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City of Austin (TX)

March 2013 - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recently announced the recipients of this year's Climate Leadership Awards. Among the 23 recipients were Boulder County, Colorado; the City of Austin, Texas; the Port of San Diego, California; and the Sonoma County Water Agency, California. Each of these entities has integrated renewable energy resources into their local communities.

Boulder County is undertaking the installation of 900 kilowatts (kW) of solar photovoltaic capacity on county buildings to reach its 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 92 percent from 2005. The county is also making solar energy readily available to residents through the construction of a 500-kW community solar garden.

Similarly, the Port of San Diego is turning to solar power as means to reduce its environmental impact. The port aims to reduce its emissions by 25 percent by 2035 and is doing so in part through the installation of 170 kW of solar. Additionally, the port has begun using hybrid vehicles and installed 10 electric vehicle charging stations.

The City of Austin has committed to increasing its renewable portfolio to 35 percent of its power mix and has shown progress by powering city-owned facilities with 100 percent renewable energy.

The Sonoma County Water Agency is taking its efforts county-wide by initiating Property Assessed Clean Energy financing for renewable energy building upgrades, and developing a Community Choice Aggregation program to facilitate the development of local renewable energy resources.

News Release - Four Forward-Thinking Local Governments Earn EPA Climate Leadership Awards

Additional Information - EPA Climate Leadership Awards

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January 2013 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its quarterly update to the Green Power Partnership (GPP), which details the top companies, municipalities, schools and governments that voluntarily purchase green power. Since the EPA's GPP update in October 2012, Staples and Intel have both purchased enough green power to account for 100 percent of each company's electricity use. Staples moved from 80 percent up to 101 percent powered by green power through purchasing an additional 120 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy. Intel moved from 88 percent to 100 percent by purchasing 300 million kWh. Cisco also moved up eight slots to ninth place in the GPP's National Top 50 rankings by purchasing 190 million kWh of green power.

The top five overall purchasers on the list by volume of green power were Intel Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, Microsoft Corporation, Whole Foods Market, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In addition to Intel, Kohl's, and Whole Foods, the top ten purchasers of 100 percent renewable energy included Staples, District of Columbia, City of Austin, TD Bank, EPA, Deutsche Bank, and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.

News Release - EPA Green Power Partnership National Top 50

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November 2011 - The Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA) announced the launch of a national 5 Year Renewable Energy Pledge. The program recognizes organizations that make a long-term commitment to voluntarily purchase renewable energy for at least the next five years, through 2017. The City of Austin (TX), Southern Oregon University, the Bank of Georgetown (DC and MD), Stevens Pass Resort (WA), Diamond Packaging, and Sandy Alexander are the first organizations to sign the renewable energy pledge.

News Release - Companies Commit to Buy Renewable Energy Through 2017

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

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


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