January 2010 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued revised lists of its leading green power partners nationally. Kohl's increased its purchase by 160 percent, from 851 million kWh to 1.37 billion kWh, moving from the third-largest purchaser to the second-largest purchaser. Bank of New York Mellon also increased its purchase by 238 percent, from 96 million kWh to 229.5 million kWh, moving from 36th largest purchaser to the 17th largest purchaser.
BD, a global medical technology company, and Carnegie Mellon University both entered the EPA's National Top 50 list, purchasing approximately 101 million kWh and 86.8 million kWh, respectively.
EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,200 partner organizations that are collectively buying more than 18 billion kWh of green power annually.
News Release - Green Power Usage Edged Higher in 2009 among EPA Partners
Contact: Dave Ryan (news media only) 202-564-7827 or 202-564-4355
April 2005 - The Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy (PCIEP), in partnership with wind energy marketer Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), announced that nine Pennsylvania-based colleges and universities have increased their wind energy purchase commitments. To date, 34 PCIEP members are collectively purchasing 92.2 million kWh of wind energy, which constitutes the largest non-governmental aggregated commitment to wind power in the United States.
Schools that have recently increased their purchases as part of the Consortium's "Getting to 10% Wind" campaign include: Eastern University, which now purchases wind energy equivalent to 32% of its electricity usage, Dickinson College (12%), the University of Pennsylvania (10%), Juniata College (10%), Allegheny College (10%), Chatham College (10%), Duquesne University (10%), Keystone College (10%), and Mercyhurst College (10%).
Other schools purchasing wind energy include Drexel University (8%), Franklin & Marshall College (7%), Carnegie Mellon University (6%), Gettysburg College (5%), and Penn State University (5%).
News Release - Pennsylvania Colleges & Universities Increase Wind Energy Commitment
CEI Contact: John Halley (312) 296-4199
PA DEP Contact: Kurt Knauss (717) 787-1323
May 2001 - In what is being billed as the "nation's largest single retail purchase of wind energy," Carnegie Mellon University, a Pittsburgh-based research university of about 7,500 students, announced plans to buy wind power to meet 5% of its annual electricity needs. Beginning next year, the university will purchase approximately 4.8 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy annually under an agreement with green power marketer Community Energy. The power will be supplied from the 15-megawatt Mill Run wind project now under construction 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
News Release - Carnegie Mellon University Makes Largest Wind Energy Purchase in U.S.
News Article - CMU Sets Wind-Power Standard
Carnegie Mellon Contact: Chriss Swaney (412) 268-2900
Community Energy Contact: Laury Saligman (415) 519-0616