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Green Power Partnership

Green Power Partnership Tools and Resources

The Green Power Partnership provides our partners with a variety of current and relevant tools and resources relevant to green power purchasing including:

  • Tools and Calculators
  • Green Power Incentives
  • Related Links
  • Resource Library

Use the tools below to get more information about the electricity you use, as well as your options for purchasing green power. Once you have completed your green power purchase, you can use the calculators to help communicate the benefits of your purchase to stakeholders.

Toolbox for Renewable Energy Project Development

The toolbox examines six topic areas – including policies and regulations, economic assessments, financing and funding opportunities – that have important implications for developing these on-site solar projects on college and university campuses.

Green Power Locator

The Green Power Locator provides on-line information about green power procurement options available on a state-by-state basis. Use the Locator to determine what green power purchasing options are available to you.

Power Profiler

The Power Profiler is a tool developed by EPA that helps you determine the specific air emissions impacts associated with the electricity you use in your home or business.

World Resource Institute's Scope 2 Guidance

The Scope 2 Guidance Exit standardizes how corporations measure emissions from purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heat, and cooling (called "scope 2 emissions").

Green Power Equivalency Calculator

EPA recommends that Partners use equivalency statements based on equivalent kilowatt-hours.

For example, [Organization's] purchase of XX million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power is the equivalent to the annual power usage of XX average American homes.

The conversion factor for this equivalency statement is [your annual green power purchase in kWh]/[10,932 kWh per average American home per year].*

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Green Power Incentives

A number of local, state, and federal incentives are available for installing on-site renewable generation systems.

  • The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) Exit is a comprehensive source of information on the status of local, state, and federal programs and incentives promoting renewable energy, including information on financial incentives, net metering policies, and awareness and investment programs.
  • The Department of Energy's Leveraging Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credits Exit guide outlines the wide array of resources available to organizations interested in leveraging federal tax credits to accelerate the deployment of clean, renewable energy.
  • The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemExit is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. In some situations, green power qualifies for LEED points under
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Grants Office provides some funding opportunities. A large part of EPA's mission to protect the environment and public health is accomplished by awarding grants and cooperative agreements. This Web site provides information on the grant application process, applicable requirements, as well as a list of current grant opportunities.
  • The Office of Technology Transitions Exit program offers financial and technical support to inventors and businesses for promising energy-saving concepts and technologies.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Exit works with business, industry, universities, and others to increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. One way EERE encourages the growth of these technologies is by offering financial assistance opportunities for their development and demonstration.
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Exit issues solicitations inviting small businesses to apply for SBIR/STTR Phase I grants. Grant applications submitted by small businesses must respond to a specific technical topic and subtopic during an open solicitation. The Web site contains information on these topic/subtopic areas, which include energy production (fossil, nuclear, renewable, and fusion energy), energy use (in buildings, vehicles, and industry), fundamental energy sciences (materials, life, environmental, and computational sciences, and nuclear and high energy physics), environmental management, and nuclear nonproliferation.
  • Partnership for Sustainable Communities Exit includes a number of resources, both financial and technical, that focus on community sustainability development.

Green Power Partnership Related Links

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Organizations

Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing sustainable solutions for California's energy needs. CEERT campaigns cover issues such as sustainable electrical generation policies throughout the West, clean vehicles, and energy efficiency and conservation.

Center for Resource Solutions

The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is dedicated to promoting renewable energy and economic and environmental sustainability. CRS administers programs to protect the environment through the design of sustainable energy strategies and technologies. CRS's Green-e™ Renewable Electricity Certification Program certifies green power products that meet the environmental and consumer protection standards established by the Program. The Green-e Program works with diverse stakeholders to form Regional Advisory Committees who ensure that the consumer protection and environmental standards of the Green-e Program work for their regions. When consumers see the Green-e logo, they can be sure that the green power product is verified annually for its power content and that the electricity provider selling the power has met the Green-e Program's environmental and consumer protection standards.

Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture)

PennFuture's mission is to advance effective solutions for the problems of pollution, sprawl and global warming. PennFuture has organized Green Power: Turn It On!, to recruit residential, business and public consumers of electricity to switch to green power. Green Power: Turn It On!'s goal is to have 10 percent of the total electricity consumed in Pennsylvania be generated from renewable energy sources by 2010.

Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions is dedicated to helping the Pacific Northwest become a world leader in practical, profitable solutions to global warming. Among other things, Climate Solutions administers the Northwest Clean Energy Challenge, which recognizes businesses, governments, and utilities that invest in new renewable energy at levels established by a regional.

