May 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the aggregate annual renewable energy purchase commitments of the agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) have topped five billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). Presently, the GPP counts more than 650 commercial, industrial, and public sector organizations, including colleges and universities, federal and state agencies, municipalities, and Fortune 500 companies. Partners pledge to switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs in return for EPA technical assistance and recognition.
EPA also announced that it will now require Partners to purchase their green power from 100% "new" renewable energy sources in meeting their minimum purchase requirements for membership; the previous benchmark was 50% "new" renewables. Generally, a "new" renewable resource is a project that was installed and became operational on or after January 1, 1997.
News Release - Green Power Partners Challenged to Do More
EPA GPP Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004