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Green Power Planet #30
September 23, 2010

In this edition of the Green Power Planet :

  • Green Power Community Challenge
  • Top Partner Rankings Updated
    • November Top List Update Reminder
  • Save the Date! Renewable Energy Markets
    • Green Power Leadership Awards
  • GPP Purchase Requirement Change
  • Partner Spotlight: Hillsboro, OR
  • Welcome New Partners
  • Past GPP Webinars
  • NREL 2015 Forecast Report
  • Green-e Standard Update
  • Green Power Community Partnership Agreement Updated
  • Changes to EPA’s Climate Leaders Program
  • 2010 EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership Meeting and U.S. DOE Gulf Coast Clean Energy Application Center Texas CHP Policy Forum
  • RecycleMatch

Green Power Community Challenge

The Green Power Partnership (GPP) has kicked off its first-ever, national “Green Power Community Challenge,” a year-long campaign to encourage local governments and communities to use renewable energy and fight climate change. The goal of the Green Power Community Challenge is to double the collective amount of green power used by EPA Green Power Communities (GPCs). As part of the campaign, Communities will compete to see which one can achieve the highest green power percentage of total electricity use and which one can use the most green power. The winning communities will be declared in September 2011.

GPC Timeline

From Sept. 20, 2010, to Sept. 1, 2011, GPCs will be ranked according to the two award categories on GPP’s website. GPP will provide technical and outreach assistance to participants to help them increase their green power usage rates.

GPP invites your community to participate in the Challenge. Becoming a GPC is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. The local government must join GPP as a Partner and buy green power in amounts that meet EPA minimum purchase require­ments. The local government can be a town, village, city, county, or tribal government.

  2. The local government (or its designee) initiates a com­munity-wide green power campaign to encourage local businesses and residents to buy green power. Communities must be collectively purchasing or producing green power on-site in amounts that meet GPP requirements. GPP is available to provide technical and outreach assistance.

  3. The local government must submit a signed GPC Partnership Agreement. Once a community becomes a GPC, it will be able to participate in the Challenge.

To date, more than 30 cities and towns in Alaska, Calif., Colo., Conn., Md., Ore., Pa., Texas, Utah, Wash., and Wis. have become Green Power Communities. To learn more about the Challenge, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/communities/index.htm.

August Top Partner Rankings

On August 2, GPP released its updated Top Partner Rankings. Intel Corporation remains the Partnership’s largest single purchaser of green power, using more than 1.4 billion kWh, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 125,000 average American homes. Washington, D.C. (No. 14), TD Bank, N.A. (No. 15), the State of Illinois (No. 23), Pearson, Inc. (No. 27), Chicago Public Schools (No. 35), and Harris N.A. (No. 42), are all making first-time appearances on the National Top 50 list. BD (No. 19), a global medical technology company, and the Port of Portland (No. 49), both rose in the rankings by nearly doubling their green power purchases. Nearly a quarter of the Top 50 Partners have increased their green power purchases since April.

For a complete list of all Top Partner Rankings, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/index.htm.

November Partner List Updates

The next update of the Top Partner Lists will be on November 1. The deadline for green power usage updates to be included on the lists is October 5.

Save the Date — Renewable Energy Markets Conference

REM logo.For 15 years, Renewable Energy Markets (REM) has defined and expanded marketplace opportunities for clean power. This year's conference will take place in Portland, Oregon, from October 19-22, 2010. There's something for everyone, whether you're a generator, marketer, utility, policymaker, or just want to learn more about where the markets are headed and opportunities in the new green economy.

This year's packed agenda includes the following topics:

  • Renewable Energy 101
  • Building Utility Green Power Programs
  • Climate Policy Update: Federal, Regional and State
  • Marketing and Messaging that Works
  • REC Price Transparency and Transaction Data Access
  • Renewable Energy Markets: Interaction with Carbon Offsets
  • Fundamentals of Markets and Trading
  • Implications of Cap-and-Trade for Renewable Energy
  • Integrating Renewable Energy into the Grid

See the REM 2010 agenda.

Register today!

Green Power Leadership Awards

Join us for the 2010 Green Power Leadership Awards, presented annually to leaders in the renewable energy industry at a banquet held on October 20, 2010, in conjunction with REM 2010. EPA co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). The awards recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, and individuals that significantly advance the development of the voluntary green power market. For more information, visit the Green Power Leadership Awards Web Page.

