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Green Power Leadership Awards

The application period for EPA's 2015 Green Power Leadership Awards closed on April 17, 2015. EPA's Green Power Leadership Awards recognize exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners and among green power suppliers. Green Power Partners and green power suppliers may apply for an award, or another party may nominate them.

The awards will be presented at the 2015 Renewable Energy Markets Conference.

Visit the 2014 Award Winners Web page for information on last year's winners.

Partner Awards

  • Green Power Purchasing: Recognizes Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier.
  • Green Power Partner of the Year: Recognizes Partners who distinguish themselves through their green power use, leadership, overall strategy, and impact on the green power market.
  • On-site Generation: Recognizes Partners who distinguish themselves using on-site renewable energy applications, including, but not limited to, solar photovoltaic (PV) or wind energy projects.
  • Green Power Community of the Year: Recognizes EPA Green Power Communities that distinguish themselves through their green power usage, leadership, citizen engagement, renewable energy strategy, and impact on the green power market.
  • Sustained Excellence in Green Power: Recognizes continual leadership in advancing green power development.

Eligibility Requirements for the Partner Awards

  • The applicant must be accepted as an EPA Green Power Partner by the time that the application materials are submitted. Review the Partnership Requirements and Agreement (PDF) (16 pp, 2.3MB, About PDF).
  • Evaluations will be based on green power use reported to the Green Power Partnership as of the application deadline.
  • The applicant must complete its green power purchase before the application period closes. The green power purchase is considered complete when delivery begins. EPA will follow up to confirm each applicant's green power usage.
  • The applicant/nominator must consider a 12-consecutive-month period when submitting green power purchase size, baseload electricity use, percentages, and other quantifiable information.
  • Only U.S.-based partner facilities and -sourced renewable energy will be considered.
  • Applicants must have an operational on-site green power installation or have completed the green power purchase for award consideration by the application deadline.
  • Finalists will need to pass an EPA compliance screen in order to be selected.

Note: Partners are eligible for an award only if the Partner retires or retains ownership of the RECs associated with their purchase or on-site generation system. Partners selling RECs may replace them with a secondary green power purchase (but this does not qualify as on-site generation).

Note: Previous winners are eligible for awards in future years but will be judged based on their activities since the last award cycle.

Things to Remember

  • EPA considers eligible renewable energy sources to be solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydroelectric sources.
  • Partners must retain the associated renewable energy certificates (RECs) for all purchases, particularly for on-site renewable energy systems seeking an on-site award.
  • To be considered for GPP, any renewable energy use must be "incremental" and above and beyond the "standard mix" provided by utilities (i.e., come from the voluntary market and not the compliance market).

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Green Power Usage Information:
    • Total annual size of green power purchase (including qualifying on-site generation)
    • Size and type of renewable energy installation
    • Scope of green power commitment (facility, organization-wide)
    • Green power purchase or use as a percent of annual baseload electricity use, given the Green Power Partnership's required minimum purchase level
    • Geographic location of renewable energy generation
  • Communications efforts to promote green power usage both internally and externally (past, present, and future), as well as plans to promote the EPA Green Power Leadership Award, should the applicant be selected
  • Organizational strategy for investing in green power (past, present, future)
  • Leadership in using green power within a region or business sector

Judging Process

An EPA evaluation panel reviews and evaluates all applications submitted by the deadline. Applications must be accurate and complete. EPA will notify award winners and applicants in late summer.

Supplier Awards

  • Green Power Supplier of the Year: Recognizes green power suppliers (utilities, retail suppliers, REC marketers, renewable energy project developers) that are leaders in offering voluntary renewable energy to their customers.

Eligibility Requirements for the Supplier Awards

  • The applicant must be either an electric utility, retail supplier, REC marketer, and/or renewable energy project developer that supplies renewable energy to residential or nonresidential consumers who make voluntary purchases of renewable energy;
    • Note: Only renewable energy resources EPA defines as green power will be considered. Review the Partnership Requirements (PDF) (16 pp, 2.3MB) for more information.
  • Only applications showing proof that programs and companies directly support voluntary green power markets will be considered. Power used to comply with a renewable energy mandate, such as a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), does not qualify.
  • Only green power suppliers that serve U.S. customers are eligible.
  • Generation facilities must be located in the U.S.
  • Finalists will need to pass an EPA compliance screen in order to be selected.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership and innovation in the voluntary renewable energy marketplace, including impact on public awareness
  • Benefits provided to program participants
  • Green Power Data:
    • Total annual renewable energy sales
    • Rate of renewable energy sales as percent of retail sales
    • Customer participation rates

Judging Process

An EPA evaluation panel reviews and evaluates all applications submitted by the deadline. Applications must be accurate and complete. EPA will notify award winners and applicants in late summer.

Additional Information

Awards Banquet

Each fall, award winners are recognized at the Green Power Leadership Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference. This year's Renewable Energy Markets Conference will be held October 18-20 in Arlington, VA (Washington, DC metro area).

Questions?

To learn more about the awards and the conference, visit the Green Power Leadership Awards Web page and the Renewable Energy Markets Conference website Exit EPA Disclaimer.

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