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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

Additional Information - PACENow


December 2010 - Three fuel cells have been sold to government entities in San Diego, California. The fuel cells will be powered by biogas generated by the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. A 2.8 MW fuel cell will be used by the University of California - San Diego, a 1.4 MW fuel cell will be installed at the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant in San Diego, and a 300 kilowatt fuel cell will be used at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. The fuel cell installed at the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant will generate enough to power the biogas purification process. The City of San Diego is expected to generate $2.6 million in revenue from the sale of its biogas over the next 10 years.

Additional information - FuelCell Energy to Supply 4.5 Megawatts of Power Plants for Renewable Directed Biogas Project in San Diego, California


August 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership has released its latest list of top green power purchasers nationally. Retaining their places among the top five are, in order: Intel Corporation, PepsiCo, Whole Foods Market, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Dell Inc.

In addition, there were a number of newcomers to the Top 50 list this quarter including: Deutsche Bank AG (24th), Lockheed Martin Corporation (35th), The Bank of New York Mellon (37th), Herman Miller Inc. (46th), City of San Diego, CA (49th) and Citi (50th). Collectively, the top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 12.3 billion kWh annually, or more than 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,100 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy more than 16 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Article - Intel, PepsiCo, Whole Foods Top EPA Lists of Green Power Purchasers

Additional Information - EPA List of Fortune 500 Green Power Purchasers

Contacts:
Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827
Skip Anderson, 202-564-9551


July 2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership has recognized 20 partners for generating the most green electricity on-site. Combined, the top 20 partners generate more than 736 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of on-site green power annually, with the top five accounting for more than 535 million kWh. The top five partners are, in order, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, City of San Diego, San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (Calif.), and CalPortland.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,100 partner organizations that voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Overall, the partners buy more than 16 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - EPA Names Top 20 Organizations Running on Their Own Green Power

Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership's Top 20 On-site list

Contacts:
Dave Ryan, 202-564-7827
Skip Anderson, 202-564-9551


 

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