Green Power Partnership

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources. The EPA defines 'green power' as a subset of renewable energy and "represents those renewable energy resources and technologies that provide the highest environmental benefit", with electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources listed as types of green power.[1]


Green Power Communities are defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as "towns, villages, cities, counties, or tribal governments in which the local government, businesses, and residents collectively buy green powerin amounts that meet or exceed EPA's Green Power Community purchase requirements."[2] The EPA updates its Green Power Communities rankings on a quarterly basis with the most recent results of the top 15 communities from December 1, 2010 as follows:[3]

Rank Community Annual green
power usage (kWh)
Green power as %
of total elec. usage
1 Portland, OR 675,638,189 8.9%
2 Santa Clara, CA 163,113,900 5.8%
3 Gresham, OR 125,843,124 11.5%
4 Bellingham, WA 113,393,764 16.0%
5 Corvallis, OR 100,297,648 14.7%
6 Beaverton, OR 71,092,950 4.8%
7 Salem, OR 63,769,464 4.0%
8 Palo Alto, CA 56,950,971 5.7%
9 Bend, OR 47,641,135 6.2%
10 Hillsboro, OR 43,976,490 2.3%
11 Lake Oswego, OR 34,915,000 8.8%
12 Park City, UT 24,454,897 7.2%
13 River Falls, WI 16,538,057 14.8%
14 Lacey, WA 16,184,577 4.5%
15 Durango, CO 12,758,000 11.0%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Green Power Partnership (2010-12-01). "Green Power Market - Green Power Defined". United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  2. ^ Green Power Partnership (2010-12-01). "Green Power Communities". United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  3. ^ Green Power Partnership (2010-12-01). "Green Power Community Challenge Rankings". United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 

External links[edit]

Official website