Green Power Partnership Requirement Changes

Since the Green Power Partnership was established, EPA has continually reviewed and updated program requirements in order to enhance program credibility, support best practices, strengthen program integrity, and increase program cost-effectiveness. In February 2009, GPP implemented five program requirements changes:

  1. Minimum Purchase Levels and Green Power Leadership Club (GPLC): Effective January 1, 2011, GPP will increase the program minimum purchase levels and associated GPLC levels. Organizations joining the Partnership beginning January 1, 2011, must meet the following new minimum purchase levels:

    Annual Electricity Usage Current Minimum Current GPLC January 2011 Minimum January 2011 GPLC
    ≥ 100,000,001 kWh 2% 20% 3% 30%
    10,000,001-100,000,000 kWh 3% 30% 5% 50%
    1,000,001 - 10,000,000 kWh 6% 60% 10% 100%
    ≤ 1,000,000 kWh 10% NA 20% NA

    GPP will phase in implementation of the new minimum purchase levels. Current Partners must meet the new requirements no later than the date at which their yearly report is due in 2011.

    All Partners – current and new – will be operating under the revised GPLC thresholds as of January 1, 2011.

    Please note that the Green Power Community minimum purchase levels will also increase. Green Power Communities joining the Partnership beginning January 1, 2011, must meet the following new minimum purchase levels:

    Community Annual Electricity Usage Current GPC Minimum January 2011 Minimum
    ≥ 100,000,001 kWh 2% 3%
    10,000,001-100,000,000 kWh 3% 5%
    1,000,001 - 10,000,000 kWh 6% 10%
    ≤ 1,000,000 kWh 10% 20%

    GPP will phase in implementation of the new minimum purchase levels. Current GPCs must meet the new requirements no later than the date at which their yearly report is due in 2011.

  2. Requirement for New Renewables: Effective July 1, 2009, no new purchases of existing renewables (from facilities placed in service before January 1, 1997) will qualify for the Partnership. Current Green Power Partners’ in-place contracts for existing renewables will be recognized until the end of the contract or January 1, 2012, whichever comes first.

  3. Future RECs: Effective February 19, 2009, new purchases of future RECs may be counted only in the year generated. Partners currently purchasing future RECs may continue to count future RECs against their current year Partnership commitments until the end of their contract or January 1, 2011, whichever comes first.

  4. Window for Making an Initial Green Power Purchase:Effective February 19, 2009, new Partners will have six months to make an initial green power purchase.

  5. Scope of Purchase and Green Power Claims: Effective February 19, 2009, Partners with branded franchise facilities must clearly state in any public disclosure whether or not their purchase includes such branded facilities. With respect to rented or lease space, only the party purchasing the green power may make environmental claims.

For a detailed explanation of these revised program requirements, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/join/purchase.htm and www.epa.gov/grnpower/documents/gpp_requirements2009.pdf. Please contact Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov), with any questions or comments regarding these changes.

Partner Spotlight: Hillsboro, Oregon, Green Power Community

In March 2010, Mayor Jerry Willey issued a challenge to the residents of Hillsboro, Oregon: support the development of climate-friendly renewable energy by purchasing green power from the local utility, Portland General Electric.

The mayor’s Green Power Challenge, the city’s first, was approved by the Hillsboro City Council and the Chamber of Commerce. It set a goal of 300 new participants in the utility’s green power program between April 1 and June 30, 2010. Residents and businesses all across Hillsboro answered the call in record time—more than 700 customers, including 51 businesses, signed up through the campaign. Today, the community is purchasing more than 43 million kWh of green power from clean, renewable energy sources.

In June 2010 Hillsboro became EPA’s 29th Green Power Community and the 9th largest in terms of using the most kilowatt-hours of green power annually. GPP congratulates the Hillsboro Green Power Community and thanks the hundreds of participants who made this achievement possible.

For a complete list of all EPA Green Power Communities, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/communities/index.htm.

Welcome New Partners!

Welcome to the following 62 organizations that have recently joined the Green Power Partnership (as of September 1, 2010).

Automotive: Advanced Collision, Inc. (N.Y.)

Banking & Fin. Srvcs.: Fifth Third Bank (Ohio)

Chemical: Becker Underwood (Iowa)

Consulting Srvcs.: Bruner Consulting (Texas)

Consumer Products: J&B Importers (Fla.), Lafe’s Natural BodyCare (Texas), Northwest Cosmetic Labs (Idaho)

Education (Higher): Colby-Sawyer College (N.H.), Monmouth University (N.J.), Rhodes College (Tenn.)

