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Green Power Planet #18
September 11 , 2007

The Green Power Planet provides interested stakeholders the latest information about the Green Power Partnership and its Partners.

In this edition of the Green Power Planet:

  • Welcome New Green Power Partners
  • Two Pepsi Bottlers Make Top 25 on Updated Partner List
  • Next Top Partner List Update Deadline: October 1, 2007
  • Fortune 500 Challenge Deadline Approaching
  • Registration Open for 12th National Renewable Energy Conference, Oct. 21-24, 2007
  • Sector Spotlight: Lawrence, Kansas Announces Green Power Community Challenge
  • Consumer Reports Covers Green Power
  • USG to Host Washington International Renewable Energy Conference March 4-6, 2008
  • Upcoming Industry Events That EPA Will Be Attending
  • Green Power Planet Archives

Welcome New Green Power Partners (as of August 31st, 2007)

Welcome to the following 67 organizations that recently joined the Green Power Partnership.

Architecture, Construction & Engineering Services: Holcim L.P. (Texas), James B. Pirtle Construction Company, Inc. (Fla.), Richlite Company (Wash.), RT Dooley (N.C.), VRG Construction Company (Colo.), Wesketch Architecture (N.J.), XL Construction Corporation (Calif.)

Automotive: Autoliv / Ogden Facility (Utah) and Honda of Westport (Conn.)

Banking & Financial Services, Insurance: KeyPoint Credit Union (Calif.), State Street Corporation (Mass.)

Clothing & Textile: Weave Corporation (N.J.)

Colleges & Universities: Weber State University (Utah)

Consulting & Legal Services: Arnold and Porter LLP (D.C.), Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. (D.C.), ENSR Corporation (Mass.), Hill & Kehne, LLC (D.C.), Law Office of Lara Pearson, LTD (Nev.), Law Office of Stephen A. Bernheim (Wash.), Lowenstein Sandler PC / Roseland Office (N.J.), Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (Minn.)

Consumer Products: Globus Cork, Inc. (N.Y.)

Education (K-12): City of Alexandria Public Schools (Va.) and The Monarch School (Texas)

Food & Beverage, Restaurants & Food Services: Green Vegetarian Cuisine and Coffee (Texas), Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC (N.C.), PepsiAmericas, Inc. (Ill.), and The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. (N.Y.)

Green Power Communities: Alta (Utah) and Beaverton (Ore.)

Health Care: Amyris Biotechnologies (Calif.), Gyrus ACMI (Conn.), ProDental Family Dentistry (Wash.)

Industrial Goods & Services: AAR CORP. (Ill.), DMI Industries, Inc. (N.D.), and Lockheed Martin / Plant 1 – Sunnyvale (Calif.)

Information Technology & Telecommunications: thelab (N.Y.), Greenest Host (Calif.), Twomile Information Services (Colo.), and XMission Internet (Utah)

Local, State, & Federal Government and Non-Profits: The Center for a New American Dream (Md.), City of Bend (Ore.), City of Cedar Hills (Utah), City of Hartford (Conn.), City of Lacey (Wash.), National Press Club (D.C.), PIMA (Md.), The Johnson Foundation, Inc. (Wis.), Society for Neuroscience (D.C.), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Yolo County / Bauer Health Building (Calif.)

Marketing, Advertising, & Public Relations: Free Range Graphics (D.C.)

Media, Print, & Publishing: Janutol Printing (Mich.)

Other: EZPay Financial Services (Wash.), FLEXPETZ (Del.), Live Nation / San Francisco (Calif.), Sims Recycling Solutions / Roseville Facility (Calif.), and The Front Climbing Club (Utah)

Real Estate: Tartan Realty Group (Ill.) and Urban Core International, S.A. (Fla.)

Retail: Garuda International, Inc. (Calif.), Macy's, Inc. West Division (Calif.), and Origins (N.Y.)

Travel & Leisure: Centripetus Corp (Wash.), Soho House New York, LLC (N.Y.), and Treasure Mountain Inn (Utah)

Wineries & Breweries: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Calif.)

For a listing of all Partners, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/index.htm.

Two Pepsi Bottlers Make Top 25 on Updated Partner List

EPA’s recently updated National Top 25 list ranks independent Pepsi bottlers - The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. and PepsiAmericas, Inc. - as the 4th and 13th, respectively, in Green Power purchases for the quarter. The list highlights EPA’s Green Power Partners that have completed the nation’s largest voluntary green power purchases for the period.

Pepsico logoThe Pepsi bottlers’ individual purchases demonstrate that a group of companies, tied together by a supply chain, can help protect the environment by buying green power. The total aggregate purchase of The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., PepsiAmericas, Inc., and Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC is nearly 629 million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year.

PepsiCo’s announcement produced positive media coverage, including stories in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. To see the coverage on EPA’s Green Power Partnership Web site, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/newsroom/inthenews.htm.

Other activity from the updated Top 25 national list: Kohl’s Department Stores increased its purchase of green power, moving the clothing retailer to the eighth spot on the list, and Mohawk Fine Papers placed on the list at 22nd.

