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Green Power Planet #22
September 18, 2008

In this edition of the Green Power Planet:

  • Welcome New Green Power Partners!
  • The Green Power Partnership Surpasses 1,000 Partners
  • National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference
  • Green Power Partnership Stakeholders Meeting
  • Updated Green Power Community Web Page Features Google Map
  • Partner Spotlight: Gresham, Oregon Green Power Community
  • EPA to Host Webinar on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
  • New NREL Report: Renewable Energy Price-Stability Benefits in Utility Green Power Programs
  • Colleges and Universities Gather for Green Power Webinar
  • Fortune 500 Challenge Update
  • Upcoming Events

Welcome New Green Power Partners!

Welcome to the following 53 organizations that recently joined (as of September 9, 2008) the Green Power Partnership.

Agriculture & Natural Resources:  Carolina Plantation Rice (S.C.)

Architecture Services:  FleischmanGarcia (Fla.)

Automotive:  Royal Gate Dodge (Mo.)

Chemical:  Dow Chemical / Pittsburg CA Latex Plant (Calif.)

Consulting Services: EarthPeople, LLC (Texas), EM-Assist, Inc. (Calif.) 

Consumer Products:  Country Life Vitamins (N.Y.)

Construction & Engineering Services:  Genesis Engineering Services, Inc. (Calif.) 

Education (Higher):  Georgian Court University (N.J.), St. Lawrence University (N.Y.), The College of Saint Rose (N.Y.), University of Denver (Colo.), University of Rochester (N.Y.)

Government (Local, Municipal):  Town of Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Health Care:  Bent-wood Nursing Center (Mo.), CV Therapeutics (Calif.), DJO LLC (Calif.)

Industrial Goods & Services:  Coating Excellence International, LLC (Wis.), Finelite, Inc. (Calif.), K-1 Packaging Group (Calif.), Sauer Energy (Calif.)

Information Technology:  Irides, LLC (Va.), Opto 22 / Corporate Headquarters (Calif.)

Insurance:  Esurance (Calif.), Security & Guaranty Abstract Co. (Texas)

Legal Services:  Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP (Ga.), O'Melveny & Myers, LLP / New York Office (N.Y.)

Media, Print & Publishing: Commercial Letter (Mo.), Digital Hub (Ill.), Dynagraf, Inc. (Mass.), Herron Printing & Graphics (Md.), J.S. McCarthy Printers (Maine), Kohler Print Group (Mo.), Label Impressions (Calif.), Lake County Press (Ill.), Logotech - Inc. (N.J.), Shapco Printing (Minn.), Shift One Media, LLC (Calif.), Taylor Martin Design (Va.)

Non-profit:  Environmental Advocates of New York (N.Y.)

Other:  Carlstrom Productions (Calif.)

Real Estate:  Executive Management, Inc. (Wis.), HWP Development LLC (N.Y.)

Restaurants and Food Services:  Commissary (D.C), Kefa Café (Md.), The Cove (Texas)

Retail:  Caramel (D.C.), DrinkMore Water Travilah (Md.), SESCO Lighting (Fla.)

Telecommunications:  Nokia USA (Okla.)

Travel and Leisure:  Santa Clara Convention Center (Calif.), The Phoenix of Washington, DC

The Green Power Partnership Surpasses 1,000 Partners

College and University Green Power Challenge Logo

At the end of July, the Green Power Partnership reached 1,000 total Partners! These Green Power Partners are collectively buying more than 15 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 1.6 million average American homes for one year. This diverse group of organizations represents a wide variety of industries and comes from 47 different states and Washington, D.C.

Since it began in 2001, EPA's Green Power Partnership has grown steadily with the addition of new Partners each year.  More than 200 Partners have joined so far this year, and 2008 is on track to be the Partnership's biggest year to date in terms of number of new Partners.

National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference
Oct. 26 - 29, 2008, Denver, Colorado

NREM Conference 2008The National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference is taking place October 26 - 29 in Denver, Colorado, and in attendance will be leading renewable energy and green power industry stakeholders. Each year the most influential key players, including power marketers, renewable energy developers, retail and wholesale green power suppliers, electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, government agencies, energy consultants, and non-profit experts gather to listen to their peers present on the major issues facing the industry.

  • September 19th is the last day to get the early bird registration rate.
  • October 3rd is the last day to take advantage of the hotel room block rate.

To register for the conference and for additional information, please visit the conference Web site at www.renewableenergymarketing.net. Exit EPA Disclaimer

Green Power Partnership Stakeholders Meeting
October 26, 2008, Denver, Colorado

To coincide with the 2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference, EPA will hold a meeting with program stakeholders on Sunday, October 26 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Members of the green power industry—particularly marketers of renewable energy certificates, on-site systems and green power providers, including utilities—are encouraged to attend. Affiliated environmental organizations are also encouraged to attend. EPA will reach out to Partner organizations through a separate process.

This meeting will serve as an important opportunity for stakeholders to provide EPA valuable feedback on possible new areas of focus for the Green Power Partnership, current market challenges, and emerging market issues.

Those who wish to attend the stakeholder's meeting must RSVP to Alyssa Kagel at akagel@icfi.com (EPA Contractor) with "RSVP - GPP Stakeholders Meeting" as the e-mail subject line. Please include your representative's name, organization and contact information in the email. EPA asks that each organization send one representative as space is limited. Visit the Partnership's Events page for more information on the stakeholder meeting.

Registration for the National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference is separate.

Updated Green Power Community Web Page Features Google Map

GPP communities web page screenshotThe Green Power Partnership is pleased to announce the rollout of an interactive Google map Web page displaying EPA Green Power Communities nationwide. All 16 EPA Green Power Communities are now geographically identified with pop up boxes detailing their green power purchase commitment information. Find your nearest EPA Green Power Community.

