Congratulations Webster Groves: 3rd Green Power Community in Missouri

By: Original Source: Environmental Protection Agency | 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.


 
The following Webster Groves businesses/organizations are purchasing renewable energy certificates: Big Sky Café, 1st Congregational Church of WG, Freddie’s Market, Hub Bicycle Company, Naturally Pure Salon, Straub’s Market, The Healthy Planet, Verde Kids, Weber’s Front Row and Webster Groves School District. These businesses/organizations have installed solar: Llewellyn’s Pub, Ross & Baruzzini, Straub’s Market, The College School, Webster Gardens Lutheran Church, Webster Groves Service Center and Webster University.


 
EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The partnership currently has more than 1,300 partner organizations voluntarily using 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, and colleges and universities.
 
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Volkswagen Takes Holistic Approach to E-Mobility with Launch for Ultra Low Carbon Car

By: Original Source: WSJ | 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 (GHG) emissions that result from its production, distribution and from the estimated emissions produced from keeping the vehicle charged through the initial 36,000 miles of the vehicle’s life. Volkswagen of America chose to include carbon reduction efforts in California and in Texas with projects geared towards forestry conservation and landfill gas capture.
 
“Volkswagen feels it is important to look beyond the benefits of driving a vehicle without tailpipe emissions and to take a holistic approach to e-mobility,” said Oliver Schmidt, general manager, Environment and Engineering Office, Volkswagen Group of America. “We now have the ability to offer offsets that approximate the emissions created from production, distribution and the initial 36,000 miles of use.”
 
Volkswagen-supported projects include: 
 
Garcia River Forestry Project

The Garcia River Conservation-Based Forest Management Project, located in Mendocino County, Calif., protects and preserves a 24,000-acre native redwood forest, increasing carbon sequestration and storage, while also helping to restore the natural wildlife habitat. Emission reductions produced by the project are verified by an approved third party and registered with the Climate Action Reserve. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.conservationfund.org/projects/garcia-river-forest/
 
Big River and Salmon Creek Forests
The Big River and Salmon Creek Forests, located in Mendocino County, Calif., were subject historically to land fragmentation and unsustainable logging practices. In an effort to protect the native redwood and Douglas fir forest, the land is now protected through a 16,000-acre land purchase, which was funded in part by the carbon offsets it offers to organizations like Volkswagen. Emission reductions produced by the project are verified by an approved third party and registered with the Climate Action Reserve. More information on the project can be found at: http://www.conservationfund.org/projects/big-river-and-salmon-creek-forests/
 
McKinney Landfill
The McKinney Landfill project, based at a closed landfill in McKinney, Texas, works to capture gases that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere from anaerobic decomposition within the landfill. Benefits from the capture include odor reduction, improved water quality and future distributed renewable energy production. The sale of carbon offsets supports the gas collection and flaring project. The emission reductions are validated, verified and registered using the Climate Action Reserve’s Landfill Project Protocol. 
More information on the project can be found at: http://www.3degreesinc.com/projects/carbon-offset-projects/mckinney
 
“Volkswagen is showing leadership by including carbon offsets standard with this e-Golf electric vehicle,” said Steve McDougal, President of 3Degrees. “As more people choose low and no emission cars, Volkswagen is making it possible – and easy – to think comprehensively about the greenhouse gas emissions profile of a vehicle.”
 
Providing Solar Energy Solutions, Partnering with SunPower
As part of Volkswagen’s efforts to deliver an ultra-low-carbon car, the company is working with SunPower to provide qualified U.S. Volkswagen e-Golf customers the opportunity to install a high performance SunPower solar system. A residential SunPower system can help customers save on annual household electricity costs as well as power their electric vehicle, reducing overall cost of ownership.
 
Volkswagen Group of America is SunPower’s first automotive partner whose customers will receive premier access to an energy storage solution from SunPower for a limited time once it becomes commercially available. Combining solar with energy storage will help provide homeowners peace-of-mind and opportunity to access back-up power during a power outage.
 
“Investing in a residential SunPower solar system is a reliable, cost-effective way for Volkswagen customers to help manage household electricity costs and charge their electric vehicle with emissions-free energy,” said Tom Werner, president and CEO of SunPower. “Partnering with Volkswagen is a natural fit for SunPower, given our shared passion for delivering innovative, alternative energy solutions that help customers power their lives sustainably, and for the long term.”   
 
