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Green Power Partnership Program Updates


Issue 7, April 8, 2013

Awards Nomination Period Closes April 15

The 2013 EPA Green Power Leadership Awards nomination period is still open. Nominations are due on April 15. The annual awards serve to recognize the leading actions of Green Power Partners and 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 Austin, Texas on September 23. For more information on the conference, visit www.renewableenergymarkets.com Exit EPA Disclaimer

EPA co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). For more information about the EPA awards and nomination process, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards. For more information about the CRS awards for market development, visit renewableenergymarkets.com/gpla_details.shtml. Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Partner Spotlight: Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC

Volkswagen Chattanooga solar park When the Green Power Partnership updated its Top Partner Lists in January of this year, a brand new Partner appeared at No. 11 on the Top 20 On-site Generation list - Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC. With the official opening of the 33-acre "Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park" (pictured) adjacent to its automotive manufacturing plant, Volkswagen Chattanooga is now generating more than 13 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, enough to meet approximately 12 percent of the plant's electricity use. Recently, Volkswagen Chattanooga provided GPP with insight into its decision to use green power:

Q: Why did your organization decide to use green power?
A: To demonstrate our adherence to our corporate environmental and energy objectives, including our goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 percent from our production process by 2018. Green power significantly reduces our CO2 emissions while providing a reliable energy source that integrates easily into our existing site and business needs.

Q: Describe any innovative green power strategies your organization has implemented or is planning.
A: Our green power strategy is governed by our Think Blue Program. Think Blue embodies Volkswagen’s goals of creating environmentally friendly products using sustainable and efficient production processes, and encouraging eco-conscious behavior. Our new LEED Platinum Chattanooga assembly plant embodies this philosophy.

Q: What advice would you give to other organizations interested in using green power?
A: It’s the right thing to do. Pick the renewable power technology that works for your situation and get started. Environmental protection is something we should all be working towards because it’s the one thing we all have in common.

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Did you know?

The Partners currently listed on the GPP Top 20 On-Site Generation List are using more than 570 million kWh of on-site green power annually – that's enough to avoid the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 60,000 average American homes each year.

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Renewable Energy Markets Conference: Join us in September!

The annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference will take place in Austin, Texas from September 22 – 24, 2013. Organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions Exit EPA Disclaimer and supported by EPA, REM is the nation's premier forum for the energy community to gather, learn from each other, and recognize best practices for promoting renewable energy. We hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Webinars

Long-term Power Purchase Agreements for Wind Power: University Perspectives
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (EDT)
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 Green Power Partnership 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

On-site Renewables: Lessons Learned from Idea to Implementation
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership
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On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EDT), the Green Power Partnership will host a webinar entitled “On-site Renewables: Lessons Learned from Idea to Implementation." Organizations across the country continue to make direct investments in on-site renewable energy generation, indicating a long-term commitment to using renewable energy and securing the benefits of reduced electricity price volatility. This webinar will feature two EPA Green Power Partners, SC Johnson and Coca-Cola Refreshments, that have invested in on-site projects powered by landfill gas and wind, respectively, and highlight the companies’ experiences from initial investigation of on-site systems to the results obtained once the projects were brought online.

Webinar participants will learn about:

  • Coca-Cola Refreshments’ combined heat and power system, which generates more than 47 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of on-site green power annually, and SC Johnson’s wind turbines and cogeneration system which together produce an average of 100 percent of the annual electricity used at the company’s largest manufacturing plant.
  • The decision-making process: why these projects were chosen over others, and how these companies evaluated their options.
  • The return on investment: have the projects met expectations, and what have the results been since bringing the systems online.
  • Important considerations for organizations considering on-site renewable energy generation.

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
  • Kelly Semrau, Chief Sustainability Officer, SC Johnson
  • Richard Crowther, Manager, Sustainable Energy, Coca-Cola Refreshments

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New Top Partner and College & University Challenge Rankings: April 17

On April 17, the Green Power Partnership will release its Top Partner Rankings, the second quarterly update of the year. Visit the Top Partner Rankings section of the GPP website to view the current rankings as of January 2013.

In addition, the winners of the 2012-2013 College and University Green Power Challenge will be announced, recognizing a Champion Green Power Conference as well as the largest single purchasers within each participating conference. Visit the College and University Green Power Challenge section of the GPP website to see the current participants and rankings as of January 2013.

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By the Numbers

Organizations participating in the Green Power Partnership represent nearly 40 different industry categories. The following graph shows the top ten industry categories that use the most green power annually as of March 27, based on the combined Partner use in each industry.
National Top 50 Partners by Percentage of Green Power Use

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Earth Day is Coming Up!

Earth Day, April 22, is right around the corner. We would like to thank all of our Partners for their continued commitment to using renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases. Collectively, EPA Green Power Partners are using more than 26 billion kWh of green power annually - equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 2.8 million average American homes!

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Past Issues

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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