Austin, Texas [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] A select group of organizations committed to advancing the development of the nation’s green power market received recognition at the annual Green Power Leadership Awards, presented in conjunction with the Tenth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Austin, Texas.Almost 30 organizations demonstrated leadership through purchasing renewable energy or creating innovative supply options for consumers. The highest honor in purchasing, the Green Power Partner of the Year Award, was presented to HSBC North America, Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Air Force and WhiteWave Foods Company. The highest honor in market development, Green Power Pioneer, was presented to Blair Swezey of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “We continue to see more and more Award winners from among marquee American institutions,” said Kathleen Hogan, director of EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “We applaud these organizations for their environmental leadership and for setting an outstanding example for others to follow.” Additional purchaser award winners included the following organizations: Alameda County, California; Aspen Skiing Company; the Atlantic Golf division of the Brick Companies; Dagoba Organic Chocolate; FedEx Express Oakland, California Hub Facility; City of Fresno, Calif.; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; Harvard University; the Hyatt Regency Dallas and the Hyatt Regency Dallas-Fort Worth; Mohawk Fine Papers; Safeway Inc.; St. Francis Winery and Vineyard; Starbucks Coffee; The University of Minnesota, Morris; the City of Vallejo, Calif.; Western Washington University; Whole Foods Market – Rocky Mountain Region; and the World Bank Group. Seven awards were also presented to organizations demonstrating notable success in marketing and encouraging green power program participation. The highest honor, Green Power Program of the Year, was presented to Austin Energy’s GreenChoice Program for the second consecutive year. Further supplier Award winners included 3 Phases Energy, Enel North America, Inc., Florida Power & Light, PacifiCorp’s Blue Sky Program, PECO WIND and Community Energy, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. “We’re delighted to see these utilities and municipalities demonstrating leadership in renewable energy markets with innovative marketing and dedicated green power program development,” said Douglas L. Faulkner, acting assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. “These organizations are leading by example and providing significant support towards new renewable energy power plants across the country.” Green Power Market Development Awards went to organizations and individuals showing leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable energy. Recipients included 3 Phases Energy, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Blair Swezey of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). According to a new report released this week by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, at the end of 2004 more than 2,200 MW of new renewables capacity was being used to supply green power customers, with another 455 MW either under construction or formally announced. The EPA also released data this week showing that EPA’s Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program which encourages large organizations to switch to green power, now has more than 600 Partners, including Fortune 500 companies, universities and local, state, and federal agencies. These 600 Partners are collectively purchasing over 3 billion kWh of green power annually, a figure that has doubled in the past 15 months.