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Green Power Planet #32
March 18, 2011

In this edition of the Green Power Planet:

  • Welcome to Melissa Donnelly and New Partners
  • Intel Makes a Splash in February Top Partner Rankings Update
    • Deadline for April Top Partner List Updates
  • EPA Announces New Green Power Community Challenge Rankings
  • Deadline for 2010-11 College & University Challenge
  • Partner Spotlight: Cloud County Community College
  • GPP Purchase Requirements Increase, Revised “New” Requirement
  • NREL Launches Renewable Energy Project Financing Website
  • GPP Webinars – Past and Upcoming

Welcome to Melissa Donnelly and New Partners

The Green Power Partnership would like to extend a warm welcome to Melissa Donnelly, who will be temporarily taking over communications duties from Allison Dennis while Allison is on a six-month communications placement with the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Melissa will be in charge of overall communications for the Partnership, as well as the program website and a variety of other tasks.

Please feel free to contact Melissa (donnelly.melissa@epa.gov, 202-343-9546) with questions.

GPP would also like to extend a special welcome to the following 57 organizations that recently joined the Partnership (as of March 9, 2011). The New Year started off with a bang, and our Partners are now collectively purchasing more than 21 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, the equivalent to avoiding the annual CO2 emissions from nearly 1.9 million average American homes.

Agriculture and Natural Resources: ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston, Inc. / Alexia Foods, Inc. (Wash.)

Clothing & Textile: Blueridge Carpet (Ga.)

Construction & Engineering Services: McGrath & Associates (Mo.)

Consulting Services: CLS Management Group LLC (D.C.), New England Environmental (Mass.), DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation (Va.)

Consumer Products: Haworth, Inc. (Mich.), Zotos International (N.Y.), SC Johnson & Son (Wis.), LowEnergyLampBulb.com (D.C.), Energy Saver Lights (D.C.)

Education (Higher): Georgetown University (D.C.), University of Texas Arlington (Texas), Cloud County Community College (Kan.)

Govt. (Local, Municipal): Chicago Park District (Ill.), Suffolk County (N.Y.), City of Monterey (Calif.), City of Alexandria (Va.), City of Thousand Oaks (Calif.), Town of Superior (Colo.), City of Rockville (Md.)

Green Power Community: Aurora (Ill.), Rockville (Md.), Washington, DC

Health Care: AngioDynamics, Inc. (N.Y.), Victor’s Smile Dental Studio (Texas)

Industrial Goods and Services: Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing Cooperative (Wis.), John W. Stone Oil Distributor (La.), PortionPac Chemical Corporation (Ill.), Bronx Westchester Tempering (N.Y.), Johnson Controls, Inc. / Building Efficiency (Wis.), Bartley Corp. (Md.), Aluminum Shapes LLC (Va.)

Information Technology: Dotster, Inc. (Wa.), 3 TIER Inc. (Wa.), Alchemy Host (Calif.), InfoPrint Solutions (Colo.)

Insurance: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (N.Y.)

Legal Services: Armstrong Teasdale (Mo.), Lindquist & Vennum PLLP (Minn.)

Marketing, Advertising & PR: Riley Weiss (Ore.)

Media & Publishing: Random House / Westminster, MD Distribution Center (Md.)

Non-Profit (NGO): The Geological Society of American (Colo.), Upstate Forever (S.C.), American Geophysical Union (D.C.), Academy of Natural Sciences (Penn.), Homes for America (Md.)

Other: Triad Technology Group (Ore.)

Printing: Sticker Giant (Colo.), Integrity Graphics, Inc. (Conn.)

Real Estate: Empire State Building (N.Y.), View 14 Apartments (D.C.), Georgetown Village Condominium (Md.)

Religious: General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church (D.C.), Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County (Md.)

Restaurants & Food Services: Geppetto Catering (Md.), 14 & V. Inc. T/A Busboys and Poets (D.C.)

Retail: Dolphin Blue (Texas), The Big Bad Woof (D.C.)

Travel & Leisure: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (D.C.)

Wineries & Breweries: Schlafly Beer (Mo.), Berrywine Plantations (Md.)

