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Green Power Partnership Program Updates

Issue 5, February 20, 2013

By the Numbers

As of January 12, 2013, more than 700 Green Power Partners are using green power to meet 100 percent of their U.S.-based organization-wide electricity use, including 17 of the National Top 50 Partners. Below is a breakdown of Partners based on their percentage of green power use.
National Top 50 Partners by Percentage of Green Power Use

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Partner Spotlight: MOM's Organic Market

University at Buffalo MOM's Organic Market continues to demonstrate the important role small businesses can play in protecting the environment through its many green initiatives. MOM's has been a Green Power Partner since 2005, and the company's current wind power purchase goes above-and-beyond, accounting for over 400 percent of MOM's electricity use and displaying exceptional support of the voluntary green power market. In addition, MOM's has teamed up with green power providers including Clean Currents and Solar City to offer employees and customers incentives to switch to green power through their local utility or install solar power on their rooftops. Incentives include company matching of employee renewable energy certificate (REC) purchases and offering a $25 MOM's gift card through Clean Currents for customers who switch to wind energy. MOM's support of green power continues to grow, with solar panels installed on their Waldorf, MD store and plans to install panels at several more locations.

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GPP In The News

Here's what a few of our Partners are saying about their commitments to green power in recent press releases:

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Drexel University, Partner since August 2006, on their No. 9 ranking on our Top 20 College & University list:
"Drexel is proud to be honored by the EPA once again for our commitment to renewable energy," said Jim Tucker, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services. "The University's purchase of wind and solar energy has been a cornerstone of our efforts to achieve and maintain the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment goal of reducing our operations carbon footprint by 80%." (Feb. 1 full release)

Aqua America, Partner since January 2013, on joining the GPP:
"This is a great honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," said Aqua America Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis. "Our green power purchase is another step in our sustainability efforts. It helps affirm for other businesses across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk." (Feb. 11 full release)

Recent Articles:
Feb. 7: Clean Technica, Intel And Wal-Mart Lead EPA's Green Power Partnership List
Feb. 5: Bloomberg, Top 15 Users of Clean Energy
Jan. 29: Environmental Leader, EPA Reveals 100% Green Power Users List
Jan. 23: USA Today, Volkswagen powers up 33-acre solar park in Tenn.

For more, please visit the GPP Newsroom.

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Upcoming Webinars

"The Solar Roadmap: Navigating the Evolving Solar Energy Market" Wednesday, February 20, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (ETD)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership and State & Local Climate and Energy Program
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On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EDT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar entitled "The Solar Roadmap: Navigating the Evolving Solar Energy Market." Navigating the rapidly evolving solar energy market can be a challenge and charting the right course for a community requires both local and national knowledge. The Solar Roadmap platform, and its free resources, organize global best practices and make them easily accessible locally for government agencies, regional organizations, businesses and electric utilities. Through a tailored Solar Roadmap, interested communities can join others from across the country that are transforming their regional environments and economies with clean energy solutions. This webinar will review success stories and opportunities for local and state governments to make significant progress toward their environmental and renewable energy goals using the Solar Roadmap platform.

Webinar participants will learn about:

  • The vision, experiences, and approach to using this unique tool and set of resources with a brief demo and case study.
  • Available Solar Roadmap resources including guidance on permitting and inspection, planning and zoning, interconnection, financing tools and market development.
  • How solar power can boost local job creation, lower electricity costs, and attract local investments.

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, EPA’s Green Power Partnership
  • Emma Zinsmeister, EPA's State & Local Climate & Energy Program
  • Ben Foster, Senior Vice President, Optony Inc.

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A Closer Look at Green Revolving Funds

On Thursday, January 17, GPP hosted a webinar on "Green Revolving Funds: Recent Trends and Notes from the Field." Facing steep budget cuts and rising energy costs, many colleges and universities are grappling with how to finance urgently needed energy upgrades on campus when operating and capital funds are scarce. The webinar explored innovative approaches, such as using return-oriented green revolving funds (GRFs) – a financing mechanism that colleges, universities, and nonprofits have increasingly adopted as a means to fund sustainability initiatives inside their buildings and operations.

The webinar examined the key findings and trends of the second annual Greening the Bottom Line report based on data from 79 active GRFs at 76 institutions and published in partnership with GPP and more than a dozen other organizations. It also featured presentations on successful GRFs at Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania.

A few facts from the Greening the Bottom Line report, highlighted on the webinar:

  • Total green revolving funds: 79
  • GRFs at private institutions: 42
  • GRFs at public institutions: 37
  • U.S. states represented: 31
  • Smallest fund: $12,000 (Bucknell University)
  • Largest fund: $13 million (University of Vermont)
  • Median fund size: $400,000
  • Average fund size: $1.41 million
  • Median reported Return on Investment: 28 percent

The webinar presentations can be accessed here. For a copy of the audio recording, please email Mollie Lemon at lemon.mollie@epa.gov.

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Did You Know?

There are 111 Green Power Partners within the Retail industry using a combined total of more than four billion kWh of green power annually - that's enough green power to avoid the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly 400,000 average American homes.

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Reminder: Next Green Power Community Challenge Rankings Update

On March 25, the Green Power Partnership will release updated Green Power Community (GPC) Challenge Rankings. The current leaders, out of 36 competing GPCs, are Washington, DC (annual green power use of over one billion kWh) and Oak Park, IL (91.9 percent green power use). Visit the GPC Challenge Rankings to see the full list, last updated on December 12, 2012.

Green Power Community representatives, please be sure to send any green power use updates to your account manager no later than Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Top Partner Rankings Data Deadline March 18

The next Top Partner Rankings update is scheduled for April 17, 2013, and all Partners will need to submit any green power use updates to their account managers no later than March 18, 2013. Note: this is a revised deadline.

Visit the Top Partner Rankings section of the GPP website to see the current rankings as of January 2013.

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Past Issues

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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