchase is a part of Deutsche Bank's commitment to reduce its global carbon footprint by 20 percent annually compared to its 2007 base year in order to neutralize the CO2 emissions of its worldwide operations by 2012.

News Release - Deutsche Bank Championship sustains green commitment

News Release - Deutsche Bank Commits to 100% Green Energy for its Americas Facilities

Contact: Ted Meyer, 212-250-7253


September 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership recently recognized Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon), a global leader in asset management and securities servicing, for the company's purchase of more than 96 million kilowatt-hours of green power from NextEra Energy Resources and Pepco Energy Services. The purchase is equivalent to nearly one third of the organization's domestically purchased electricity use. BNY Mellon was ranked #37 on EPA's National Top 50 purchaser list.

In addition, two of BNY Mellon's three commercial office buildings in downtown Pittsburgh are Energy Star-certified and the company has applied for Gold LEED CI-certification for recent renovations to a portion of BNY Mellon Center.

News Release - The Bank of New York Mellon Ranked Among EPA's Top 20 Green Power Purchasers

News Release - BNY Mellon to Beautify ’Green Heart of Pittsburgh‘ for G-20 Events

Contact: Lane Cigna, 412-234-0575


September 2009 - Twenty-six companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Renewable Energy Markets 2009 Conference in Atlanta. 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 the Deutsche Bank AG, Intel Corporation, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., who were named Partners of the Year. 3Degrees and Bonneville Environmental Foundation were named Non-Utility Green Power Suppliers of the Year. Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, Madison Gas and Electric Company, and Puget Sound Energy won for Utility Green Power Programs of the Year. Ed Holt of Ed Holt & Associates, Inc. received the Green Power Pioneer Award.

News Release - DOE, EPA, and CRS Announce Green Power Leadership Awards

News Release - DOE Recognizes Green Power Network Leaders

More Information - 2008 Green Power Leadership Awards


July 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership has recognized 20 partners for generating the most green electricity on-site. Combined, the top 20 partners generate more than 736 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of on-site green power annually, with the top five accounting for more than 535 million kWh. The top five partners are, in order, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, City of San Diego, San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (Calif.), and CalPortland.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,100 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy more than 16 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - EPA Names Top 20 Organizations Running on Their Own Green Power

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership's Top 20 On-site list

Contacts:
Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827
Skip Anderson, 202-564-9551


July 2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership announced that green power buyers in Illinois combined for purchases of more than 445 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from renewable resources for 2008. The City of Chicago topped green power buyers in the state, with a purchase of 215 million kWh of wind and biomass energy from MidAmerican Energy. Other large buyers included PepsiAmericas Inc., which purchased 157 million kWh from Sterling Planet, Northwestern University in Evanston, and healthcare company Baxter International Inc. An additional six Illinois companies were recognized by the Partnership for buying enough green power to supply 100% of their electricity demand for the year. These were General Converting Inc., Talbott Hotel, Goodness Greenness, Tartan Realty Group, Digital Hub, and Farr Associates.

News Release: EPA'S Illinois Green Power Partners Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions


May 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized three Washington universities for their combined purchases of nearly 64 million kWh of green power. The three recognized universities were Western Washington University, with a purchase of 40,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), Evergreen State College, with 16,206,000 kWh, and Pacific Lutheran University, with a purchase of 7,764,660 kWh of green power. The three schools were recognized as leaders in their respective U.S. collegiate athletic conferences.

The College & University Green Power Challenge Championship is one of the EPA Green Power Partnership’s recognition programs. The partnership also separately recognizes substantial green power purchases in other sectors, including government, local communities, and Fortune 500 companies.

News Release - Washington Universities Get National Recognition for Green Energy Push at Athletic Events

Contact: Hanady Kader, 206-553-0454


April 2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Ivy League as the winner in the 2008-09 College & University Green Power Challenge, which tracks green power purchasing across collegiate athletic conferences. The Ivy League, led by the University of Pennsylvania, purchased an annual total of more than 225 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power.

The 2008-09 Challenge included 44 competing institutions representing 22 different conferences nationwide. The total cumulative annual purchasing through the 2008-09 Challenge exceeded 1 billion kWh. The University of Pennsylvania purchased nearly 193 million kWh of green power, followed by New York University with 132 million kWh, and Penn State with 83.6 million kWh. The Ivy League’s 2008-09 win marks the third in a row for the Conference.

To be eligible, each school in participating conferences must qualify as an EPA Green Power partner in the EPA Green Power Partnership, and each conference must collectively purchase at least 10 million kWh of green power.

