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EPA recognizes Edmond as Leading Green Power Community
Edmond is first EPA Green Power Community in Oklahoma
Edmond, OK – The City of Edmond announced today that that it has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Green Power Community. Edmond is collectively using more than 96 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 11 percent of the community’s total electricity use.
Edmond is the first EPA Green Power Community in the state of Oklahoma, joining 48 other Green Power Communities nationwide.
“This is an honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Phil Jones, Sustainability Planner for the City of Edmond. “Purchasing green power helps our community become more sustainable, while sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision. In Edmond we still want to encourage others to sign up for the Pure and Simple wind power program through the Edmond Utility office. Additionally, the City of Edmond’s offices currently use 73% wind energy, while UCO has been at 100% wind energy for years. That percentage also doesn’t reflect the amount of geothermal energy that the City has used towards newer facilities, including the new Mitch Park YMCA and future Public Safety Center.”
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. Purchases of green power help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
“For most municipalities, electricity use is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Blaine Collison, Director of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “By using green power, the local government, residents, schools and businesses of Edmond, Oklahoma are reducing their environmental impacts and helping to grow the market for cleaner, renewable resources. We are excited to welcome Edmond as the first EPA Green Power Community in Oklahoma and applaud the community’s efforts.”
According to the U.S. EPA, the Edmond Community’s green power purchase of more than 96 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 14,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 10,000 average American homes annually.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The 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 1,500 Partner organizations voluntarily 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.