Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Missouri city named Green Power Community of the Year

Maplewood, Missouri, recently won the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Community of the Year Award for 2016 based on the community's continued excellence in demonstrating the benefits of expanded green power support.

“Green power is becoming more affordable and mainstream because of leaders like the Green Power Leadership Award winners,” EPA Office of Air and Radiation acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe said. “I commend the work they do to grow the renewable energy market and spur innovation, and as we continue to act on climate, I encourage them to continue to set a high bar for others to achieve.”

Maplewood began its work to embrace green power in 2013 with a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory undertaken by the city’s government and sustainability commission. The commission and city later joined forces again when they launched the Maplewood Green Power Community Challenge two years later. The challenge drove local government offices, businesses and citizens to adopt renewable energy products like solar panels and to purchase renewable energy certificates.

Maplewood saw a more than 300 percent increase in the use of renewable, certificate-based green power, amounting to more than 6 million kilowatt hours annually and more than 5 percent of the community’s total electricity use.

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