National award honors leading green power purchasers.
Philadelphia, September 25, 2012 –The City of Philadelphia announced that it has received a 2012 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual award recognizes the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented the City with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2012 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Washington, D.C. on September 24, 2012.
“My Administration has made a commitment to generate 20% of electricity used in Philadelphia from alternative energy sources, as laid out in our sustainability plan Greenworks Philadelphia,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “We are honored to be given this award by the EPA in recognition of our efforts and will continue to pursue clean energy policies that benefit residents and the environment.”
The City of Philadelphia was one of onlytwelve organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchase. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. Philadelphia municipal government currently purchases 127 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, which is enough green power to meet 18 percent of its purchased electricity use. The City buys renewable energy certificates (RECs) through PPL Energy Plus.
“EPA is pleased to recognize the City of Philadelphia with a Green Power Purchasing award for its distinguished commitment to buying green power and for taking a significant step to reduce the environmental impacts associated with its electricity use,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “The City of Philadelphia is helping to grow our nation’s renewable energy market and is a model for other cities and organizations to follow.”
Philadelphia currently ranks 36th on EPA’s National Top 50 List, as well as 6th on EPA’s Top 20 Local Government List. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners that have completed the largest annual voluntary purchases through July 5, 2012. EPA updates its Top Partner Lists quarterly at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/.
According to the EPA, the City’s current green power purchase of 127 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 17,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 11,000 average American homes annually.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources. Green power purchases also support the development of new renewable energy generation sources nationwide.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations collectively purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; On-site Generation; Green Power Purchasing; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Green Power Community of the Year; Green Power Supplier of the Year; and Innovative Green Power Program of the Year. EPA’s Green Power Purchaser awards recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. EPA’s Green Power Supplier awards recognize green power suppliers for outstanding efforts, initiatives and programs that significantly advance the development of green power sources serving the voluntary market. The Awards are held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For additional information please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/.