Cincinnati (OH) Offers 100% Green Power Option for Customers

April 29, 2012 by  
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The City of Cincinnati, Ohio announced the launch of its community choice aggregation (CCA) program, which will provide a 100 percent green electricity option for the city’s eligible residents and small businesses. Cincinnati selected First Energy Solutions (FES) to be the city’s green power provider, and will now negotiate a contract for a 100 percent green electricity supply. The city’s CCA program is expected to begin in June, and it is estimated that eligible residential households who remain in the program will save about $133 per year on electricity costs. A portion of FES’s green power product will come from local renewable energy sources, including renewable energy credits generated from the Cincinnati Zoo Solar canopy project.

Microsoft and McDonald’s Join EPA Green Power Partnership

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its updated National Top 50 Green Power Partnership rankings, which recognize leading organizations for their voluntary green power efforts. Microsoft and McDonald’s, who joined the EPA Green Power Partnership in March, both made the National Top 50 rankings. Microsoft ranked 3rd, with more than 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of annual green power usage, while McDonald’s ranked 11th overall with 306 million kWh of annual green power usage. Intel and Kohl’s retained the top two spots.

PG&E Announces New Green Power Program

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Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is seeking approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to offer a new green power program to begin in early 2013. PG&E will purchase renewable energy certificates to match the portion of each participating electric customer’s energy that is not already covered by PG&E’s eligible renewable energy deliveries. The Green Option program would allow customers to support 100 percent renewable energy, and PG&E expects that residential customers will pay about $6 each month to participate. PG&E plans to certify the Green Option through Green-e Energy, a program of the Center for Resource Solutions.

Michigan State University Commits to Green Power

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The Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees voted to adopt the university’s Energy Transition Plan, which requires the campus to acquire 40 percent of its energy use from renewable sources by 2030, with the ultimate goal to be eventually powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The plan was created by the Energy Transition Steering Committee; a 24 member group of students, faculty and staff who developed the plan to help MSU meet its future energy needs while addressing energy costs and environmental impacts.

Maine Launches Green Power Program

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) and 3Degrees announced the launch of Maine Green Power, a new state-wide voluntary green power program, which gives residents and businesses the opportunity to purchase locally produced renewable energy from solar, hydro, wind, biomass or other renewable energy projects located in the state. The Maine Green Power program will be available to customers of Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro Electric Company, and Maine Public Service Company. Maine Green Power participants can purchase green power in 500 kilowatt-hour blocks.

Wellesley (MA) Program Achieves 10% Participation

April 16, 2012 by  
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Wellesley, Massachusetts residents and businesses are voluntarily supporting renewable energy. The town has achieved a 10 percent green power participation rate through Wellesley’s Renewable Energy Program. Wellesley Municipal Light Plant customers have the power to choose renewable energy, generated primarily from the Spruce Mountain Wind Farm, for a portion or all of their electricity usage. Babson College, Massachusetts, recently joined Wellesley’s Renewable Energy Program.

Austin Energy Offers 100% Renewable Electrical Vehicle Charging

April 16, 2012 by  
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Austin Energy, located in Austin Texas, now has 100 public-access charging stations in the Plug-in EVerywhere network for plug-in electric vehicles, all powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The 100 electric vehicle charging stations are located at Austin Community College campuses, City of Austin public facilities, and retail and commercial businesses throughout the city. Austin area electric vehicle drivers can purchase pre-paid Plug-in EVerywhere network cards for $25 each, which allows unlimited public station charging for six months. Electricity for the Plug-in EVerywhere charging network is generated from 100 percent renewable energy provided by GreenChoice, Austin Energy’s renewable energy option offered to its electric customers.

Lowe’s Green Power Purchasing Increases 34%

April 16, 2012 by  
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Lowe’s increased its annual green power purchasing by 34 percent, according to the company’s 2011 Social Responsibility Report. Lowe’s purchased more than 148 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy in 2011, compared to 111 million kWh in 2010. The increase in green power purchasing allowed Lowe’s to move up from 34th to 31st on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 50 Green Power Partner rankings. Lowe’s currently ranks 8th on the Top 20 Retail Green Power Partner list.

Clean Currents Launches Green Passport Promotional Campaign

April 16, 2012 by  
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Clean Currents announced the launch of its Green Passport D.C promotional campaign, which runs from April 3rd through May 6th. The Green Passport D.C. contest combines social media with in-person activities to promote Washington D.C. area businesses that utilize renewable wind energy provided by Clean Currents.