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Green Power Use

To qualify for the Green Power Partnership, potential Partner organizations must meet or exceed a minimum percentage of green power use (see Table 1) that corresponds to the organization's electricity use for a chosen Partnership scope. Green power use must also meet eligible resource, vintage, and "new" renewables requirements.

Table 1. Minimum Green Power Use Requirements
Your Organization's Baseload Minimum Green Power Use Requirements1
If your annual electricity use in Kilowatt-hours is ... You must, at a minimum, use this much green power:
≥ 100,000,001 kWh 3% of your use
10,000,001-100,000,000 kWh 5% of your use
1,000,001 - 10,000,000 kWh 10% of your use
≤ 1,000,000 kWh 20% of your use

1. The minimum green power use in kilowatt-hours (kWh) must be greater than the highest possible requirement in kilowatt-hours for the next lower benchmark level. For example, an organization with a baseload electricity use of 100,000,500 kWh (3 percent benchmark level) would be required to use 5,000,000 kWh a year minimum, which equals the largest possible minimum requirement for the 5 percent benchmark category.

Additional Minimum Green Power Use Requirements

  • Partners must acquire green power generated from eligible renewable resources, which include solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and eligible low impact hydroelectric sources.
  • Partner green power use must be voluntary and incremental to the renewable electricity included in the standard electricity service.
  • Green power can only be sourced from "new" renewable facilities (i.e., installed within the last 15 years).
  • Partners can meet their commitment with any combination of green power products (i.e., utility products, renewable energy certificates [RECs], or on-site generation).
  • Green power must be sourced from eligible U.S.-based generation facilities.
  • Only green power use applied to U.S.-based operations is eligible.

For additional information, please refer to the Partnership Requirements (PDF) (19 pp, 520K).

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Green Power Leadership Club (GPLC) Green Power Use Requirements

The Green Power Leadership Club is open to Partners who join on an organization-wide scope (U.S. operations). Leadership Club green power use must also meet eligible resource, vintage, and "new" renewables requirements.

Table 2. Minimum GPLC Green Power Use Requirements
If your annual electricity use in kilowatt-hours is ... Green Power Leadership Club Green Power Use Requirements1,2,3
≥ 100,000,001 kWh 30% of your use
10,000,001-100,000,000 kWh 50% of your use
1,000,001 - 10,000,000 kWh 100% of your use
≤ 1,000,000 kWh Not Applicable

1. Partners with an annual electricity use of less than 1 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year are not eligible for the GPLC. EPA recognizes separately Partners that fall in this size category and use 100 percent green power.
2. Partners must meet the minimum GPLC requirement entirely with "new" renewables.
3. The minimum green power use for the GPLC in kilowatt-hours (kWh) must be greater than the highest possible requirement in kilowatt-hours for the next lower benchmark level. For example, an organization with a baseload electricity use of 100,000,500 kWh (30 percent benchmark level) would be required to use 50,000,000 kWh a year minimum, which equals the largest possible minimum requirement for the 50 percent benchmark category.

Additional GPLC Requirements

  • Partners joining only at the facility-level are not eligible for the Green Power Leadership Club.
  • The minimum green power use requirement for Green Power Leadership Club members must be met with 100 percent "new" renewables.
  • Partners with organization-wide electricity use of less than 1,000,000 kWh are not eligible for the Green Power Leadership Club—organizations in this electricity use category that use 100 percent green power are recognized separately.
  • There is no additional paperwork in meeting Green Power Leadership Club requirements.
  • Green power must be sourced from eligible U.S.-based generation facilities.
  • Green power use must be applied to U.S.-based operations only.

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