Press Release - EPA Recognizes Colleges and Universities in the Green Power Challenge

EPA Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-4355 x-7819


March 2009 - BD Medical and Millipore Corp. collectively committed to purchase 47 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually and joined the Green-e Marketplace program, which enables them to display the Green-e logo on product packaging or marketing materials to help customers identify products and services produced using certified renewable energy. The BD Medical facility located in Sandy, Utah purchased 37 million kWh of wind energy from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Energy program to meet 100% of its energy needs for manufacturing two of its safety-engineered devices. The Millipore Corp. located in Billerica, Massachusetts purchased 10 million kWh from 3Degrees to offset 100% of its electricity use in its facilities in Temecula and Anderson, California, St. Charles, Missouri, and Danvers, Massachusetts.

News Release - BD Ranks 23rd on EPA’s Fortune 500 List of Green Power Purchasers

News Release - Millipore Joins EPA’s Green Power Partnership

News Release - Medical and Life Science Leaders Join Green-e Marketplace With 100% Renewable Energy Purchase


March 2009 - Connecticut’s Governor M. Jodi Rell announced that the state will purchase more than 98 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power this year, making Connecticut one of only three states to be placed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) top 50 list of national Green Power Partners. The renewable energy purchased is equivalent to 17 percent of the total electricity used in the state’s facilities. Connecticut’s renewable energy purchase is in support of Governor Rell’s Energy Vision for a Cleaner, Greener State, which set a goal of increasing the percentage of clean, renewable energy consumed by state government from all sources to 20 percent by the year 2020.

News Release - EPA Recognizes Connecticut as One of Nation’s Top Green Power Purchasers

Contact: Governor’s Office, 860-524-7313


February 2009 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued revised lists of its leading green power partners nationally. For a second year, Intel Corporation remained at the top of the National Top 50 list while PepsiCo retained its position as the second largest purchaser. Dell Inc. climbed to third place with its annual green power purchases of more than 550 million kWh per year to meet 158% of its annual electricity demand. While a number of companies increased or decreased their annual purchase amounts, Kimberly-Clark Corp. vaulted onto the Top 50 list, jumping to the 15th spot with its use of an on-site biomass cogeneration boiler that generates 223 million kWh annually with wood waste. Also new to the list was Bloomberg L.D. with its purchase of 116.8 million kWh of green power, the equivalent of 50% of its electricity demand.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1000 partner organizations that are collectively buying more than 16 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - EPA Green Power Partnership’s National Top 50 Partners

News Release - Kimberly-Clark Corporation Ranks No. 9 On EPA’s Fortune 500 Green Power List


December 2008 - Diversified Global Graphics Group (DG3), a global print and communications solutions provider, announced it will purchase 4.3 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs). Under the agreement with Hess Energy, the purchase will provide enough Green-e certified RECs to supply 100% of the demand for DG3’s flagship North American Division in Jersey City, NJ. The Jersey City operation joins two London-based DG3 divisions already purchasing 100% renewable energy. As a result of the REC purchase, the company was named to the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded the minimum purchase requirements for EPA’s Green Power Partnership program.

News Release - Diversified Global Graphics Group’s (DG3) North American Division Goes Green with Power and is Among the Largest in America to go 100% Renewable Energy

DG3 NA Contact: Joe Lindfeldt, 201-793-5060


December 2008 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced proposed revisions to its Green Power Partnership (GPP) program, which encourages voluntary purchases of renewable energy by offering recognition and tools for non-residential renewable energy purchasers to maximize the benefits of their purchases. Specifically, the EPA has proposed changes affecting the following five criteria for program participation: 1) minimum purchase levels for program participation, 2) requirements for new renewable energy purchases, 3) rules for accounting for future RECs, 4) green power claims, and 5) a reduction in the "window" of time allowed for members to make their purchase from the time they join the GPP.

First under the proposed changes, minimum purchase requirements will increase for all four partner size categories; categories are based on total annual electricity usage. The second proposal would require that 100% of a partner’s green power purchase come from "new facilities," defined as becoming operational on or after January 1, 1997. Third, the proposed changes would no longer allow partners to count RECs to be generated in future years towards their current year’s purchase. Fourth, the proposal would require that partners with branded franchise facilities which they do not own disclose whether or not the purchase scope includes these facilities. Finally, the window for new partners to consummate their purchase would be reduced from one year to six months from the date they join the partnership. The changes are proposed to take effect on February 13, 2009.

Additional Information - Proposed Revisions to Green Power Partnership Program Requirements Fact Sheet (PDF 68 KB) Download Adobe Reader

EPA GPP Contact: Blaine Collison


November 2008 - Johnson & Johnson (J&J), a long-time green energy purchaser, has surpassed the 400 million kWh per year mark for its annual renewable energy credit (REC) purchase. The total purchase size of about 435 million kWh per year makes the healthcare products provider the nation’s eighth largest purchaser, according to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership program. The purchase of various RECs from wind and biomass facilities represents about 38% of the company’s U.S. electricity use.

