Power Plant Carbon Pollution Drops 10% in Two Years

3Degrees In The News | October 24, 2013

Carbon pollution from power plants has decreased 10 percent from 2010, according to EPA data.

The agency yesterday released its third year of greenhouse gas data detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region and individual facility. The data, required to be collected annually by Congress, highlight a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions as more utilities switch from coal to cleaner burning natural gas for electricity generation. They also shows a slight decrease in electricity production, according to the EPA.

For reporting year 2012, more than 8,000 facilities and suppliers reported to the EPA’s greenhouse gas reporting program. Among these reporters, 7,809 facilities in nine industry sectors reported direct emissions to the atmosphere, with emissions totaling 3.13 billion metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), or about half of total US greenhouse gas emissions.

Fossil-fuel fired power plants remain the largest source of US greenhouse gas emissions. With just under 1,600 facilities emitting more than 2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2012, these plants account for about 40 percent of total US carbon pollution.

Greenhouse gases emitted through human activities such as transportation and power generation are the primary driver of recent climate change, the agency says.

The EPA’s reporting program collects annual greenhouse gas information from facilities in...

3Degrees Recognized for its Commitment to Employee Engagement and Satisfaction

Press Release | October 9, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, October 9, 2013 — 3Degrees, one of the nation's leading providers of utility green pricing programs and renewable energy and carbon offset products and servicestoday announced that the company is being recognized by B Lab as one of The Best for the World for Worker Impact.

3Degrees shares the Best for the World honor with other market leaders around the globe that have earned in the top 10 percent among all Certified B Corporations™—a designation conferred by B Lab for companies that take into consideration the social and environmental impacts of their business operations on all stakeholders, not just shareholders.

“At 3Degrees, we’re committed to creating a work environment that attracts and retains employees who are dedicated to our mission—to connect people with renewable energy on a massive scale—and inspired by the values we demonstrate by being a B Corp,” said Steve McDougal, President of 3Degrees. “This recognition is wonderful validation that we’re on the right track.”

To be awarded the B Corporation designation, companies complete a lengthy assessment that measures its impact on its employees, suppliers, community, and the environment. A company’s positive impact on workers is measured by the extent to which it maintains a compensation and benefit structure beneficial to its employees, allows employees to have a meaningful ownership stake in the company, and fosters a positive work environment, among other indicators.

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3Degrees Awarded Sixth Green Power Supplier of the Year Award

Press Release | September 23, 2013

3Degrees President Steve McDougal receives the 2013 Green Power Supplier of the Year Award from Blaine Collison, US EPA.

San Francisco — September 23, 2013 — 3Degrees announced today that it received a 2013 Green Power Supplier of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power suppliers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented the award to 3Degrees at an event held in conjunction with the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas, on September 23, 2013.

Together with its 12 utility partners, 3Degrees operates some of the nation’s leading green pricing programs, serving over 170,000 green power customers across the nation, and provides Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets to hundreds of Fortune 500® companies, green building firms, utilities, and other organizations working to make their operations more sustainable.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Steve McDougal, President of 3Degrees. “Receiving the Green Power Supplier of the Year Award validates the remarkable efforts of our partners to support renewable energy and the dedication of 3Degrees’ team members who put their hearts into this work every day.”

In 2012, 3Degrees increased its voluntary REC deliveries, providing its customers with over 8 billion kilowatt-hours from more than 400 renewable energy facilities, including RECs from the nation’s first grid-tied tidal...