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Green Power Planet #28
March 25, 2010

In this edition of the Green Power Planet:

  • Increased Purchases Featured on January Top Partner Rankings
  • Reminder: April Top Partner List Updates
  • 2010 College & University Challenge Nearing Finish Line
  • 2010 Green Power Leadership Awards—New award for EPA Green Power Communities
  • Partner Spotlight:  Kohl's Department Stores
  • Welcome New Partners!
  • GPP Releases updated Guide to Purchasing Green Power
  • GPP Webinars—Future and Past
  • Retire Your Voluntary Renewable Energy Purchase on RGGI
  • EPA State and Local Climate Program Launches New Web Site
  • EPA Updates Its Green Power Equivalency Calculator
  • Special Communications Opportunity for Partners
  • CRS Launches Buy Clean Energy 2010 Campaign

Increased Purchases Featured on January Top Partner Rankings

On January 25, the Green Power Partnership (GPP) updated its ten top Partner Rankings. Intel retained the top spot on the National Top 50 and Fortune 500 lists, increasing its commitment to more than 1.4 billion kWh. Kohl's Department Stores also increased its green power purchase to more than 1.3 billion kWh, becoming the second-largest purchaser within the partnership. PepsiCo, Whole Foods Market, the City of Houston, Dell Inc, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Johnson & Johnson round out the top 10 purchasers.

Notable green power usage increases made by Partners ranked on the National Top 50 list include BNY Mellon at No. 17, BD at No. 34, and Carnegie Mellon University at No. 41.

To review each of the January 2010 Top Partner lists, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/index.htm.

Reminder: April Top Partner List Updates

The next update of the Top Partner Lists will be on April 26th. The deadline for Partner purchase updates to be included on the list is April 6th.

2010 College & University Challenge Nearing Finish Line

College and University Green Power Challenge logo.In April EPA will conclude the 2009-2010 College & University Green Power Challenge.  At the Challenge's conclusion, GPP will recognize a Champion Green Power Conference as well as the largest single purchasers within each participating conference as 2009-10 GPP Green Power Challenge conference champions.

The Green Power Challenge is open to all U.S. colleges, universities, and conferences. To be listed, a conference must have an aggregate green power purchase of at least 10 million kilowatt-hours across the conference. For more information, please contact Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov). To learn more about the Challenge, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

2010 Green Power Leadership Awards—New Award for EPA Green Power Communities

Each year, EPA recognizes leading Green Power Partners for their renewable energy achievements. EPA has presented awards for On-Site Generation, Green Power Purchasing, and Green Power Partner of the Year. This year, EPA will offer awards in a fourth category, Green Power Community of the Year, to honor EPA Green Power Communities that distinguish themselves through their green power usage, leadership, citizen engagement, renewable energy strategy, and impact on the green power market.

An EPA Green Power Leadership Award offers significant opportunities for Partners to demonstrate their environmental leadership, promote their participation in the Partnership, and receive EPA recognition at the annual Renewable Energy Markets Conference, which will be held in the fall.

The 2010 nomination period will be open between April 27 and May 18. Self-nominations or nominations on behalf of another party are accepted. Visit the Green Power Leadership Awards Web Page for more information and to read about last year's winners.

Partner Spotlight: Kohl's Achieves 100 Percent Green Power

Photo of wind turbines.Kohl's Department Stores announced in January 2010 that it has increased its green power purchase to equal 100 percent of its electricity use. The company's purchase of nearly 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean, renewable energy is equivalent to avoiding the carbon emissions of nearly 188,000 passenger vehicles per year or the amount of electricity need to power nearly 128,000 average American homes annually.

This purchase elevates Kohl's to the No. 2 spot on the National Top 50 list of green power purchasers.  Kohl's also maintains its No. 1 rank atop the Top 20 Retail list, a position it has held since last fall.

Kohl's purchases a combination of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and utility green power products generated from solar, wind, and biomass resources. Kohl's also generates 15 million kWh of green power from on-site solar installations at its facilities, earning it a position at No. 12 on GPP's Top 20 On-site Generation list.

