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Green Power Leaders Named as New Deals Announced
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its second-annual Green Power Leadership Awards on September 30th. Kinko's, Inc. and the City of Chicago were both named Green Power Partners of the Year for their significant purchases of electricity from renewable energy sources. The EPA also presented awards to Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.; the State of New Jersey; Uinta Brewing Company; Pennsylvania State University; and the University of Pennsylvania for their purchases of green power. In addition, Johnson & Johnson; the County of Alameda, California; and Local 332 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were honored for their projects to generate renewable power at their facilities. See the EPA Green Power Leadership awards.
Green Mountain Energy Company (GMEC) also won two Green Power Leadership Awards: the Green Power Beacon Award, for its innovative marketing materials and themes, and the Green Power Pioneer Award, which went to its Chief Environmental Officer, Thomas Rawls. GMEC just entered a partnership with Hometown Connections International to offer green power programs to public utilities throughout the United States. Public utilities serve about 15 percent of the nation's electricity customers. See the GMEC press releases.
The EPA also recognized a number of Washington, D.C.-area organizations for their green power purchases, including DOE's Forrestal building and Germantown facility, the American Council for Renewable Energy, the American Wind Energy Association, the National Hydrogen Association, and the Solar Electric Power Association, among others. See the EPA press release.
Several D.C.-area institutions recently purchased significant amounts of green power through Washington Gas Energy Services. The U.S. Army, Catholic University, and the National Geographic Society all bought wind power through a program offered by Community Energy, Inc. The Army bought the energy output from an entire 1.5-megawatt wind turbine; Catholic University bought enough wind power to meet 12 percent of its needs; and the National Geographic Society purchased enough to provide 5 percent of the electricity used in its headquarters. See the Community Energy press release.
Sadly, one green power leader is no longer with us. Rudd Mayer, who worked at the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, passed away unexpectedly on August 13th. Mayer had won a Green Power Pilot Award in 2001 for her grassroots efforts to sell wind power in the West. Colorado Congressman Mark Udall entered a tribute to Mayer into the Congressional Record on September 12th. See the tribute on the Coalition for New Energy Technologies Web site (PDF 51 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.