Intel Makes a Splash in February Top Partner Rankings Update

On February 1, GPP updated its Top Partner rankings. Intel Corporation nearly doubled its annual green power usage to more than 2.5 billion kWh, or 88 percent of its total use, to remain the Partnership’s single largest purchaser. Kohl’s, second on the National Top 50 list, increased its purchase to more than 1.4 billion kWh of green power annually. Staples more than doubled its green power commitment, and Sony Corporation of America nearly doubled its green power purchase. Best Buy and Drexel University all made first-time appearances in the National Top 50.

Other newcomers to the rankings include Multi Packaging Solutions (Top 20 Printers), Suffolk County, NY and Forest County Potawatomi Community (Top 20 Local Government), University of Maryland (Top 20 Higher Ed.), SC Johnson & Son and Zotos International (Top 20 On-site), and ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston, Inc. / Alexia Foods, Inc. (F500).

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

Deadline for April Top Partner List Updates

GPP will next update the Top Partner Lists on April 25, 2011. The deadline for green power usage updates to be included on the lists is April 6. Please contact your account manager if you would like to submit an update.

Green Power Community Challenge Rankings Update

On March 17, EPA updated its Green Power Community Challenge rankings at the mid-point of the year-long campaign to double collective green power purchases by its Green Power Communities (GPCs). Since the rankings were last updated on December 1, 2010, three new GPCs have joined the Challenge, bringing the total number to 36. Washington, DC is the newest and largest GPC, ranked No. 1 with nearly 750 million kWh of green power being used by DC residents, businesses, federal agencies, NGOs and the District of Columbia government. Rockville, MD and Aurora, IL also appeared on the rankings for the first time, purchasing nearly 63 million kWh (No.11) and 26 million kWh (No.14), respectively.

In addition to these new GPCs, five other communities reported increases in their green power use. Santa Clara, CA reported the biggest increase of nearly 63 million kWh, while Hillsboro, OR nearly doubled its use to move to No. 7 in the rankings. Palo Alto, CA, Lacey, WA, and Durango, CO also reported increases in their green power use. Brookville, MD remains the No. 1 GPC by percentage green power with a whopping 50 percent green power use. Collectively, Green Power Communities are using nearly 2.6 billion kWh of green power annually, equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 225,000 average American homes.

At the conclusion of the Challenge on September 26, 2011, EPA will recognize the top Green Power Community in two categories: collective green power usage (kWh) and green power percentage of total electricity use. To learn more about the Challenge and how your community can participate, visit the GPC web page. The deadline for submitting updates for the final ranking is September 1, 2011. Please contact Anthony Amato (anthony.amato@erg.com) to submit an update.

Data Deadline Approaching for 2010-11 College & University Challenge

GPP will announce the winners of this year’s College & University Challenge on April 18, 2011. As of March 1, the top three conferences are the Ivy League, The Big Ten, and University Athletic Association. The deadline for submitting updated green power usage information to EPA is April 6. Make sure GPP has your most recent information to help your conference win the Challenge! Learn more at www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm.

Partner Spotlight: Cloud County Community College

  Cloud County Community College windfarm
  The Cloud Power Wind Farm of Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas.

Cloud County Community College of Concordia, Kansas recently joined the GPP after installing the third of three wind turbines on its campus. Collectively, the turbines represent 350 kilowatts of generation capacity and are expected to generate almost 750,000 kWh per year. Two of the turbines are Northwind 100 kW turbines installed in 2010, and the most recent addition is a Nordtank 150 kW, commissioned in March 2011. In addition to supplying more than 40 percent of the school’s electricity use, the wind turbines also provide an excellent hands-on lab for students in the school’s Wind Energy Technology program. Students will benefit from enhanced lab training, climb testing, rope rescue training, and routine maintenance work, all without having to leave campus.

The college’s commitment to renewable energy is further demonstrated by a large geothermal heating and cooling system that was partially funded with a $250,000 renewable energy grant from the State of Kansas Energy Office. The geothermal system is completely powered by the Cloud Power Wind Farm, and combined, the systems are expected to save 1,656 barrels of oil per year, or enough electricity to power 60 homes.

