Green Power Partnership
ALTON — The city of Alton announced Tuesday that it has been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Green Power Community.
Alton is collectively using nearly 94 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, enough to meet 17 percent of the community’s total electricity use. The city is buying a utility green power product from Homefield Energy, demonstrating a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner, renewable alternatives.
“This is a huge honor and we are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” Mayor Brant Walker said. “Using green power helps our community become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing climate risk.”
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydroelectric power. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“The EPA congratulates the community of Alton on becoming a Green Power Community and achieving an impressive 16 percent green power use community-wide,” said Mollie Lemon, program manager of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “By using more than 93 million kilowatt-hours of clean, green electricity annually, the community of Alton is helping to reduce harmful carbon pollution and taking a leadership position on the environment.”
According to the U.S. EPA, Alton’s green power use of nearly 94 million kilowatt-hours is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 14,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 9,000 average American homes annually.
The city of Alton joined the Cool Cities Program in 2008. Since that time, the city has secured grants in excess of $189,000 for energy-saving measures in the Public Works and Sewer Treatment Plant buildings. The city also received a 2013 Most Progressive City Award from Ameren Illinois.
For information about the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.