Charging Solutions
Volkswagen’s holistic approach to e-mobility also extends to the ownership experience.  The company recently announced that Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will serve as a charging station and installation services partner for the e-Golf. Bosch® will provide a 240-volt charging unit, the Power Max® charging station, as well as full-service installation for qualified e-Golf drivers.  The charging station and installation will be offered at highly competitive prices to e-Golf customers.
 
Additionally, Volkswagen has selected ChargePoint® to complete the owner experience by providing all authorized e-Golf dealerships with VW-branded charging stations and by giving e-Golf drivers access to the largest network of public EV charging stations. As a result, e-Golf drivers will have access to over 18,000 ChargePoint stations around the U.S., in addition to those stations installed at authorized VW dealerships. All e-Golf drivers will also get access to the ChargePoint mobile app, which will help them navigate to ChargePoint stations, see real-time status updates relating to ChargePoint stations and start charging sessions. 
 
The 2015 e-Golf will go on sale later this year at participating dealerships in select US states and will bring zero-tailpipe emissions to the Golf family of vehicles.
 
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA), is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers.
 
About 3Degrees
3Degrees provides renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets to Fortune 500® companies, green building firms, and other organizations committed to sustainability. In addition, 3Degrees partners with utilities across the nation to offer customized green power options to approximately 25 million customers. A six-time winner of the DOE/EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year Award and certified B Corporation, 3Degrees is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with regional offices throughout the U.S.  To learn more, visit 3degreesinc.com  3degreesinc.com/audi
 
About SunPower
SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company’s quarter century of experience and guaranteed performance to provide maximum return on investment throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpower.com.
 
About Bosch
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of $10.4 billion in 2013. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.
 
 

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Audi Energy: New Sustainability Program Will Add to E-Tron Experience

By: Original Source: CNN Money | August 5, 2014


  • Comprehensive plan will help support 2015 launch of Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® plug-in hybrid
  • Audi will balance some greenhouse gas emissions from A3 e-tron production and distribution through 3Degrees® verified carbon offsets 
  • Also with Audi energy: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions® for home charger installation and SunPower® for solar power systems and energy management solutions
HERNDON, Va., August 5, 2014 – Audi of America today announced the launch of Audi energy®, a comprehensive program designed to help improve the electric vehicle ownership experience and reduce the carbon footprint that comes with vehicle production, distribution and driving.  
 
Audi energy will be available with the introduction of the first plug-in hybrid vehicle offered by the brand – the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is scheduled to debut at select dealerships in the U.S. during the second half of 2015. Through the Audi energy program, Audi will offer three unique opportunities to help improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions:
 
  • At-home Audi-designed Level 2 charging developed in conjunction with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will be available for qualified owners of the A3 e-tron.
  • Audi will purchase carbon offset certificates in California and Africa to offset certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with A3 Sportback e-tron vehicles.
  • SunPower will provide an optional home solar power system for Audi owners, especially A3 Sportback e-tron customers, including a newly developed home energy storage solution to capture additional solar energy.
“The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will offer drivers an eco-conscious vehicle ownership experience,” said Wayne Killen, General Manager, Product Strategy and Launch.. Audi energy takes this to the next level with solutions that allow for sustainable fuel driving and a lower carbon footprint.  We believe this will be one of the most comprehensive offering in the industry today.”
 
In addition to offering the all-new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, which is expected to debut in the second half 2015 at participating dealerships in all 50 states, Audi will also offer the following as part of the Audi energy program: 
 
Level 2 Audi charger. Standard.
Through Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, Audi will offer qualified owners of the all-new A3 Sportback e-tron  models premium installation services to help quickly and safely convert the owner’s residence to 240V power at the charging location of their choosing as well as installation of the Audi designed Level 2 charger for at-home recharging. The Audi-designed Level 2 charger will come standard with the purchase of an all-new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. Installation costs will be extra.
 
Ultra-low carbon footprint. Standard.
A distinctive component of Audi energy is possible through an innovative arrangement with 3Degrees, a certified B Corporation and leading carbon offset and Renewable Energy Credit (REC) provider based in San Francisco with several U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency awards as Green Power Supplier of the Year. Investing in two types of carbon reduction programs, one in the U.S. and the other in Africa (in a United Nations REDD+ zone), Audi will offset most of the greenhouse gas emissions that result from the A3 Sportback e-tron vehicle’s final assembly, including battery production, shipping the vehicle to the Audi dealer, and 50,000 miles of driving.  These emissions represent the majority of greenhouse gas emissions up through approximately the vehicle’s first 50,000 driven miles.
 