The National Top 25 Green Power Purchasers help drive the development of additional green power resources. Combined, these purchases amount to 6.2 billion kWh annually, which is more than 60 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners. This is equivalent to reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 700,000 vehicles.

Highlights From Other Top Partner Lists

  • Top 10 Retail List — Kohl’s Department Stores moves up to No. 2 on the list
  • Top 10 Federal Government List — U.S. NPS / Statue of Liberty NM and Ellis Island join the list for the first time at No. 8
  • Top 100% Green Power Purchasers — New to this list: The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. (No. 3) and PepsiAmericas, Inc. (No. 5)
  • Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge — New to the list: The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. (No. 4), Aramark Parks & Resorts (No. 25), Autoliv/Ogden Facility (No. 43)

For additional information on EPA’s Top Partner Lists, visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/index.htm.

Next Top Partner List Update Deadline: October 1, 2007

EPA is scheduled to update the Top Partner lists on Oct. 22, 2007. The deadline to submit updated Partner purchase information is Oct. 1, 2007. This deadline is in effect for all of EPA’s Top Partner lists, the Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge and the College & University Green Power Challenge. Partners with updated green power purchase information should contact Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov, 202-343-9139).

Registration Open for 12th National Renewable Energy Conference, Oct. 21-24

12th National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference, Oct. 21-24, 2007, Philadelphia, PA

Registration is now open for the 12th National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference! The industry’s main annual gathering, attended by leading renewable energy and green power industry stakeholders, is taking place Oct. 21-24 at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia's historic district.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Marketing Renewables in a Carbon-conscious World.” Each year the most influential key players gather to learn and listen to the major issues facing the industry. Attendees include power marketers, renewable energy developers, retail and wholesale green power suppliers, electric utilities, government agencies and energy consultants to name a few. For more information about the conference or to register, please visit: http://renewableenergymarketing.net/gp12/. Exit EPA Disclaimer

During the conference, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will present the Seventh Annual National Green Power Leadership Awards. These prestigious green power awards recognize the actions of individuals, companies and organizations that have significantly advanced the development of renewable electricity sources through green power markets. EPA, DOE, and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) sponsor the annual awards.

Sector Spotlight: Lawrence, Kansas Announces Green Power Community Challenge

Welcome to a Green Power Community posterThe City of Lawrence, Kan., has announced a community green power challenge as a way to reduce its carbon emissions. To achieve this goal, Lawrence is looking to residents and businesses to purchase green power.

"Our hope is by the end of the year, two percent of all electricity used city-wide will come from renewable resources," said Kevin Doyle, infrastructure and development coordinator, City of Lawrence, Kan. If Lawrence achieves the two percent mark, it will receive EPA recognition as a Green Power Community.

There are currently a total of 11 publicly announced EPA Green Power Communities nationwide. EPA extends the Green Power honor to communities that voluntarily meet or exceed the Agency’s minimum green power purchase requirements. Green Power Community campaigns demonstrate the benefits of collective action and successful partnership between local government, businesses, residents and local organizations. EPA Green Power Communities include: Boulder, Colo., Palo Alto, Calif., Beaverton, Cannon Beach, Corvallis, Lincoln City, & Salem, Ore., Alta, Moab, & Park City, Utah and Bellingham, Wash.

Consumer Reports Covers Green Power

Green power has definitely gone mainstream. The July issue of ConsumerReports.org featured stories about green power in its Home & Garden section: “How to Buy Green Electricity and Why Green Power?” To see the stories visit: Consumer Reports: How to Buy Green Power. Exit EPA Disclaimer

USG to Host Washington International Renewable Energy Conference March 4-6, 2008

The United States Government (USG), in cooperation with the American Council on Renewable Energy and several leading renewable energy trade associations, will host the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference March 4-6, 2008, at the Washington Convention Center. The global conference will build on previous renewable energy events held in Bonn, Germany in 2004 and Beijing, China in 2005 and is designed to:

  • Advance energy security, climate change, air quality, and sustainable development goals, including agriculture and rural development;
  • Demonstrate global leadership in renewable energy research, policy development, technology innovation, commercialization and deployment; and
  • Foster industry and government collaboration to help solve global energy challenges.

Approximately 2,000 people are expected to attend the USG-sponsored event including delegates from more than 120 countries. The official part of the conference is expected to include a Ministerial Meeting for energy and environment ministers and other high-level stakeholders, as well as three days of plenary and breakout sessions on a wide variety of renewable energy policy, deployment, and financing topics. In addition, a trade show will be co-located with WIREC 2008, and conference organizers anticipate that dozens of official side events will be held by States, foreign governments, NGOs, private companies, and multinational organizations.

For more information on the event, please go to www.WIREC2008.org. Exit EPA Disclaimer

Upcoming Industry Events for the Green Power Partnership

Corporate Climate Response Conference, “Investing in Green Electricity and Onsite Generation,” Sept. 25-27, Chicago, Ill

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) 2007 National Fall Accounts Workshop, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, Indianapolis, Indiana

If you would like to schedule a meeting with EPA to discuss your Green Power program during these events, please contact EPA for more details.

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