More Progress; New Tools
The Maine summer is here -- time to make personal
use of our renewable resources -- sun, wind, woods and
waves -- with family and friends. But before you go, lots
of green power progress to report: substantial new green
power purchases, MeGPC's 32rd Partner, and new tools to
make buying clean power simplier and publicizing it even
easier. Even better, we are gratified to report that the
John Merck Fund of Boston has refunded this program for
two more years. In short, we will continue to do whatever
we can to encourage the purchase of cleaner electricity,
for cleaner air. Enjoy the summer and stay in touch!
Morgan, Program Manager
Maine Green Power Connection
College of the
Atlantic Sets a High Standard for Clean Electricity
College of the Atlantic, offering a single degree in
Human Ecology, has been a leader in both education and the
environment since it was established 35 years ago. On
Earth Day April 22, 2004, COA took the lead again. It
became the first college in Maine to make a 20-year
commitment to purchasing 100 percent of its electricity
through new wind electricity. In recognition of Earth
Day, COA signed two agreements - one with Endless Energy
Corporation (EEC) of Yarmouth, ME, to buy electricity
generated by wind for 20 years, starting upon completion
of EEC's Redington Mountain Windfarm in 2005.
Under a second agreement with NativeEnergy, LLC
of Charlotte, VT, COA purchased renewable energy credits,
or "green tags" to match its electricity use until the EEC
contract begins. This purchase enables COA to help build
the first Native American wind farm on the South Dakota
Rosebud Sioux reservation.
"Our decision to contract for new, renewable wind power
for 100 percent of the college's energy needs is a bold
step--but not an unusual one for College of the Atlantic,"
said Dr. Steven Katona, president of the college, at a
press event on Earth Day. "With growing evidence of
impending ecological crises on a global scale, finding
ways to live sustainably is ever more urgent. Meeting
COA's electrical demand with renewable wind energy is one
of the ways in which the principle of sustainability
guides all of our actions on campus."
John Deans, a COA freshman from Topsham also spoke at
the Earth Day event. "I am really excited to see COA act
upon our statements surrounding sustainability. With
current power generation causing such great harm to the
Earth's atmosphere, we must take renewable energy out of
the arena of ethical discussion and into action. COA will
prove that green power is a viable option, not merely an
"Once again, Maine schools are setting the standard for
clean electricity," said Erika Morgan, program manager of
the Maine Green Power Connection. "While several other
Maine campuses are now purchasing their electricity from
clean renewable sources, COA is the first to purchase 100%
of their electricity from wind. They are also the first
to make a commitment to do so for more than a year or two.
By committing to a 20-year contract, COA is helping to
bring new wind generation to fruition in Maine. That will
help ensure clearer air for all Mainers."
Care of the Earth Starts at Home
On April 7, 2004, Bangor Theological Seminary became the
first theological school in New England to take action to reduce its
contribution to global warming and climate change by making a
significant investment in wind power through NativeEnergy.
NativeEnergy joined forces two years ago with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe
in south-central South Dakota to help finance the first Native
American-owned and operated large-scale wind turbine in the country.
The Vermont-based company is currently helping to build a
10 megawatt wind farm near the town of St. Francis on tribal land. Bangor Theological
Seminary is helping build this first Native American wind farm.
"People of faith increasingly see care of the
environment as a central issue, which we must address - not only by
theological reflection, but also by action," asserted BTS President,
The Bangor campus of BTS uses 240,000 kWh of
electricity every year. The Seminary's investment in the construction
of the Rosebud Sioux St. Francis wind farm will drive the generation
of this same amount of electricity once construction is
Administrators at Bangor Theological Seminary first learned about
NativeEnergy from Maine Green Power Connection, a nonprofit program
based in Brunswick that works to build interest in and market support
for environmentally beneficial electricity products.
"We're pleased that the Bangor Theological Seminary recognized the
importance of greening up their electricity in a way that contributes
directly to new construction of clean, renewable energy sources," says
Tom Stoddard, Vice President of NativeEnergy. "Their choice to help
build the Rosebud Sioux wind farm doubles their impact - by helping
one of the nation's poorest tribes build a sustainable economy in
harmony with the Earth."
"We applaud the commitment BTS is making with this purchase - to step
out in front of the pack and accept responsibility for their
environmental actions," says Maine Green Power Connection Program
Manager, Erika Morgan. "By offsetting their electricity use with
green power from new wind turbines, they are helping to build a
cleaner electricity system for the future."
Welcomes Newest Supporting Partner: Taggart Construction
The Maine Green Power Connection is pleased to welcome
Taggart Construction Company Inc. of Freeport as our
newest supporting Partner.
Founded by Peter Taggart in
1994, Taggart Construction is a general contractor that
specializes in energy efficient, environmentally friendly
and occupant-healthy construction. These priorities are
built into every Taggart project, whether its new "green"
construction, a renovation project, commercial
construction or even historic restoration. Taggart
Construction is an Energy Star Certified Builder and
completed the first Energy Star rated house built by a
contractor in the state of Maine.
Green Construction means different things to different
people. Taggart Construction specializes in taking the
individual needs, wishes, budget and aspirations and
translating those into a building that will showcase
environmental principles and sustainable materials that
ensure its performance for a long, long time. Each of
Taggart's 25-person staff has been trained in the firm's
approach to high-quality construction, and all of these
techniques mean that a home built by Taggart Construction
is an investment in quality, the environment and the
MeGPC thanks Taggart Construction and its owner Peter
Taggart for his support for green power in general and the
Maine Green Power Connection in specific. Through this
partnership, MeGPC will be able to expand its outreach to
audiences we might otherwise be unable to reach.