Residential solar and energy storage. Optional
Audi has reached an agreement with San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower to offer optional home solar power systems to Audi owners in all 50 states, including A3 e-tron customers. With the highest efficiency solar panels available in the industry today — including the 21% efficient X-Series Solar Panel which produces 75 percent more energy over 25 years than a conventional panel — SunPower rooftop solar systems can help customers enhance the energy efficiency of their A3 e-tron and home while lowering their electric utility costs.
 
Moreover, with lease, loan, and cash programs available, SunPower’s flexible financing options make renewable energy even more accessible to Audi customers.
 
Additionally, Audi customers will be the first among SunPower’s automotive partners to receive premier access to its energy storage solution which currently is in final testing and expected to be available in early 2015. The SunPower storage system is designed to provide homeowners peace-of-mind and security that comes with knowing that during a power outage, their solar system will continue producing energy, and customers will have access to stored energy for powering their homes and A3 e-tron.
 
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron combines sporty power with efficiency and a Level 2 charger for an eco-conscious and hassle-free electric driving experience. Expected to go on sale at participating dealerships in all 50 states in the Fall of 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron features multiple driving modes that give drivers wide flexibility in their EV and hybrid driving experience. Additionally, instead of a purely mechanical braking system like many electrified vehicles, an innovative recuperation system harnesses brake kinetic energy back into electricity for the drive battery. In hybrid mode, its range will be comparable to conventional combustion engine vehicles. Final EPA mileage numbers will be announced closer to the sale date.
 
More details on the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and Audi energy will be made available as the 2015 sales date draws nearer.
 
About Audi
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered 1,575,500 vehicles to customers globally in 2013, and broke all-time company sales records for the 4th straight year in the U.S. Through 2018, AUDI AG will invest about $30 billion on new products, facilities and technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.
 
About Bosch
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of $10.4 billion in 2013. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.
 
About SunPower
SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company’s quarter century of experience and guaranteed performance to provide maximum return on investment throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpower.com
 
About 3Degrees
The mission of 3Degrees is to connect people with renewable energy on a massive scale. The company realizes this mission by partnering with utilities to offer green power options to 25 million customers and providing renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets to Fortune 500® companies, green building firms, utilities, and other organizations committed to sustainability. 
A certified B Corporation and six-time winner of the DOE/EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year Award, 3Degrees is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with regional offices throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit 3degreesinc.com.
 
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Congratulations Oak Ridge, TN: 1st Green Power Community in Southeast

By: Original Source: WDEF-TV | July 14, 2014


The WDEF-TV Chattanooga, TN (7/14, 3K) website reported that Oak Ridge in Tennessee is the newest member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s “national Green Power Communities initiative.” In order to qualify for such membership, the “Oak Ridge Electric Department relied on a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and its Green Power Switch program, which offers consumers and businesses the opportunity to purchase 150-kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable energy. ‘The community’s enthusiasm for the program was infectious and generated more than 300 new Green Power Switch enrollments – more than triple the original goal,’ said Rob Manning, TVA Executive Vice President and Chief External Relations Officer.” Manning added, “It was an honor to play a role in their efforts.”

 

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Faraday Raises $880K Series A to Reinvent Customer Acquisition

By: Original Source: Digital Journal | March 20, 2014


MIDDLEBURY, Vt., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Faraday, a cloud software provider delivering better customer acquisition to the home improvement industry, announced today the close of a $880,000 Series A round of financing. The oversubscribed financing was led by FreshTracks Capital, with renewable energy services provider 3Degrees, seed-stage venture investor LaunchCapital, environmental opportunities focused investor ARB, and a number of individual investors including several cleantech executives also participating. Cairn Cross, Managing Director of FreshTracks Capital, and Richard Graves, Co-Founder and VP of Corporate & Business Development at Ethical Electric, joined the company's board of directors.

Faraday's software-as-a-service (SaaS) application improves its users' customer acquisition metrics by revealing the best strategies for winning new business. The application helps users generate targeting hypotheses, facilitates multi-channel outreach through a network of vendors, and tracks results to highlight the best-performing approaches. Also included is a predictive analytics engine that identifies customers most likely to convert.

In 2013 Faraday worked with seven clients in five states, analyzing over 800,000 households for their propensity to invest in home upgrades.

