2006 National Green Power Award Winners Announced Starbucks, Whole Foods Market, Staples, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Aspen

Skiing Company Among Award Recipients

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 an awards event, Monday
 evening, December 4, in conjunction with the Eleventh National Renewable
 Energy Marketing Conference taking place in San Francisco.
     EPA and DOE presented awards for green power purchasing to 22
 organizations that have demonstrated leadership by voluntarily purchasing
 green power or creating innovative supply options for consumers. CRS
 presented six awards to organizations and individuals that have shown
 outstanding leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable
     Purchaser Awards - the highest honors went to:
     Partner of the Year
      -- Aspen Skiing Company
      -- HSBC-North America
      -- Johnson & Johnson
      -- Starbucks
      -- Whole Foods Market
     On Site Generation:
      -- Chena Hot Springs Resort
      -- San Diego Unified School District
      -- County of Butte Government Center (Calif.)
     Green Power Purchase:
      -- Coldwater Creek
      -- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
      -- IBM
      -- PrAna
      -- Staples, Inc.
      -- Stonyfield Farm
      -- The Holland, Inc.
      -- The Tower Companies
      -- Vail Resorts
      -- WhiteWave Foods Company
     "We applaud this year's winners of EPA's Green Power Leadership
 Awards," said Bill Wehrum, EPA's acting assistant administrator of Air and
 Radiation. "Their commitment to green power purchasing proves that an
 organization can make a real environmental difference."
     Suppliers - The highest honors went to:
      -- New Green Power Program: Silicon Valley Power, City of Santa Clara,
      -- Renewable Energy Technology Supplier: Community Energy
      -- Green Power Program of the Year: Portland General Electric (PGE)
      -- Green Power Program of the Year Honorable Mention: We Energies
     "Every year more energy suppliers are providing their customers the
 option of buying green power. We are proud to recognize the efforts of the
 suppliers that are leading the way in promoting the use of renewable
 energy," said Andy Karsner, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and
 Renewable Energy.
     Market Development - The highest honors went to:
      -- Green Power Pioneer Award: Jim Burke of the Sacramento Municipal
         Utility District (SMUD) in northern California and Brent Alderfer &
         Eric Blank of Community Energy
      -- Green Power Beacon Award: We Energies - Energy for Tomorrow Program;
         Whole Foods Market and Renewable Choice Energy
      -- Green Power Pilot Award: Smart Power and the Connecticut Clean Energy
         Fund; honorable mention to: Energy for Keeps
     "Undoubtedly, Americans believe in a renewable energy future. More than
 ever, consumers are taking responsibility for their impact on the
 environment and major U.S. corporations and product manufacturers are
 actualizing corporate sustainability goals by using certified renewable
 energy in their operations," said Jan Hamrin, president of the Center for
 Resource Solutions. "We are proud to honor these leaders whose efforts to
 move the market for renewable energy forward are making a positive impact
 on thousands across the country."
     Additional information regarding 2006 Green Power Leadership Award
 winners is available at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/winners/index.htm.
     According to a new report released this week by the U.S. Department of
 Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, at the end of 2005, more
 than 2,000 megawatts (MW) of new renewables capacity was being used to
 supply green power markets. This represents a 10-fold increase from the
 year 2000.
     The U.S. EPA this week announced the Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge.
 The goal of EPA's 13-month campaign is to roughly double the existing green
 power purchases among Fortune 500 Green Power Partners in order to exceed 5
 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power purchasing annually. The
 Challenge concludes at the end of December 2007 and will focus on the
 collective green power purchases of participating Fortune 500 companies.
 All Fortune 500 companies must meet or exceed EPA's standard Partnership
 requirements to participate. EPA will track the progress of all
 participating Fortune 500 companies toward the overall goal. Fortune 500
 companies will receive EPA recognition for their purchases and will
 participate in the final recognition event. For more information visit
     About the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership
     EPA's Green Power Partnership encourages organizations to purchase
 green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with
 conventional electricity use. The Green Power Partnership currently has
 hundreds of Partners voluntarily 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, trade associations, as
 well as colleges and universities. For a full listing of EPA Green Power
 Partners and information about buying green power, visit the Partnership's
 Web site at http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.
     About the Center for Resource Solutions
     The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is a national nonprofit
 organization that works to make it easier for people and organizations to
 use renewable energy as a tool for mitigating climate change. CRS designs
     operates national and international programs that support the increased
 supply and use of renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, biomass,
 geothermal, low-impact hydroelectric power and other clean energy sources.
 To learn more about CRS, please visit: www.resourcesolutions.org.
     About the U.S. Department of Energy Green Power Network
     The Green Power Network is the nation's premier Web site providing
 green power market information. The Network's Web site provides up-to-date
 information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer
 protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. It also
 includes a reference library of relevant papers, articles and reports. The
 Green Power Network is operated and maintained by the National Renewable
 Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy. Additional
 information is available at http://www.eere.energy.gov/greenpower.
     Award Recipient Media Contact Information
     Descriptions of each award recipient's efforts can be found in the 2006
 Awards Ceremony program at www.epa.gov/greenpower/winners/index.htm.
     On-Site Generation Awards
      Chena Hot Springs Resort
      Gwen Holdman; 907-451-8104 x1920
      San Diego Unified School District
      Cynthia Reed-Porter; 858-637-3607
      County of Butte, CA Government Center
      William (Bill) Curry; 530-538-7064
     Green Power Purchasing Awards
      Coldwater Creek
      David Gunter; 208-265-3944
      Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
      Charlie Young; 717-783-0908
      Clint Roswell; 914-499-4045
      Kari A. Kiel; (P): 760-566-1070; (C): 720-236-7100
      Staples, Inc.
      Owen Davis; 508-253-8468
      Stonyfield Farm
      Carmelle Druchniak; 603-437-4040 x2203
      The Holland, Inc.
      Tara Wefers; 360-906-4413
      The Tower Companies
      Elizabeth Lisboa-Farrow; (P): 202-686-2889; (C): 202-494-1977
      Vail Resorts
      Kelly Ladyga; 303-404-1862
      WhiteWave Foods Company
      Luana Hancock; (P): 303-635-4448; (C): 720-206-8244
     Green Power Partner of the Year Awards
      Aspen Skiing Company
      Jeff Hanle; 970-300-7022
      HSBC North America
      Kathleen Rizzo-Young; 716-841-5003
      Johnson & Johnson
      Mark Monseau; 732-524-1130
      Starbucks Coffee Company
      Andy Fouche; 206-318-8915
      Whole Foods Market
      Ashley Hawkins; 512-542-0381
     New Green Power Program Awards
      Silicon Valley Power, City of Santa Clara, CA
      Internal contact: Larry Owens; 408-615-5690
      Agency contact: Mari Edlin; 707-939-7121
     Renewable Energy Technology Supplier Awards
      Community Energy
      Paul Copleman; 484-654-0106
     Green Power Program of the Year Award
      We Energies - Honorable Mention
      Trish Rebek; 414-221-2864
      Portland General Electric
      Mark Fryburg; 503-464-8481
     Green Power Beacon Awards
      Renewable Choice Energy
      Ted Rose; 303-468-0405 ext. 222
      We Energies
      Beth Martin; 414-221-3687
     Green Power Pilot Award
      Jonathan Edwards; 860-249-7040
      Energy Education Group (Energy for Keeps honorable mention)
      Marilyn Nemzer; 415-435-4574
     Green Power Pioneer Award
      Community Energy
      Paul Copleman; 610-254-9800 x 206
      Sacramento Municipal Utility District
      Bruce Gerth, 916-732-5842

SOURCE Department of Energy

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