To learn more about the Cloud County Community College wind farm, click here. Exit EPA Disclaimer

GPP Purchase Requirements Increase, Revised “New” Requirement

Effective January 1, 2011, GPP increased the minimum green power purchase requirement and associated Green Power Leadership Club (GPLC) threshold for all Partners and Green Power Communities. Organizations joining the Partnership must meet the following new minimum purchase levels:

Annual Electricity Usage Minimum GPLC
= 100,000,001 kWh 3% 30%
10,000,001-100,000,000 kWh 5% 50%
1,000,001 - 10,000,000 kWh 10% 100%
= 1,000,000 kWh 20% N/A

Current Partners will have until the date on which their yearly report is due in 2011 to meet the new requirements.

Green Power Communities joining the Partnership must meet the following new minimum purchase levels:

Community Annual Electricity Usage GPC Minimum
= 100,000,001 kWh 3%
10,000,001-100,000,000 kWh 5%
1,000,001 - 10,000,000 kWh 10%
= 1,000,000 kWh 20%

Current GPCs will have until the date on which their yearly report is due in 2011 to meet the new requirements.

In addition to increasing the minimum Partner and GPC purchase levels, the Partnership also announced in February 2009 the move towards phasing out existing renewables (from facilities put in place before January 1, 1997) in order to encourage the development of new renewables. New renewables had been defined as those constructed on or after January 1, 1997. 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.

Also, on January 1, 2011, GPP adopted a rolling 15-year “New Date” to determine eligibility of renewable resources. Effective January 1, 2012, the “New Date” will change to 1998 and advance one year each year thereafter. Partners with contracts in place for existing renewables have until January 1, 2012 to replace them with a purchase of new renewables.

NREL Launches Renewable Energy Project Financing Website

Organizations that are exploring on-site renewable energy should be aware of the resources available on NREL’s new Renewable Energy Project Finance website. The website’s comprehensive Resource Database uses reports, presentations, and tools to describe various types of financing structures and policies. It also features case studies and analyses, a weekly blog discussing current NREL analysis, and a detailed calendar of renewable energy events and webinars.

Past GPP Webinars

On Tuesday, March 15, GPP hosted a webinar on green power project matching. The webinar presented an innovative green power procurement program offered by CustomerFirst Renewables that helps match prospective energy buyers with providers of clean, renewable energy. Gary Farha, CEO of CustomerFirst Renewables, discussed the value proposition that his company brings to providers and customers alike. Among the topics addressed were customizing renewable projects for large end-users, how ownership can hedge against future electricity costs, and successful cases of end-user-to-project matching. Presentations and a recording from this webinar can be accessed on GPP’s website.

Upcoming GPP Webinars

On Wednesday, April 20, from 1 – 2:00 pm (EST), GPP will host a webinar on Greening the Bottom Line: How Campus Green Revolving Funds are Saving Energy and Money. As colleges and universities face steep budget cuts and unstable energy costs, many institutions are grappling with how to finance urgently needed energy efficiency upgrades on campus when operating and capital funds are scarce. The webinar will cover innovative approaches, such as using return-oriented green revolving funds (GRFs) – a rapidly growing trend at colleges and universities. GRFs can help colleges and universities invest in a variety of cost-saving initiatives, resulting in significant financial and environmental benefits. While GRFs are increasing rapidly on college and university campuses across the county, the concept can also be adapted for public and private sector organizations.

This webinar will explore the key findings and trends of Greening the Bottom Line, the first ever survey of GRFs at 52 colleges and universities published in partnership with GPP and more than 10 other organizations. It will also highlight the work of Harvard University’s $12 million Green Revolving Loan Fund, one of the oldest and largest funds in the country.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • Innovative approaches to financing energy upgrades
  • Trends from Greening the Bottom Line – a survey on GRFs being used at colleges and universities nationwide
  • One college’s experience with a Green Revolving Loan Fund

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
  • Mark Orlowski, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Heather Henriksen, Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability

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Contacting EPA’s Green Power Partnership

Please feel free to contact the Green Power Partnership:

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

Recruiting & Green Power CommunitiesBlaine Collison (collison.blaine@epamail.epa.gov) or 202-343-9139
Marketing & OutreachMelissa Donnelly (donnelly.melissa@epamail.epa.gov) or 202-343-9546
Partnership Administration & PolicyMatt Clouse (clouse.matt@epamail.epa.gov) or 202-343-9004

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