Global Green USA

Global Green USA works in cooperation with individuals, industry, and government to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. Global Green USA offers the Go Green Power Switch Guide which provides users with information about how they can choose green power.

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

ICLEI's Green Power website provides information about local government policies and programs that promote both solar and wind power. The site provides access to case studies, sample policy and ordinance language, and links to technical sites.

Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition (MAREC)

MAREC is a coalition of environmental and charitable organizations, government agencies, and renewable energy businesses that work together to increase consumer demand for clean electricity in the Mid-Atlantic States. MAREC's public education initiative is called Clean Your Air. Among other things, Clean Your Air provides information about clean energy resources and where to buy clean electricity.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives. The mission is to support and work with the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners. Consistent with this mission, NABCEP offers national, credentialing and certifications for renewable energy professionals. NABCEP began that work by creating a certification program for solar electric installers--referred to as the NABCEP™ Solar PV Installer Certification.

Renewable Northwest Project

The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) is a coalition of public interest organizations and energy companies. RNP's Go Green campaign is encouraging NW businesses and governments to meet the NW Clean Energy Challenge. RNP also works with utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration, customer groups, and elected officials to promote renewable energy development in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

RENEW Wisconsin

RENEW Wisconsin is a non-profit organization that supports the understanding and use of the state's renewable energy resources. The organization encourages the discussion of renewable energy issues among regulators, legislators, researchers, educators, industry representatives, government, and the general public in Wisconsin.

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (S.A.C.E.), formerly known as the Tennessee Valley Energy Reform Coalition, is a non-profit coalition of 21 environmental and citizen organizations. S.A.C.E.'s mission is to monitor and propose reforms to regional energy policies so that they respond environmentally and economically to the needs of citizens and ratepayers in the Southeast. S.A.C.E. is helping to promote and educate consumers about programs throughout the Southeast that use or generate power from green sources through their Green Power Program.

Western Resource Advocates

Western Resource Advocates is a non-profit law and policy center dedicated to restoring and protecting the natural environment of the interior American west. Western Resource Advocates' Energy Project promotes sustainable energy technologies in six states in the Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest region. The Energy Project encourages citizens and businesses to switch clean, renewable energy.

Windustry

Since 1995, Windustry has promoted local and community participation in wind energy — through advocacy, outreach education, and technical assistance. Windustry provides detailed, extensive information on wind project development to stakeholders and decision-makers at the local, state and federal levels.

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. The World Resources Institute's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

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Certification Programs

Green-e™ Certification

Green-e is the nation's leading independent renewable energy certification and verification program. The Green-e Program works to expand the market for clean, renewable energy by advancing awareness of renewable energy options and protecting consumers.

Low Impact Hydropower Institute

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of environmentally responsible, "low impact" hydropower.

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Environmental Information Sites/Calculators

The Power Scorecard

The Power Scorecard is a rating mechanism that assesses the environmental impact of different types of electric generation. The Power Scorecard makes it easy for you to plug into cleaner power for the future of the planet.

U.S. EPA's eGRID

The Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID) is a comprehensive inventory of environmental attributes of electric power systems.

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Trade Organizations

American Solar Energy Society

The American Solar Energy Society (ASE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies in the United States.

American Wind Energy Association

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA™) promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for consumers around the world. AWEA™ is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry.

Business Council for Sustainable Energy

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy was created in 1992 by business leaders from the energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, independent power, and electric utility industries and is committed to economic growth through sustainable energy development.

Biomass Energy Research Association

The Biomass Energy Research Association is an association of biofuels researchers, companies, and advocates that promotes education and research on renewable biomass energy and waste-to-energy systems.

Electric Power Research Institute

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) was established in 1973 as an independent, non-profit center for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI brings together members, participants, the Institute's scientists and engineers, and other leading experts to work collaboratively on solutions to the challenges of electric power.

Geothermal Energy Association

The Geothermal Energy Association is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses.

Geothermal Resources Council

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is non-profit, educational association that encourages worldwide research and development on geothermal.

Low Impact Hydropower Institute

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of environmentally responsible, "low impact" hydropower.

National Hydropower Association

The National Hydropower Association (NHA), founded in 1983, is the only trade association in the United States dedicated to advancing the interests of hydropower energy in North America. Located in Washington, D.C., NHA is a member-driven association that accomplishes its policy work and outreach through the initiatives of its standing committees.