Johnson & Johnson has won numerous environmental awards over the past 15 years, including the Green Power Partner of the Year in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Among its environmental initiatives is its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 7% below 1990 levels by 2010. The company’s renewable energy portfolio also includes direct purchases of bundled green energy from low-impact hydro and wind power. In addition, the company has now installed 4.1 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic installations at its U.S. facilities. Lastly, the company’s unique 3 MW onsite landfill gas project In Mountain View, California became fully operational in 2007. Under a 15-year gas purchase agreement with the City of Mountain View, ALZA Pharmaceuticals, a J&J subsidiary, uses the landfill methane gas to power three research and development buildings in the area adjacent to the landfill site.

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership Partner Profile

Additional Information - GHG Project Case Study (PDF 123 KB)


November 2008 - The University of Phoenix has entered into an agreement to purchase of 46.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs). Under the agreement with the Salt River Project (SRP), the purchase will provide enough wind RECs to supply 100% of the university’s anticipated demand for its Phoenix, Arizona facilities, which equates to about 27% of the electricity demand of the University’s more than 200 campuses nationwide.

As a result of its renewable energy purchase, the University is ranked seventh on the EPA’s Top 20 College & University Partner list, making it the only higher education institution in Arizona to earn this recognition. The University and SRP drew attention to the importance of renewable energy by powering a recent professional football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers through wind RECs.

Among the University’s other green initiatives are an internal employee education program, Go Green, which includes an online sustainability tutorial for almost 50,000 employees and faculty members at the University, recycling initiatives, and community partnerships that support the use of solar power and other alternative energy sources.

News Release - University of Phoenix Teams Up With SRP on Arizona’s Largest Renewable Energy Certificate Purchase


October 2008 - Computer manufacturer Dell Inc. has announced a series of programs to offset the company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the end of 2008, including a significant increase in its renewable energy purchase and energy efficiency initiatives. Dell’s U.S. renewable energy purchase, from wind, solar, and biogas sources, is about 554 million kWh per year, or about 158% of the company’s U.S. electricity use. The 2008 increase in the size of Dell’s renewable energy purchase, from about 12 million kWh in 2004 and about 116 million kWh as recently as July, 2008, represents the largest such increase in the U.S. for the year to date, by a wide margin. The purchase was made under agreements with several regional and national REC marketers and renewable energy programs throughout the U.S.

Dell is now the fourth largest renewable energy purchaser in the U.S. and the only new entrant among the top ten, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program. Among its other sustainability initiatives, Dell offers an energy efficient "hybrid" desktop computer, partners with Conservation International and other environmental groups on habitat, forest preservation, and tree-planting initiatives, and requires its primary suppliers to report CO2 emissions data during quarterly business reviews, as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Supply Chain Leadership Coalition.

News Release - Dell Meets Carbon Neutral Goal Ahead of Schedule

News Article - ‘Carbon Neutral’ Dell’s Wind-Blowing Pays Off


October 2008 - Impacts of potential federal legislation were among the themes discussed at the National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference, which took place October 27-29, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The annual conference brings together representatives from renewable energy marketing companies, utilities, renewable energy end users, and government agencies for discussions on market trends and challenges. This year’s conference, with more than 400 industry leaders in attendance, featured sessions on the treatment of renewable energy in climate change policies — both regional policies that are in the process of being implemented, as well as potential federal legislation. The main sponsors for the conference are the Center for Resource Soutions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Other notable session topics at the conference included an update on the state of the voluntary renewable energy market and its role in supporting U.S. renewable energy project development. The voluntary market tripled in size from 2004 to 2007, to 18.1 billion kWh, fully three-quarters of which was attributable to businesses and other large institutional buyers. There were also discussions about the termination of Florida Power & Light’s Sunshine Energy green pricing program and its potential implications for the public perception of the industry. The conference also featured discussions about mechanisms to support increased U.S. energy efficiency and distributed energy generation strategies. Finally, the conference was also an occasion to celebrate industry success stories at the Green Power Leadership Awards, where innovative and active marketing programs and green energy purchasers were recognized for their achievements at an awards dinner.

News Release - Growing the Green Power Market: Sixteen Organizations Flex Their Green Muscles

News Releases and Articles - National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference Media Kit

News Article - Renewable Energy Industry Ready For Change

News Article - Buyers Amped about Renewable Energy

Full Report - Green Power Marketing in the United States: A Status Report (PDF 762 KB) Download Adobe Reader


October 2008 - Esurance, the online consumer auto insurance company, announced that it purchased nearly 4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power, enough to offset 100% of the electricity used in each of its permanent offices across the United States. The renewable energy certificates (RECs) were purchased from Carbonfund.org and were sourced from wind farms in Texas. As a result of REC purchase, the company was named to the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded the EPA’s minimum purchase requirements under its voluntary Green Power Partnership program.

