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Kennecott Copper Opts for Renewables to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
Rio Tinto
Date: 2019-05-03
London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto reports it will reduce the annual carbon footprint associated with its Kennecott Utah Copper operation by as much as 65 pct by purchasing renewable energy certificates and permanently shutting its coal power plant.

Kennecott's electric power needs will now be paired with 1.5 million MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied by Rocky Mountain Power, primarily sourced from its Utah allocated portfolio including wind power from Wyoming. The RECs are Green-e Energy certified and meet the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

The move to using renewable energy certificates at Kennecott is subject to regulatory approval by the Utah Public Service Commission. (Source: Rio Tinto, 2 May, 2019)Contact: Rio Tinto,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Rio Tinto,  Renewable Energy,  

Univ. of Calif. Lauded for Sustainability Initiatives (Ind. Report)
Excellence in Green Power Use Award
Date: 2017-10-27
In the Golden State, the University of California's Daily Calofirnian reports the school has been awarded the EPA's Excellence in Green Power Use Award for its efforts to reduce emissions and consistently generate sustainable energy.

The award, presented in conjunction with the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, recognizes partners that both exceed the minimum benchmark requirements for green power usage and "demonstrate a distinct market impact through innovation, communications, and stakeholder engagement." Other award winners include Google and Microsoft.

The UC had previously entered into long-term purchase agreements for power from two solar farms in California's Central Valley, the largest solar purchase ever made by a university system in the country. There are currently five solar locations on campus, Additionally, some buildings on campus use the US Green Building Council LEED, to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. The campus is also on track to become carbon-neutral by 2025 (Source: EPA, Daily Californian, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: EPA Excellence in Green Power Use Award,; USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  

SP&G Launches Green-e Certified Natural Gas Offset and Wind REC (Ind. Report)
Spring Power and Gas,Center for Resource Solutions
Date: 2017-05-03
In San Francisco, the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is reporting that Maryland and New Jersey natural gas and electricity retailer Spring Power and Gas (SP&G) has launched two Green-e certified products: "Zero Gas" -- a natural gas product paired with Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets; and "Wind REC", a Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificate (REC) product. Both are available to new Spring Power and Gas customers in MD and NJ.

SP&G's Zero Gas product is the first Green-e Climate certified carbon offset natural gas program for residential customers in Maryland and New Jersey. Zero Gas matches a customer's natural gas usage with Green-e Climate Certified carbon offsets to ensure that 100 pct of the carbon emissions caused by a customer's gas usage are offset.

Through the Spring Green program, Spring matches 100 pct of the electricity used by its electricity customers, and matches it with nationally sourced Green-e Energy certified wind RECs.

Green-e Climate is the global retail standard for high-quality carbon offsets and an independent, third-party certification for gas offset programs. Green-e Energy is the leading renewable energy certification and verification program in North America. A program of the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, Green-e is North America’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. (Source: Spring Power & Gas, Center for Resource Solutions, 3BL Media, 27 April, 2017). Contact: Center for Resource Solutions, (416) 561-2100,; Spring Power & Gas,; Green-e, Richard Booth, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Center for Resource Solutions,  Carbon Offset,  

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