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Green Power Partnership Program Updates

Issue 12, September 9, 2013




Partner Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente

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 one of the nation's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, Kaiser Permanente has had a longtime commitment to healthy buildings and healthy communities. As a part of that commitment, Kaiser Permanente uses green power to account for 26 percent of its electricity use – a total of more than 60 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year, consisting of both purchased green power and on-site generation. Recently, Kaiser Permanente shared with GPP the thinking behind their decision to use green power:

Q: What do you see as the benefits of using green power and what role does it play in Kaiser Permanente’s broader business and environmental strategy?
A: At Kaiser Permanente, we believe what is good for the environment is good for health. As a health care provider, we feel a special responsibility to reduce our carbon emissions and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change on public health. We have committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020 (compared to 2008 levels). Pursuing renewable and clean energy sources is a significant part of our strategy for achieving that goal.

Q: Describe any innovative green power strategies or projects Kaiser Permanente has implemented or is planning.
A: Our first wide-scale solar installation project in 2011 (pictured above) put solar panels at 11 of our buildings in California, which generated 17 million kWh of electricity in 2012 and accounted for seven percent of the facilities’ overall use. Through incentives and a power purchase agreement with a solar contractor, we were able to fund these installations at no initial cost, and we now pay the same rate or less for the green power than we would pay for electricity from the grid.

We are also supporting wind power in the Mid-Atlantic region by purchasing Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs). This deal will match 100 percent of expected annual electricity use by Kaiser Permanente’s Maryland and D.C. facilities for two years starting in 2012. In addition, by 2014 we will have put two megawatts of solar power at our Monalua Medical Center and seven other medical offices in Hawaii.

What lessons have you learned in making the switch to green power or in increasing your green power use?
A: Plan, plan, and plan. And communicate with everyone. Green power contracts are long-term commitments with widespread implications. The site you select will be engaged for the length of the contract, so choose wisely. There is speculation and risk involved in these agreements, but, if managed correctly, your investment in green power will generate a consistent level of return, regardless of what is happening with energy rates at the moment.

Here's a story that shows how important it is to communicate with every potential stakeholder: While preparing for an installation on one of our parking structures, our solar contractor had measured and marked out the future location of various components. But overnight our maintenance crews painted over the marks, mistaking them for graffiti. A little communication can save time, money, and headaches.

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Welcome New Partners

Nearly 50 organizations have joined the Green Power Partnership since June 10, 2013 (as of September 3, 2013). The GPP welcomes the organizations below:

Architecture Services: Furbish Company, LLC (Md.), Re:Vision Architecture/Philadelphia (Pa.)

Automotive: Mac's Tire Service (D.C.), Portsmouth Chevrolet (N.H.)

Banking & Financial Services: OSU Federal Credit Union (Ore.), Signal Financial Federal Credit Union / Kensington, MD Location, (Md.), Taylor Guzman and Co. (N.Y.)

Construction & Engineering Services: Cousineau's Forest Products, Inc. (N.H.)

Education (Higher): Lane Community College (Ore.), Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (N.H.)

Education (K-12): Aleph-Bet Jewish Day School (Md.), Dublin Christian Academy (N.H.)

Food & Beverage: Brother's Butcher (N.H.), Sam Miguel Beverage (N.Y.)

Government (Local, Municipal): City of Novato (Calif.), Town of Troy (N.H.), Village of Arlington Heights (Ill.)

Health Care: South Arundel Veterinary Hospital (Md.)

Hotels & Lodging: Inn at Horn Point (Md.)

Industrial Goods & Services: Agincourt Wallboard LLC (N.H.), PTP Machining (N.H.), Safety Environmental Control, Inc. (N.H.), TOTO USA (Ga.)

Marketing, Advertising & PR: Graphic Beans (Md.), Substance151 (Md.)

Non-Profit (NGO): Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (Texas), Groundswell Community Power Program (D.C.), The Stuart Center (D.C.)

Other: Dogtopia of Old Bridge (N.J.)

Real Estate: Cove Condo Association (Md.)

Religious: First Parish Congregational Church (N.H.), First Trinity Lutheran Church (D.C.), Washington Grove United Methodist Church (Md.)

Restaurants & Cafes: Bruce Gomez (N.Y.), Gryphon Cafe (Pa.), Krystal's Bakery Shop (N.Y.), L&P Oriental dba Golden Palace Restaurant (N.H.), Ledo Pizza / Bethesda - River Road (Md.), Pizzaroma, LLC (N.H.), The Whip Tavern (Pa.)

Retail: Dawson's Market (Md.), Embody LLC (Minn.), Harvest Local Foods (Pa.), Lancaster Agricultural Products (Pa.), Outpost Natural Foods (Wis.)

Technology & Telecom: CA Technologies / Framingham, MA Operations (Mass.), EMC Corporation (Mass.)

