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
June 2005 - The University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems announced that they have entered into an agreement to purchase renewable energy for 15% of their electricity needs. Under a six-month contract with APS Energy Services, UC and CSU will purchase 39,000 MWh and 34,000 MWh, respectively, of renewable energy certificates consisting of wind (86%) and landfill gas (14%) resources. The RECs will be supplied by 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees) under a wholesale agreement with APS Energy Services.
The purchase stems in part from UC's policy on Green Building Design and Clean Energy Standards, which was adopted in July 2003 to increase sustainability system-wide. At CSU, the announcement comes on the heels of a two-year campaign run by university students and Greenpeace to encourage CSU to adopt a comprehensive clean energy and sustainability policy. The university is currently drafting a policy that will include standards for energy conservation, clean energy generation, clean energy purchasing, and sustainable building design.
News Release - CSU and UC Make Largest University Purchase of Clean Energy
News Article - UC, CSU Sign Greener Energy Contract
Contact: Josh Lynch, (415) 297-0572
For more information, visit: http://www.renewcsu.org
APS Energy Services Contact: Jihad Zagul (602) 744-5000.