Submit your nominations for Green Power Leadership awards

It is that time of year again, when the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership invites businesses, municipalities, schools and—yes—utilities to crow about their support for clean energy. The nomination period for the Green Power Leadership Awards opened March 1 and continues through April 18!GPLAlogoColor_small

EPA co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards with the Center for Resource Solutions You are leaving Western's site. (CRS) at the annual Renewable Energy Markets Conference. The awards recognize the leading actions of Green Power Partners that significantly advance the development of renewable energy sources. Consumers, businesses and organizations that choose green power instead of conventional electricity support energy technologies that will reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation and increase our energy security.

For leadership in use
The EPA Partner Awards highlight Green Power Partners and Communities for green power purchases or use of on-site renewable energy applications, overall green power strategy and impact on the green power market. The categories include:

  • Excellence in Green Power Use (formerly Green Power Purchasing), recognizing partners who purchase green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer or a renewable energy certificate supplier
  • Green Power Partner of the Year, honoring partners who distinguish themselves through their green power use, leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market
  • Sustained Excellence in Green Power, recognizing continual leadership in advancing green power development
  • Direct Project Engagement (formerly On-site Generation), honoring partners for using on-site renewable energy applications
  • Green Power Community of the Year, recognizing EPA Green Power Communities that distinguish themselves through their green power use, leadership, citizen engagement, renewable energy strategy and impact on the green power market

For more information about the EPA awards, contact Roger Fernandez at 202-343-9386.

For leadership in market development
The CSR honors market development efforts in the following categories:

  • Green Power Market Development, recognizing innovators and champions of renewable energy—both individuals and organizations—whose actions are building and growing the voluntary green power markets
  • International Green Power Market Development, recognizing organizations and individuals who are building markets or demonstrating leadership in green power procurement outside North America
  • Leadership in Green Power Education, honoring programs and organizations dedicated to spreading the word about the environmental benefits of green power and boosting public awareness and interest in renewable energy
  • Green Power Leader of the Year, honoring individuals who leverage their influence, power, position or purchasing power to increase the prevalence of renewable energy

For more information about the CRS awards, please contact Lucy Harbor at 415-561-2103.

Nominate now
Green Power Partners, including utilities and municipalities, may nominate their own projects or programs, or another party may nominate them. The EPA honored Western customer Silicon Valley Power in 2015 for increasing locally generated renewables in its Santa Clara Green Power program. Key account representatives can check the Green Power Partner list to see if they have a customer who might be eligible for recognition. There is no limit to the number of applications a party may submit for the awards.

To apply for the EPA Awards and learn about eligibility requirements, visit the EPA’s GPLA Website. For the CRS Green Power Leadership Awards in Market Development, submit online using the 2016 GPLA Nomination Form. You are leaving Western's site. Nominations must be received by 11:59 PM, April 18, to receive consideration.

Good luck, and don’t forget to let Energy Services know if you or your customer wins an award. We are always interested in sharing your success with our readers!

ACEEE: Combined heat and power should be part of EPA clean power plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its plan in June for cutting carbon pollution from power plants by 2030, using four building blocks to achieve targeted reductions.

Each building block represents a category of measures that states can use to meet the first-ever federal regulation for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) from existing power plants. The agency included energy efficiency, creating a path for states to reduce both greenhouse gases and consumer energy bills, but overlooked combined heat and power (CHP). The American Council for an Energy-Efficient EconomyRedirecting to a non-government site noted that the readily available energy resource could provide states with substantial energy savings.

Block-worthy strategy
For the EPA to include a policy measure as a building block in its proposal, the energy savings it provides should be cost-effective, adequately demonstrated and there should be lots of it. CHP meets these criteria by providing both energy and environmental advantages over separate heat and power systems. An ACEEE study found CHP represents around 18 Gigawatts of avoided capacity, and that installing the technology could save more than 68 million Megawatt-hours of energy by 2030. Those energy savings could cut CO2 emissions and offset the need for about 36 power plants.

In addition to offering energy and environmental benefits, CHP is a well-established resource, widely in use in industrial facilities, hospitals and universities to reduce operating costs and ensure reliability. According to the Department of Energy, it currently represents 8 percent of installed U.S. electric generating capacity and more than 12 percent of total electricity generation, and has the potential to achieve much more. A study from Oak Ridge National Laboratory found CHP could reach up to 20 percent of U.S. generating capacity by 2030. Including CHP as a strategy for meeting CO2 reduction goals will encourage greater investment in the efficient technologies that deliver environmental and economic benefits.

States make their move
Another advantage of treating CHP as an energy efficiency measure is that it can provide emissions reductions at a lower cost than other sources. A handful of states, including New York, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and others, are developing innovative approaches to increase deployment of CHP to gain its energy savings and emissions benefits. ACEEE is urging EPA to encourage states to use CHP and provide guidance to help states include energy savings from CHP in their compliance plans. Source: American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy, 9/4/2014 

Register today for solar hot water webinar

Financial Models:  Emerging Trends in Commercial Solar Hot Water Deployment
November 27, 2012
11:00 am–12:30 p.m. (MST)

Join the Environmental Protection Agency for a free webinar on Financial Models: Emerging Trends in Commercial Solar Hot Water Deployment.

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of various financial deployment models including third-party financing, energy services contracts, build-to-own and system lease options. Energy services consultants, heating and cooling professionals and financial experts will cover:

  • How organizations can leverage each of these financial models to meet their financial, energy and environmental goals
  • Risks and opportunities for each model
  • Which commercial sectors are most suited to take advantage of which models

Attendance is free, however, registration is required.

EPA’s Energy Supply and Industry Branch are presenting this webinar. For further information, please contact James Critchfield, 202.343.9442.


Western congratulates University of Utah’s green power leadership

The latest list of the Top 50 Green Power Partnership organizations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes Western customer, University of Utah (UU) at number 50. Recently featured in the Energy Services Bulletin, UU also ranks third in the Top Twenty Green Power Colleges and Universities.  

The quarterly list recognizes partner organizations voluntarily using clean, renewable electricity from resources such as solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower. UU joins such companies as Intel Corporation, Kohl’s Department Stores and Microsoft Corporation in using more than 15 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. Combined, the Top 50 partners avoid carbon pollution equal to that created by the electricity use of more than 1.3 million American homes each year.

EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,300 partner organizations, over half of which are small businesses and nonprofit organizations, to voluntarily use green power. Green power resources produce electricity with an environmental profile superior to conventional power technologies, and produce significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Western applauds the University of Utah for its efforts to reduce carbon pollution and move toward a new era of clean energy.

Light Bulb Finder app updated in time for Earth Day

The EPA award-winning mobile app, Light Bulb FinderExternal link information,  is now updated and better than ever! The free app is a valuable educational tool that empowers consumers to switch easily to energy-efficient lighting based on their own budget and priorities. It is available for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android smartphones and tablets.

Light Bulb Finder now offers more brands, more LED options, and enhanced social networking capabilities. Bulb recommendations on the app are displayed in the same format as the new standard packaging labels, making it even easier for consumers to find the right energy-saving bulbs at local stores.

In preparation for the Earth Day, employers, schools, and community organizations can download a free Earth Day Toolkit that includes a Light Bulb Finder web banner, guidelines for CFL disposal, videosExternal link information, app images and other resources. Contact EcohatcheryExternal link information to learn about opportunities to leverage the Light Bulb Finder app to drive local and regional energy-efficiency programs.

Presentations available from EPA webinars

Find out what you missed at the  free webinars on renewable energy, presented by the Environmental Protection Agency. Presentations are available on the website to download.