EPA's Green Power Partnership Advances Renewable Power Alternatives

June 1, 2002

Is your facility currently using or purchasing renewable energy? Are you interested in installing or procuring renewable energy resources at your facility? Federal agencies have an opportunity to participate in the Green Power Partnership, a new voluntary program developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the President's National Energy Policy. Federal agencies are encouraged to join the Partnership, which includes corporations, cities, universities, and two Federal partners—EPA and DOE. The Partnership assists and promotes organizations that commit to using renewable power for a portion of their electricity needs. The Partnership's renewable power purchase requirements range from 2 to 15 percent of load depending on the purchaser's annual electricity consumption.

Partners may use any combination of direct renewable power purchase, tradable renewable energy certificates, (also known as "green tags" or renewable energy credits), or on-site generation to fulfill their Partnership obligation. Once a Partner signs a Letter of Intent to join, the Partnership provides renewable power information, communications support, and public recognition.

For more information, see the Green Power Partnership's web site at www.epa.gov/greenpower/ or contact Pam Bloch Mendelson, working with EPA through an interagency agreement in DOE's Denver Regional Office, at 303-275-4819.

For assistance with renewable power purchases, please contact Chandra Shah at 303-384-7557 or chandra_shah@nrel.gov, or David McAndrew at 202-586-7722 or david.mcandrew@ee.doe.gov.