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The Environmental Protection Agency presented an award as a national “Green Power Community of the Year” at a conference at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento California yesterday. Medford shares the 2014 prize with the City of Oak Ridge Tennessee, and both were recognized for their “Exemplary use of green power.” City Manager Eric Swanson accepted the award on behalf of the City, Pacific Power, and 3 Degrees at the 2014 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Sacramento, Calif. on December 3rd. Swanson’s Facebook post from the gathering Wednesday is available here.
The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. Medford received the Leadership Award for using renewable energy in amounts that meet or exceed EPA requirements for residents’ and businesses’ collective green power use. Medford is currently using nearly 36 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 3.6 percent of the community’s purchased electricity use. Green Power Communities distinguish themselves through their green power usage, leadership, citizen engagement, renewable energy strategy, and impact on the green power market.