The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Administrator Linda Fisher praised U.S. companies for their commitment to green power through the Green Power Partnership, a new EPA voluntary program working to standardize green power procurement as part of environmental management’s best-practice.Washington, D.C. – July 10, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] In remarks delivered at the 2003 conference of the American Council for Renewable Energy (ACRE) being held in Washington, D.C., Fisher lauded companies that are switching to renewable energy. “Commitments to renewable energy by our Green Power Partners are providing big dividends for our environment and the economy,” Fisher said. “The Green Power Partnership now includes over 150 organizations — green power market trendsetters that are providing a great example of environmental leadership.” Partners in the Green Power Partnership – including Fortune 500 companies, states, federal agencies, trade associations and universities — have made a combined total commitment to procuring over 800 million kWhs of green power annually. If generated by conventional means, the annual emissions associated with that much electricity would include over 1.1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, roughly the annual emissions of about 100,000 cars. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary government-industry program. Partners in the program pledge to switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs within one year. In return, EPA provides technical assistance and public recognition. Eligible sources for the green power are electricity generated by renewable energy sources including solar, wind, water (hydro), geothermal, biomass (combustion of organic materials) and biogas (combustion of naturally-produced methane). EPA honors leading national green power purchasers each year at the Green Power Leadership Awards. Award winners in 2002 included Kinko’s, the City of Chicago, Advanced Micro Devices, Pennsylvania State University, University of Pennsylvania, Alameda County, California, and Johnson & Johnson. The 2003 Green Power Leadership Awards will be held on November 4, 2003 in Chicago during the Eighth National Green Power Marketing Conference. The deadline for receipt of 2003 Awards nominations is August 1, 2003.