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By the Numbers

There are ten industry sectors with more than 50 Green Power Partners each. The graph below shows the number of partners in these ten industry sectors and their combined annual green power use.
Green Power Partners graph

On Twitter? Post this fact: Which industry sector has the most #EPAgreenpower partners? How much combined #greenpower do they use? Find out here http://1.usa.gov/YVS0Me

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2013-2014 College & University Green Power Challenge Kick-off

Each year, GPP's College & University Green Power Challenge tracks and recognizes the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power use in the nation. On October 21, EPA will release the first update of the 2013-2014 College & University Green Power Challenge. All college and university partners are encouraged to send in any green power updates to your account managers as soon as possible. To be listed, a conference must have at least one Green Power Partner and an aggregate green power use of at least 10 million kWh across the conference. The Green Power Challenge is open to all U.S. colleges, universities, and conferences.

Visit the GPP website to learn more about the benefits of joining, the program's green power purchase requirements, and how to become a Green Power Partner.

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Reminder: Top Partner Rankings Data Deadline September 19

The next Top Partner Rankings update is scheduled for October 21, and all Partners will 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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Did you know?

Did you know that several of the GPP Top Lists are expanding? Currently, 110 partners are represented on the six sector-specific lists, using more than 19 billion kWh of green power annually – which is equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 2 million average American homes each year. Read more about the details on the upcoming changes or view the current lists here.

Spread the news! Post this fact to Twitter: #EPAgreenpower Top Lists are expanding! Partners now on 6 sector lists use >19 billon kWh of #greenpower annually http://1.usa.gov/1a3FCCt

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Green Power Communities: Edmond, Oklahoma Newest GPC; Final Update for GPC Challenge Rankings

We are excited to welcome the community of Edmond, Oklahoma to the Green Power Partnership as the newest Green Power Community. The residents, businesses, and local government of Edmond are using 11.3 percent green power community-wide, with a participation rate of 11 percent.

As a reminder, we'll be announcing the winners of the third annual Green Power Community Challenge on September 23. Visit the GPC Challenge Rankings to see the rankings as of June 2013.

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Sustainable Endowments Institute Releases Updated Revolving Fund Implementation Guide

The Sustainable Endowments Institute has released its latest green revolving fund (GRF) guide, Green Revolving Funds: A Guide to Implementation & Management, a co-publication of the Sustainable Endowments Institute and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The report is an expanded version of the introductory implementation guide released in January, and draws on research and firsthand expertise from fund managers of successful green revolving funds (GRFs). The expanded edition includes more case studies of institutions with GRFs, new chapters on measurement and verification of energy savings and fund analytics used to track GRFs, and more solutions to common problems that fund administrators face.

A free copy of the report is available for download here. Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Upcoming Webinar and Events:

Webinar: The Power of Aggregated Purchasing: How to Green Your Electricity Supply & Save Money
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (EDT)
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The use of an aggregated model for renewable energy purchases can lead to significant energy, environmental, and financial benefits by addressing administrative cost barriers and leveraging the shared purchasing power of multiple organizations. By pooling their purchasing power, many organizations have been able to secure competitive renewable electricity supply at lower cost as compared to conventional sources.

This webinar will examine the aggregated purchasing experiences of the Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium and the Nonprofit Energy Alliance, including lessons learned and best practices for organizations interested in using an aggregated model. The Consortium, a municipal electricity purchasing group, has seen electricity cost savings of close to 20 percent while increasing green power use to 25 percent among members. The Nonprofit Energy Alliance is a group of nonprofit organizations that have joined together to negotiate for cheaper, greener electricity, resulting in meaningful cost savings and environmental benefits.

Speakers include:
  • Mollie Lemon, Communications Director, EPA's Green Power Partnership
  • Jim Sloss, Energy & Utilities Manager, City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Hope Burness Gleicher, Director, Nonprofit Montgomery
  • Suzan Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

Renewable Energy Markets Conference – Discounts Available!
Registration is closing soon 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.

If your organization is an EPA Green Power Partner, or if your organization uses or is considering using renewable energy, and this will be the first time a member of your organization has attended, you are invited to attend REM 2013 with a discounted one day pass! For $195 ($405 off the standard one-day rate) you can attend a full day of REM activities. You’ll have access to the full roster of expert speakers and presenters, a choice of 15 breakout sessions to attend, and the ability to network with leaders in the renewable energy industry. To receive the discount, enter the code EPAGPPFirst when registering.

In addition, Green Power Partners can receive a 10 percent discount off the cost of registration. Just use the code EPAGPP.

For more information about the conference agenda, speakers, and registration, visit the conference website Exit EPA Disclaimer

2014 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Closes September 13
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 closes on Friday, 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 11, August 12, 2013
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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