News Release - EPA Inducts Esurance into Green Power Leadership Club


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


August 2008 - The City of Gresham has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an EPA Green Power Community, becoming the seventh community in Oregon and the 14th in the nation to receive the designation. The federal agency extends the honor to communities that show their environmental commitment by purchasing renewable energy in amounts that meet or exceed EPA purchase requirements.

Gresham electricity customers have surpassed the Gresham Green Power Challenge goal of 300 new renewable power enrollments set by the Gresham City Council. The community-wide challenge, announced in April 2008, resulted in 332 new sign-ups for renewable energy from Portland General Electric’s voluntary green power programs by August. The community is now at nearly 5% participation, representing use of almost 38 million kWh of renewable power per year.

News Release - City of Gresham Becomes EPA Green Power Community


August 2008 - ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, a division of ARAMARK, which provides a wide range of professional services, including property management, hospitality services and recreational support to tourist destinations throughout the United States, was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its support and participation in the Agency's Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge. ARAMARK purchases more than 15 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, which is enough to meet 100% of the company's annual purchased electricity use. The renewable energy certificates (RECs) are supplied by the Carbon Solutions Group and Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

News article - Aramark ranks No. 29 on EPA green list


June 2008 - Over the past two years, utilities and their marketing partners have increased the use of "green power challenges" to increase participation and awareness for their green pricing programs. The utility typically develops the challenge in partnership with local governments, who make their own purchase in conjunction with the challenge, and environmental nonprofit organizations, who can help communicate the challenge. Utility and local government decision-makers typically agree on a goal for a fixed number of sign-ups within a specified time, usually about six months.

In 2007, at least fourteen utilities offered challenges, mostly in small- to mid-sized communities, and several more have done so in 2008. Many of these utilities have done challenges in more than one of the communities within their service territories. For example, Pacific Power and its sister company, Rocky Mountain Power, have launched 11 challenges in their combined Washington, Oregon, and Utah communities. Some programs, like Xcel Energy's Windsource, have conducted a second challenge in a subsequent year in the same community, as a result of their success with the first.

Several green power challenges have exceeded their stated goals. For example, in 2007, Puget Sound Energy launched a Bellingham, Washington challenge that produced 2,000 new customers, pushing the community's participation rate to 11%. In Beaverton, Oregon, Portland General Electric's 2007 challenge set a goal of 250 enrollments and reached twice that number. Generally, challenges have been particularly successful in small towns because of the greater ease in communicating the challenge to utility customers, the greater likelihood that the mayor will prioritize the challenge, and the sense of sense of community pride the challenge can engender.

The U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership recognizes Green Power Communities that achieve collective green power purchases of 2%, 3%, or 6% of the community's purchased electricity needs, depending on the size of the community. Recently, the agency recognized 16 communities, including those of Bellingham and Beaverton, as well as Santa Clara (CA), Bend (OR), and Palo Alto (CA).


March 2008 - Hillwood, a leading commercial real estate developer, announced that it has committed to purchase renewable energy to meet 100% of the electricity needs of its North Texas operations in 2008. The renewable energy is being supplied by TXU Energy. The purchase of more than 65 million kWh of green power annually is the second largest by a real estate developer in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership program. On behalf of Hillwood, the purchase was negotiated by the Power Brokers division of Current Energy, a provider of energy efficiency products and services.

News Release - Hillwood Purchases 100-Percent Renewable Energy and Receives EPA's 'Green Power Partner' Designation

Hillwood Contact: Dave Pelletier, 817-224-6044
Current Energy Contact: Elizabeth Cornelius, 972-716-0500 ext. 26
TXU Energy Contact: Sophia Stoller, 972-868-8336


February 2008 - Over the last three months, the U.S. Air Force has nearly doubled its renewable energy purchases to 899 million kWh annually, making it the largest government green power purchaser and the third largest purchaser among public- and private- sector employers nationally. The green power, which is derived from biomass, geothermal, solar and wind resources, represents about 9% of the Air Force's total electricity use. The Air Force procures renewable energy in the form of nationally-sourced renewable energy certificates (RECs), as well as through utility green pricing programs and on-site renewable energy projects.

News Release - Air Force is biggest user of green power

Additional Information - Green Power Partnership U.S. Air Force Partner Profile


February 2008 - Two Texas cities—Dallas and Houston—are now the top municipal purchasers of green power in the nation. Recently, the City of Dallas announced that it will purchase nearly 334 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power in 2008, which is equivalent to 40% of its purchased electricity use.

Houston has contracted for nearly 263 million kWh of wind energy for its municipal operations, which represents about 20% of its total purchased electricity. The wind energy purchase has resulted in significant cost savings to date. The city's comprehensive renewable energy plan calls for the use of fixed-price renewable power to offset the rising cost of conventional energy and diversify its power portfolio. To meet that objective, Houston has established a target of procuring 438 million kWh of renewable energy, or the equivalent of one-third of the total annual operating load.

