Switch to Green Power
Switching to green power is easy with the right information. If you are interested in using green power for your organization, the following Web pages provide basic information on how to do it.
What is Green Power?
Green power is a subset of renewable energy, and not all renewable energy resources are equal. So what is green power? This page details how green power differs from renewable energy and conventional energy.
Green Power Benefits
Green power offers many different opportunities and benefits. Learn more about how your organizations can benefit from using green power.
Green Power Procurement Process
Depending on your organization’s objectives and goals, the green power procurement process can range from simple market-based approaches to more complex direct project engagement opportunities. Learn more about the different options available to your organization.
Green Power Procurement Considerations
This page details important areas of consideration when making a green power procurement. These learning points can help you avoid unanticipated issues down the road.
Green Power Supply Options
The options for sourcing green power have expanded over the past decade. This page provides a basic overview of the many different green power supply options available to organizations. No matter what option your organization selects, all green power involves a renewable energy certificate (REC).
Procurement Tools & Resources
This page provides a variety of tools and resources relevant to green power purchasing including: tools, calculators, guidance documents, green power incentive information, and example materials.
Buy Certified/Verified Green Power
EPA recommends that organizations buy certified and verified green power as a consumer best practice. This page explains why certification and verification are important and how to determine whether your green power is third-party certified and verified.
Cost of Green Power
The cost of green power can vary widely depending on the supply option you pursue. Market-based supply options such as retail RECs or utility supply carry a cost premium, whereas direct project engagement options often result in a cost savings over the life of the system or contract.
Locate Green Power Suppliers
This page is a portal access point for the DOE Green Power Locator tool. By selecting your state, you can find a list of providers for various types of green power supply.
Carbon Footprint Reduction Instruments
Confusion reigns when it comes to the different types of instruments available for helping you reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint. Find out more about RECs and carbon offsets, how they are different, and the uses of each.
Making Environmental Claims
Many individuals and organizations buy green power to make a claim about what they are doing differently. Learn more about making credible environmental claims related to your green power use. For information on making solar power use claims, see the Guide to Making Claims About Your Solar Power Use and for examples of acceptable claims see the Solar Power Use Claims webpage.