July 2012 - 3Degrees has launched three new renewable energy certificate (REC) products, which offer customers a greater choice in the type and location of the renewable generation that their REC purchase will support. All RECs offered by 3Degrees are certified by Green-e Energy.
The three new products include: Regional Green Power, Catalyst Wind, and Brighter Schools Solar. Regional Green Power RECs are designed to encourage regional green power project development by offering customers the ability to dictate the American geographic region in which the purchased RECs were generated. Catalyst Wind Power RECs allow a customer to purchase only RECs generated by wind projects that have come online on or after January 1, 2011. Brighter Schools Solar RECs allow a customer to purchase RECs from solar photovoltaic projects located at schools across the US.
One newly developed wind farm that has been able to increase its REC revenues through the new 3Degrees REC product offering is the 22-megawatt Sawtooth Wind Farm project located in Elmore County, Idaho. The developer of the project, Idaho Winds LLC, sees the availability of REC revenues as an important element to wind project finance.
An early purchaser of the 3Degrees REC offering is Sprint, which has purchased all three of the specialized products as the company looks to further expand its commitment to matching a portion of its electricity to renewable generation sources.
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3Degrees Launches New Renewable energy Products
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.
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Wal-Mart No. 2 on EPA's Top 20 Retail List of Green Power Purchases in Two Biggest States
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Sprint Leads Wireless Industry in Green Power, Securing No. 13 on EPA Fortune 500 Green Power Partner List
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Ahold USA Recognized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Leading Green Power Purchases
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Green Power Partnership Top Partner Rankings
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
August 2006 - Sprint Nextel Corp. will buy wind power to meet more than 75% of the average annual power consumption at its Overland Park, Kansas corporate headquarters. According to an article in the Kansas City Business Journal, the company will purchase between 7 MW and 10 MW of wind power output, or approximately 20 million to 30 million kWh of wind energy annually, from the 100.5-MW Spearville Wind Energy Facility. The power will be supplied by Kansas City Power & Light, which owns and operates the new wind project.
News Release - Kansas City Power & Light Announces Wind Contract with Sprint Nextel (PDF 119 KB)
News Article - Sprint Nextel buys wind-based power from KCP&L