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EPA Reveals 100% Green Power Users List

Intel, Kohl’s Department Stores, Whole Foods Market, TD Bank, Deutsche Bank, NYSE EuroNext, BMO Harris Bank and Adobe Systems are among dozens of organizations that are using 100 percent green power in their US operations through renewable energy certificates, on-site generation and utility green power products, according to the EPA’s annual Green Power Partnership lists.

EPA’s lists include the National Top 50, Top 20 Retail, Top 20 Colleges and Universities, Top 20 Local Governments and Top 20 On-site Generation – which you can read about at Energy Manager Today.

The EPA’s 100% Green Power Users list, which is updated quarterly, identifies businesses, local and federal government agencies, organizations and universities that use 100 percent renewable energy for US operations. Usage figures are based on annualized partner contract amounts, such as kilowatt-hour, not calendar year totals.

Intel had the largest annual green power usage on both the general and the 100 percent green power lists, with 3.1 billion kilowatt-hours from biogas, biomass, small hydro, solar and wind sources generated on-site and purchased from provider Sterling Planet.

Kohl’s followed on both lists with 1.53 billion kWh from solar and wind green power sources. Kohl’s meets its 100 percent green power standard through on-site generation and from providers 3Degrees, Nexant and Sterling Planet.

Whole Foods had the third-largest amount of green power usage among those using 100 percent green power, with 800 million kWh of solar and wind power via on-site generation and provider 3Degrees. Staples, the District of Columbia, City of Austin, TD Bank, EPA, Deutsche Bank and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust rounded out the top 10 100 percent green power users.

The University of Pennsylvania led the Top 20 College and University list with more than 200 million kWh of solar and wind energy. The renewable energy, which meets 48 percent of the university’s total electricity use, was either generated on-site or purchased through provider Community Energy.

Organizations new to the Green Power Partnership’s lists include Oklahoma State University, which debuted as No. 43 on the National Top 50 list and No. 5 on the Top 20 College and University list of green power users. Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations appeared at No. 11 on the Top 20 On-site Generation list; Rackspace USA was No. 16 on the Top 20 Tech and Telecom list and Arlington County Public Schools in Virginia debuted as No. 5 on the Top 20 K-12 Schools list.

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  1. THE CHEAPEST WAY TO REPLACE DENGEROUS NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES.

    Have you ever stood on the river coast, watching unbelievable quantities of water flowing near you every second, each minute, in hours, days, months and years? Can you imagine how much power we would need to stop this water movements or how much energy we would need to move such water quantity by machine power?

    It seems to be that huge amounts of energy which causes slowly movements of water masses we could not use – at least not with high efficiency. But, it is a case only if we are using classic and known water turbines which were designed only for high water speeds. Similar effects are to be reached also when using windmill propellers with high efficiency in the air and very poor efficiency when operating deep in to the water stream. After visiting more pages referring TIDAL projects like VERDANT, all VOITH – Siemens and ALSTOM designs, etc., you can easily find out that all of them are carrying the same disadvantages which are causing 12 to 20 times larger investment and operational costs, than it is acceptable and instead of 35 € to 40 € per MWh, are resulting with prices which varies between 500 € to 800 € per MWh of received power.

    This is forcing us to build the dams and artificial lakes what is in the most of cases nearly impossible, very expensive and ecologically always very delicate. So, the only solution was to design completely new type of power turbines, able to extract energy from slow moving water streams. After many years of experiments and development the SP turbines (Stagnation pressure turbines) were designed. On this project I have been working nearly 20 years (http://www.izumi.si). Up to last year I used to develop only smaller units (SP 1) with Power up to 80 kW, but now days I am working with new designs (SP 2) for which I applied a new Patent and which are 10 times more powerful.

    SP 2 units are incomparably cheaper, technically extremely simple and designed to operate in river or see streams and their life time can be longer than 50 years. The units are placed on the bottom of the river or Sea, they are only 3 m high (instead of 15 to 30 m by known TIDAL units), but their horizontal diameter is very large because SP2 are propelled on radial way and not like other TIDAL turbines which are axially propelled. Therefore, I made calculations and planes for two types of SP 2 units – 22 and 32 meters of diameter – very convenient to be used in larger rivers or as TIDAL units – with life time of more than 50 years:

    SP 22 with 300 kW of Power, costs of 1,5 Million € and price for each MWh of 45 €
    SP 32 with 500 kW of Power, costs of 1,9 Million € and price for each MWh of 40 €

    In deeper water with height of nearly 6 m, capacity of each can be doubled, what means that the price for electricity can be lowered on 25 € to 35 € for each MWh. All is invisible from the coast, works without dams and ecologically is practically ideal.

    Interesting possibility: Germany made decision to stop operating with Nuclear Power plants. Regarding the fact that all Nuclear plants are located near by larger rivers (because of cooling needs), on river bottom we can install couple of hundreds of SP2 units and after changing of main turbines in Power plant, using a “ladle hand” system of SP2, we can propel the same generators and use all existing infrastructure to produce the same electric power – but without any dangerous nuclear fuel! With described solution, in the next decade, Germany can save more billions Euros of capital and remain with existing 13 GW of (today) Nuclear Power, but – only with clean and renewable energy.

    Point is that in Slovenia or anywhere in developed world, we are able to have a highest quality production of cheap and simple SP1 and SP2 units. But, regarding terrible Bank and economic crises since more years we were not in position to get any kind of Bank or Venture capital sources for production for thousands of interested customers. The same time, without any arguments or explained facts, bigger producers which are wasting a billions for wrong and too expensive solutions, are completely ignoring us and there was no one single case even to answer to any kind of our offers or proposals. All of them are producing nearly the same and wrong concept of TIDAL units. Without any market competition even their prices are very similar – not for 15 % but for 15 TIMES to high. Simultaneously they believe that their “good market name” can permanently remain the only argument for highest price of Power – ever existing. The only market subjects who can stop such behavior are people who are paying their terrible bills.

    Vladimir Markovic
    inventions@izumi.si

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