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Green Power Partnership Program Updates


Issue 9, June 17, 2013

 

 

 

Welcome New Partners!

More than 120 organizations have joined the Green Power Partnership since March 5, 2013 (as of June 10, 2013). The GPP welcomes the organizations below:

Agriculture & Natural Resources: Cooper Farms (Ohio)
Architecture Services: Boulder Associates / Dallas, TX Office (Texas)
Automotive: Keene Chrysler, Inc. (N.H.), Auto Auction of New England, Inc. (N.H.), R & H Toyota (Md.)
Banking & Financial Services: Industrial Bank (D.C.)
Construction & Engineering Services: Merrimack Building Supply (N.H.), Grashow Corporation (N.H.)
Consulting Services: AGH Strategies, LLC (D.C.), Business Oceans Marketing, LLC (Colo.), Practical Energy Solutions (PA), Quest RMG (Texas)
Consumer Products: Forever Stone (Pa.), Unilever (N.J.), Americraft Cookware (Fla.)
Education (Higher): Goshen College (Ind.), Salisbury University (Md.), Northeastern Illinois University (Ill.), University of California, Merced (Calif.)
Education (K-12): Harmony Public Schools (Texas), Dublin School, Inc. (N.H.), The Taft School (Conn.), Euphemia L Haynes Public Charter School Inc - Georgia Ave(D.C.), Euphemia L Haynes Public Charter School Inc - Kansas Ave (D.C.)
Food & Beverage: Cocova (D.C.)
Govt. (Local, Municipal): Town of Allenstown, NH (N.H.), City of Cincinnati, OH (Ohio)
Health Care: Doc-Side Veterinary Medical Center (Md.), Ruscombe Community Health Center (Md.), Kaiser Permanente (Calif.), Stuart Ross D.M.D., PLLC (D.C.), Allergan (Calif.), Neighborhood Acupuncture LLC (Md.)
Industrial Goods & Services: RH Laboratories (N.H.), Wakefield Investments, Inc. (N.H.), Green Light Manufacturing, LLC (N.H.), Circuit Technology, Inc. (N.H.), ASI Stencil Associates, LLC (N.H.), Hypertherm, Inc. (N.H.)
Insurance: Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency, Inc. (N.H.), The Hanover Insurance Group (Mass.)
Media & Publishing: Green Leaf Media Group (Wis.)
Museums, Parks & Zoos: Sandy Spring Museum (Md.)
Non-Profit (NGO): Colonial Theatre Group, Inc. (N.H.), The Potter’s House (D.C.), Pratt Area Community Council (N.Y.), Dance Place (D.C.), Zero Carbon Institute (Texas), CentroNia (D.C.), Smyal (D.C.), Martha's Table (D.C.), American Educational Trust (D.C.), Art of Living / National Center (D.C.), Lincoln Center, Inc. (N.Y.), D.C. Arts Center (D.C.), EcoVision Sustainable Learning Center (Wis.)
Other: Southwestern New Hampshire District Fire Mutual Aid (N.H.), Soapy's Car Wash (N.H.)
Printing & Packaging: Bay State Envelope (Mass.), Ace Graphics, Inc. (Ill.)
Real Estate : Contoocook Housing Trust (N.H.), Chestnut Place Associates (Ill.), Webster House Associates (Ill.), TR Energy Crossing Corporation (Texas), Lakewood at Georgia Avenue, LLC (Md.), Cedar Ridge Homes Association (Md.), Galena Place (D.C.), 175 Jackson LLC (Ill.)
Recreation: Sandy's Bowling Lanes, Inc. (N.H.), Candia Woods Golf Links (N.H.), Coyote Drive-In (Texas), Move Your Hyde Power Yoga, LLC (Ohio), MINT Health Club and Spa (D.C.), Untours (Pa.), 12th Street Gym (Pa.)
Religious: Owen Brown Interfaith Center (Md.), The Meeting House (Md.), Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church (Md.), Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (Md.), Calvary Baptist Church (D.C.)
Restaurants & Cafes: M&M Pizza, Inc. (N.H.), Pizzico of Merrimack, LLC (N.H.), The Great Sage (Md.), &pizza (D.C.), The Bean Bag Deli & Catering (Md.), Mugshots Coffeehouse & Cafe (Pa.), The Coupe (D.C.), La Prima Catering (Pa.), Pizza No. 17 (D.C.), Pleasant Pops (D.C.), Pierre, LLC T-A Larry’s Lounge (D.C.), Java House (D.C.), Chief Ike's Mambo Room (D.C.), Restaurant Nora (D.C.), Trio Fox & Hounds (D.C.), Boukum Café (D.C.), DC9 (D.C.), Zabb Modern Asian Restaurant (D.C.), The Reef (D.C.), Madam's Organ (D.C.), The Town Tavern (D.C.), The Land of Kush (Md.), The Big Bean (Md.), Tomatillo (N.Y.), Union Kitchen (D.C.)
Retail: Boulder (Md.), Bark (D.C.), Roots Market (Md.), Greenbelt Consumer Cooperative Inc. (Md.), Bazaar Atlas (DC), Blue Nile Liquors (DC), Second Affair Consignments (D.C.), True Value Hardware on 17th (DC), Smash Records (D.C.), Benmoll Liquors (D.C.), International Gem & Jewelry Show, Inc. (Md.), Energy Shift Corporation (Va.), Metro Mutts (D.C.), Casa Lebrato (D.C.), Crafted Hair Studio (Md.)
Shipping: The Port Authority of NY & NJ (N.Y.)
Sports Teams & Venues: Philadelphia Union (Pa.), Richmond Kickers (Va.)

