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Green Power Planet #33
June 20, 2011

In this edition of the Green Power Planet:

Welcome New Partners!

Welcome to the following 54 organizations that have recently joined the Green Power Partnership (as of June 10, 2011).

Architecture Services: Boulder Associates / San Francisco Office (Calif.), Castle Design (Mo.), CTA Architects Engineers (Mont.), evolveEA (Penn.), Sorg Architects (D.C.)

Automotive: Blake’s Auto Body of Novato, CA (Calif.)

Banking & Fin. Services: UW Credit Union (Wis.)

Clothing & Textile: Designtex (N.Y.)

Construction & Engineering Services: Greenscape Pump Services (Texas)

Consulting Services: Live Green, Inc. (D.C.), The Greenest Image, LLC (Mo.)

Consumer Products: Earth Friendly Products / Garden Grove, CA (Calif.), Philip Morris USA / Center for Research & Technology Facility (Va.)

Education (Higher): Augsburg College (Minn.), Central Michigan University (Mich.), Haverford College (Penn.), Hobart and William Smith Colleges (N.Y.), Hofstra University (N.Y.), Iowa State University (Iowa), University of Wisconsin (Wis.), Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.)

Energy Services: Cost Containment International, LLC (Ill.), MCEnergy, Inc. (N.Y.)

Food & Beverage: Ancora Coffee Roasters, Inc. (Wis.), MegaFood (Derry, N.H.), Philadelphia Macaroni Company (Penn.)

Govt. (Local, Municipal): City of Woodstock (Ga.), Town of Edmonston (Md.)

Health Care: Biogen Idec / Weston Campus (Mass.), Harold Kornylak, D.O. (Va.)

Industrial Goods & Services: Gage’s Granite LLC (Texas)

Information Technology: Community IT Innovators (D.C.), YellowPagesGoesGreen.org (N.Y.)

Media & Publishing: High Road Press, Inc. (N.Y.)

Non-Profit (NGO): A Better City (Mass.), Downtown DC Business Improvement District (D.C.)

Other: Admin Center, Inc. (Wis.), MMGZ, Inc. (D.C.), Evolution Beauty Technologies (Ariz.)

Printing: Art Litho Printing Solutions (Md.), Custom Printers (Mich.), DataPrint, LLC (N.M.)

Real Estate: Mesa Management, Inc. (Calif.)

Restaurants & Food Services: Brian Boru Restaurant (Md.), Galway Bay (Md.), Kennett Restaurant (Penn.), Killarney House (Md.), Red Horse / Sports Enterprise Inc. (Md.)

Retail: Betterbee, Inc. (N.Y.), DJT Robinson Fine Art (N.Y.), Sports Coverage, Inc. (Texas)

Travel & Leisure: ConserVentures (Ariz.), InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel (N.Y.), The Green Leaf Inn (Wis.)

Big Ten Overtakes Ivy League in Conclusion of 2010-11 Green Power College & University Challenge

College and University Green Power Challenge logo.The 2010-11 Green Power College & University Challenge came to a close in April with a new athletic conference taking the top spot: the Big Ten Conference. Collectively, the Big Ten is purchasing more than 256 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, with contributions from Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Rounding out the top three conferences were the Ivy League and the University Athletic Association.

The University of Pennsylvania remains the single largest individual purchaser in the Challenge, using more than 200 million kWh annually, or 48 percent of its total electricity use. Visit the Challenge Web page to view the individual champions of all participating conferences. The 2010-2011 Challenge had the most participants yet, with 69 competing institutions from 31 separate conferences using more than 1.5 billion kWh of green power.

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, or to join next year's 2011-2012 Challenge, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

Intel Remains Largest Green Power Purchaser, New Partners Join Rankings

On April 25, GPP updated its Top Partner rankings. Intel Corporation remains the Partnership’s largest green power user with more than 2.5 billion kWh purchased annually. The University of Utah broke into the National Top 50 for the first time, ranked No. 47 with more than 85 million kWh of green power.

Chicago Public Schools (No. 18) appeared on the Top 20 Local Governments list for the first time, and new Partners on the Top 20 College & University list included Ohio State (No. 13), University of Wisconsin (No. 18), and Georgetown University (No. 19). Newcomers to the Fortune 500® Partners list included Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (No. 21) and Johnson Controls, Inc. / Building Efficiency (No. 25).