Partner Spotlight: Gresham, Oregon Green Power Community

Gresham was recently designated the seventh EPA Green Power Community in Oregon and the 14th in the nation. Gresham's mayor accepted the honor on behalf of the community's citizens prior to the Gresham City Council meeting on August 19 in Council Chambers. The mayor also announced the results of Gresham's Green Power Challenge. Gresham electricity customers surpassed the Gresham Green Power Challenge goal of 300 new green power enrollments set by the Gresham City Council in April 2008. The community-wide challenge resulted in 332 new sign-ups bringing the total number of Gresham residences and businesses enrolled to 1,253. With the help of the local utility and through the leadership of the community's city government, the challenge was placed before the citizens and businesses to encourage more use and awareness of green power. The community is at nearly five percent green power, representing use of almost 38 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually.

EPA to Host Webinar on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

On October 23, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a Webinar on how retail providers and consumers of renewable energy can access the renewable energy set-aside provisions of each state's RGGI program. Ten states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) are close to implementing their CO2 Budget Trading Programs. Most states have issued proposed or final rules. Representatives from various RGGI states have been invited to participate on the call to answer questions about their state's specific policies.

EPA is interested in this topic because it works with more than 1,000 partner organizations that buy green power voluntarily (more than 15 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually) and support the development of new, renewable generation resources nationwide. Providers and buyers are encouraged to attend this Webinar to ensure that their products and purchases offer credible, verifiable and significant benefits beyond those that result from regulatory market requirements.

Register for this Webinar. Exit EPA Disclaimer

New NREL Report: Renewable Energy Price-Stability Benefits in Utility Green Power Programs

NREL study coverIn August 2008, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published a new report titled "Renewable Energy Price-Stability Benefits in Utility Green Power Programs (PDF)," (36 pp, 590K, About PDF) authored by Lori Bird and Karlynn Cory of NREL and Blair Swezey of Applied Materials.

The report explores the ability of utilities to present a compelling value proposition to consumers for their green power products, and in turn charge a price premium. The report explores the fact that one important value offered by some green pricing programs is the stable-price characteristic of renewable energy generation. Many consumers consider this value an important and appealing benefit, particularly as a hedge against increasing fossil fuel prices. The report outlines several approaches that exist to provide price stability to green power customers, including:

  1. Establishing a separate green power rate to substitute for a utility's energy or fuel rate,
  2. Exempting green power customers from fossil fuel-cost adjustment, or
  3. Revisiting green power price premiums frequently, particularly when base rates are adjusted.

This report further examines utility experiences when offering the fixed-price benefits of renewable energy in green pricing programs, including the methods utilized and the impact on program participation.

The report can be downloaded at apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/resources/pdfs/43532.pdf (PDF). (36 pp, 590K)

Colleges and Universities Gather for Green Power Webinar

C&U Green Power ChallengeOn July 30, the Partnership hosted a one-hour Webinar on "Green Power Procurement for Colleges and Universities." Nearly 70 attendees participated in the Webinar, representing more than 50 colleges and universities from across the country.

Blaine Collison of EPA kicked off the Webinar with a primer on green power purchasing among higher education institutions. Then, attendees heard from representatives of two Green Power Partners who reflected on the lessons learned from their schools' green power procurement. Nathan Prior gave an overview of Syracuse University's experience with purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs). Nathan discussed Syracuse's decision making process and the key factors in ensuring the project's success. Troy Goodnough of the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) presented on his school's process for developing on-site renewable generation. UMM, a 2005 Green Power Leadership Award winner, generates energy for more than half of its buildings from a 1.65 megawatt wind turbine located near campus.

Presentations from the July 30 Webinar are available on the Partnership's Events & Webinars Web page. Information about future Green Power Partnership Webinars will also be posted on this page.

Fortune 500 Challenge Update

The number of Fortune 500 companies continues to grow with nearly 60 corporations taking part in EPA's Fortune 500 Challenge. This Challenge, which will conclude at the end of 2009, encourages and highlights the voluntary green power purchases of America's leading corporations. The Fortune 500 Challenge serves as an excellent opportunity for companies to gain national recognition for purchasing green power and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Companies interested in taking part in the Fortune 500 Challenge should review the requirements for becoming an EPA Green Power Partner, and contact Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov, 202-343-9139) for more information.

Upcoming Events

Retail Leaders Industry Association Environmental Sustainability & Compliance Conference, September 22 – 24, Frisco, TX
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) will hold the first ever comprehensive retail conference devoted to issues of environmental sustainability and compliance. The Green Power Partnership will present on key issues for retailers in buying green power.

Climate Leaders Partners Meeting, Exit EPA Disclaimer October 6 – 8, Chicago, IL
Climate Leaders Partners Meetings are held approximately every nine months to provide Partners of EPA's Climate Leaders program with peer exchange, recognition, program information, and updates on pressing climate change issues. Prospective Partners and representatives of other organizations interested in corporate climate change management are welcome to attend.

EEI Fall National Key Accounts Workshop, October 12 - 15, Las Vegas, NV
The Green Power Partnership will be attending and exhibiting at EEI's Fall National Key Accounts Workshop. For more information, visit www.eei.org/meetings/index.htm.

AASHE, Exit EPA Disclaimer November 9 – 11, Raleigh, NC
The Green Power Partnership will be exhibiting at the second biennial conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE 2008 offers an opportunity for every sector of higher education in the United States & Canada to come together to demonstrate how colleges and universities can lead the way to a sustainable future.

To arrange to meet with EPA representatives at any of these conferences, please contact Blaine Collison at collison.blaine@epa.gov or 202-343-9139.

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