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Green Power Partnership Program Updates

Issue 6, March 11, 2013

Awards Nomination Period Opens on March 12th

The 2013 EPA Green Power Leadership Awards nomination period will open tomorrow, March 12, and close on April 15 (note: the awards nomination period has been extended until April 22). The annual awards serve to recognize the leading actions of Green Power Partners, Communities and green power suppliers that significantly advance the development of green power sources.

Awards will be presented at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in late September. For more information on the conference, visit www.renewableenergymarkets.com Exit EPA Disclaimer

For more information about the awards, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards.
Nomination forms will be posted here on March 12.

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Welcome New Partners!

Welcome to the following 66 organizations that have joined the Green Power Partnership since December 8, 2012 (as of March 5, 2013).

Agriculture & Natural Resources: Greensgrow Farm (Pa.)
Automotive: Powell Watson Motors, Inc (Texas), Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Tenn.)
Banking & Financial Services: Keltron Tax & Brokerage Corporation (N.Y.)
Construction & Engineering Services: Creative Landscapes Inc. (S.C.), Hamel Green (Md.), Singleton Electric Company (Md.)
Consulting Services: Praxis Consulting Group, Inc. (Pa.)
Consumer Products: Big Agnes (Colo.)
Education (K-12): Scranton School Districts (Pa.)
Food & Beverage: Kikkoman Foods / California Location (Calif.), Mayorga Coffee (Md.)
Govt. (Federal): U.S. Department of the Treasury (D.C.)
Govt. (Local, Municipal): City of Belvedere, CA (Calif.), City of Denton, TX (Texas), City of Larkspur, CA (Calif.), City of Mill Valley, CA (Calif.), City of Milwaukie, OR (Ore.), City of Mount Rainier, MD (Md.), City of San Rafael, CA (Calif.), County of Marin, CA (Calif.), County of Santa Clara, CA (Calif.), Town of Corte Madera, CA (Calif.), Town of Fairfax, CA (Calif.), Town of Ross, CA (Calif.), Town of San Anselmo, CA (Calif.), Town of Tiburon, CA (Calif.)
Health Care: Compression Therapy Concepts (N.J.), InnerBridge Wellness Center (Md.), South Carroll Veterinary Hospital (Md.)
Hotels & Lodging: Sheraton Boston Hotel (Mass.)
Industrial Goods & Services: All Eco Design Center (Md.), Aqua America Inc. (Pa.), Everything Displays (N.Y.), Infrared Tools LLC (Md.), KI Design Center (Wis.), ReCommunity Inc. DBA Blue Mountain Recycling (N.C.), ReCommunity Inc. DBA FRC Camden Inc. (N.C.)
Marketing, Advertising & PR: Project Design Company, LLC (D.C.)
Non-Profit (NGO): Community Forklift (Md.)
Other: Tommy's Terrific Carwash (Texas)
Real Estate: 1400 Museum Park Condominium Association (Ill.), Carmel Condo Association (D.C.), Federal Realty Investment Trust / Pennsylvania Office (Pa.), Green Spaces NYC (N.Y.), Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (Ill.), The Severn Companies (Md.)
Recreation: Schooner Woodwind (Md.)
Religious: Church on the Hill (N.Y.)
Restaurants & Cafes: Batik Asian Cuisine & Dumpling Bar (Md.), Biba’s Tavola Calda Pizzeria (N.J.), Black Restaurant Group (Md.), Seasonal Pantry (D.C.), TIPOTA LLC dba Rawlicious Soho (N.Y.)
Retail: Baltimore Bicycle Works (Md.), Crush Wine & Spirits (N.Y.), Earth Alley (Md.), Fleet Feet Sports / Gaithersburg (Md.), Mirage Boutique (N.Y.), Mirage Couture (N.Y.), The Sound Garden (Md.)
Sports Teams & Venues: Saint Paul RiverCentre / Xcel Energy Center (Minn.)
Technology & Telecom: Rackspace US Inc. (Texas)
Transportation: VIA Metropolitan Transit (Texas), Yardlink Services, Inc. (N.J.)
Wineries & Breweries: Dog Beverage Company (Md.)

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Did you know . . .

More than 270 Partners currently meet the requirements of the Green Power Leadership Club and use a combined total of more than 19 billion kWh of green power annually - that's enough green power to to avoid the yearly carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly two million average American homes!

Are you on Twitter? Tweet this Fact! Did you know @EPAgov Green Power Leadership Club members use over 19 billion kWh of #greenpower annually? Learn more http://1.usa.gov/YVS0Me

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Partner Spotlight: Coca-Cola Refreshments

Coca-Cola Onsite Power GeneratorCoca-Cola Refreshments has a goal to grow its business, but not its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. To achieve this goal, Cola-Cola Refreshments has invested in many sustainability initiatives, including a landfill gas powered system at one of its beverage manufacturing facilities (pictured). This system supplies electricity, steam, and chilled water to the facility and is one of the largest biogas projects of its kind in the U.S., generating more than 47 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of on-site green power annually. As a result, Coca-Cola Refreshments currently ranks No. 3 on the GPP Top 20 On-site Generation list and received a 2012 EPA Green Power Leadership Award for On-site Generation.

In addition, Coca-Cola has deployed fuel cell, solar, and biofuel projects at several of its facilities and is increasing its energy efficiency by participating in the Top 10 Energy-Saving Challenge in all of its North American facilities in partnership with World Wildlife Fund. These actions have helped contribute to a reported eight percent reduction in CO2 emissions from the company’s North American manufacturing facilities since 2004. Coca-Cola has also reduced CO2 emissions from its transportation operations, adding more than 750 alternative fuel vehicles to its hybrid electric truck commercial fleet - the largest in North America.