Food & Beverage: FAGE USA Dairy Industry, Inc. (N.Y.), Good Cacao (Ore.), NORPAC Foods, Inc (Idaho)

Govt. (Local, Municipal): City of Aurora (Ill.), Town of Brookeville (Md.), District of Columbia (D.C.), Encina Wastewater Authority (Calif.), Town of Farmington (Conn.), Forest County Potawatomi Community (Wisc.), City of Santa Cruz, CA / Wastewater Treatment Facility (Calif.), Transylvania County (N.C.), Town of Woodstock (Conn.)

Green Power Community: Brookeville (Md.), Cornwall (Conn.), Hillsboro (Ore.)

Health Care: Amerigroup Corporation (Va.), Gyrus ACMI (Conn.), Marc M. Gamerman, D.C. (Md.), Medtronic / Spinal and Biologics (Tenn.), Methodist Medical Center (Ill.), St. Luke’s House (Md.)

Industrial Goods & Srvcs.: Wire Belt Company of America (N.H.)

Information Technology: Maine.Info (N.Y.), Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (N.J.), Spansion Inc. (Calif.)

Legal Services: Lovinger Kaufmann LLP (Ore.), Smith Freed & Eberhard (Ore.)

Non-Profit (NGO): Annapolis Maritime Museum (Md.), GUIDE Program, Inc. (Md.), Housing Unlimited, Inc. (Md.), Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (Md.)

Other: Aurelia Salon Spa (Md.), Country Squire Cleaners (Md.), Dogtopia of Woodbridge (Va.), Greenjobs, Inc. (Texas), Natural Fusion Hair Studio (Md.), Stroga (D.C.)

Printing: Colormasters LLC (Ala.), Deluxe Corporation / Chicago Distribution Center (Ill.), Deluxe Corporation / Kansas City Distribution Center (Mo.), Pratt (Ind.), Priority Worldwide (Md.)

Real Estate: A Corner Office LLC (Md.), KC Development, LLC (Md.), KC Rivers Development, LLC (Md.)

Restaurants & Food Srvcs.: Gimme! Coffee (N.Y.), HSC Hospitality (Mo.)

Retail: College Park Bicycles, Inc. (Md.), Grosvenor Market, LF USA (N.Y.), Natural Health Organic Foods (Mo.), Red Tree Baltimore (Md.)

Transport & Shipping: Union Station (D.C.)

Travel & Leisure: Glacier Park Boat Company (Mont.)

Wineries & Breweries: Long Trail Brewing Company (Vt.)

GPP Webinars

GPP Webinars

GPP webinars are now available on iTunes as podcasts!

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On June 24, GPP hosted a webinar on Procuring Green Power Through Reverse Energy Auctions, which explained how an online reverse energy auction can be used to lower energy prices and also add green power to an organization’s electricity mix. In an online reverse auction, energy suppliers bid against each other in real time in an effort to win a buyer’s green power business, increasing competition and driving down prices. Webinar participants learned how online reverse energy auctions work, the potential cost saving benefits, and listened to two Partners’ experiences using these auctions. The Webinar featured presenters from World Energy, United Natural Foods, and the U.S. General Services Administration.

On July 29, GPP hosted a webinar on Corporate, Institutional, and Government Opportunities in Community Wind Development, which explored opportunities for large electricity users to participate in community wind power development. Webinar participants learned about the different types of community wind projects, the benefits and challenges of community wind development, the typical development process and timeline, and possible financial structures for projects. The Webinar featured presenters from Own Energy and National Wind.

On August 4, GPP hosted a webinar on Improving Solar PV Results through Collaborative Procurement that examined an innovative regional joint procurement for 14 MW of solar photovoltaic installations in Silicon Valley. The County of Santa Clara, Calif., partnered with Joint Venture and eight other public agencies to create the largest public renewable energy procurement to date in terms of both number of installation sites and number of participating jurisdictions. By leveraging the contractual resource investment of Santa Clara and creating a strategically bundled procurement pool, all agencies have benefited from reduced or eliminated technical, financial, and organizational challenges of adopting green power. The Webinar featured presenters from Joint Venture, Optony, and the County of Santa Clara. Webinar participants learned about the role each project participant played, how challenges were addressed and lessons learned, and how this procurement model could be replicated in other regions of the U.S.

You can also download a transcript, recordings, and presentations from the recent GPP Webinars by visiting the Events and Webinars page on the Partnership's website.

