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Green Power Planet #26
September 15, 2009

In this edition of the Green Power Planet :

  • Welcome New Partners
  • GPP Recognizes 17 Partners with Green Power Leadership Awards
  • GPP Challenges Leading Corporations to Purchase 10 Billion Kilowatt-Hours of Green Power
  • On-site Generation and Printer Purchases Recognized on July Top Partner Lists
    • Reminder: October Top Partner List Updates
  • GPP Hosts Webinar on Solar Power Purchase Agreements (SPPAs)
  • GPP C0-hosts Webinar on Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
  • EPA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Release New State Bioenergy Primer
  • ENERGY STAR Resources for the Entertainment Sector
  • Upcoming Events

Welcome New Partners!

Welcome to the following 73 organizations that have recently joined (as of September 1, 2009) the Green Power Partnership (GPP).

Architecture Services: Bell Architects (D.C.)

Automotive: Walser Automotive (Minn.)

Banking & Financial Services: MetroMetro & Associates, Inc. (Md.), The Harding Group, Inc. (Md.)

Construction & Engineering Services: Baldwin Homes, Inc. (Md.), Jacob White Construction Company (Texas), Kaiser Electric (Mo.), R & A Contracting, Inc (Mo.), Stiarwalt Electric (Mo.), Volk Construction (Mo.)

Consulting Services: INFRADANT LLC (Fla.), NextLife, LLC (Fla.)

Consumer Products: derma e Natural Bodycare (Calif.), Knoll, Inc. (Pa.), TreatCo Inc. (Kan.)

Education (Higher): Gettysburg College (Pa.), Goucher College (Md.)

Educational (other): Goddard Schools / Freehold (N.J.), Goddard Schools / Hockessin (Del.), Goddard Schools / South Kingstown (R.I.)

Food & Beverage: Gifford's Ice Cream & Candy Co. (Md.), Great River Organic Milling (Wisc.), Saxby's Coffee (D.C.), Southeastern Container, Inc. (N.H.), Wicked Joe Coffee Roasting Co. (Maine)

Government (Federal): NOAA's National Weather Service / Medford Operations (Ore.)

Government (Local, Municipal): Borough of West Chester (Pa.), City of Eugene (Ore.), City of Lake Oswego (Ore.), City of West Lafayette / Waste Water Treatment Plant (Ind.), Town of Cornwall (Conn.)

Health Care: North Side Christian Health Center (Pa.)

Industrial Goods & Services: Accredo Packaging (Texas), Boston Sand & Gravel Company / Boston Production Facility (Mass.), CalPortland (Calif.), Laddawn Manufacturing (Mass.), Montgomery Kitchen & Bath, Inc. (Md.), Philips Day-Brite / Lighting Institute (Miss.)

Information Technology: 1&1 Internet, Inc. / Kansas Data Center (Kan.), Altova (Mass.), DreamHost (Calif.), EasyStreet Online Services, Inc. (Ore.), IBM Corporation / Costa Mesa Facilities (Calif.), macUpgrades (Md.), TIBCO Software Inc. / Palo Alto Facilities (Calif.), Yahoo! Inc. / Hillsboro Campus (Ore.)

Insurance: Jeffrey B Conley Insurance Agency, Inc. (Md.)

Non-Profit: Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County (Md.), Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center (Md.), U.S. Green Building Council (D.C.)

Other: LongView Animal Nutrition Center (Mo.), Sam Wong Salon (Md.)

Printing: Allpak Trojan (Wash.), Columbine Printing (Mo.), J.B. Kreider Printing Company (Pa.), Midtown Printing (Mo.), Penmor Lithographics (Maine), Premium Color Group - HandPack, Inc. (N.J.), Printing Source (Mo.), Sign-A-Rama Baltimore (Md.), Villanti & Sons Printers, Inc. (Vt.), Westland Enterprise, Inc. (Md.)

Real Estate: Coastal Realty (Wash.), The Axiant Group (Calif.)

Restaurants & Food Services: Jake's Steaks (Mo.), Ledo Pizza / Travilah Square (Md.)

Retail: Daisy Baby and Mommies (Md.), Waldeck's, Office Supplies for a Small Planet (Calif.), Wood's Flowers and Gifts (Md.)

Transport & Shipping: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Texas)

Travel & Leisure: Wyndham Worldwide / Parsippany Campus (N.J.)

Wineries & Breweries: Yards Brewing Co. (Pa.), Amalgamated Brewing Company / The Stable Brew House (Mo.)

GPP Recognizes 17 Partners with Green Power Leadership Awards

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  2009 Green Power Leadership Awards

On September 14, the Green Power Partnership recognized 17 Partners for their leadership, commitment, and contribution to helping advance the nation's voluntary green power market. GPP presented Green Power Leadership Awards to outstanding organizations in three categories:

Partner of the Year recognizes Partners who distinguish themselves through their purchase, leadership, overall strategy, and impact on the green power market.

  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kohl's Department Stores
  • Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.

On-site Generation recognizes Partners who distinguish themselves using on-site renewable energy applications.

  • Applied Materials, Inc.
  • Butte College
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. / California and Texas Facilities

Green Power Purchasing recognizes Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier.

  • Beaulieu Commercial
  • Bloomberg LP
  • EarthColor, Inc.
  • Foulger-Pratt Management, Inc.
  • Motorola, Inc.
  • Neenah Paper, Inc.
  • Shaklee Corporation
  • Steelcase USA
  • The Joinery
  • Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium

To learn more about this year's winners, visit the 2009 Award Winners Web page.

The Green Power Leadership Awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the 2009 Renewable Energy Markets conference.

