EPA announces Green Power Leadership Award winners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the winners of its 10th Annual Green Power Leadership Awards. The awards recognize 18 EPA Green Power Partners, including three local governments and one state, for their achievements in using green power, helping grow the nation’s voluntary green power market, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The winners include Corvallis, Ore.; Park City, Utah; San Francisco; and Illinois. The awards are given in four categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Green Power Purchasing; On-site Generation; and, new this year, Green Power Community of the Year.
Corvallis received the Green Power Community of the Year award for purchasing more than 100 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy from alternative sources annually, or approximately 15 percent of the community’s total electricity consumption. Park City also received the Green Power Community of the Year award for its various green power initiatives, including the creation of the ParkCityGreen.org website, which promotes sustainability practices and green power to residents and businesses.
San Francisco received the On-site Generation award for using more than 25 million kWh annually from its biogas facilities and eight municipal solar installations. Illinois received the Green Power Purchasing award for, among other things, creating the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council 10 years ago and purchasing 176 million kWh of green power in 2010.
The awards were presented in Portland, Ore., at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference from Oct. 19-22. EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with nearly 1,300 organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Read details about the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Awards.