News Release - EPA Recognizes City of Dallas For Leading Green Power Purchase: City Ranks #1 Among All Local Governments (PDF 44 KB) Download Adobe Acrobat

News Release - EPA Recognizes Houston Among the Nation's Leading Green Power Purchasers

News Release -
Dallas, Houston Make List of Top Green Power Purchasers


January 2008 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued revised lists of its leading green power partners nationally. Intel Corporation vaulted to the head of the National Top 25 list by committing to purchase 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates annually. The U.S. Air Force climbed back to 3rd place after more than doubling its annual green power purchases to nearly 900 million kWh per year. In addition, HSBC North America jumped to the 10th spot by more than doubling its green power purchase to 300 million kWh per year. New to the National Top 25 list are two Texas cities—the City of Dallas (#9) and the City of Houston (#12), which are now the leading local government purchasers in EPA's program.

EPA also announced that fifty-three Fortune 500 companies are collectively purchasing more than 6 billion kWh of green power annually, surpassing the agency's challenge to double the size of their combined purchases. In December 2006, the EPA set a goal for Fortune 500 companies to exceed 5 billion kWh of green power purchases by the end of 2007.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 850 partner organizations that are collectively buying more than 13 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - Fifty-three Fortune 500 Corporations Surpass EPA Green Power Goals; Intel Corporation Leads Nation as New No. 1 Purchaser


November 2007 - New York University (NYU) has entered into a new contract to purchase green power equivalent to 100% of its anticipated energy use for the 2008 fiscal year, maintaining its status as the leading university green power purchaser nationally, according to the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership. Under an agreement with FPL Energy, NYU will purchase 132 million kWh of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind energy projects. The purchase is nearly 12% larger than the university's wind power purchase last year.

News Release - EPA Recognizes NYU for Leading Purchase of Green Power

News Article - NYU buys more wind power credit


October 2007 - Sterling Planet announced that it signed an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extending the agency's commitment to purchase renewable energy equivalent to the annual electricity needs at more than 190 facilities nationwide. Under the agreement, Sterling Planet will provide 135 million kWh from renewable energy sources to EPA in the next year.

As a buyer of 100% renewable energy, EPA continues to be an active partner in the agency's own Green Power Partnership, a voluntary public-private program that promotes renewable energy. EPA ranks seventh on the program's top 25 partner list, second only to the U.S. Air Force among government buyers.

News Release - Sterling Planet selected to supply US Environmental Protection Agency


September 2007 - Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has committed to purchase renewable energy equivalent to 100% of its electricity needs for the next 15 years. Under an agreement with PPM Energy Inc., SNHU will purchase more than 12 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually from PPM's national portfolio of wind energy projects, or other renewable resources, such as solar and geothermal.

News Release - SNHU Becomes EPA Green Power Partner

News Article - EPA Recognizes SNHU as Green Power Partner


July 2007 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released an updated list of the nation's Top 25 green power purchasers. The new list ranks two of Pepsi's three independent bottlers — The Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas — at the fourth and 13th positions, respectively, following on the heels of the nation's single largest annual green power purchase announced by PepsiCo in April. The total aggregate purchase of the three independent bottlers is nearly 629 million kWh per year.

Several companies also increased their annual purchases, including Kohl's Department Stores, now ranked eighth on the list with more than 200 million kWh of annual purchases, and Mohawk Fine Papers, which appears on the Top 25 list for the first time.

More Information - EPA Green Power Partnership Top 25 Purchasers List

News Release - EPA Recognizes Top 25 Green Power Purchasers; PepsiCo Bottlers Join List

News Article - Pepsi Bottlers to Buy Green Energy Vouchers

EPA Contact: James Critchfield, (202) 343-9442


June 2007 - With 7.1% of homes and businesses purchasing renewable energy, Lincoln City, Ore., became only the eighth city in the nation to be named a "Green Power Community" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. The designation is bestowed on cities that achieve a minimum threshold of program participation among their citizenry. The city's residents purchase their green power through Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program.

News Article - Lincoln City First on Coast to Achieve 'Green Power' Status


May 2007 - EarthColor, Inc., a New Jersey-based commercial printing company, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Community Energy, Inc. to purchase wind energy equal to 100% of its electric energy usage at its facility locations across the United States. Under the agreement, EarthColor will buy a total of 25 million kWh of wind energy annually for the next three years for its facilities in Arizona, New Jersey, New York, Florida and Texas. The renewable energy purchase is the largest in the U.S. printing industry according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.

News Release - EarthColor Powers Printing with 100% Wind


April 2007 - PepsiCo, one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, announced that it will purchase enough Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the purchased electricity used by all PepsiCo U.S.-based manufacturing facilities, headquarters, distribution centers and regional offices. The three-year purchase totals more than one billion kWh annually, making PepsiCo the nation's largest corporate purchaser of RECs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership. The RECs are being supplied by Sterling Planet, which will seek to source the RECs to model PepsiCo's purchased electricity use geographically.

