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Issue 31, May 13, 2015

Announcing the Winners of the 2014-15 College and University Green Power Challenge!

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the Green Power Partnership tracked the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power usage in the nation. On April 27, GPP concluded the Challenge and recognized a Champion Green Power Conference as well as the largest single green power users within each participating conference as 2014-2015 EPA Green Power Challenge Champions.

Out of the 39 competing conferences, the Big Ten is this year's Collective Conference Champion, using more than 375 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. The University of Pennsylvania continues to be the top individual school in the challenge for the eighth year in a row, purchasing more than 200 million kWh of green power annually—more green power than any of the 90 other competing schools!

To learn more about the 2014-2015 College and University Green Power Challenge conference champions, including the Individual Conference Champions for each of the competing conferences, visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/initiatives/cu_challenge.htm

Tweet this fact: The 90 schools in @EPA's #EPAGreenPower 2014-15 College & Univ Challenge used 2.4 billion kWh green power this year! 1.usa.gov/1uQHerh

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Renewable Energy Markets 2015: Save the Date!

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REM 2015 will be held October 18-20, 2015 in Washington, DC

Now in its 20th year, the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference is the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace. Attracting participants from around the globe who share an interest in and commitment to promoting clean energy, REM remains the only conference of its kind focusing on national and international markets for renewable energy. Organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership, this annual meeting of clean energy stakeholders includes generators, marketers, utility representatives, purchasers, policymakers, and regional stakeholders, and sets the agenda for the year to come. http://www.renewableenergymarkets.com

Tweet this: #RenewableEnergy Markets Conference in DC Oct 18-20! Save the date! www.renewableenergymarkets.com #REM2015 @REMconf #EPAGreenPower

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Submit Your Abstract for the Renewable Energy Markets Conference Today!

The call for abstracts for the 2015 Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference, the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace, is open through Monday, June 8. Conference organizers are seeking dynamic, engaging speakers with a compelling story to tell, and ideas for panels and presentations that are timely, unique, and informative. Topics of interest include:

  • Organizations using renewable energy
  • Renewable energy project development in the voluntary market
  • Policy and legal issues
  • Markets and trading
  • Case studies of successful marketing efforts for bundled electricity products

For further information and to submit an abstract, visit: http://www.renewableenergymarkets.com/call-for-abstracts

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Partner Spotlight: Outpost Natural Foods

Green Power Leadership AwardsOutpost Natural Foods is a consumer-owned retail cooperative that exists so that owners have a healthy, diverse, and sustainable community. Serving metro Milwaukee since 1970, today Outpost has more than 20,500 active owners, four store locations, two market cafes, and a wholesale division.

Q: Why did your organization decide to use green power? What do you see as the benefits of using green power and what role does it play in your company's broader business and environmental strategy?

A: At Outpost we believe in the "Triple Bottom Line" and doing our part to maintain a healthy environment for the future. Outpost was the first business partner with our local utility for their green power program back in the '90s. Today we use 100 percent of our store energy through RePower Now: a mix of solar, wind and hydropower, all from small producers within the state of Wisconsin.

Outpost is strongly committed to renewable energy. Purchasing green power is a way for Outpost to live our values and mission by helping our owners have a healthy, diverse, and sustainable community. Green power is important to Outpost because it is renewable, doesn't pollute our air or waterways, doesn't harm the environment or ecosystems, and provides sustainable employment. Plus, we get to support independent generators trying to make a difference right here at home!

Q: Is your organization currently striving to achieve a green power goal and is there a timeframe? What steps are being taken to reach it?

A: Outpost is striving to reduce our carbon footprint to half of what it was in 2012 by 2022. Green power is one substantial way for us to reach that goal. We purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from our state for 100 percent of our store electricity usage. We are also working toward sourcing our own energy from renewable sources.  It is our eventual goal  to be able to source 100 percent of our own energy with green power. As a grocery operation in a city environment, that is a big challenge, but it is underway!

Q: Describe any innovative green power strategies your organization has implemented or is planning. Do you have any upcoming projects or strategies that relate to your company's green power usage?

A: Over the past year Outpost has done our part to educate our owners and shoppers about the difference between green power and conventional power and have encouraged them to participate in programs that support renewables. We continue to strive to educate our shopper base with events, workshops, surveys, focus groups, and more!

As a large energy consumer, we also have to look for efficiency upgrades and ways to reduce the need for energy in operations. We try to update our equipment and fixtures as often as needed, and we reclaim our waste heat and use it to heat our water. We replaced our lightbulbs with LEDs and use daylighting. We also have participated in some Focus On Energy programs and use MeterHero to help us track our utility meter usage!

This year we are applying for a Focus On Energy incentive grant from the State of Wisconsin that will allow us to put solar panels at our newest store location, Mequon. That system would provide approximately 20 percent of our energy needs. This is a step in the direction for us of sourcing our own green power!

