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How To Buy Green Power from Your Local Electric Utility

Guide to buying renewable energy from your local electric utility through these local green power programs.

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Green Power Benefits

Your organization’s purchased electricity use can be a significant source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Buying green power can help reduce your organization’s environmental impact while also providing valuable benefits:
  • Avoid carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
  • Reduce some types of air pollution
  • Hedge against future electricity price increases (certain products)
  • Serve as a brand differentiator
  • Generate customer, investor, or stakeholder loyalty and employee pride
  • Create positive publicity and enhance your organization’s public image
  • Demonstrate civic leadership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has hundreds of Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities.

The Guide to Purchasing Green Power provides current and potential buyers of green power with information about green power purchasing. The Guide includes information about the different types of green power products, the benefits of green power purchasing, and how to capture the greatest benefit from your purchase.

The Guide is the product of the Green Power program managed by the EPA, and developed through the cooperative effort between the EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Resources Institute, and the Center for Resource Solutions.

DOWNLOAD: Guide to Purchasing Green Power (PDF) (50 pp, 1.1MB)

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