News Release - Pepsico Makes Largest Corporate Purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates

News Release - EPA Recognizes Largest-Ever Corporate Green Power Purchase

News Article - PepsiCo Takes Top Spot in Global Warming Battle

Additional Information - U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership's Top 25 Partners


February 2007 - Office Depot, a retail provider of office products and services, has cracked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership's list of the nation's Top 10 retail green power purchasers. Office Depot currently purchases 76 million kWh of green power in the form of wind and biogas renewable energy certificates (RECs) under an agreement with Cadence Network, Inc. The purchase represents 12% of the office supply company's total annual electricity usage.

News Release - Office Depot Recognized by EPA as One of Nation's Leading Green Power Purchasers


January 2007 - Wells Fargo & Company took the top spot in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the nation's "Top 25" green power purchasers with a commitment to 550 million kWh of annual renewable energy purchases, which represents 42% of the company's total electricity use. Newcomers to the list include Cisco Systems Inc. (at #11), New York University (#13), Carbonfund.org (#17), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (#18), and Kohl's Department Stores (#23).

The EPA Green Power Partnership is comprised of a diverse set of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium businesses, government institutions, and colleges and universities that had committed to a total of more than 7 billion kWh of annual renewable energy purchases at the end of 2006.

News Release - Private Sector Tops Green Power List

News Article - Wells Fargo tops U.S. buyers of green power: EPA

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership Top 25 Partners


December 2006 - The cities of Salem (Ore.) and Palo Alto (Calif.) are the latest to be named green power communities by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership. The EPA bestows the distinction on communities that meet a minimum of 2% to 6% of their electricity usage with green power purchases, depending on the overall size of a city's electricity load.

Salem became the first state capital city to be named a green power community by purchasing more than 2% of the power consumed within the city limits from renewable energy sources. And Palo Alto, with nearly 16% of its customers purchasing green power, became the first city in California to receive the EPA distinction.

News Release - Salem first capital city to be named EPA Green Power Community

News Article - Salem Recognized for Green-Power Efforts

News Release - Palo Alto is First California Green Power Community Recognized by Environmental Protection Agency

News Article - Palo Alto Named 1st 'Green Power Community' in CA

News Article - City's 'Green' Effort Lauded


December 2006 - The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), one of the 10 largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation, has committed to a 10-year wind power purchase to meet one-third of the agency's overall electricity use. The 70 million kWh annual purchase, equivalent to 30 MW of wind energy capacity, makes WSSC the number one local government user of renewable energy in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.

WSSC is contracting with Constellation NewEnergy to purchase power from a new wind farm to be constructed in Somerset County, Pa. The arrangement involves paying a fixed price over 10 years, which WSSC estimates will save the agency $20 million dollars over the life of the contract while also providing long-term electricity price stability.

News Release - WSSC Announces Major Green Initiative

News Release - Constellation Energy Wins Wind Power Agreement with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

News Article - D.C. Suburban Agency Signs Wind-Power Deal


December 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a challenge to Fortune 500 members of its Green Power Partnership to double their collective total voluntary green power purchases over the next year. Currently, there are more than 40 Fortune 500 corporations participating in the EPA program, representing more than 2.5 billion kWh of annual renewable energy purchases. EPA issued the challenge to help raise awareness of green power options, build demand to stimulate the construction of new green power generation sources nationwide, and provide recognition for participating Fortune 500 companies.

News Release - EPA Challenges Top Corporations to Double Use of Green Power

More Information - Fortune 500 Challenge Fact Sheet (PDF 99 KB) Download Adobe Reader


October 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership (GPP) released its quarterly list of the "Top 25" organizations that purchase electricity generated from renewable energy resources. While the U.S. Air Force remains the top national purchaser, Wells Fargo & Company has become the top corporate purchaser, placing second overall. Other new list entrants include DuPont Company (No. 7), Vail Resorts (No. 9), Sprint Nextel (No. 14), California State University System (No. 19), City of Austin, Texas (No. 21), and NatureWorks LLC (No. 23).

In aggregate, Green Power Partners purchase more than 7 billion kWh of renewable energy annually, an increase of nearly 240% since the end of 2004. The Top 25 purchases account for nearly 4.7 billion kWh or about two-thirds of all Partner purchases.

News Release - EPA's Green Power Top-25 Announced: Wells Fargo Joins List as Top Corporation

Additional Information - EPA GPP Top 25 Partners


October 2006 - Wells Fargo & Company, a diversified financial services company with $500 billion in assets, announced that it is purchasing 550 million kWh of wind energy annually, thus becoming the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. The purchase will offset 40% of the company's overall electricity use with Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied by 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees). The three-year purchase agreement began on October 1.