Voluntary Green Power Market Forecast through 2015

In May, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released Voluntary Green Power Market Forecast through 2015. This report presents estimates of voluntary market demand for green power through 2015 based on historical data, market sector sizes, and observed growth trends. NREL developed a high and low-growth scenario for four different market segments: unbundled REC markets, regulated utility programs, unregulated utility programs, and on-site renewables. NREL also analyzed the potential impacts of cap-and-trade legislation that does not include set-asides for green power purchases.
Graph, Figure E-1: Total voluntary demand for renewable energy (millions of MWh): High-growth, lo-growth, and negative policy impacts scenario forecasts through 2015.

The resulting forecast projects the total voluntary demand for renewable energy in 2015 to range from 63 million megawatt-hours (MWh) annually in the low case scenario to 157 million MWh annually in the high case scenario, representing an approximately 2.5-fold difference (see Figure E-1). In 2008, total voluntary market demand exceeded 24 million MWh.

Read the report on NREL’s website to learn more.

Green-e Energy National Standard Updated

In July, the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) released Green-e Energy National Standard for Renewable Electricity ProductsVersion 2.0, which will take effect on July 15, 2011. The most significant change to the Green-e Standard is the adoption of a rolling 15-year “New Date” to determine eligibility of renewable resources for Green-e certification. Under the previous standard, the “New Date” was fixed at 1997. However, starting in 2012, this date will change to 1998 and advance one year each year thereafter. Some grandfathering of existing facilities will be permitted, pursuant to the guidelines in the Green-e National Standard. Revisions were also made to hydropower and landfill methane capture and destruction.

State-specific requirements regarding voluntary renewable energy purchases in Michigan, Hawaii, and states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) took effect immediately and are discussed in Appendix A. The table below summarizes the new RGGI state policies.

Click here to see a table that summarizes the new Green-e Energy Rules for RGGI States.

Download the Green-e Energy National Standard Version 2.0 from the CRS website.

Green Power Community Partnership Agreement Updated

In September, GPP released an updated version of its Green Power Community Partnership Agreement. Several questions have been removed from the new web-based agreement while GPP added one new question regarding on-site generation occurring within the community. To review the revised Green Power Community Partnership Agreement, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/communities/become.htm.

Changes to EPA’s Climate Leaders Program

EPA recently announced that it will be transitioning Climate Leaders over the coming year to encourage program Partners to take advantage of the many non-Federal opportunities available to advance their climate leadership and go above and beyond in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. EPA very much values the effort that Partners have made to meet Climate Leaders requirements and is proud of the many accomplishments. This transition does not signal the end of EPA’s commitment to recognize climate leaders. In fact, EPA intends to stay involved in important initiatives related to corporate GHG accounting and to support companies’ actions to reduce their GHG emissions through other programs such as ENERGY STAR and the Green Power Partnership. The agency will also seek new ways to promote, support and recognize climate leadership.

For more information about Climate Leaders’ new direction, visit www.epa.gov/climateleaders/.

2010 EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership Meeting and U.S. DOE Gulf Coast Clean Energy Application Center Texas CHP Policy Forum

CHP meeting agenda The 2010 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership Meeting and U.S. DOE Gulf Coast Clean Energy Application Center Texas CHP Policy Forum will take place November 1-3, 2010, in Austin, Texas. The meetings will be held in conjunction with the Texas CHP Initiative Trade Show.

Preliminary agendas are now available and can be accessed on the conference Web page.

Register now for this exciting three-day event!

Who should attend:

  • CHP professionals such as project developers, consultants, financiers, and manufacturers
  • Energy managers interested in industrial, institutional, municipal, and commercial CHP applications
  • Real estate developers and facility operators
  • Parties interested in biomass CHP applications
  • State and local policymakers and staff
  • Electric and natural gas utility representatives
  • Environmentalists and sustainability experts


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Upcoming Events

1st Annual Green Schools National Conference, October 24 – 26, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Green Power Partnership will be presenting at the First Annual Green Schools National Conference. To arrange to meet with a GPP representative at this conference, please contact Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov) or 202-343-9139.

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Contacting EPA’s Green Power Partnership

Please feel free to contact the Green Power Partnership:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Fax: 202-343-2208
Web site: www.epa.gov/greenpower

Recruiting & Green Power Communities - Blaine Collison (collison.blaine@epa.gov or 202-343-9139)
Marketing & Outreach - Allison Dennis (dennis.allison@epa.gov or 202-343-9526)
Partnership Administration & PolicyMatt Clouse (clouse.matt@epa.gov or 202-343-9004)

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