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Green Power Partnership

Green Power Partnership Program Success Metrics

Since 2001, when the Green Power Partnership started, the program has made considerable progress in addressing market barriers to green power procurement. By offering technical resources and recognizing environmental leadership, the Partnership brings value to its Partners.

At the end of 2016, more than 1,400 Partners were collectively using more than 36 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, equivalent to the electricity use of more than three million average American homes.

Included below are some additional analyses of the Partnership's metrics.

Green Power Partners by Industry

This pie chart details the distribution of our Partners by their primary industry sector. The largest numbers of Partners are in the Local Government and Higher Education sectors.

Figure 1: Green Power Partners by Industry: In order, the five industries with the most Partners are Local & Municipal Government, Higher Education, Restaurants & Cafes, Retail, and Printing & Packaging.

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Green Power Usage by Industry

This pie chart breaks out total green power use in kilowatt-hours (kWh) by primary industry sector. The Technology and Telecom sector is the largest user of green power in the Green Power Partnership, followed by Local Government, Higher Education, and Retail sectors.

Figure 2: Green Power Usage by Industry: In order, the five industries that use the most green power are Technology & Telecom, Local & Municipal Government, Higher Education, Retail, and Federal Government.

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Green Power Partners by Electricity Loads

While the Partnership has a higher number of Partners with small electric loads, the largest share of the Partnership's green power use is by very large electricity users (see pie chart).

Very large electricity loads are those greater than 100 million kWh/year,
Large ranges from 10–100 million kWh/year,
Medium ranges from 1–10 million kWh/year, and
Small is less than 1 million kWh/year.

Figure 3: Green Power Partners by Electricity Loads: In 2015, GPP had 137 Very Large, 280 Large, 304 Medium-sized, and 592 Small Partners.Figure 4: Share of Partnership’s Green Power Use by Electricity Loads: In 2015, 84% of GPP’s green power came from Very Large Partners, 13% came from Large Partners, 3% came from Medium-sized Partners, and less than 1% came from Small Partners.

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Why GPP Partners Use Green Power

Current EPA Partners indicate that demonstrating environmental leadership, reducing one's carbon footprint, and supporting renewable energy development are the primary reasons given for why they use green power. Below is a summary of the reasons (Partners can check multiple reasons) why our Partners use green power.

Figure 5: Why GPP Partners Use Green Power: The top five reasons GPP Partners cite for using green power are: demonstrating environmental leadership, reducing carbon footprints, supporting new renewables, EPA recognition, and meeting sustainability goals.

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Resource Mix by Product Type

The following pie charts detail the resource mix across each of the predominant green power supply options available to Partner organizations; these include renewable energy certificates (RECs), green pricing, green marketing, on-site generation, and off-site power purchase agreements.

Figure 6: REC Resource Mix: 64% of GPP Partner’s RECs come from wind resources, while 29% come from unknown resources. Figure 7: Pricing Resource Mix: 76% of GPP Partner’s pricing products come from wind, while 5% come from biogas, biomass, and solar each.
Figure 8: Marketing Resource Mix: 86% of GPP Partner’s marketing products come from wind, while 11% come from unknown resources. Figure 9: On-site Resource Mix: 48% of GPP Partner’s On-site green power comes from solar, while 34% comes from biogas, and 12% comes from biomass.
Figure 10: Off-site PPA Resource Mix: 99.8% of GPP Partner’s PPAs are wind.

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Annual Green Power Use by Product Type

The following stacked bar chart highlights the year-over-year changes in product mix. Unbundled RECs represent the product type most used by Partners. Direct project engagement through off-site power purchase agreements (PPAs) is a fast growing product segment.

Figure 11: Annual Green Power Use by Product Type: In 2015, 68% of GPP’s green power came from RECs, 14% came from marketing products, 7% came from pricing products, 7% came from off-site PPAs, and 4% came from on-site systems.

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