Corporations and Cities Leading the Way in Renewable Energy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lauded 24 companies, cities and universities in September as leaders in renewable energy.
Big-box retailers, utilities and automakers were among the winners of the 13th annual Green Power Leadership Awards.
“Our 2013 Green Power Leadership Award winners are driving new renewable energy generation and providing clear examples of organizations thriving on innovation and sustainability,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said. "These winners are moving us closer to the vision President Obama outlined in his Climate Action Plan—cutting harmful pollution and promoting American leadership in renewable energy.”
Here are the categories and winners:
Sustained Excellence in Green Power
- Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, Calif.)
- Kohl's Department Stores (Menomonee Falls, Wis.)
- Staples (Framingham, Mass.)
Green Power Partners of the Year
- Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.)
- Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)
- Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, Wash.)
- The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Green Power Communities of the Year
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Mercer Island, Wash.
Green Power Purchasing
- Accredo Packaging, Inc. (Sugar Land, Texas)
- Dell Inc. (Round Rock, Texas)
- Pearson (Upper Saddle River, N.J.)
- Powdr (Park City, Utah)
- The North Face (Alameda, Calif.)
- U.S. Department of Energy (Washington, D.C.)
- UW Credit Union (Madison, Wis.)
- Western Pennsylvania Energy Consortium (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
- Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif.)
- County of Santa Clara, Calif.
- Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.)
- Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Green Power Suppliers of the Year
- 3Degrees (San Francisco, Calif.)
- Dominion Virginia Power (Richmond, Va.)
- Sterling Planet (Atlanta, Ga.)
The awards recognize the organizations, programs, suppliers and individuals that "significantly advance the development of green power sources," according to the EPA. More than 1,500 organizations applied this year. The 2014 application process will begin in the spring.
California is bracing for rare January wildfires this week amid damaging Santa Ana winds coupled with unusually hot and dry winter weather.
High winds, gusting up to 80- to 90 miles per hour in some parts of the state, are expected to last through Wednesday evening. Nearly the entire state has been in a drought for months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which, alongside summerlike temperatures, has left vegetation dry and flammable.
Utilities Southern California Edison and PG&E, which serves the central and northern portions of the state, warned it may preemptively shut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers to reduce the risk of electrical fires sparked by trees and branches falling on live power lines. The rare January fire conditions come on the heels of the worst wildfire season ever recorded in California, as climate change exacerbates the factors causing fires to be more frequent and severe.
California is also experiencing the most severe surge of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with hospitals and ICUs over capacity and a stay-at-home order in place. Wildfire smoke can increase the risk of adverse health effects due to COVID, and evacuations forcing people to crowd into shelters could further spread the virus.
As reported by AccuWeather:
In the atmosphere, air flows from high to low pressure. The setup into Wednesday is like having two giant atmospheric fans working as a team with one pulling and the other pushing the air in the same direction.
Normally, mountains to the north and east of Los Angeles would protect the downtown which sits in a basin. However, with the assistance of the offshore storm, there will be areas of gusty winds even in the L.A. Basin. The winds may get strong enough in parts of the basin to break tree limbs and lead to sporadic power outages and sparks that could ignite fires.
"Typically, Santa Ana winds stay out of downtown Los Angeles and the L.A. Basin, but this time, conditions may set up just right to bring 30- to 40-mph wind gusts even in those typically calm condition areas," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll.
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