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Issue 27, January 13, 2015

2014 in Review: GPP Keeps Growing

In 2014, the Green Power Partnership welcomed more than 200 new Partners who are using nearly 737 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power—the equivalent of avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity use of nearly 70,000 average American homes for one year! In addition, GPP recognized nine new Green Power Communities that represent nearly 837 million kWh of green power—equal to more than 79,000 houses’ electricity use for one year.

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200+ orgs committed to using renewables & joined @EPA’s Green Power Partnership in ’14. Partner list: 1.usa.gov/1yyGcHr #EPAGreenPower

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New NREL Report: Status and Trends in the U.S. Voluntary Green Power Market

In November 2014, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published its annual report: Status and Trends in the U.S. Voluntary Green Power Market. The report examines the “voluntary” green power market, or the market in which consumers and institutions voluntarily purchase renewable energy to match all or part of their electricity needs. The report looked at 2013 data and found that voluntary retail sales of renewable energy totaled 62 million megawatt-hours (MWh) and represented approximately 1.7 percent of total U.S. electricity sales. From 2012 to 2013, total green power market sales increased 27 percent, and approximately 5.4 million customers purchased green power. The number of customers in utility green pricing programs and the competitive market increased by 25 percent and 87 percent, respectively. However, in the unbundled REC market, the number of customers declined by 14 percent. Wind energy continues to provide the most renewable energy to the voluntary market, at 75 percent of total green power sales, followed by landfill gas and biomass (7 percent), hydropower (4 percent), solar (1 percent), and geothermal (1 percent).

Graph of Estimated annual voluntary sales by market sector, 2006–2013
* Voluntary sales for 2011 are estimated as the mid-point of 2010 and 2012 sales
Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Upcoming Webinar: State of the Voluntary Green Power Market

Register for this webinar

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 1:00–2:00 PM EST, GPP will host a webinar reviewing the state of the voluntary green power market.

James Critchfield, EPA's Green Power Partnership Program Director, and Jenny Heeter, Renewable Energy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will discuss the state of the U.S. green power market, focusing primarily on the voluntary market. The webinar will review:

  • The various green power product options
  • Where these products are available
  • Resource and pricing information
  • The most up-to-date statistics and trends in green power purchasing
  • The emergence of new green power procurement options

The presentations will draw heavily from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's recently published Status and Trends in the U.S. Voluntary Green Power Market that is mentioned above, as well as the Green Power Partnership's program data.

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Participate in GPP’s On-site Renewables Challenge

On-site Renewables Challenge

To help support President Obama's Climate Action Plan (PDF) (21 pp, 311K), the Green Power Partnership launched the On-site Renewables Challenge in 2014, with a goal to double the use of on-site green power by Green Power Partners by the end of the decade. The Partnership is tracking all Partners' annual combined on-site renewable energy use, and updates the information quarterly. The next updates to the On-site Renewables Challenge will be released on January 26, 2015.

Some Partners have also made tangible commitments to the future deployment and use of on-site renewable energy. Review the list of these Partners here.

Interested in supporting the Challenge or want to make a public commitment to the future deployment of renewable energy? Contact GPP today!

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Partner Spotlight: Vin de Set Rooftop Bar and Bistro

2017 Vin de Set Rooftop Bar & Bistro logo

Photo of Solar array located atop a car port at Vin de Set
Solar array located atop a car port at Vin de Set

Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Vin de Set Rooftop Bar and Bistro is committed to promoting the benefits of green power, as well as many other environmentally friendly practices that help reduce its impact on the environment.

Q. Why did your organization decide to use green power? What do you see as the benefits of using green power and what role does it play in your company’s broader business and environmental strategy?

A. We felt it was the right thing to do and it fit within our company’s sustainability practices. We believe that, given the choice, our current and potential guests will support us over a competitor that is less aggressive in their environmental practices.

Q. Describe any innovative green power strategies your organization has implemented or is planning. Do you have any upcoming projects or strategies that relate to your company’s green power usage?

A. In addition to our 25-kilowatt on-site solar installation in our parking lot, we also:

  • Only use recycled material for carry-out packaging and printed material
  • Recycle all glass, plastic, metal, paper, and cardboard
  • Replaced all incandescent lighting with LED bulbs
  • Installed Energy Mizer capacitors on all subpanels to eliminate spikes in demand
  • Purchase perishable goods from local suppliers whenever possible
  • Grow a significant amount of produce in our quarter-acre garden adjacent to the restaurants
  • Train our staff to be an environmentally responsible workforce

In the future, we plan to be certified by the Green Dining Alliance.

Q. Are there any lessons you’ve learned in making the switch to green power or in increasing your green power use?

A. A key lesson has been to make sure to train your staff properly on any new systems and follow up with them regularly. Also, not all LED compatible dimmer switches are created equal and being an urban farmer is hard work.

Q. What advice would you give to other organizations interested in using green power, and is there anything you would do differently? What barriers did you encounter when switching to green power?

A. I would tell them to make sure they take advantage of the promotional opportunities that using green power can create for your organization. Spreading the word not only makes your business look good, it might also motivate others to do the same.

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Welcome New Partners!

