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Green Power Partnership Program Updates

Issue 11, August 12, 2013




Partner Spotlight: Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

Pictured L to R: Hunter Leemon, Director of Sales, Richmond Kickers; Courtney Gilbert, Dominion Green Power Program Coordinator, Dominion Virginia Power; Santiago Lucio, Director of Community Outreach, Richmond Kickers

As part of its broader efforts to become more environmentally responsible, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa uses green power to help reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint, and educates its guests on the subject. In 2009, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa commissioned Northern Power Systems to build an on-site 121-foot wind turbine behind the resort, which generates more than 52,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. Together with renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied by Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., the resort is able to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs with green power. Recently, Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa discussed some of the benefits of using green power with the Green Power Partnership (GPP):

Q: Why did your organization decide to use green power?
A: Choosing to use 100 percent green power has allowed Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa to stand out as the only hotel or resort in New Hampshire on EPA's 100% Green Power Users list. Being situated on a hill and surrounded by 1,700 acres afforded us the opportunity to do something that no other resort in the area was doing by building an on-site wind turbine, which makes a powerful statement about our green power goals.

Q: What are two or three lessons you’ve learned in making the switch to green power or in increasing your green power use?
A: The first lesson is that switching to green power is not all that expensive and it is a fairly easy thing to do. It does take time and research, but energy costs are typically comparable to conventional power and overall it is a great investment for your business.

The second lesson is that customers resonate with green initiatives and will applaud your efforts. Mountain View Grand approached the switch to green energy with the desire to become more environmentally responsible, and let the business-related benefits come second. Therefore, we were thoroughly surprised and happy with how much people love learning about our initiatives, and enjoy the fact that they are being environmentally responsible when they stay at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa. While we have not quantified this effect on our business, we have received hundreds of comments from guests applauding our green initiatives, some of whom even indicated that they chose Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa specifically for our green initiatives.

Read more about Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa's sustainability initiatives. Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Did you know?

There are 35 Green Power Partners in the Hotel and Lodging industry, which collectively use more than 110 million kWh of green power annually - equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly 12,000 average American homes each year.

Get Social! Post this fact to Twitter: The 35 @EPA GPP partners in the Hotel & Lodging industry use >110 million kilowatt hours of #greenpower annually. http://1.usa.gov/XwvugU

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Green Power Community Challenge Final Update: September 23

On September 23, the GPP will make the final update to the 2012-2013 Green Power Community (GPC) Challenge rankings, concluding this year's Challenge and recognizing two winning Green Power Communities – the community with the greatest annual green power usage, and the community with the highest green power percentage of total electricity use. As of June 14, 2013, the current leaders are Washington, DC (annual green power use of more than one billion kWh) and Oak Park, IL (91.9 percent green power use). Visit the GPC Challenge Rankings to see the full lists.
GPC representatives, please be sure to send any green power use updates to Anthony Amato at anthony.amato@erg.com.

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Top Lists Expanding; Upcoming Data Deadline

GPP is excited to announce that we will be expanding several of the Top Lists during next quarter’s Top Partner Rankings update. On October 21, the following lists will be updated as shown below:

Current List New List
National Top 50 National Top 100
Top 20 Retail Top 30 Retail
Top 20 College & University Top 30 College & University
Top 20 On-site Generation Top 30 On-site Generation
Top 20 Local Government Top 30 Local Government
Top 20 Tech & Telecom Top 30 Tech & Telecom
Top 20 K-12 Schools Top 30 K-12 Schools

This change will help further recognize leading organizations committed to using green power and reflect recent growth within the Partnership - the GPP now includes more than 1,500 organizations that are collectively using more than 28 billion kWh of green power annually.

All Partners need to submit any green power use updates to their account managers no later than September 19, 2013. Visit the Top Partner Rankings section of the GPP website to see the current rankings as of July 2013.

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Webinar Recap: Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects

On Wednesday, July 24, GPP hosted a webinar on "Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects." The webinar provided a forum for attendees to learn about new, not-yet-built renewable energy projects that may align with their energy, environmental, and financial objectives.

The webinar featured presentations from six different renewable energy developers who discussed project details, business models, and participation opportunities such as green power off-take, renewable energy certificate (REC) procurement, financial investment, and equity ownership opportunities. The projects include several green power resource types from various geographic locations, with total planned sizes ranging from 4.2 megawatts to 300 megawatts.

The webinar presentations can be accessed here. For a copy of the audio recording, please email Mollie Lemon at lemon.mollie@epa.gov. Additional project proposals from renewable energy developers can be found here.

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Welcome Gina McCarthy, EPA's New Administrator

On July 18, 2013, Gina McCarthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new Administrator of the EPA. The GPP is excited to continue to promote the use of green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use under her leadership. Watch the Administrator's first speech since being confirmed, in which she discusses her vision for the EPA and her commitment to carrying out President Obama's Climate Action Plan here.

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By the Numbers

Green Power Partners represent organizations from nearly 600 different cities and towns across the country. The following graph shows the cities with the most organizations participating in the Green Power Partnership as of August 5, 2013.
Green Power Partners graph

On Twitter? Post this fact: Partners in @EPA's #greenpower partnership are located in ~600 different cities. See which have the most Partners: http://1.usa.gov/YVS0Me

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Upcoming Events

Renewable Energy Markets Conference

Registration is open for the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference taking 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 a forum for the energy community to gather, learn from each other, and recognize best practices for promoting renewable energy. EPA will present its annual Green Power Leadership Awards at the conference.

Visit the conference website Exit EPA Disclaimer for more information about the conference agenda and registration. We hope to see you there.

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2014 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Now Open!

The U.S. EPA's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership and its three NGO partners - the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (The Registry) - are accepting applications for the 2014 Climate Leadership Awards, which call national attention to exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change.

The application period will be open through September 13, 2013. Visit EPA's Climate Leadership Awards webpage for details about the awards and application process at www.epa.gov/climateleadership/awards/.

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Past Issues

GPP Program Update, Issue 10, July 15, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 9, June 17, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 8, May 13, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 7, April 8, 2013
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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