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DOE Recognizes Five Green Power Leaders
DOE recognized five leading organizations on September 14 for advancing the development and use of green energy. The five organizations are being cited for their exceptional achievements in supporting increased market deployment of renewable energy technologies through green power programs, which are voluntary programs for people who want to purchase their electricity from renewable energy sources. The leading organizations were selected based on their use of resources and technologies and their outreach efforts to the public, as well as their total annual renewable energy sales, number of customers served, market impact, amount of green power supplied, and overall value provided to participants.
The five leading organizations included 3Degrees, which originates and markets renewable energy certificates from projects around the world; the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a non-profit supplier of green power products that reinvests its income into new renewable energy projects; Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS), which runs the CVPS Cow Power program, one of the nation's first farm-to-consumer renewable energy programs that uses methane-based power generation; the Madison Gas and Electric Company, which recently expanded its green power program to add new wind power in Wisconsin while drastically reducing its price premium; and Puget Sound Energy (PSE), which in 2008 sold more than 290 million kilowatt-hours of green power to more than 20,000 participants. See the DOE press release .