GPP welcomes the following 60+ organizations that have joined the Green Power Partnership since October 13, 2014 (as of January 6, 2015)!

Clothing & Textile: HAE Now (Calif.), Reformation (Calif.)
Construction & Engineering Services: Balfour Beatty Construction (Va.)
Consulting Services: Dimensions OHS (N.C.), Meister Consultants Group (Mass.), SRT Consultants (Calif.)
Consumer Products: Natural Edge Furniture (Ore.), Nest Bedding / Albany Location (Calif.), Savvy Rest (Va.), Simply Straws (Calif.)
Education (Higher): Colorado College (Colo.), Principia College (Ill.), Stephen F. Austin State University / SFA Gardens (Texas), University of California, San Diego (Calif.), Washington University / Tyson Research Center (Mo.)
Energy Services: Alternative Utility Services, Inc. (Wisc.)
Food & Beverage: Atlas Distributing, Inc. (Mass.), Humm Kombucha (Ore.), Olio Tasting Room (Va.)
Government (Local, Municipal): City of Columbus (Ohio), City of Palmdale (Calif.), Town of West Hartford (Conn.)
Health Care: Capitola Veterinary Hospital (Calif.), Del Ray Psychological & Wellness Associates (Va.), Encinitas Hearing Aid Center (Calif.), Jefferson Veterinary Center (Mich.), Ojas Wellness Center (Md.), Perelmuter & Goldberg Orthodontics (Ky.)
Industrial Goods & Services: Hioki USA Corp (N.J.)
Legal Services: Unique Law (Calif.)
Media & Publishing: Muzzey Media (Calif.)
Non-Profit (NGO): Ladies Village Improvement Society (N.Y.)
Other: PFM LLC (Texas)
Recreation: Fit Fast (S.C.), GODA Yoga (Calif.), My Thrive Pilates (Va.)
Restaurants & Cafes: Azucar Lounge (Calif.), Basil Seasonal Dining (Calif.), Bon Vivant Café and Farm Market (Va.), Café Mezzanotte (Md.), Chop’t Creative Salad Company (N.Y.), LoKal (Fla.), Magnolia Bistro (Vt.), Manito Tap House (Wa.), Mission Pie (Calif.), Plum Point Bistro (R.I.), South Block Juice Co. (Va.), The Great Impasta (Maine), Vegetarian House (Calif.) Retail: Dig Inn Seasonal Market (N.Y.), Ecobags (N.Y.), fibre space (Va.), Gossip on 23rd (Va.), Steven Maxx Salon (Texas), The Refill Shoppe (Calif.), Wilson Florist (Va.)
Shipping: Crystal Creek Logistics LLC (Wash.)
Sports Teams & Venues: New York Mets (N.Y.)
Technology & Telecom: The Conference Exchange (R.I.)
Wineries & Breweries: Kona Brewing Company (Hawaii), Redhook Brewery (N.H.), Victory Brewing Company / Parkesburg Brewery (Penn.), Widmer Brothers Brewing (Ore.)

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Changes to Green Power Partnership Requirements

In the coming months, EPA will be reviewing its Partnership requirements, clarifying eligibility criteria, and updating program guidance. More information will be forthcoming. Some of the areas under consideration include:

  • The program’s minimum green power use benchmarks
  • Changes as a consequence of the upcoming release of WRI/WBCSD greenhouse gas guidance for scope 2 emissions
  • GPP program guidance in making environmental claims
  • Clarifications on the eligibility and recognition of green power purchases in excess of U.S. base load electricity use
  • Modifications to the “new” renewables requirements
  • Changes or clarifications to the green power product vintage requirements

If there are other programmatic issues you feel EPA should address, or if you would like to make suggestions regarding the topics listed above, please contact James Critchfield (Critchfield.james@epa.gov or 202-343-9442). Proposed changes will be open for comment prior to being finalized.

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Green Power Partnership Dates to Remember for 2015

Top Partner Rankings and On-site Renewables Challenge Updates Data Deadlines:
  • January 6, 2015
  • April 6, 2015
  • July 6, 2015
  • October 5, 2015
Update Schedule:
  • January 26, 2015
  • April 27, 2015
  • July 27, 2015
  • October 26, 2015
College & University Challenge Updates Data Deadlines:
  • January 6, 2015
  • April 6, 2015
Update Schedule:
  • January 26, 2015
  • April 27, 2015 (final update for 2014-15)
Green Power Leadership Awards Application Period Open:
  • Early spring 2015
Application Period Closing:
  • Approximately 6 weeks after opening
* Please note that the Awards will be presented at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Fall 2015.

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Past Issues

GPP Program Update, Issue 26, December 11, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 25, October 20, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 24, September 22, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 23, August 11, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 22, July 14, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 21, June 17, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 20, May 5, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 19, April 7, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 18, March 10, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 17, February 10, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 16, January 13, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 15, December 19, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 14, November 28, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 13, October 28, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 12, September 9, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 11, August 12, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 10, July 15, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 9, June 17, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 8, May 13, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 7, April 8, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 6, March 11, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 5, February 20, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 4, January 14, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 3, December 17, 2012
GPP Program Update, Issue 2, November 26, 2012
GPP Program Update, Issue 1, October 22, 2012

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