News Release - Wells Fargo Commits to Largest-Ever Corporate Purchase of Renewable Energy in U.S.

News Article - Wells Fargo Gets in the Wind


August 2006 - The state of Pennsylvania has doubled the size of its green power purchase for state facilities. Under a two-year contract modification with Community Energy, Inc., the state will buy 200 million kWh of renewable electricity per year generated from wind (40%) and hydropower (60%) resources at a premium of 0.34¢/kWh over standard electricity rates. With the purchase, which equates to 20% of state government electricity use, Pennsylvania ranks as the largest purchaser of renewable energy among U.S. states, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.

News Release - Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Redoubling Its Purchase of Green Electricity

News Article - PA Government Doubling Green-Energy Use to 20%


July 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership announced that the University of Utah has entered its list of Top 10 College and University green power purchasers. Under a contract with Sterling Planet, the university purchases 25 million kWh of renewable energy certificates from wind projects located in the Mountain West. The purchase is equivalent to 10% of the university's total electricity use.

News Release - EPA Recognizes University of Utah as Top Green Power Purchaser

More Information - EPA List of Top 10 College and University Partners


July 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership has issued a list of the top 10 municipal green power users. Topping the list is the city of San Diego, which generates more than 65 million kWh of renewable energy annually from on-site facilities, followed by the Austin Independent School District, which purchases more than 48 million kWh of renewable energy from Austin Energy. Other leading users include municipal buying groups in Montgomery County, Md., and in New York State, as well as the East Bay Municipal Utility District (Calif.), which generates electricity from bio-methane produced at its main wastewater treatment plant.

News Article - San Diego Tops at Generating Own Power

News Article - S.D. Gets a Green Star From EPA

Additional Information - Top 10 Local Government Partners


July 2006 - Duke University has become the latest institution to break into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership's (GPP) list of the "Top 25" green power purchasers. Overall, the school is purchasing 54 million kWh per year of renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied through an agreement with Sterling Planet, Inc. The most recent commitment by a Duke program comes from the Fuqua School of Business, which committed to offset 100% of its electricity usage with REC purchases.

The GPP purchaser list is updated four times annually. Combined, the Top 25 purchases amount to 3.7 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - Fuqua School of Business to Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates

News Release - Nicholas School Purchases Renewable Energy Certificates to Offset Fossil Fuel Use

Additional Information - EPA GPP Top 25 Partners


May 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the aggregate annual renewable energy purchase commitments of the agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) have topped five billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). Presently, the GPP counts more than 650 commercial, industrial, and public sector organizations, including colleges and universities, federal and state agencies, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies. Partners pledge to switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs in return for EPA technical assistance and recognition.

EPA also announced that it will now require Partners to purchase their green power from 100% "new" renewable energy sources in meeting their minimum purchase requirements for membership; the previous benchmark was 50% "new" renewables. Generally, a "new" renewable resource is a project that was installed and became operational on or after January 1, 1997.

News Release - Green Power Partners Challenged to Do More

EPA GPP Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004


April 2006 - The U.S. Air Force retained its place at the top of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the "Top 25" national purchasers in the Green Power Partnership. The Air Force purchases more than one billion kWh of renewable energy annually.

Two new Partners made the list: IBM Corporation (No. 10) and Northwestern University (tie for No. 22). Other significant movement within the list includes Johnson & Johnson claiming the No. 3 spot and the University of Pennsylvania climbing to No. 8 from its previous position, tied for No. 20. Combined, the Top 25 purchases amount to 3.6 billion kWh of green power annually or approximately 73% of green power purchases made by all Partners.

Additional Information - Top 25 Partners

EPA Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004


January 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued an updated list of its "Top 25 Partners" for the end of 2005. The U.S. Air Force maintained its spot as the top purchaser of green power nationally—a rank it has held since the list was first published in September 2004—with current annual purchases of more than one billion kWh. Whole Foods Market is now second on the list with annual purchases of 458.4 million kWh, equivalent to 100% of its total corporate electricity needs. Other leading corporate purchasers include Johnson & Johnson (241.4 billion kWh annual purchase and fourth on the list); Starbucks (150 million kWh, sixth); Safeway Inc. (78 million kWh, eighth); and HSBC North America (68.2 million kWh, tenth).

Collectively, the Top 25 "Partners" purchase 3.3 billion kWh of green power annually, representing approximately 75% of the total purchases made by all 600 Partners.

Additional Information - Top 25 Partners

EPA Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004


October 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting comments on proposed changes to its Green Power Partnership (GPP) program requirements. The changes include modifying the minimum purchase levels required for the smallest partners, increasing the minimum new renewables requirement for product content, and clarifying requirements concerning environmental claims and verification of purchases. Comments should be submitted to Kendall Youngblood at kyoungblood@icfconsulting.com by Friday, November 4, 2005.