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GPP Challenges Leading Corporations to Purchase 10 Billion Kilowatt-Hours of Green Power

GPP is challenging Fortune 500 Corporations to collectively purchase 10 billion kilowatt-hours of green power by year end 2009. The Fortune 500 Challenge serves as an excellent opportunity for companies to gain national recognition for purchasing green power and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

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So far, 60 companies are participating in the Challenge by collectively purchasing more than 8 billion kWh of green power. To view a list of participating corporations, please visit the Challenge Home Page .

Only a few months remain for Fortune 500 companies to help EPA meet the 10 billion kWh goal. Find out how your company can participate by visiting the Challenge Home Page, or contact Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov, 202-343-9139).

On-site Generation and Printer Purchases Recognized on July Top Partner Lists

In July, GPP added two new top lists: one recognizing the top partners generating green power on-site, and the other recognizing the top green power purchases of printing partners. The addition of the two lists brings the total number of Top Partner Lists to nine.

The top five partners from the Top 20 On-site list—Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, City of San Diego, San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (Calif.), and CalPortland—generate more than 535 million kWh of green power on-site, preventing carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to the emissions from more than 70,000 passenger vehicles per year.

The Top 20 Printers list features the largest purchasers among printing partners with the Partnership. The top five partners from this list include FedEx Office, EarthColor, Inc., Sandy Alexander, Inc., DG3-Diversified Global Graphics Group, and Williamson Printing.

To review each of the July 2009 Top Partner lists in their entirety, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/index.htm.

Reminder: October Top Partner List Updates

With the next update of the Top Partner Lists on October 26, GPP will launch another list highlighting the top purchasers among K-12 schools. The deadline for Partner purchase updates to be included on the list is October 6.

GPP Hosts Webinar on Solar Power Purchase Agreements (SPPAs)

On July 28 GPP held a Webinar on solar power purchase agreements (SPPAs). A SPPA is a financial arrangement in which a third-party developer owns, operates, and maintains a photovoltaic (PV) system and a host customer agrees to site the system on its property and purchase the system's electric output for a pre-determined period.

Following an introduction by James Critchfield of EPA, Mark Culpepper of SunEdison gave an overview of the market for SPPAs and current trends.  Mark Buckley of Staples then presented on his company's experience with SPPAs, including challenges faced, key considerations, and resulting benefits.

Presentations and a recording of this Webinar are available at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/events/july28_webinar.htm. Additional information on SPPAs can be found at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/buygp/solarpower.htm.

To find information on past and future Green Power Partnership Webinars, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/events/index.htm.

GPP Co-hosts Webinar on Purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

GPP and EPA's Climate Leaders co-hosted a Webinar on August 6 on how to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs).  RECs represent the environmental attributes of renewable electricity generation and can be sold separately from the associated physical electricity.

Blaine Collison of GPP began the Webinar with a presentation on the definition of RECs, the benefits of buying RECs, and the role of RECs in the Green Power Partnership.  Marty Sedler of Intel Corporation then presented on Intel's approach to, and experience with, RECs. Mr. Sedler addressed the process of initiating a green power program, Intel's overall green power purchasing strategy, and potential considerations and risks to keep in mind when making a purchase.

Presentations from this Webinar are available at http://www.epa.gov/climateleaders/events/aug6webinar.html. Additional information on RECs can be found at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/gpmarket/rec.htm

EPA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Release New State Bioenergy Primer

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On September 15 EPA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory released the State Bioenergy Primer: Information and Resources for States on Issues, Opportunities, and Options for Advancing Bioenergy. This document provides basic information and resources for all biomass fuel and technology types in a concise format useful for state decision makers. The primer offers succinct descriptions of biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies, and discusses the benefits and challenges of promoting bioenergy. It includes a step-wise framework, resources, and tools for determining the availability of feedstocks, assessing potential markets for biomass, and identifying opportunities for action at the state level. The primer also describes financial, policy, regulatory, technology, and informational strategies for encouraging investment in bioenergy projects and advancing bioenergy goals. Each chapter contains a list of selected resources and tools that states can use to explore topics in further detail.

ENERGY STAR Resources for the Entertainment Sector

The entertainment industry, including stadiums, museums, convention centers, theaters, tourist attractions, and other venues, spends about $4.6 billion on energy each year. The good news is that much of the related carbon emissions can be reduced through energy efficiency improvements and green power purchases. Costs can be controlled by strategic energy management, and the savings can be used to build better attractions. EPA now offers online tools and resources that allow the entertainment sector to reduce its energy use, including measuring and tracking software, Webinars, and news articles on how those in the industry are already managing energy and going green. Energy benchmarking groups have already formed among major league baseball and convention centers, with members of each group actively sharing information and best practices in an effort to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities.

To learn more about ENERGY STAR resources for the entertainment industry, visit
www.energystar.gov/entertainment or sign up for upcoming Webinars .

Upcoming Events

Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing Change, September 20 - 23, Indianapolis, Indiana

Greening of the Campus VIII is an interdisciplinary conference that allows people representing diverse areas in university communities to share information on environmental issues. These areas range from the practical day-to-day management of the physical plant to "green" curriculum development and "green" utilization of campus resources.

EEI Fall National Key Accounts Workshop, November 1 - 4, Palm Desert, California

The Green Power Partnership will be attending and exhibiting at the Edison Electric Institute's Fall National Key Accounts Workshop.

To arrange to meet with GPP representatives at any of these conferences, please contact Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov) or 202-343-9139.

Contacting EPA's Green Power Partnership

Please feel free to contact the Green Power Partnership:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Green Power Partnership
Fax: 202-343-2208
Web site: www.epa.gov/greenpower

Recruiting & Green Power Communities - Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov or 202-343-9139)
Marketing & Outreach- Allison Dennis (dennis.allison@epa.gov or 202-343-9526)
Partnership Administration & PolicyMatt Clouse (clouse.matt@epa.gov or 202-343-9004)

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