Green Power Partnership Program Overview
Energy use is fundamental to economic activity—powering homes and businesses. Historically, increased economic growth has been driven primarily by energy used from fossil fuels, with the unintended consequence of increased air pollution and climate change. However, a wide array of economically viable and environmentally preferable renewable energy technologies are available today.
In 2001, EPA launched the Green Power Partnership to increase the use of renewable electricity in the United States. The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. In return for technical assistance and recognition, Partners commit to use green power for all, or a portion, of their annual electricity consumption. EPA defines green power as a subset of renewable resources that represent those resources that offer the highest environmental benefit.
The overall vision of the Green Power Partnership is to protect human health and the environment by expanding U.S. renewable energy markets through the voluntary use of green power. Some key strategic program elements associated with this program include:
- Educating our stakeholders on voluntary procurement pathways within U.S. renewable energy markets
- Motivating our stakeholders to use green power
- Recognizing leadership in green power procurement
Today, the Partnership currently has hundreds of Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Read more about the Partnership's successes.