Additional information - Proposed Updates to Green Power Partnership Program Requirements (PDF 281 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

EPA Contact: Kendall Youngblood, EPA Technical Support Contractor, (401) 737-9883


October 2005 - On October 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released an updated list of its Top 25 Partners. Several new companies or organizations appear on the list, including: Safeway (with annual renewable energy purchases of 78,000 MWh); The Tower Companies (41,000 MWh); the U.S. Army/Fort Carson (40,000 MWh); Hyatt Regency Reunion & DFW Hotels (35,300 MWh); and Western Washington University (35,000 MWh). The federal government continues to be the nation's largest green power purchaser, led by the U.S. Air Force with collective annual purchases of more than 320,000 MWh. In addition, by increasing its purchases, the U.S. Department of Energy moved up twelve spots to fourth place on the list.

Additional information - List of Top 25 Green Power Purchasers

EPA Contact: Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231


July 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released an updated list of its "Top 25" green power purchasers. New to the list are HSBC, with annual renewable energy usage of 68,181 MWh, Mohawk Paper Mills (45,000 MWh), Starbucks (22,500 MWh), and Syracuse University (22,000 MWh). In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy increased its purchases from about 14,000 MWh to 37,000 MWh, representing 100% of the electricity needs of its Forrestal Building headquarters.

News Release - EPA Green Power Partnership "Top 25" Partners List

EPA Contacts:
Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231
Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004


April 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released its list of the nation's "Top 25" green power purchasers. The U.S. Air Force leads the list with annual renewable energy purchases of 321 million kWh for Air Force bases across the country, followed by Johnson & Johnson (241 million kWh), EPA (221 million kWh), The World Bank (85 million kWh) and the U.S. General Services Administration, Region 2 (76 million kWh).

The Green Power Partnership is an EPA voluntary program working to standardize green power procurement as part of best practice in environmental management. Partners in the program pledge to switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs in return for EPA technical assistance and public recognition.

News Release - EPA Releases List of Top 25 Green Power Purchasers

EPA Contacts:
Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231
Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004


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


July 2004 - Marking the third anniversary of its Green Power Partnership Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that more than 400 companies and organizations have joined the program, with collective purchases of 1.5 billion kWh of green power annually—equivalent to the annual output of a 500-MW wind farm. The Green Power Partnership was founded in 2001 to help build demand for green power among commercial and industrial electricity customers.

Recent additions to the partnership include: Whole Foods Market, Round Rock Independent School District, Dolly Madison Interstate Bakeries, Miller Brewing Company's Milwaukee Brewery, ReCellular, and Oracle Corporation's Austin Facilities.

EPA Contact: Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231


December 2003 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that members of its Green Power Partnership program have collectively committed to purchase 1.1 billion kWh of green power, which is roughly equivalent to the annual output of a 425 MW wind farm. More than 200 organizations participate in the program, including a dozen Fortune 500 companies, 17 institutions of higher education, 11 cities, 14 counties, 4 states, 19 nonprofit organizations, and 21 federal entities. A complete list of the participants is available on their Web site.

EPA Contact: Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231


April 2003 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled a new online calculator to help businesses and residential consumers understand the emissions impacts of their electricity use. The Power Profiler provides location-specific data on the fuel mix used to generate electricity and the emissions associated with a consumer's annual electricity consumption. The program estimates emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and carbon dioxide. EPA plans to add information about green power options available to businesses and consumers nationally.

The program was developed by EPA's Green Power Partnership, which is a voluntary program working to standardize green power procurement as part of best practice environmental management. The Partnership includes 115 businesses and institutional customers that have committed to purchase a combined 680,000 MWh of green power annually.

EPA Contact: Kurt Johnson (202) 564-3481


August 2001 - On July 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Green Power Partnership, a new, voluntary program "aimed at boosting the market for power alternatives that reduce the environmental and health risks of conventional electricity generation." Twenty founding partners have committed to purchase a total of more than 280,000 megawatt-hours of green power over the next year, enough to prevent about 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The founding partners include 3M, Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, Carnegie Mellon University, City of Chicago, City of Portland, City of Santa Monica, Connecticut College, Fetzer Vineyards, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Interface Flooring Systems, Johnson & Johnson, and Kinko's.

News Release - EPA, Fortune 500 Companies, Other Groups Advance Green Alternative To Conventional Power Generation

News Article - Green Power Conference Under Way in Portland

News Article - Renewable Energy Wins Market Share, Gets EPA Boost

Additional Information -
EPA Partnership: Founding Partner Profiles (PDF 1 MB) Download Acrobat Reader

Additional Information -
EPA Partnership: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF Format: 500K) Download Acrobat Reader

EPA Contact: Kurt Johnson (202) 564-3481


 

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