Tuesday, July 28, 2009

California Gets Green Energy Accolades from EPA

The EPA yesterday recognized 20 green energy "partners" for generating the most renewable energy "0n site." These partners included private companies and government organizations, and 8 of the 20 were in California.

The list is as follows:

· Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Whittier, CA – 54% green power
· City of San Diego, CA – 27% green power
· San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant – 56% green power
· City of San Francisco, CA – Percentage of Green Power 3% green power
· Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. / California and Texas Facilities –8% green power
· Macy's Inc. / California and Hawaii Stores – 3% green power
· Safeway Inc., Pleasanton, CA – 3% green power
· Alameda County, CA / GSA Facilities – 11% green power

Here is how the EPA defines its own terms/criteria for selection:

"Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. On-site green power is deployed directly at energy users' facilities rather than at central power plants. Green power electricity generates less pollution than conventional power and produces no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions."

The release includes more detailed write-ups on each of the named "partners."