For a complete list of all Top Partner Rankings, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/index.htm.

Deadline for July Top Partner List Updates

GPP will next update the Top Partner Lists on July 25, 2011. In order to be included, green power usage updates must be submitted no later than July 6, 2011. Please contact your account manager if you would like to submit an update.

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Washington, DC Remains at the Top of Green Power Community Challenge

On June 2, GPP updated its Green Power Community Challenge rankings. Three new Green Power Communities (GPCs) have joined the Challenge, bringing the total number of GPCs to 39. Washington, DC remains the largest GPC in the country, while newcomer Clayton, Missouri ranks No. 21 with nearly 8 million kWh of annual green power use. Hyattsville, Maryland, and Edmonston, Maryland join the Challenge and are ranked No. 21 and No. 22, respectively, based on green power percentage. Swarthmore, PA increased its green power use to 18.8 percent to hold on to the No. 2 spot, while Brookeville, Maryland remains at No. 1 by percent green power. Collectively, Green Power Communities are using nearly 2.6 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 225,000 average American homes.

Deadline for Participating in the Green Power Community Challenge

At the conclusion of the Challenge on September 26, 2011, EPA will recognize the top Green Power Community in two categories: collective green power usage (kWh) and green power percentage of total electricity use. Any GPC that joins before the end of the Challenge is eligible to win, and current participants are encouraged to submit updated green power use data. To learn more about the Challenge and how your community can participate, visit the GPC Web page. The deadline for submitting updates for the final ranking is September 1, 2011. Please contact Anthony Amato (anthony.amato@erg.com) to submit an update.

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Matching End Users with Developers of New Renewable Energy Generation Projects

EPA Green Power Partners, particularly larger Partners, have expressed a strong interest in working with EPA to identify options for engaging more directly with specific new or proposed renewable energy generation projects. Many Partners feel engagement with a specific project during the financing stages (for example via a long term green power purchase agreement or an equity investment) helps associate them more tangibly with the environmental and local economic benefits of the project while also driving the construction of new generation capacity.

As part of its mission to expand renewable energy generation through voluntary purchases of green power, EPA is engaging more and more with Partners looking to identify project developers or renewable energy projects that can match their end use needs. Large electricity users that want to explore off-taking power from a specific new renewable energy generation facility, or project developers with new or potential projects looking for end users, should contact Blaine Collison (202-343-9139, collison.blaine@epa.gov) to discuss EPA assistance with matching renewable energy projects to end users.

Partner Spotlight: Johnson Controls, Inc.

Johnson Controls is a global diversified company in the building and automotive industries. Its Building Efficiency business provides energy efficient and sustainable building and facility products and services to customers around the world. The company’s headquarters in Glendale, Wisconsin became a Green Power Partner in January 2010 as part of its commitment to sustainability and reducing emissions under EPA’s Climate Leaders program. The facility's green power mix includes solar power generated on-site from 1,452 photovoltaic panels, as well as from a laminated solar array covering 14,355 sq. ft. on the roof of one of the campus buildings. In addition to the on-site generation, the site also purchases green power from its local utility and renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to more than 100 percent of its annual electricity use. The success of this initial facility-level foray into green power purchasing convinced the company to expand its purchase to its Building Efficiency division, which became a Partner in February 2011 after purchasing nearly 48 million kWh of RECs, equivalent to 35 percent of its total electricity use.

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Finding the Energy to Go On, cover.GPP Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek’s Special Advertising Section

Bloomberg Businessweek’s April 2011 issue highlights GPP in a special advertising section (PDF), (4pp., 1.2MB) “Finding the Energy to Go On,” The feature describes GPP, promotes the environmental benefits attributed to Partners’ green power usage, and highlights the actions of GPP Partners, including Best Buy and TD Bank. Best Buy joined GPP as part of its commitment to sustainability, having set a goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 8 percent by 2012. Thanks in part to its green power use, the company reached its goal in 2009 and is now looking to achieve a 20 percent reduction by 2020. TD Bank is also doing its part to become more sustainable by purchasing 100 percent green power for all U.S. operations and building a “net-zero energy” bank in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Final Reminder: GPP Purchase Requirements Increase, Revised “New” Requirement

Effective January 1, 2011, GPP increased the minimum green power purchase requirement and associated Green Power Leadership Club (GPLC) threshold for all Partners and Green Power Communities. Organizations joining the Partnership must meet the following new minimum purchase levels:

Annual Electricity Usage Minimum GPLC
= 100,000,001 kWh 3% 30%
10,000,001-100,000,000 kWh 5% 50%
1,000,001 - 10,000,000 kWh 10% 100%
= 1,000,000 kWh 20% N/A

Current Partners will have until the date on which their yearly report is due in 2011 to meet the new requirements.