Use our "buying wizard" and "pollution
calculator" to help you make an informed decision about
New Wizard and
Calculator Help Green Buyers
It's easier than ever to make an informed decision
about green power, thanks to two new tools on the Maine Green Power
Connection web site.
The first tool is a "buying wizard" that asks four easy
questions to help you select the green power option that is best for
you. The second tool is a "pollution calculator" that instantly shows
you the impact of buying green.
These new tools are part of the Connection's ongoing
efforts to build a greener market for electricity in Maine. As the
number of providers continues to grow, the Connection is providing an
increasingly valuable service to people considering a green power
Both tools are available online now at
Extolling the Benefits of Green Power
Purchasers of green power know all the
benefits of choosing renewable electricity: cleaner air, healthier
lungs, greater energy security, and increased environmental protection.
And you know that buying green power is one way that your organization
can do well by doing good. All green power purchasers should be
recognized, for their business savvy as well as their actions on
behalf of the future environment. The Maine Green Power Connection
wants to help you maximize this "green competitive advantage" while at
the same time encouraging other organizations to make the switch to
The Maine Green Power Connection is enlisting help from
our green power partners and purchasers to spread the word
about clean electricity from renewable resources. This
month both partners and all green power purchasers will
receive MeGPC's new green power promotional package. This
package is full of information and materials designed to
both acknowledge their leadership and help them encourage
others to follow suit.
The package includes:
- A certificate, suitable for framing, applauding the organization's green power support.
- A MeGPC decal-a "real" one (suitable for doors,
windows, even cars!) and a "virtual" one for web sites.
- Printed and electronic copies of all six MeGPC handouts for easy reproduction.
- And, finally and perhaps most importantly, a CD with
lots more stuff-a wealth of additional material for use
to promote the fact that your organization buys green
power and supports efforts to clean up our electrical
We hope that these materials will prove effective and
easy to use for our partners and green power purchasers. We also hope
that the availability of these professional marketing tools will help
our partners encourage others to "buy clean." Working together, we
can all help make Maine healthier. Each purchase brings our state,
our nation and our world closer to the day when all electricity is
Throughout the region, the nation and even the world,
clean electricity from renewable resources is making rapid
progress. This Update represents a brief look at clean
power highlights from many sources. Contact the source
for more details:
Ridgecrest, CA - June 22, 2004
[SolarAccess.com]: WorldWater Corp. has
completed supplying the massive one megawatt PV system
installation at Cerro Coso Community College in
Ridgecrest, CA. WorldWater, serving as exclusive PV
equipment supplier, has delivered several million
dollars worth of components in the $8,963,053 project
contracted to Contra Costa Electric of Bakersfield,
CA. The project represents the largest PV installation
ever implemented on any community college campus.
Connecticut - June 14, 2004 [EERE Network
News]: "An Act Concerning Climate Change", signed into
law by Connecticut governor John Rowland on June 14,
sets a goal to reduce the state's greenhouse gas
emissions to 1990 levels by 2010 and to 10% below 1990
levels by 2020. While it contains no enforcement
measures, it requires the creation of a Governor's
Steering Committee on Climate Change and applies to all
industrial and commercial electricity generators and all
commercial fleets of vehicles.
Bonn, Germany - June 4, 2004 [SolarAcess.com]:
154 nations signed a treaty to "substantially increase, with a sense
of urgency, the global share of renewable energy" at the World
Renewable Energy Conference in Bonn. Generally perceived as a
breakthrough and positive model for the future by governments and
non-profits alike, it marks the first time that a concrete
international law process has been implemented to monitor progress
towards climate change goals. US participation was referred to as
"hesitant" but "constructive".
Montgomery County, Maryland - June 4, 2004
[Green Power Partnership
Planet]: Montgomery County has signed an agreement to purchase 38,000
MWh of wind energy annually for the next two years from Community
Energy, Inc. This is the largest-ever purchase of wind energy by a
local government in the United States, generating much positive press
coverage from TV, radio and print sources.
New Jersey - June 4, 2004 [Interstate Renewable Energy Council]: The
state of New Jersey has recently implemented a program that reimburses
60% of installation costs for small wind turbines, prompting many
small businesses and even individual property owners to reduce their
electricity bills and carbon emissions by installing turbines on their
property. One such property owner, Cathy Sims, says "our electricity
bill has been reduced quite a bit. We like to do things that are good
for the environment, and there are also economic advantages to using
wind and solar power."
Providence, Rhode Island - June, 2004 [SmartPower]:
Whole Foods Market, a grocery chain with stores in New England and the
Middle Atlantic, has gotten promotional efforts underway to publicize
its recent purchase of 10% of its energy from wind sources provided by
Community Energy, Inc. This 5,200,000 KWh purchase is the tenth
largest in the nation's history and will eliminate 729 tons of carbon
dioxide emissions in the next year.
Boston, Massachusetts - Summer 2004 [SmartPower]: Energy
use at the Democratic National Convention, held in Boston,
Massachusetts, will be offset by clean renewable sources thanks to the
efforts of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible
Conventions. Most of the energy, purchased in the form of green tags,
will be coming from a wind turbine in Hull, Massachusetts. Says the
CERC executive director, "we believe that American political
conventions should be powered by American-made renewable energy that
doesn't pollute American lungs."
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