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Large Purchasers of Green Power

State of Pennsylvania

June 2012 - Starting June 1, Green Mountain Energy Company began offering renewable energy products to Pennsylvania residents in the PPL and PECO service territories. Green Mountain is offering its Pennsylvania customers a choice between two residential offerings, each of which providing 100% renewable energy: Pollution Free electricity and Pollution Free Gold electricity. Pollution Free offers power generated by regional wind and water power sources. Pollution Free Gold offers power generated by regional wind and solar power sources. Both options are available as month-to-month variable price and 12-month Reliable Rate fixed price plans.

News Release - Green Mountain Energy Company Launches in Pennsylvania

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

June 2008 - Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that he has directed the state's Department of General Services to increase the commonwealth's purchases of renewable energy to 50% of the state's electricity needs from the current level of 30%. To achieve the 50% target, the state would need to purchase more than 500 million kWh of renewable energy annually. Pennsylvania is currently the largest state purchaser of green power. The Governor also set a goal of reducing energy consumption in state buildings by 10% by 2010 in addition to the 10% reduction in energy usage achieved in 2006.

News Release - Despite Legislative Inaction, PA Governor Rendell Advances Energy Conservation Initiatives

October 2007 - Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that Pennsylvania is increasing the percentage of renewable energy it purchases to run state government operations. Under a modified contract with Community Energy Inc., the state will purchase 277 million kWh of renewable energy annually from wind (57%) and hydroelectric (43%) sources. The new purchase is equivalent to 28% of the state government's electricity needs, up from 20% last year. Its expanded purchase has earned Pennsylvania a spot on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Top 25 Green Power Partnership list.

News Release - At Nearly 30 Percent 'Green,' Pa Is Largest State Purchaser Of Clean Energy; Governor Rendell Says Pennsylvania Leading By Example, Commitment To Industry Will Attract Economic Growth

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%

October 2004 - The State of Pennsylvania will triple the amount of wind energy it purchases as a component of a plan to obtain 10% of its electricity needs from in-state energy sources. Under four-year contracts with Community Energy Inc. and Strategic Energy, LLC, the state will purchase 100 million kWh annually, or 10% of the state government's electricity needs, from wind energy (35%), waste coal (10%), and low-impact, run-of-river hydroelectric energy (55%), at an average rate premium of 0.34¢/kWh.

News Release - Pennsylvania Doubles 'Green' Electricity Purchase to 10 Percent

December 2001 - Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker announced that the Commonwealth will purchase renewable energy to supply 5% of the state government's power needs for two years beginning in 2002. The power, amounting to 50 million kWh annually, will be supplied under contract with Community Energy Inc. and will be a mix of wind power, landfill gas, hydroelectric, and solar energy. According to the Governor's office, nearly 120,000 Pennsylvanians now use "cleaner and greener forms of power" through participation in the state's Electric Choice program.

News Release - Pennsylvania Gov. Schweiker Announces Historic Purchase of Green Power

Governor's Office Contact: Jason Kirsch (717) 783-1116

October 2000 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has renewed its contract with the company to supply green power to meet about 5% of the state's aggregated electricity demand. Green Mountain supplies about 37.5 million kWh annually to meet the collective load from several state office buildings and Pennsylvania's 14 universities. A portion of the power is being supplied from Green Mountain's 10.4-MW wind farm in Garrett, Pennsylvania, which began operating earlier this year.

Penn State Contact: Ken Davidson (814) 863-2090

January 2000 - The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has entered into a contract with to purchase green power for more than half a dozen state government accounts, representing about 5% of the DGS aggregated power purchase for 2000. A portion of the 37.5 million kWh annual purchase will be supplied from Green Mountain's 10-MW wind farm currently under construction in Garrett, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania agencies that will receive cleaner electricity include the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Capitol Complex buildings in Harrisburg, state office buildings in Pittsburgh, Scranton, and Reading and Pennsylvania's 14 universities.

News Release - Pennsylvania Government Nation's 1st State to Buy Green Power - No longer online at


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