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Green Power Partnership Program Updates

Issue 4, January 14, 2013

By the Numbers

In 2012, a total of 325 organizations joined the Green Power Partnership. Below is a breakdown of current Partners by the year they joined the GPP.
GPP Membership Breakdown by Year

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Partner Spotlight: University At Buffalo

University at Buffalo The University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York (SUNY), was the first entity within the SUNY system to use green power in 2002, and continues to be a leader among higher education institutions. UB uses nearly 58 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually and is ranked No. 12 on EPA’s Top 20 College & University Top Partner List. In addition to purchasing renewable energy, UB has undertaken several on-site projects. In 2007, SUNY installed a 72 kW photovoltaic system on the UB North Campus, and in April 2012 the university dedicated "The Solar Strand" (pictured), a massive, 3,200-panel solar array that can produce up to 750 kW of energy – enough to power hundreds of on-campus student apartments. Designed by artist Walter Hood, the Solar Strand blends art, science, accessibility and technology and serves as a natural classroom for UB students and the community. The University at Buffalo remains committed to using renewable energy to help achieve its goal to become climate neutral by 2030.

Read more about The Solar Strand and UB's sustainability initiatives.

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Upcoming Webinars

"Green Revolving Funds: Recent Trends and Notes from the Field"
Thursday, January 17, 2013
1:00-2:15 pm (EST)
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On Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:15 pm (EST), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host 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. This webinar will explore 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. These initiatives reduce energy and resource use, resulting in significant financial and environmental benefits. While GRFs are increasing on college and university campuses across the county, the concept can also be adapted for other public and private sector organizations.

This webinar will examine 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. The webinar will also feature presentations on successful GRFs at Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania.

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
  • Mark Orlowski, Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Emily Flynn, Manager of Special Projects, Sustainable Endowments Institute
  • Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration, Middlebury College
  • Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate, University of Pennsylvania

"Market Outlook and Innovations in Wind and Solar Power"
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (EST)
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On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm (EST), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar entitled “Market Outlook and Innovations in Wind and Solar Power.” The webinar will survey the state of the renewable energy industry as a whole, with a focus on wind and solar power, including prices end-users can expect to see in the market. It will also explore recent marketplace innovations in wind and solar power, including the structure, benefits, and real-world examples of today’s renewable energy purchases.

Webinar attendees will also learn about:

  • The structure and advantages of a “virtual” Power Purchase Agreement model
  • The impact of natural gas prices on the renewable energy market
  • Examples of innovative wind and solar power strategies for commercial and industrial end- users

The webinar will feature a presentation from Blake Nixon and Charlie Daum of Geronimo Energy, a utility-scale renewable energy developer based in Minnesota.

Speakers include:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership
  • Blake Nixon, President, Geronimo Energy
  • Charlie Daum, Director of Business Development, Geronimo Energy

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New Top Partner Rankings Coming Soon!

On January 28, the Green Power Partnership will release updated Top Partner Rankings, the first update of 2013. Visit the Top Partner Rankings section of the GPP website to see the current rankings as of October 2012.

The next Top Partner Rankings update is scheduled for April 22, 2013, and all Partners will need to submit any green power use updates to their account managers no later than April 4, 2013.

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Did You Know?

There are 77 Fortune 500® Green Power Partners using a combined total of nearly 12 billion kWh of green power annually – that's enough green power to avoid the annual carbon dioxide emissions from more than 1.6 million passenger vehicles!

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Additional GPP Contacts

Please note that the Green Power Partnership has added contractor staff to assist with GPP communications efforts, and Partners may receive email correspondence from Cara Clusen or Stephen Gunther from The Cadmus Group, Inc.

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Past Issues

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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