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: Grocery stores use a lot of energy! All those refrigeration cases and coolers to keep food fresh, safe, and clean take energy. Outpost keeps our footprint small and has many practices in place to be as efficient as possible, but it's not always easy.  Located in Wisconsin we see a swing in temperature annually that can drastically affect our systems.

Green energy is not something that is easily understood by the general public. Often people don't understand how electricity is generated, and the difference between green and conventional power sources. Educating our shoppers about what it means to support renewable energy has to be communicated simply and consistently.

Q: What advice would you give to other organizations interested in using green power, and is there anything you would do differently? What barriers did you encounter when switching to green power?

A: Outpost believes that sourcing green power directly is the best way! If you can, it's a wise investment in your company's future. If you can't, then supporting the renewable market is the next best thing. If policy is in your way, take a stand for a green and clean future!

For more about Outpost Natural Foods' sustainability initiatives, visit: http://www.outpost.coop/about/sustainability/

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GPP in the News

Here's what a few of our partners are saying about being recognized for their green power efforts in recent press releases:

State University of New York at Cortland, a Green Power Partner since October 2013, on being named the SUNYAC Champion for EPA's College & University Green Power Challenge:
"Our College is deeply committed to reducing the use of fossil fuels and playing a leadership role in the green economy of the future. We are grateful for this recognition of our efforts by the nation's top environmental agency." (May 1 Press Release)

Syracuse University, a Green Power Partner since June 2005, on its inclusion in EPA's Top 30 College & University List and being named the ACC Conference Champion for EPA's College & University Green Power Challenge:
"Being recognized by the EPA Green Power Partnership as a Top 30 University and 2014 -2105 ACC Conference Champion validates the University's continued focus on enhancing campus sustainability and reducing the University's carbon footprint in a fiscally responsible manner." (April 29 Press Release)

Green Sage Cafe, a Green Power Partner since April 2015, on its green power commitment and involvement in the EPA Green Power Partnership:
"Sustainability has always been at the heart of our decision-making processes, and in partnering with Arcadia Power to reduce our carbon footprint, we saw an opportunity to really make a difference and lead by example." (April 28 Press Release)

Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, a Green Power Partner since February 2015, on its inclusion in EPA's Top 30 On-site Generation List:
"This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the EPA. Using our biogas-to-energy program helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision." (April 27 Press Release)

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GPP on Social Media

Green Power Partners are taking to social media to promote their green power use and partnership with EPA. See below for some highlights:

AMD: 50% of our US energy is from clean renewable wind. #EPAGreenPower Leadership Club. http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/join/purchase.htm

CH2M Hill: #EPAGreenPower Partners are leading the way this #EarthDay by using more than 28 billion kWh green power! http://1.usa.gov/1FiEFWF

Lost Rhino Brewing Company: We're proud to announce we've switched to clean, renewable electricity! @LostRhino recognized by @EPA as an #EPAGreenPower Partner!

Visit GPP's home page and check out our Twitter feed to see more.

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Upcoming Center for Resource Solutions Webinar: "Tracking Renewable Energy for Compliance with the Clean Power Plan"

Thursday, May 14, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (EDT)
Register for this webinar

The Environmental Protection Agency's recent Clean Power Plan proposal contemplates having state clean energy programs—including those related to renewable energy—contribute to compliance with states' emission performance standards. A key challenge for state regulators could be tracking the results of renewable energy programs, which can occur inside and outside of state boundaries. Renewable energy tracking systems, together with state policies designed to increase the production and use of renewable energy, could provide one key element to helping states reduce the carbon intensity of their power sector.

Join the Center for Resource Solutions and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) as they explore the ways in which states are using renewable energy today, and discuss how the functionality of existing regional renewable energy tracking systems can be used by states to track renewable energy and support compliance with the Clean Power Plan.

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New Renewable Choice Energy White Paper, featuring three Green Power Partners: Accelerate Your Energy Strategy with Power Purchase Agreements

Power purchase agreements (PPAs) play a key role in financing and developing electricity projects, and are becoming an increasingly used method of green power procurement for non-utility users. Green Power Partners, including Google, BD, and the University of Oklahoma, have turned to PPAs to procure green power for their organizations. Learn more about PPAs in Renewable Choice Energy's newly published white paper, Accelerate Your Energy Strategy with Power Purchase Agreements, which discusses PPA options available to non-utility buyers and features case studies on three Green Power Partners who have procured green power through power purchase agreements.

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Past Issues

GPP Program Update, Issue 30, April 8, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 29, March 10, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 28, February 12, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 27, January 13, 2015
GPP Program Update, Issue 26, December 11, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 25, October 20, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 24, September 22, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 23, August 11, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 22, July 14, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 21, June 17, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 20, May 5, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 19, April 7, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 18, March 10, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 17, February 10, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 16, January 13, 2014
GPP Program Update, Issue 15, December 19, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 14, November 28, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 13, October 28, 2013
GPP Program Update, Issue 12, September 9, 2013
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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