What is Green Power?
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"The term 'green power' generally refers to electricity supplied in whole or in part from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, geothermal, hydropower, and various forms of biomass. Increasingly, electricity customers are being given electricity supply options, either as retail power markets open to competition or when their regulated utilities develop green pricing programs. More than 50% of retail customers in the United States now have an option of purchasing a green power product directly from their electricity supplier. In addition, consumers can support renewable energy development through the purchase of green energy certificates." from the US Dept. of Energy's Green Power Network Buying Green Power
Why Buy Green Power?
By choosing to purchase a green power product, you can support increased development of renewable energy sources, which can reduce the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Greater reliance on renewable sources also provides economic benefits and can improve our national energy security.
Interested in Purchasing Green Power?
More and more people are joining the ‘grid’ by looking at ways to ensure that the energy they are using to power their homes is coming from renewable sources. Click here for green power products that are available in Virginia.
Join the US EPA's Green Power Partnership Program!
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power. Many leading Fortune 500 companies, federal and state governments, universities and colleges, and various sized businesses are a part of this program.
EPA co-sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). The awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources.
By joining the program, one can receive expert advice on identifying the green products that fit best according to your facility needs. Green Power partner organizations can also avail the tools and resources, and would also receive credibility for your green power purchase. Also, “Green Power Leadership Awards” are awarded to outstanding purchases and achievements in the green power marketplace attracting publicity and recognition.
Click here for the Green Power Partnership Program.
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