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September 16, 2009

DOE, EPA, and CRS Announce Green Power Leadership Awards

DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) recognized a variety of organizations and one individual on September 14 for their work to advance and develop the voluntary purchase of electricity from renewable energy sources, also known as green power. DOE selected five organizations as Green Power Network Leaders Awards, including 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 .

The EPA honored four Green Power Partners of the Year, including Deutsche Bank AG, which made an annual purchase of 160 million kilowatt-hours of wind-derived renewable energy certificates (RECs), totaling 100% of the electricity needs for its U.S. operations; Intel Corporation, which has been the nation’s largest voluntary corporate buyer of green power; Kohl's Department Stores, whose portfolio includes 69 solar power systems; and Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc., which has is buying 110 million kilowatt-hours in RECs each year, enough to cover all its operations in New York and Ohio. Also recognized for green power purchasing were Beaulieu Commercial; Bloomberg LP; EarthColor, Inc.; Foulger-Pratt Management, Inc.; Motorola, Inc.; Neenah Paper, Inc.; Shaklee Corporation; Steelcase USA; The Joinery; and the Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium. Accepting awards for on-site generation were Applied Materials, Inc.; Butte College; and the California and Texas facilities of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. See the EPA press release.

In addition, CRS, a national nonprofit, gave its Market Development Awards to Bonneville Environmental Foundation, PepsiCo, and AmerenUE. Its Green Power Pioneer Award honoree was Edward Holt, who has been involved in green power since 1994. The awards were presented in Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference (formerly the National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference), which concludes on September 16. Overall, retail sales of renewable energy in voluntary purchase markets exceeded 24 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2008. See full details about all the winners on DOE's Green Power Network Web site.

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