"One thing we've learned in the Big Data era is that there are no more rules of thumb, and that holds true with customer acquisition," said Andy Rossmeissl, Faraday's CEO. "We're helping our users discover what works for their businesses through very carefully managed, instrumented trial and error, leading to better customer conversion at lower cost."

Faraday's current customers come from the residential solar and energy efficiency industries, where the cost of acquiring a customer is 5–8 times higher than for other home improvements.

"3Degrees works with over a dozen utilities across the U.S. selling renewable energy to consumers. We believe there is great potential for the industry to reduce the cost of customer acquisition, and Faraday's approach shows true promise," said Dan Kalafatas, 3Degrees's CEO.

Faraday will use the funds to build out its team and launch the next generation of its platform. Coincident with the financing, the company hired Bill Morris as Lead Visualization Engineer and Tristan Davies as Front-end Engineer. Bill, a renowned web mapping expert, brings over a decade of experience in geospatial analysis and visualization to the company, while Tristan joins Faraday from his own successful online gaming company to lead the development of Faraday's web and mobile clients.

"During the last twelve months, Faraday has identified an important market pain point, developed an intriguing solution drawing from their experience with machine learning, and produced great early traction," said Cairn Cross, Managing Director at FreshTracks Capital. "We think Faraday could be the Salesforce.com of predictive marketing."

About Faraday: Faraday (faraday.io) brings the scientific method to customer acquisition. The company's software empowers consumer marketers to target, launch, and track experimental marketing campaigns and discover winning strategies for finding new business. Founded in late 2012 by the senior staff of the award-winning enterprise sustainability service provider Brighter Planet, the company is headquartered in Middlebury, Vermont.

About FreshTracks: FreshTracks Capital L.P. (www.freshtrackscap.com) is a venture capital firm based in Shelburne, VT with 3 funds and 28 portfolio companies.  Some of the firm's most notable Vermont investments include: EatingWell (acquired by Meredith), Vermont Teddy Bear, Draker Energy, NEHP (acquired by Critical Process Systems), Quirky and BuysideFX.  FreshTracks focuses its investment in private seed and early stage businesses, primarily companies in Vermont or in close geographic proximity to Vermont.  The firm was founded by Cairn Cross and Charlie Kireker in 2000, and is currently managed by General Partners Cairn Cross, Tim Davis & Lee Bouyea.

About 3Degrees:  3Degrees connects people with renewable energy on a massive scale.  3Degrees partners with utilities to offer green power options to 25 million customers and provides renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets to Fortune 500® companies, green building firms, utilities, and other organizations committed to sustainability.  A six-time winner of the DOE/EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year Award and certified B Corporation, 3Degrees is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with regional offices throughout the U.S.  To learn more, visit 3degreesinc.com.

About LaunchCapital: LaunchCapital (launch-capital.com) was founded in January 2008 with a mission to help entrepreneurs gain quick access to seed capital and mentorship. With investments in over 100 companies, LaunchCapital has a core focus in technology, consumer and medical businesses. The nine-person team has syndicated investments with over 50 venture firms and 1000 angel investors. They currently have offices inCambridge, Mass.New Haven, New York City and Palo Alto.

About ARB: ARB is a private investment company that holds and manages a portfolio of private company, private equity fund and project equity investments. ARB invests in environmental opportunities that are responding to and benefitting from the economic realities related to climate change. ARB invests in renewable energy technologies and services, water technologies and services, waste to value, energy efficiency, biomass and biofuels, and sustainable agriculture.

 

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Power Plant Carbon Pollution Drops 10% in Two Years

By: Original Source: Environmental Leader | 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 the largest emitting industries, including power plants, oil and gas production and refining, iron and steel mills, and landfills. In addition, the program is receiving data on the increasing production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) predominantly used in refrigeration and air-conditioning. The greenhouse gas reporting program is the only program that collects facility-level greenhouse gas data from major industrial sources across the US.

The data are accessible through EPA’s online data publication tool, Flight, which is available for both desktop and mobile devices. This year, with three years of data for most sources, Flight has been updated with new features, including the ability to view trend graphs by sector and facility, and download charts and graphs for use in presentations and reports.

The data are also published through EnviroFacts, which allows the public to download data for further analyses.

New large gas-fired power plants would be limited to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour and new small gas-fired turbines to 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour under the EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act standards announced last month. New coal-fired units would need to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour, and would have the option to meet a somewhat tighter limit if they choose to average emissions over multiple years.

The EPA will issue proposed standards for existing power plants by June 1, 2014.

