October 2000 - A coalition of environmental groups launched a web-based information tool that rates the environmental impacts of all sources of electricity generation. The tool, called the Power Scorecard, lets consumers compare the environmental impacts of green power and conventional power products offered in California and Pennsylvania. Rankings will be developed for electricity products in other states as those markets open to competition and as resources allow.
The Power Scorecard rates electricity products on a scale from "excellent" to "unacceptable" using two measures: 1) the environmental impact on air, land and water, and 2) the amount of energy generated from new renewable, low-impact sources.
The Power Scorecard was developed jointly by Environmental Defense, the Izaak Walton League of America, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Northwest Energy Coalition and the Union of Concerned Scientists with technical support from the Pace Law School Energy Project, which pioneered methods for identifying and quantifying the environmental costs of electricity production.
News Release - Power to the People: How "Green" Is Your Electricity?
NRDC Contacts: Craig Noble or Sheryl Carter, (415) 777-0220
Pace Law School Contact: Ed Smeloff, (914) 422-4221