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EPA honors biomass projects with Green Power Leadership Awards

By Erin Voegele | September 26, 2013

The U.S. EPA has announced the recipients of its 13th annual Green Power Leadership Awards. The agency has recognized 21 Green Power Partners and three suppliers this year for their achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market.

The EPA estimates that nearly one-third of America’s carbon pollution comes from power plants. The use of renewable power can dramatically reduce these greenhouse gas emissions. 

“Our 2013 Green Power Leadership Award winners are driving new renewable energy generation and providing clear examples of organizations thriving on innovation and sustainability,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These winners are moving us closer to the vision President Obama outlined in his Climate Action Plan—cutting harmful pollution and promoting American leadership in renewable energy.”

Several entities were recognized by the EPA for their use of bioenergy. Under the category of Green Power Purchasing, the U.S. Department of Energy was honored for its annual use of more than 698 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power, an increase of more than 400 kWh over the previous year. The EPA highlighted the recent installment of a $795 million biomass-fueled cogeneration facility at the DOE’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. The 20 megawatt (MW) facility is expected to generate $944 million in savings and fuel costs and operations maintenance over the next two decades.

Apple Inc. was recognized by the EPA under the category of On-Site Generation. The company increased its use of green power from 285 million kWh in 2012 to 537 million kWh this year. According to the EPA, Apple supplies all of its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy through its own projects or through grid-purchased renewable energy. It’s largest data center, located in Maiden, N.C., is powered by a solar photovoltaic array and a 10 MW fuel cell installation supplied by directed biogas, which the EPA notes is the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country.

Under the category of Sustained Excellence in Green Power, Intel Corp. was honored for being the nation’s largest voluntary purchases or green power. The company has held that rank since 2008. The EPA notes that in 2013, Intel increased its purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), meeting 100 percent of its electricity used in the U.S. In 2012, Intel purchased enough RECs to meet 88 percent of its U.S. electricity consumption. The RECs were generated for a variety of renewable energy technologies, including biomass, wind, solar, geothermal and low-impact hydro.

Sterling Planet was also recognized under the category of Green Power Supplier of the Year. According to the EPA, Sterling Planet was the first company to offer RECs to retail clients nationwide. The company is currently developing two biomass power projects, with a combined capacity of 67 MW. Power generated at the plants will be supplied to Georgia Power Co.

A full list of awardees is available here. http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/winners.htm

 

The EPA estimates that nearly one-third of America’s carbon pollution comes from power plants. The use of renewable power can dramatically reduce these greenhouse gas emissions. 

“Our 2013 Green Power Leadership Award winners are driving new renewable energy generation and providing clear examples of organizations thriving on innovation and sustainability,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These winners are moving us closer to the vision President Obama outlined in his Climate Action Plan—cutting harmful pollution and promoting American leadership in renewable energy.”

Several entities were recognized by the EPA for their use of bioenergy. Under the category of Green Power Purchasing, the U.S. Department of Energy was honored for its annual use of more than 698 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power, an increase of more than 400 kWh over the previous year. The EPA highlighted the recent installment of a $795 million biomass-fueled cogeneration facility at the DOE’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C. The 20 megawatt (MW) facility is expected to generate $944 million in savings and fuel costs and operations maintenance over the next two decades.

Apple Inc. was recognized by the EPA under the category of On-Site Generation. The company increased its use of green power from 285 million kWh in 2012 to 537 million kWh this year. According to the EPA, Apple supplies all of its data centers with 100 percent renewable energy through its own projects or through grid-purchased renewable energy. It’s largest data center, located in Maiden, N.C., is powered by a solar photovoltaic array and a 10 MW fuel cell installation supplied by directed biogas, which the EPA notes is the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country.

Under the category of Sustained Excellence in Green Power, Intel Corp. was honored for being the nation’s largest voluntary purchases or green power. The company has held that rank since 2008. The EPA notes that in 2013, Intel increased its purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), meeting 100 percent of its electricity used in the U.S. In 2012, Intel purchased enough RECs to meet 88 percent of its U.S. electricity consumption. The RECs were generated for a variety of renewable energy technologies, including biomass, wind, solar, geothermal and low-impact hydro.

Sterling Planet was also recognized under the category of Green Power Supplier of the Year. According to the EPA, Sterling Planet was the first company to offer RECs to retail clients nationwide. The company is currently developing two biomass power projects, with a combined capacity of 67 MW. Power generated at the plants will be supplied to Georgia Power Co.

A full list of awardees is available here. http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/winners.htm

 

 

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