National Biodiesel Board

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States. Biodiesel is a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil, and which meets the specifications of ASTM D 6751.

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative

The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) is comprised of representatives from the utility, wind industry, environmental, consumer, regulatory, power marketer, agricultural, tribal, economic development, and state and federal government sectors to support the development of an environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial market for wind power.

Smart Electric Power Alliance

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a non-profit organization, formed in 1992 as the Utility Photovoltaic Group, with 200 utility, electric service provider, manufacturer, installer, government, and research members. SEPA's mission is to facilitate solutions for the use and integration of solar electric power by utilities, electric service providers, and their customers.

Solar Energy Industry Association

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants, and marketers. We work to expand the use of solar technologies in the global marketplace.

Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group

The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (previously the Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) was established in 1989 to provide a forum for the critical analysis of wind technology for utility applications and to serve as a source of credible information on the status of wind technology and deployment. The group's mission is to accelerate the appropriate integration of wind power for utility applications through the coordinated efforts and actions of its members, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and utility research organizations.

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Databases

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

North Carolina Solar Center - State Incentives for Renewable Energy

The North Carolina Solar Center serves as a clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond.

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Other Government Sites

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D). NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals. NREL has assembled a Renewable Energy Contracts Library which includes examples of contracts, forms, and permits required during the renewable energy development cycle.

U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network

The U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network provides information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network – Green Power Network

The Green Power Network (GPN) provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. The site provides up-to-date information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. It also includes a reference library of relevant papers, articles and reports. The Green Power Network is operated and maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

U.S. DOE Energy Information Administration

The U.S. Department of Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects and disseminates data on energy reserves, production, consumption, distribution, prices, technology, and related international, economic, and financial matters.

U.S. EPA Clean Energy Programs

EPA's Clean Energy Programs are working with state policy makers, electric and gas utilities, energy customers, and other key stakeholders. By identifying, designing and implementing clean energy policy and technology solutions, the program can deliver important environmental and economic benefits.

U.S. EPA Climate Change

EPA's Climate Change Site offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments.

U.S. EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership

The CHP Partnership is a voluntary program seeking to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the use of CHP. The Partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits.

U.S. EPA Energy Star®

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program

The U.S. EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) is a voluntary assistance and partnership program that promotes the use of landfill gas.

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Program Guide to Buying Energy Products

Federal buyers are now required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to purchase products that are ENERGY STAR®-qualified or FEMP-designated by the Guide to Buying Energy Products. (These products are in the upper 25% of energy efficiency in their class.) The purchasing requirements are codified by FAR Part 23. In addition, Executive Order 13221 requires that federal agencies purchase products with low standby power. FEMP helps federal purchasers identify these types of highly efficient products.

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General Information

Edison Electric Institute

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), organized in 1933, is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies. EEI works closely with all of its members, representing their interests and advocating equitable policies in legislative and regulatory arenas. In its leadership role, EEI provides advocacy, authoritative analysis, and critical industry data to its members, Congress, government agencies, the financial community, and other opinion-leader audiences.

Electric Power Research Institute

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) was established in 1973 as an independent, non-profit center for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI brings together members, participants, the Institute's scientists and engineers, and other leading experts to work collaboratively on solutions to the challenges of electric power.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), formed in 1982 as a non-profit organization, supports market-oriented services targeted at education, coordination, procurement, the adoption and implementation of uniform guidelines and standards, workforce development, and consumer protection. IREC's mission is to accelerate the sustainable utilization of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1889. Its members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate the activities of telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC's mission is to serve the public interest by improving the quality and effectiveness of public utility regulation.

Regulatory Assistance Project

The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) is a non-profit organization, formed in 1992 by experienced utility regulators, that provides research, analysis, and educational assistance to public officials on electric utility regulation.

Green Power Partnership Resource Library

This Resource Library includes documents meant to aid organizations and individuals in navigating the renewable energy procurement and renewable energy project development processes. It includes guidance documents, templates and actual examples of solicitations and contracts.

Please note: These documents are provided solely as an information service. A document's inclusion in this list does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by EPA, and EPA cannot accept responsibility for content or application. Documents are provided here for ease of access, and should be independently assessed by each user.

Your input is appreciated. If you would like to contribute any additional documents, please email us with either a file attachment or a link to a web location. Also, please include a brief description of the document in the body of the email.

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Guidance Documents

Templates

Solicitations (Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Information (RFIs), etc.)

Contracts

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