July 2010 - The city of Santa Clara has secured the top spot in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Communities rankings with more than 163 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of the community's electricity usage coming from voluntary purchases of green power.
In 2009, businesses in Santa Clara purchased almost 38 million kWh of renewable energy certificates through Silicon Valley Power's Santa Clara Green Power program, which is jointly managed with 3Degrees. The program has a customer participation rate of eight percent, the sixth best customer participation rate in the country. The 4,000 residential participants in the Santa Clara program purchased the equivalent of over 25 million kWh of wind and solar. In addition, some Santa Clara businesses supported renewable energy by purchasing RECs from other vendors. Most notably, the nation's largest purchaser of renewable energy certificates (RECs) is Santa Clara based Intel, which purchased the equivalent of over 1.4 billion kWhs in 2009 for their national operations from a nation-wide supplier.
The other communities topping the EPA rankings include: Gresham, OR (126 million kWh and 12% participation), Corvallis, OR (100 million kWh, 15% participation), Bellingham, WA (92 million kWh, 13% participation), and Beaverton, OR (71 million kWh, 5% participation).
News Release - EPA Names Santa Clara The Top Green Power Community In The United States
News Article - Santa Clara top 'green' power community in U.S.
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August 2008 - The City of Gresham has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an EPA Green Power Community, becoming the seventh community in Oregon and the 14th in the nation to receive the designation. The federal agency extends the honor to communities that show their environmental commitment by purchasing renewable energy in amounts that meet or exceed EPA purchase requirements.
Gresham electricity customers have surpassed the Gresham Green Power Challenge goal of 300 new renewable power enrollments set by the Gresham City Council. The community-wide challenge, announced in April 2008, resulted in 332 new sign-ups for renewable energy from Portland General Electric’s voluntary green power programs by August. The community is now at nearly 5% participation, representing use of almost 38 million kWh of renewable power per year.
News Release - City of Gresham Becomes EPA Green Power Community