WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its 16th annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 16 Green Power Partners across the country, including Apple, Cisco Systems, Goldman Sachs, BNY Mellon, Jackson Family Wines, Kohl’s and SUNY Buffalo, for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
"Green power is becoming more affordable and mainstream because of leaders like the Green Power Leadership Award winners," said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. "I commend the work they do to grow the renewable energy market and spur innovation, and as we continue to act on climate, I encourage them to continue to set a high bar for others to achieve."
The award winners are being recognized for their efforts in expanding the domestic renewable energy market. From using enough green power to meet 100 percent of electricity needs to signing long-term contracts to enable new renewable energy projects, these organizations are demonstrating leadership by furthering the case for accessible, affordable green power use.
EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that goes above and beyond regulatory requirements and encourages organizations to use green power as a way to help reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. EPA defines green power as electricity that is generated from renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas and low-impact hydroelectric sources. Green power does not produce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Renewable energy production continues to increase substantially in the United States. Since President Obama took office, solar electricity generation has increased 30 fold, and solar technology continues to become more affordable as this trend continues. In 2015, the United States also remained the second-leading market in terms of cumulative wind energy capacity, and was the leading country in wind power production.
From installing green power on-site to innovative purchasing, these award winners are helping lead the way in advancing the green power market. The awardees were selected based on a multitude of criteria, including the size and scale of their green power use, leadership and innovation in purchasing and generating green power, internal and external communications efforts, as well as organizational strategy for investing in green power.
SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency