Green Power Partnership
|Oak Ridge, TN Community|
|Annual Green Power Usage (kWh)||73,017,723|
|Percentage Green Power||5.5%|
|Provider(s)||Various, Tennessee Valley Authority, On-site Generation|
|Green Power Community Since||April 2014|
|Latest Annual Report Received On||4/28/2014|
|Community Green Power Web Page|
Oak Ridge was designed and continues to be a central player in energy ingenuity, and has also developed a strong focus on sustainability. With a recent green power purchase by the city, it intends to become the first Green Power Community (GPC) in the Southeast. Additionally, Oak Ridge is a Platinum Community in Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) “Valley Sustainable Communities Program”, has a robust climate action plan, a community guide to living green, and several solar generating sites. A total of 300 kilowatts are installed within the community. In addition to this, Oak Ridge installed ten electric car-charging stations in 2012 that are available for free to the public.
Oak Ridge still plays a major role in the national energy economy as well. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which contains the most LEED buildings on one campus in the Southeast, directly contributes to the renewable energy industry through its research programs for solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower technologies. ORNL has a mission to develop “technologies to create a cleaner environment, a stronger economy, and a more secure future for our nation.” ORNL is also a large purchaser of green power.
*Reflects the percentage of residents and businesses in the community choosing to use green power for a portion of their electricity use.