Missouri's 2nd Green Power Community recognized at iREC

3Degrees In The News | October 22, 2014
Creve Coeur Wins Renewable Energy Award
The City of Creve Coeur is proud to announce that it was awarded Community Renewables Project of the Year by Interstate Renewable Energy Council (iREC) at Solar Power International. The award, won through popular vote, recognizes achievement in the advancement of renewable energy use through an innovative approach by a community. This milestone was reached through a successful community challenge completed in 2013,
“My heartfelt congratulations to the citizens and businesses in our community,” says Creve Coeur Mayor Barry L. Glantz. “This is a wonderful achievement, one that we can be proud of and continue to build on for years to come.”
Upon completion of the challenge, the City of Creve Coeur became the second EPA Green Power Community in Missouri, and the fifth in the Midwest. In order to receive this designation, the community needed to offset three percent of community-wide energy use through renewable energy sources. The city surpassed the challenge requirement by offsetting 3.77 percent of the community’s energy use with renewable energy.
Residents and businesses participated in the challenge by enrolling in Pure Power, from Ameren Missouri, or any other renewable energy certificate program, or by installing solar panels on their property. Collectively to date, the businesses and residents of Creve Coeur are supporting 15,390,128 kilowatt-hour of green energy annually. That's equivalent to 10,612 metric tons or 23,396,068 pounds of CO2 – similar to taking 2,234 cars off road. An outstanding 160 homes and 10 businesses are purchasing renewable energy certificates, while 26 homes and 10 businesses installed solar panels on their property.

Congratulations Webster Groves: 3rd Green Power Community in Missouri

3Degrees In The News | October 8, 2014
(Lenexa, Kan., Oct. 8, 2014) - The city of Webster Groves, Mo., has been officially designated by EPA as a Green Power Community, in recognition of its collective use of more than 7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, enough to meet three percent of the community's total electricity use.

Webster Groves is buying a combination of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and utility green power products from 3Degrees and Ameren Missouri. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

Webster Groves will hold a public event this evening to celebrate its designation as an official EPA Green Power Community. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hearth Room at the Hawken House, 1155 South Rock Hill Road, in Webster Groves. The Hawken House will be open for viewing and there will be a musical performance by the Webster Groves High School A Capella group.

Webster Groves' green power use of more than 7 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 1,100 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 700 average American homes annually. Four-hundred and fifty-five Webster Groves homes are purchasing renewable energy certificates through the Ameren Missouri Pure Power program, and 21 homes have installed solar.

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Volkswagen Takes Holistic Approach to E-Mobility with Launch for Ultra Low Carbon Car

3Degrees In The News | August 5, 2014
  • Volkswagen partners with 3Degrees® to purchase carbon offsets in California and around the United States to cover certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with 2015 e-Golf models
  • SunPower® selected as VW’s official solar energy partner, providing eligible e-Golf® owners the opportunity to achieve the electricity savings and power management capabilities of its high performance solar solutions
  • Bosch Automotive Service Solutions® selected as VW’s preferred home-charging and installation services provider
  • ChargePoint® selected to provide charging stations to VW dealer network and to provide U.S. e-Golf owners access to consumers to over 18,000 charging stations nationwide
Traverse City, Mich. (August 5, 2014) – Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced further plans in its holistic approach to e-mobility at the Management Briefing Seminar, hosted by the Center for Automotive Research. Starting with the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf model, Volkswagen will invest in carbon reduction projects to offset emissions created from e-Golf production, distribution and up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving. Volkswagen also named SunPower as the official solar energy partner power provider. Through these innovative collaborations, Volkswagen will be one of the first high-volume manufacturers to deliver a truly holistic approach to ultra-low-carbon mobility. The 2015 e-Golf will go on sale later this year at participating dealerships in select states.
To help determine its carbon offset projects, Volkswagen is proud to announce it has teamed with 3Degrees, a renewable energy and carbon offset services provider. The partnership brings new meaning to the idea of an ultra-low carbon car. By investing in carbon reduction programs, Volkswagen will offset the e-Golf’s greenhouse gas...