Green Power Partnership
|City of Oak Ridge, TN|
|Location||Oak Ridge, TN|
|Organization Type||Govt. (Local, Municipal)|
|Annual Green Power Usage (kWh)||2,000,000|
|Percentage Green Power||7%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
|Partner's Reporting Period||1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013|
|Latest Annual Report Received On||4/1/2014|
|Environmental Web Page|
Oak Ridge was designed and continues to be a central player in energy ingenuity, and has also developed a strong focus on sustainability. With a recent green power purchase by the city, it intends to become the first Green Power Community (GPC) in the Southeast. Additionally, Oak Ridge is a Platinum Community in Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) “Valley Sustainable Communities Program”, has a robust climate action plan, a community guide to living green, and several solar generating sites. A total of 300 kilowatts are installed within the community. In addition to this, Oak Ridge installed ten electric car-charging stations in 2012 that are available for free to the public.
Oak Ridge still plays a major role in the national energy economy as well. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which contains the most LEED buildings on one campus in the Southeast, directly contributes to the renewable energy industry through its research programs for solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower technologies. ORNL has a mission to develop “technologies to create a cleaner environment, a stronger economy, and a more secure future for our nation.” ORNL is also a large purchaser of green power.