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Partner Spotlight: SC Johnson & Son , Inc.

SC Johnson & Son, Inc.
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

For more than 20 years, SC Johnson has continuously set and achieved goals that help reduce its environmental impact. In 2011 SC Johnson established a new set of five-year goals that include increasing the organization’s global renewable electricity use to 44 percent of total electricity consumption by 2016. To help reach this goal, SC Johnson commissioned a wind turbine project at its Waxdale location (pictured, left) in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin. These 415-foot turbines work together with two co-generation units to generate enough electricity to power the company’s largest manufacturing facility. Recently, SC Johnson provided GPP with some great advice for organizations looking to use green power:

Q: What lessons have you learned in making the switch to green power?
A: Moving to renewable energy requires a team of dedicated people with a clear vision and the ability to navigate through the regulatory hurdles. It’s important to be mindful that the switch to renewable energy isn’t a “one size fits all” idea and requires creativity and flexibility. For instance, our combination of the co-generation units and turbines was the best solution for us to increase our use of renewable energy and reach our end goal. We wouldn’t be able to get there with just one of these initiatives.

Q: What advice would you give other organizations interested in using green power, and is there anything you would do differently?
A: Establish your objectives early on and build a solid team with a clear vision and strong leadership. But most importantly, be patient! It takes time to navigate through a renewable energy project because of the regulatory requirements. Build your case with key stakeholders and be sure to network to build the necessary relationships, but be mindful that it’s a process and incremental steps are perfectly fine. SC Johnson is a perfect example – we installed our first renewable energy project back in 2003 with our co-generation units and commissioned the turbines almost a decade later. Patience and persistence will certainly pay off.

Read more about SC Johnson’s sustainability initiatives. Exit EPA Disclaimer

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By the Numbers

More than 230 Green Power Partners are generating on-site green power, amounting to more than 960 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually. The following graph shows the top ten states where Partners are generating the most power annually as of June 10, 2013.
Green Power Partners graph

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Green Power Community Challenge Rankings Updated

On Monday, June 17, EPA's Green Power Partnership updated its 2012-2013 Green Power Community (GPC) Challenge Rankings. Washington, DC continues to use the most green power of any GPC, with an annual green power usage of 1,044,939,667 kilowatt-hours (kWh). Oak Park, Illinois retains its top spot for highest green power percentage of total electricity use, at 91.9 percent. New to the Partnership and rankings are the communities of Cincinnati, Ohio; Creve Coeur, Missouri; and Arlington Heights, Illinois – welcome!

GPCs are towns, villages, cities, counties, or tribal governments in which the local government, businesses, and residents collectively use green power in amounts that meet or exceed EPA's Green Power Community purchase requirements.

To see the full list of current Challenge rankings, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/communities/gpcrankings.htm.

EPA will make the final update to the 2012-2013 Challenge rankings in late September, concluding this year’s Challenge and recognizing two winning Green Power Communities -- the one with the most green power use, and the one with the highest green power percentage of total electricity use.

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Did you know?

The 48 communities participating in EPA's Green Power Community Challenge use nearly 5.8 billion kWh of green power combined! That's enough to avoid the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 610,000 average American homes for one year.

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Upcoming Webinars

Aligning Green Power Partners with New Renewable Energy Projects
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
1:00-2:30 pm (EDT)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership
Register Here Exit EPA Disclaimer

This webinar will provide 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 session will feature several short project presentations from renewable energy developers as well as a Q&A session. Developers will discuss project details, business models, and participation opportunities for attendees such as green power off-take, renewable energy certificate (REC) procurement, financial investment, and equity ownership opportunities. All projects to be presented on the webinar meet EPA's definition of eligible green power resources.

EPA previously hosted two similar "alignment" webinars. Projects submitted for the initial pilot webinars, held on November 10, 2011, and July 17, 2012, can be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/alignment/index.htm.

The webinar is provided solely as an information service to Green Power Partners. A renewable energy project's inclusion in the webinar does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by EPA.

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Renewable Energy Markets Conference: Registration is Open!

Registration is now 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 the nation's premier 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. In addition, the conference has opened the Call for Abstracts for individual presentations, which are due no later than Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm PT.

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

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Reminder: Top Partner Rankings Data Deadline July 3

The next Top Partner Rankings update is scheduled for July 23, 2013, and all Partners will need to submit any green power use updates to their account managers no later than July 3, 2013.

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

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Past Issues

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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