Green Power Communities joining the Partnership must meet the following new minimum purchase levels:

Community Annual Electricity Usage GPC Minimum
= 100,000,001 kWh 3%
10,000,001-100,000,000 kWh 5%
1,000,001 - 10,000,000 kWh 10%
= 1,000,000 kWh 20%

Current GPCs will have until the date on which their yearly report is due in 2011 to meet the new requirements.

In addition to increasing the minimum Partner and GPC purchase levels, the Partnership also announced in February 2009 the move towards phasing out existing renewables (from facilities put in place before January 1, 1997) in order to encourage the development of new renewables. New renewables had been defined as those constructed on or after January 1, 1997. Current Green Power Partners’ in-place contracts for existing renewables will be recognized until the end of the contract or January 1, 2012, whichever comes first.

Also, on January 1, 2011, GPP adopted a rolling 15-year “New Date” to determine eligibility of renewable resources. Effective January 1, 2012, the “New Date” will change to 1998 and advance one year each year thereafter. Partners with contracts in place for existing renewables have until January 1, 2012 to replace them with a purchase of new renewables.

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GPP Events - Save the Date For Renewable Energy Markets Conference 2011

Renewable Energy Markets Conference 2011 San Francisco Registration for Renewable Energy Markets 2011 Exit EPA Disclaimeropens soon. This year’s conference will be held in San Francisco, California from November 15-18, 2011. For 16 years, REM has brought together the major players in the voluntary green power market to learn from each other and recognize best practices for promoting renewable energy. The conference is co-hosted by GPP and the U.S. Department of Energy and organized by the Center for Resource Solutions. GPP will also be attending the following conferences this year:

To meet with a GPP representative at one of these conferences, please stop by our booth or contact Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov) or 202-343-9139.

GPP Webinars – Upcoming and Past

Long-term Green Power Contracts Webinar – To be scheduled
GPP will host a webinar that explores the ability of long-term green power contracts to drive the development of new renewable generation capacity. The webinar will cover various options for long-term procurement and highlight the experiences of several Green Power Partners who have committed to contracts of ten years or more. This webinar is ideal for organizations that want to forge a firm connection to a tangible, discrete renewable energy project for marketing and branding purposes. Please check back soon for registration details.

Biogas Energy Webinar – To be scheduled
GPP will host a webinar on utilizing biogas energy, which includes sources such as landfill gas, agricultural waste, wastewater, and food waste. The webinar will highlight the successes of several Green Power Partners using biogas energy, with a particular emphasis on partnerships between local governments, utilities, and end-users to implement these projects. Please check back soon for registration details.

Wind Power à la Carte – Partner-Project Matching Webinar – To be scheduled
GPP will host the second in a series of webinars designed to connect Green Power Partners to unique renewable energy projects. Many Partners have expressed a desire to own or invest in large-scale renewable projects, while others prefer to secure long-term purchasing agreements for power and/or RECs. GPP’s webinar in March 2011 addressed the former model, and this webinar will address the latter. Specifically, the webinar will focus on wind power and feature presentations by several major wind developers on shovel-ready and off-the-shelf project opportunities. Please check back soon for registration details.

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On April 20, GPP hosted a webinar on green revolving funds (GRFs) that explored the key findings and trends of Greening the Bottom Line (PDF) (50pp., 3MB), the first-ever survey of GRFs at 52 colleges and universities. It also highlighted the work of Harvard University’s $12 million Green Revolving Loan Fund, one of the oldest and largest funds in the country. Speakers included Mark Orlowski of the Sustainable Endowments Fund and Heather Henrikson of Harvard’s Office of Sustainability. Presentations and a recording from this webinar can be accessed on GPP’s website.

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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
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Web site: www.epa.gov/greenpower

Program DirectorBlaine Collison (collison.blaine@epamail.epa.gov) or 202-343-9139

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