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
July 2006 - Mayor Janet Taylor and members of the Salem (Ore.) City Council have proclaimed the month of July as Green Power Month and challenged city residents to sign up for renewable energy to power their homes and businesses. Through the challenge, the city is encouraging residents to participate in one of the voluntary renewable power programs operated by Portland General Electric, with the goal of increasing the city's green power participation by 25%—from 2,500 to 3,000 total customers—by the end of November.
News Article - Salem City Council Proclaims July as Green Power Month