Austin, TX, Oct. 26, 2005 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) honored a group of organizations committed to advancing the development of the nation’s green power market. The annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing leading national green power purchasers and suppliers, were presented at a banquet in conjunction with the Tenth National Green Power Marketing Conference taking place in Austin, Texas.
Green power is electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydro and biomass resources.
EPA and DOE presented awards for green power purchasing to 29 organizations that have demonstrated leadership through purchasing renewable energy or creating innovative supply options for consumers. The highest honor in purchasing, the Green Power Partner of the Year Award, was presented to HSBC North America, Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Air Force and WhiteWave Foods Company.
CRS presented four awards to organizations and individuals that have shown outstanding leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable energy. The highest honor in market development, Green Power Pioneer, was presented to Blair Swezey of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
According to a new report released this week by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, at the end of 2004, more than 2,200 megawatts (MW) of new renewables capacity was being used to supply green power customers, with another 455 MW either under construction or formally announced.
The EPA also released data this week showing that EPA’s Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program which encourages large organizations to switch to green power, now has over 600 Partners, including Fortune 500 companies, universities and local, state, and federal agencies. These 600 Partners are collectively purchasing over 3 billion KWh of green power annually, a figure which has doubled in the past 15 months.