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Green Power Leadership Awards

EPA's Green Power Leadership Awards recognize exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners and among green power suppliers. Green Power Partners and green power suppliers may apply for an award, or another party may nominate them. EPA recognizes eligible organizations and suppliers in the award categories listed below:

The 2014 Awards application period is now closed. The awards will be presented on December 3, 2014 at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Sacramento, California. Information on the 2013 Award Winners can be found here.

Partner Awards

  • Green Power Partner of the Year: Recognizes Partners who distinguish themselves through their green power use, leadership, overall strategy, and impact on the green power market.
  • Green Power Community of the Year: Recognizes EPA Green Power Communities that distinguish themselves through their green power usage, leadership, citizen engagement, renewable energy strategy, and impact on the green power market.
  • On-site Generation: Recognizes Partners who distinguish themselves using on-site renewable energy applications, including, but not limited to, solar photovoltaic (PV) or wind energy projects.
  • Green Power Purchasing: Recognizes Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier.
  • Sustained Excellence in Green Power: Recognizes continual leadership in advancing green power development.

Award Applications

The 2014 Awards application period is now closed. Please check back later this year for information on our 2014 Award winners.

For information on last year's winners, visit the 2013 Award Winners Web page.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be accepted as an EPA Green Power Partner by the time that the application materials are submitted. Review the Partnership Requirements and Agreement (PDF) (19 pp, 520K, About PDF).
  • The applicant must complete its green power purchase before the application period closes. The green power purchase is considered complete on the contract start date. EPA will follow up to confirm each applicant's green power usage.
  • The applicant/nominator must consider a 12-consecutive-month period when submitting green power purchase size, baseload electricity use, percentages, and other quantifiable information.

Note: Partners are eligible for an award only if the Partner retires or retains ownership of the RECs associated with their purchase or on-site generation system. Partners selling RECs may replace them with a secondary green power purchase (but this does not qualify as on-site generation).

Note: Previous winners are eligible for awards in future years but will be judged based on their activities since the last award cycle.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Green Power Usage Information:
    • Total annual size of green power purchase (including qualifying on-site generation)
    • Size and type of renewable energy installation
    • Scope of green power commitment (facility, organization-wide)
    • Green power purchase or use as a percent of annual baseload electricity use, given the Green Power Partnership's required minimum purchase level
    • Geographic location of renewable energy generation
  • Communications efforts to promote green power usage both internally and externally (past, present, and future), as well as plans to promote the EPA Green Power Leadership Award, should the applicant be selected
  • Organizational strategy for investing in green power (past, present, future)
  • Leadership in using green power within a region or business sector

Judging Process

An EPA evaluation panel will review and evaluate the applications. Applications must be accurate and complete. EPA will notify award winners and applicants over the summer.

Supplier Awards

  • Green Power Supplier of the Year: Recognizes green power suppliers (utilities, retail suppliers, REC marketers, renewable energy project developers) that are leaders in offering voluntary renewable energy to their customers.

Award Applications

The 2014 Awards application period is closed. Please check back later this year for information on our 2014 Award winners.

Visit the 2013 Supplier Awards Web page for information on last year's winners.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be either an electric utility, retail supplier, REC marketer, and/or renewable energy project developer that supplies renewable energy to residential or nonresidential consumers who make voluntary purchases of renewable energy;
    • Note: Only renewable energy resources EPA defines as green power will be considered. Review the Partnership Requirements (PDF) (19 pp, 630K) for more information.
  • Only applications showing proof that programs and companies directly support voluntary green power markets will be considered. Power used to comply with a renewable energy mandate, such as a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), does not qualify.
  • Only green power suppliers that serve U.S. customers are eligible.
  • Generation facilities must be located in the U.S.
  • Finalists will need to pass an EPA compliance screen in order to be selected.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership and innovation in the voluntary renewable energy marketplace, including impact on public awareness
  • Benefits provided to program participants
  • Green Power Data:
    • Total annual renewable energy sales
    • Rate of renewable energy sales as percent of retail sales
    • Customer participation rates

Judging Process

An EPA evaluation panel will review and evaluate the applications. Applications must be accurate and complete. EPA will notify award winners and applicants over the summer.

Additional Information

Awards Banquet

Each fall, award winners are recognized at the Green Power Leadership Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets (REM) Conference, held in a major US city.

Questions?

To learn more about the awards and the conference, visit the Green Power Leadership Awards Web page and the Renewable Energy Markets Conference website Exit EPA Disclaimer.

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