 

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3Degrees Recognized for its Commitment to Employee Engagement and Satisfaction

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.

About B Corporations

In order to be recognized as a Certified B Corporation, 3Degrees had to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and legally expand its corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests.

B Corporation performance standards are comprehensive, measuring a company’s impact on its employees, suppliers, community, and the environment. As of September 2013, there are over 800 Certified B Corporations from 60 industries and 27 countries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace. Learn more about B Corps.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.  B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of B Lab’s GIIRS impact rating system by institutional investors; and 3) promoting supportive public policies, including creation of a new corporate form and tax, procurement, and investment incentives for sustainable business. Learn more about B Lab.

About 3Degrees

The mission of 3Degrees is to connect people with renewable energy on a massive scale.

The company realizes this mission by partnering with utilities to offer green power options to 25 million customers and providing renewable energy and carbon offset products and services to Fortune 500® companies, green building firms, utilities, and other organizations committed to sustainability.

A certified B Corporation and six-time winner of the DOE/EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year Award, 3Degrees is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with regional offices throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit 3degreesinc.com.

 

 

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3Degrees Awarded Sixth Green Power Supplier of the Year Award

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 power facility in Maine.

3Degrees’ green power programs are ranked on every NREL Green Power Leader Top 10 list for 2012 and reach nearly 25 million people across 16 states. 3Degrees worked with local governments in Mercer Island, Washington, and Creve Coeur, Missouri, to issue green power challenges, resulting in both communities becoming EPA Green Power Communities.

“The EPA is pleased to recognize 3Degrees with a Green Power Supplier of the Year award for its innovative leadership in expanding the nation’s renewable energy industry,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Through its support and development of new renewable energy capacity, 3Degrees is taking action against climate change and putting our country on a path to a clean energy future.”

 

About 3Degrees

The mission of 3Degrees is to connect people with renewable energy on a massive scale.

The company realizes this mission by partnering with utilities to offer green power options to their 25 million customers and providing renewable energy and carbon offset products and services to Fortune 500® companies, green building firms, utilities, and other organizations committed to sustainability.

A certified B Corporation and six-time winner of the DOE/EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year Award, 3Degrees is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with regional offices throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit 3degreesinc.com.

 

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,500 Partner organizations collectively 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, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

 

About the Green Power Leadership Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; On-site Generation; Green Power Purchasing; Green Power Community of the Year; and Green Power Supplier of the Year. EPA’s Green Power Purchaser awards recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. EPA’s Green Power Supplier awards recognize green power suppliers for outstanding efforts, initiatives and programs that significantly advance the development of green power sources serving the voluntary market. The Awards are held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For additional information please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/.

 

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The Best Businesses for Workers, and the Perks They Offer

B Lab, which certifies socially responsible companies, shares its annual list of the firms where anyone would love to work.

By: Original Source: Ariel Schwartz, Fast Company | September 3, 2013


Every year, B Lab—the Pennsylviania organization behind the quickly growing B Corp certification program—releases a list of the best businesses for the world, based on how well they score in B Lab's impact assessment tool. Only the top 10% of businesses that qualify for B Corp certification are chosen.

Since 2007, companies that want to make money and still do good in the world have had the opportunity to become Certified B Corporations, a status that indicates they have met a rigorous set of standards laid out by B Lab.

The assessment examines performance in three main categories: environment, workers, and community. In the last few week, B Lab has been releasing individual lists of the top performers in each category, and this week comes the 79 companies that made the "Best for the Workers List." (All listed also meet B Corp's basic environmental and community standards.) Below are some of the top scorers:

 

SMALL BUSINESSES

Abacus

At this wealth management and investment advice firm, located in Pennsylvania, more than 75% of employees take time off for community service, more than 50% of employees are women, everyone on staff is reimbursed for continuing education, and more than 6% of the firm's net profits are put into a profit-sharing plan.

Audacious Inquiry

Full-time employees own more than 50% of this Maryland technology consulting firm. More than 6% of employees are reimbursed for full-time education.

Trillium Asset Management

A Massachusetts investment advising firm dedicated to sustainable investments, Trillium offers 15% of its net profits in an employee profit-sharing plan, has more than 50% female employees, and pays all employees a living wage.

 

MIDSIZE BUSINESSES

3Degrees

An environmental consulting firm in California, 3Degrees gives more than 75% of its employees stock options, offers "socially and environmentally focused" 401(k) investments, and covers more than 80% of health premiums. The company also provides plenty of flex-time and commuting options.