Since joining GPP in 2006, Kohl's has steadily increased its green power purchase.  In fact, the company's 2010 purchase is more than 17 times its original purchase of 80 million kWh!  GPP honored Kohl's as a Green Power Partner of the Year in 2009 and with Green Power Leadership Awards in 2007 and 2008.

Welcome New Partners!

Welcome to the following 36 organizations that have recently joined (as of March 1, 2010) GPP.

Banking & Fin. Srvcs.: Capital One (VA)

Consulting Srvcs.: Waller & Associates, LLC (GA)

Education (Higher): Dickinson College (PA), Regis University (CO), The Ohio State University (OH)

Education (K-12): Brooksfield School (VA), Chicago Public Schools (IL), Maret School (DC)

Food & Beverage: Barefoot Coffee Roasters, Inc (CA), Lifeway Foods, Inc. (IL), Southeastern Container, Inc. / Effingham, IL Facility (IL)

Govt. (Local, Municipal): City of Philomath, OR (OR), Town of East Hampton, CT (CT)

Health Care: Ingalls Health System (IL)

Industrial Goods & Srvcs.: Taycon Building Technologies (MO)

Media & Publishing: Soundprint Media Center (MD)

Non-Profit (NGO): Center for Cultural Interchange (IL)

Other: Delia's Cleaners of Arizona (AZ), President Valet, Inc. (DC), The Shell Group (PA)

Printing: Allen Press, Inc. (KS), Boutwell, Owens & Co., Inc (MA), Print-Tech, Inc. (MI), Southeastern Container, Inc. / Wappingers Falls, NY Facility (NY), Triune Color Corporation (NJ)

Real Estate: Butler Crossing Associates (OH)

Restaurants & Food Srvcs.: Bouche LLC dba 1905 DC (DC), Ridgewells, Inc. (MD)

Retail: Potomac Paddle Sports (MD), STL Beds (MO), The Bike Rack (DC)

Transport & Shipping: iMoveGREEN, LLC (NY)

Travel & Leisure: Grand Cru Wine Tours (OR), Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa (NH), MTS Seating (MI), The Prestwick Group dba Max-R (WI)

Guide to Purchasing Green Power Updated

Guide to Purchasing Green Power CoverThis month EPA released an updated version of the Guide to Purchasing Green Power, the result of a collaborative effort of several organizations: the Green Power Partnership; Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program; the World Resources Institute; and, the Center for Resource Solutions. The guide provides current and potential buyers of green power with information about green power purchasing, and includes information about the different types of green power products, the benefits of green power purchasing, and how to capture the greatest benefit from your purchase.  Updates to the guide include: 

  • New market information and terminology
  • Information on REC tracking systems
  • Guidance on making environmental claims
  • Fresh case studies
  • Information on power purchase agreements for on-site renewable projects
  • Resources for Federal agencies on planning green power purchases or on-site renewable projects

You can download the revised guide at www.epa.gov/greenpower/documents/purchasing_guide_for_web.pdf .

GPP Webinars—Future and Past

GPP Webinars logo.On Thursday, April 8, from 1 - 2 PM (Eastern) GPP will host a webinar on renewable energy procurement for K-12 schools. The webinar will include a primer on purchasing green power, an overview of the Green Power Partnership, and a review of available EPA resources and tools for schools. The webinar will also feature speakers from two K-12 schools who will share their experiences with using green power at their institutions.

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • The available green power procurement options
  • The process of making a green power purchase
  • The benefits of green power for a school
  • How schools are integrating renewable energy into their curriculum

Presenters will be:
Neelam R. Patel, EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program
Blaine Collison, EPA's Green Power Partnership
Cecily Bullock, Assistant Business Manager & Assistant Facilities Director, Green Acres School
Paul Turner, Executive Director or Facilities, Austin Independent School District

Register for the webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/205919226. Exit EPA Disclaimer

On January 28, GPP held a webinar on Green Power Purchasing Aggregations, which covered the steps necessary to form a successful purchasing group, the benefits of purchasing aggregations, and strategies for incorporating green power into the group's purchase. Presentations were given by Blaine Collison of GPP, James Sloss from Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium, and Steven Rumpler of Boston Buying Power.

