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Green Power Partnership Program Updates


Issue 14, November 28, 2013

 

 

 

Partner Spotlight: Village of Oak Park, IL

Pictured L to R: Hunter Leemon, Director of Sales, Richmond Kickers; Courtney Gilbert, Dominion Green Power Program Coordinator, Dominion Virginia Power; Santiago Lucio, Director of Community Outreach, Richmond Kickers

The Village of Oak Park, Illinois is a leading example of a municipality seeking to promote the use of green power among its community members. Through its innovative Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, Oak Park became the first municipality in Illinois to choose a 100 percent green power portfolio standard for its participating residents and small business operators. As a result, Oak Park has won the Green Power Community (GPC) Challenge for the past two years in achieving the highest green power percentage of total electricity use, with close to 92 percent of Oak Park’s community-wide electricity usage coming from green power sources. Recently, the Village of Oak Park provided additional insight to GPP in regards to the Village’s green power use:

Q: Describe any innovative green power strategies Oak Park has implemented or is planning.
A: Perhaps the most exciting plans Oak Park has in the green power field is its smart grid demonstration project, Smart City USA. An international collaboration between Korean and Illinois smart grid institutes and companies, Smart City USA will showcase a 200-home solar/battery storage system that will increase reliability and abilities to feed power into the local grid system and participate in arbitrage events. This demonstration project is in its final funding phase and first installations are being planned for spring 2014.

Q: What lessons have you learned in making the switch to green power or in increasing your green power use?
A: Due to current market conditions for renewable energy credits, the first lesson the Village learned and communicated to other municipalities is that green energy is competitively priced. Also, in light of the demand for green power in municipal aggregation programs instituted across the state last year, the second lesson Oak Park learned was that its residents are interested in green power to a greater extent than originally anticipated. The third lesson naturally followed: municipalities should at least ask for a price for 100% renewable energy to respond to the residential demand for it, both in aggregation programs and for its own operations.

What advice would you give to other organizations interested in using green power, and is there anything you would do differently?
A: Given that municipal aggregation is still a fairly new concept, the Village of Oak Park freely shared its lessons learned with over 400 Illinois municipalities that passed aggregation ordinances in 2012. Oak Park urged municipal staff members to simply ask the question about renewable energy pricing, and if competitive, to recommend contracting for renewable energy to their board or council members. The result was that an overwhelming majority of aggregation programs opted for green power, either as a choice for its members, or as the only option for the membership.

Read more about Oak Park's aggregation program. Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Welcome Newest GPC: Falls Church, VA Community

EPA is excited to welcome Falls Church, Virginia as the most recent community to join the Partnership, making it the first GPC in Virginia. Together, the local government, businesses, and more than 160 residents in Falls Church are using more than 4.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly 500 average American homes.

To learn more about GPCs and how your community can join, visit the Green Power Communities section of our website.

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Did you know?

Did you know there are currently 49 Green Power Communities, representing 15 states and the District of Columbia? As of November 12, Oregon and California are tied for the most participating communities with 11 each! Check out where all GPCs are located here.

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Top Partner Lists and College & University Challenge Rankings Updated

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the most recent Top Partner Rankings, which were released on November 4. The newest update includes the expansion of the National List from the Top 50 to the Top 100 Partners and six sector-specific lists from Top 20 to Top 30. This expansion will help further recognize leading Partners committed to using green power and reflect growth within the Partnership.

GPP also kicked off the 2013-2014 College & University Green Power Challenge on November 4 by updating the rankings of the 32 competing conferences. Throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, the GPP will track the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation. The Big Ten conference, Big 12 conference and the Ivy League lead the current standings.

As a reminder, all Partners need to submit any green power use updates to their account managers no later than January 8, 2014 in order to be reflected in the next update.

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By the Numbers

Combined, the Top 100 Partners are using nearly 24 billion kWh of green power annually, accounting for more than 80 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners and equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 2.5 million average American homes annually. See what organizations currently make the National Top 100 List here.
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Upcoming Webinar

Building Your Internal Network: Making the Switch to Green Power
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (EST)
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On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EST), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar entitled "Building Your Internal Network: Making the Switch to Green Power."

The session will address one of the most important elements of organizational clean energy/sustainability strategy: effectively engaging allies across the enterprise.

Particularly for on-site and utility-scale green power opportunities, sustainability and energy staff find that they need to coordinate or collaborate with multiple additional functions within their organization - be it a corporate, institutional or governmental organization. Building the support of an internal network can make all the difference when it comes to making a purchase or installing green power on-site. In this webinar, we will discuss how to build this network, how to leverage other stakeholders' key issues and address their challenges, and who needs to be involved.

Webinar participants will learn:
  • Which areas of an organization play a role in using renewable energy – including senior leadership, financial management, facilities management, operations, energy and utility management staff.
  • What information each group needs to make a decision on using green power, and how to present it in terms they’ll understand and support.
  • Real world examples from American University and Mars Incorporated.
Speakers include:
  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership
  • Chris O’Brien, Director, Office of Sustainability, American University
  • Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director, Mars Incorporated

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#EPAGreenPower

We know your organization is committed to promoting clean, renewable energy, but don't forget to communicate your participation in the Green Power Partnership on social media outlets. Help educate the public about all the great things your organization is doing to operate more sustainably and support the use of green power by using the unique hashtag #EPAGreenPower Exit EPA Disclaimer when discussing your renewable energy initiatives. This will allow people to easily follow the examples of leading organizations such as yours and learn how using green power is an important choice in reducing climate risk.

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Past Issues

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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