Green Power Partnership
|City of Grand Rapids, MI|
|Location||Grand Rapids, MI|
|Organization Type||Govt. (Local, Municipal)|
|Percentage Green Power||25.8%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Environmental Web Page|
The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan City is increasingly involved in and advocacy for environmental responsibility and sustainability. In December 2007, Grand Rapids began to purchase 20 percent of its municipal electric needs from renewable sources through its local utilities green power program. The green power purchase is the most of any Michigan city and more than most cities in the Great Lakes region. The City's leadership has encouraged other organizations, businesses and communities to support development of Michigan-based renewable energy projects. Grand Rapids strong commitment to renewable energy was a key factor in developing a special tariff, approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, that allowed the City to enroll in the Green Generation Program. The City owned 135 KW solar panel project was installed in mid 2012 at Water Department LEED certified building. City staff are investigating on-site generation projects, including development of the biosolids biodigestors, additional solar panel projects, and geothermal projects. City has been able to reduce its energy consumption through innovative measures and energy efficiency efforts. The City of Grand Rapids received the USCM Climate Protection Award in large cities ctageory, and was presented the Siemens Sustainable Community Award for mid-size communities by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and Siemens Corporation in 2010. The City’s goal is to have 100 percent of its municipal electric supply from renewable sources by 2020. City's also a recipient of the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award.