Check out Coca-Cola's website for more information on its green power, water stewardship, and sustainable packaging efforts. Exit EPA Disclaimer

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By the Numbers

Combined, GPP Partners are generating over 700 million kWh of on-site green power. Below is a breakdown of Partners’ total on-site generation by resource.
National Top 50 Partners by Percentage of Green Power Use

Get Social! Post this fact to Twitter: @EPA Green Power Partners are generating over 700 million kWh of on-site #greenpower. View the breakdown http://1.usa.gov/7AtWkA

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Marin County, CA Communities Join the GPC Challenge

Nine local communities from Marin County, California have recently joined the Green Power Community (GPC) Challenge, bringing the total to 45 GPCs. These nine communities are procuring green power through Marin Clean Energy, a renewable electricity provider that gives local residents and businesses green power options through its contracts with renewable energy developers and suppliers – including contracts for more than 70 megawatts of new solar to be built in California starting this year. Combined, the nine new Marin County GPCs are using more than 160 million kWh of green power annually – enough to avoid the yearly carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly 17,000 average American homes.

Read more about the great work of EPA's Green Power Communities here.

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Reminder: Top Partner Rankings Data Deadline March 18

The next Top Partner Rankings update is scheduled for April 17, 2013, and all Partners will need to submit any green power use updates to their account managers no later than March 18, 2013.

Visit the Top Partner Rankings section of the GPP website to see the current rankings as of January 2013.

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Upcoming Webinars

"The Solar Roadmap: Navigating the Evolving Solar Energy Market"
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (ETD)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership and State & Local Climate and Energy Program
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On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EDT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) and State & Local Climate and Energy Program will host a webinar entitled "The Solar Roadmap: Navigating the Evolving Solar Energy Market." Navigating the rapidly evolving solar energy market can be a challenge and charting the right course for a community requires both local and national knowledge. The Solar Roadmap platform, and its free resources, organize global best practices and make them easily accessible locally for government agencies, regional organizations, businesses and electric utilities. Through a tailored Solar Roadmap, interested communities can join others from across the country that are transforming their regional environments and economies with clean energy solutions. This webinar will review success stories and opportunities for local and state governments to make significant progress toward their environmental and renewable energy goals using the Solar Roadmap platform.

Webinar participants will learn about:

  • The vision, experiences, and approach to using this unique tool and set of resources with a brief demo and case study.
  • Available Solar Roadmap resources including guidance on permitting and inspection, planning and zoning, interconnection, financing tools and market development.
  • How solar power can boost local job creation, lower electricity costs, and attract local investments.

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, EPA's Green Power Partnership
  • Emma Zinsmeister, EPA's State & Local Climate & Energy Program
  • Ben Foster, Senior Vice President, Optony Inc.

Innovative Approaches to Climate Goals: Microsoft's Internal Carbon Fee
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (ETD)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership
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On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EDT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar entitled "Innovative Approaches to Climate Goals: Microsoft's Internal Carbon Fee." As companies and organizations strive to meet carbon reduction goals and climate commitments, many are undertaking innovative strategies to help meet these goals. A leading example of such innovation is Microsoft's adoption of an internal carbon fee. An EPA Green Power Partner, Microsoft recently instituted a company-wide commitment to achieve carbon neutrality for its data centers, software development labs, offices, and employee air travel, and the carbon fee is a key component of this aggressive goal. By internalizing the cost of GHG pollution through financial measures, the carbon fee incentivizes employees to reduce emissions while raising funds for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and purchases.

Webinar participants will learn about:

  • The business case that convinced Microsoft’s senior executives and CFO to adopt and support an internal carbon fee.
  • The logistics of the fee – how is a carbon price determined, who pays, and where do the proceeds go?
  • How other organizations can adopt a similar strategy.

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership
  • Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Corporation

Long-term Power Purchase Agreements for Wind Power: University Perspectives
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (ETD)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership
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On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EDT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar examining how colleges and universities can procure wind power via long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).

To date, the vast majority of colleges and universities purchasing wind power have used short-term contracts (1 – 3 years) for utility products or renewable energy certificates (RECs). Only recently have a few leading universities purchased wind via long-term (10+ years) PPAs. This webinar will highlight the experiences of The Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma in exploring long-term green power contracts and the questions and issues that other schools investigating this procurement option should consider.

Webinar participants will learn about:

  • Wind PPAs, including their structure, key terms, and requirements.
  • The potential for wind PPAs to reduce energy costs, hedge against price volatility, and reduce an institution's carbon footprint.
  • The influence of long-term contracts on decisions by project developers to build new generation facilities, such as wind farms.

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, EPA's Green Power Partnership
  • Aparna Dial, University Director, Energy Services and Sustainability, The Ohio State University
  • Brian Ellis, Director of Facilities Management, University of Oklahoma
  • James Rosner, Utilities Director, Oklahoma State University

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Reminder: Special Advertising Opportunity: Bloomberg Businessweek

The Green Power Partnership is pleased to again offer Partners an opportunity to participate in an EPA-branded paid advertising supplement in Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine in the April 15, 2013 issue to coincide with Earth Day. The deadline to submit materials to the magazine is fast approaching. Previous advertising supplements can be found here. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Jordan Hyman (jhyman10@bloomberg.com) at (212) 617-3709.

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Past Issues

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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