Dansko

This popular Pennsylvania-based shoe company gives tuition reimbursement to all employees, is majority-owned by employees, and shares more than 5% of its profits with employees. It also pays employees to volunteer--and then goes the extra mile and matches their salary in donations.

King Arthur Flour

An employee-owned Vermont flour company, King Arthur gives employees 40 hours of paid time off for volunteering, pays more than 80% of health care premiums, offers a living wage to full- and part-time employees, and has a staff of over 50% women.

 

MICRO-ENTERPRISES

A&R Solar
A&R, a solar photovoltaic and solar hot water system company in Washington, pays all employees more than 55% above living wage, covers more than 80% of health premiums, and has a fully funded retirement plan for anyone who has been working there for more than two years.

Beartooth Capital

This Montana-based investment firm, which buys and sells ranch properties in the Western U.S., has a matched employee retirement plan and has protected more than 11,000 acres of land while creating three new parks.

Sequil

Sequil, a sustainable architecture and design planning firm in Florida, is entirely employee-owned, pays all health care premiums, and gives unlimited paid time off. More than 75% of staff are certified in LEED's green building program, and 30% of the firm's projects are for low-income housing.

Check out B Lab's full list here.

 

The Best Businesses For Workers, And The Perks They Offer
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3Degrees’ Utility Green Power Programs Achieve Top National Rankings

Partners appear on all 6 lists

San Francisco, July 23, 2013 — 3Degrees announced today that its utility partners have once again been recognized as industry leaders in marketing green power. Eight of 3Degrees’ utility green power partners appear on the nation’s 2012 Top 10 rankings, recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). At least one of 3Degrees’ utility partners achieved Top 10 status on every list; this is among more than 850 utility green pricing programs in the nation. Additionally, four out of six total “Utilities Using at Least 2% Solar to Supply their Green Pricing Programs” work with 3Degrees Utility Partnership Services.

This is the eleventh year these rankings have been compiled, and voluntary renewable energy programs offered by utilities continue their vigorous growth, demonstrating both a consumer interest in supporting a domestic, clean energy economy and utility interest in meeting that demand.

PacifiCorp’s Blue Sky program:

  • Ranked #2 in Total Number of Customer Participants
  • Ranked #6 in Customer Participation Rate (Oregon)
  • Ranked #6 in Green Power Sales as a Percentage of Total Retail Electricity Sales
  • Tied for #5 in Utilities Using at Least 2% Solar to Supply their Green Pricing Programs

The Northeast Clean Power program is a supplier for the Connecticut Light and Power / United Illuminating program, which is:

  • Ranked 7th in Green Pricing Program Renewable Energy Sales
  • Ranked 6th in Total Number of Customer Participants
  • Ranked 9th in Net Price Premium Charged for New, Residential Customer-Driven Renewable Power

City Palo Alto Utilities’ PaloAltoGreen program:

  • Ranked #1 in Customer Participation Rate for the sixth consecutive year
  • Ranked #4 in the total 6 Utilities Using at Least 2% Solar to Supply their Green Pricing

Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power program:

  • Ranked #6 in Green Pricing Program Renewable Energy Sales
  • Ranked #5 in Total Number of Customer Participants

Silicon Valley Power’s Santa Clara Green Power program:

  • Ranked #7 in Customer Participation Rate
  • Ranked #10 in Green Power Sales as a Percentage of Total Retail Electricity

Dominion Virginia Power’s Dominion Green Power program:

  • Ranked #8 in Green Pricing Program Renewable Energy Sales
  • Ranked #10 in Total Number of Customer Participants

Tennessee Valley Authority’s Green Power Switch program:

  • Ranked #2 in Utilities Using at Least 2% Solar to Supply their Green Pricing

Alameda Municipal Power’s Alameda Green program:

  • Tied for #5 in Utilities Using at Least 2% Solar to Supply their Green Pricing Programs


3Degrees continues to build upon and expand its Utility Partnership Services. In 2012, 3Degrees launched their Northeast Clean Power product under the Connecticut Clean Energy Options program and helped Alameda Municipal Power launch their Alameda Green program. This momentum has continued into 2013 with the launch of Maine Green Power with the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the initiation of a contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority to assist in marketing their Green Power Switch program.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. Each year, NREL uses information provided by utilities across the nation to rank the Top 10 performing green power programs in a variety of categories. See the full rankings.

 

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