On February 23, GPP held another webinar on Green Power Communities. Presentations were given by Anthony Amato from ERG, contracting firm to EPA, Andrea Denny from EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program, Susan Millhauser, the Sustainability Coordinator with City of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Thor Hinckley, a Program Manager with Portland General Electric. Participants learned about how to become an EPA Green Power Community, examples of successful community outreach campaigns and how they have inspired community support for green power

More information on all of these webinars, including recordings and transcripts, can be found at: www.epa.gov/greenpower/events/index.htm.

Retire Your 2009 Voluntary Renewable Energy Purchase on RGGI

As most Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states begin to retire greenhouse gas emissions allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), GPP wishes to remind Planet readers that retail providers and consumers of renewable energy may be able to access the voluntary renewable energy set-aside provisions of state RGGI programs, thereby enabling claims of greenhouse gas reductions. To ensure that allowances are retired, in most states providers must provide documentation of voluntary purchases by consumers; in other states customers may provide this documentation.

Green Power Partners voluntarily purchasing RECs in a RGGI state must ensure that their purchases, if eligible, result in the retirement of an equivalent amount of allowances in their state. Purchasers and their providers should communicate about whether the necessary administrative steps are being taken to secure this result.

For guidance regarding states' rules and submission deadlines, please review the GPP webinar on RGGI set-asides at www.epa.gov/greenpower/events/oct23_webinar.htm or visit the RGGI Web site, www.rggi.org.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program Launches New Site

In February, EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program launched a new Web site to help state and local governments understand, plan, and implement strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their jurisdictions. The revamped Web site—www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate—brings together EPA resources to serve as a one-stop shop for government officials seeking information and resources on a variety of issues, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, solid waste, and urban planning and design. The Web site features a wealth of renewable energy information for state and government officials.

To access the renewable energy resources geared for local governments, visit www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/local/topics/renewable.html
To access the renewable energy resources geared for state governments, visit www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/state/topics/renewable.html

To access the Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Guides on Green Power Procurement, On-Site Renewable Energy Generation, and Landfill Gas to Energy, visit: www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/resources/strategy-guides.html

Update to GPP Equivalency Calculator

GPP recently completed a minor update to the GPP Equivalency Calculator that corrected the home electricity usage and home energy usage methodologies. The GPP Equivalency Calculator also now correctly rounds the carbon dioxide emissions equivalency figure. Check out the revised calculator at www.epa.gov/greenpower/pubs/calculator.htm.

Special Communications Opportunity for Green Power Partners

GreenEnergyTV.com, a Green Power Partner, is an online television channel dedicated to airing green videos for viewers around the world.  Launched in 2007, the online channel showcases videos on solar energy, wind power, hydro power, alternative fuels, geothermal, wave/tidal energy, energy conservation and more. GreenEnergyTV.com has invited other Green Power Partners to upload their green power videos to the online channel.  Green Power Partners such as IBM, Yahoo, and Hewlett-Packard, as well as many other companies, schools, organizations and individuals, have already submitted videos to the Web site.  Just go to www.greenenergytv.com and click UPLOAD VIDEO. It's free to upload and free to watch.

CRS Launches Buy Clean Energy 2010 Campaign

Buy Clean Energy logo.On February 23, the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) launched Buy Clean Energy 2010, a yearlong campaign centered on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day that encourages individuals and businesses to reduce their electricity use and buy clean energy.

The Buy Clean Energy 2010 Web site provides simple ways for consumers to:

  • learn how much electricity they use and become more efficient,
  • buy clean energy and learn what programs are available to them in their area, and
  • add their name to a growing roster of consumers who have purchased clean energy.

With a goal of one billion kilowatt-hours purchased through this campaign, Buy Clean Energy 2010 is an ambitious call to action for consumers and businesses to support clean, renewable energy for years to come. For more information or to join the roster of organizations and individuals buying clean energy, visit www.buycleanenergy.org.

The mention of any company or product in the Buy Clean Energy Campaign news brief neither constitutes nor implies endorsement by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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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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