Green Power Purchasing

From Open Energy Information

Government entities, businesses, residents, schools, non-profits and others can play a significant role in supporting renewable energy by buying electricity from renewable resources, or by buying renewable energy credits (RECs). Many state and local governments, as well as the federal government, have committed to buying green power to account for a certain percentage of their electricity consumption. Green power purchases are typically executed through contracts with green power marketers or project developers, through utility green power programs, or through community aggregation. [1]


Green Power Purchasing Incentives

IncentiveIncentive TypePlaceApplicable SectorEligible TechnologiesActive
Alternative Energy Zone (Ohio)Green Power Purchasing
Siting and Permitting
OhioLocal Government
State/Provincial Govt
Biomass/Biogas
Concentrating Solar Power
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Yes
Boulder - Green Power Purchasing (Colorado)Green Power PurchasingBoulder, ColoradoLocal GovernmentWindYes
CT Clean Energy Communities (Connecticut)Green Power PurchasingConnecticut: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaics
Small Wind
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
Capacity and Energy Payments to Cogenerators Under PURPA Docket (Georgia)Green Power Purchasing
Renewables Portfolio Standards and Goals
Georgia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Developer
Fuel Distributor
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal/Public Utility
Retail Supplier
Rural Electric Cooperative
Systems Integrator
Utility
Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes
Cape Cod & Martha's Vineyard - Green Power Purchasing (Massachusetts)Green Power PurchasingMassachusetts: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Local Government
No
City of Albuquerque - Green Power Purchasing (New Mexico)Green Power PurchasingNew MexicoLocal GovernmentWindNo
City of Ann Arbor - Green Power Purchasing (Michigan)Green Power PurchasingMichigan: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentLandfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Yes
City of Aspen - Green Power Purchasing (Colorado)Green Power PurchasingColoradoLocal GovernmentHydroelectric energy
Wind
Yes
City of Austin - Green Power Purchasing (Texas)Green Power PurchasingTexasLocal GovernmentLandfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Wind
Yes
City of Bellingham - Green Power Purchasing (Washington)Green Power PurchasingWashingtonLocal GovernmentYes
City of Boston - Green Power Purchasing (Massachusetts)Green Power PurchasingMassachusetts: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentBiomass
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Landfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
City of Chicago - Green Power Purchasing (Illinois)Green Power PurchasingIllinois: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentLandfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Wind
Yes
City of Dallas - Green Energy Purchasing (Texas)Green Power PurchasingTexasLocal GovernmentWindYes
City of Davis - Green Power Purchasing (California)Green Power PurchasingCalifornia: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaicsNo
City of Evanston - Green Power Purchase (Illinois)Green Power PurchasingIllinois: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentWindNo
City of Grand Rapids - Green Power Purchasing Policy (Michigan)Green Power PurchasingMichigan: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentBiomass
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
City of Houston - Green Power Purchasing (Texas)Green Power PurchasingTexasLocal GovernmentWindYes
City of Lansing - Green Power Purchasing Policy (Michigan)Green Power PurchasingMichigan: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaics
Wind
Yes
City of Los Angeles - Green Power Purchasing (California)Green Power PurchasingCalifornia: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentNo
City of Madison - Green Power Purchasing (Wisconsin)Green Power PurchasingWisconsinLocal GovernmentBiodiesel
Ethanol
Photovoltaics
Renewable Fuels
Renewable Transportation Fuels
Wind
Yes
City of Oakland - Photovoltaic Generation Systems Project (California)Green Power PurchasingCalifornia: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaicsNo
City of Philadelphia - Green Power Purchasing (Pennsylvania)Green Power PurchasingPennsylvaniaLocal GovernmentBiomass
Hydroelectric energy
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Wind
Yes
City of Phoenix - Renewable Energy Goal (Arizona)Green Power PurchasingArizona: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentAnaerobic Digestion
Biomass
Landfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Yes
City of San Diego - Green Power Purchasing (California)Green Power PurchasingCalifornia: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentBiomass
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Ocean Thermal
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Water Heat
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
No
City of San Francisco - Renewable Energy Purchasing (California)Green Power PurchasingCalifornia: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentFuel Cells
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Wind
No
City of San Francisco Solar Program (California)Green Power PurchasingCalifornia: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaicsNo
City of Santa Monica - Green Power Purchasing (California)Green Power PurchasingCalifornia: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentBiomass
Geothermal Electric
Yes
City of Scottsdale - Green Power Purchasing (Arizona)Green Power PurchasingArizona: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaicsNo
Clark County - Green Power Purchasing (Washington)Green Power PurchasingWashingtonLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaics
Wind
No
Clean Energy Procurement (Maryland)Green Power PurchasingMaryland: Energy ResourcesState GovernmentAnaerobic Digestion
Biomass
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Wind
Yes
Conway - Green Power Purchasing (South Carolina)Green Power PurchasingSouth CarolinaLocal GovernmentLandfill GasNo
Delaware - Green Power Requirement For State Facilities (Delaware)Green Power PurchasingDelaware: Energy ResourcesState GovernmentOther Distributed Generation TechnologiesNo
Denver - Green Power Purchasing (Colorado)Green Power PurchasingColoradoLocal GovernmentWindNo
Fairfax County - Green Power Purchase (Virginia)Green Power PurchasingVirginiaLocal GovernmentWindNo
Green Power Offer (Maine)Green Power PurchasingMaine: Energy ResourcesCommercial
General Public/Consumer
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes
Green Power Purchase Commitment (Rhode Island)Green Power PurchasingRhode IslandNo
Green Power Purchase Plan (Connecticut)Green Power PurchasingConnecticut: Energy ResourcesState GovernmentBiomass
Fuel Cells
Landfill Gas
Ocean Thermal
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
Green Power Purchasing (Maine)Green Power PurchasingMaine: Energy ResourcesState GovernmentBiomass
Fuel Cells
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
Green Power Purchasing (Massachusetts)Green Power PurchasingMassachusetts: Energy ResourcesState GovernmentNo
Green Power Purchasing (Wisconsin)Green Power PurchasingWisconsinState GovernmentBiomass
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
Green Power Purchasing Commitment (Massachusetts)Green Power PurchasingMassachusetts: Energy ResourcesState GovernmentAnaerobic Digestion
Biomass
CHP/Cogeneration
Fuel Cells
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Ocean Thermal
Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Photovoltaics
Renewable Fuels
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
Honolulu - Solar Bond (Hawaii)Green Power PurchasingHawaii: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaicsNo
Hydro-Quebec Distribution - Biomass - EAP 2011-1 (Quebec, Canada)Green Power PurchasingQuebecCommercial
Industrial
Biomass/BiogasYes
Illinois - Green Power Purchasing (Illinois)Green Power PurchasingIllinois: Energy ResourcesState GovernmentSolar Thermal Electric
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Small Hydroelectric
No
Indiana - Green Power Purchasing (Indiana)Green Power PurchasingIndiana: Energy ResourcesState GovernmentSolar Thermal Electric
Photovoltaics
Landfill Gas
Wind
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
Municipal Solid Waste
Anaerobic Digestion
No
Iowa - Green Power Procurement (Iowa)Green Power PurchasingIowa: Energy ResourcesState GovernmentSolar Thermal Electric
Photovoltaics
Landfill Gas
Wind
Biomass
Municipal Solid Waste
Anaerobic Digestion
Small Hydroelectric
No
Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (Multiple States)Green Power PurchasingIllinois: Energy Resources
Iowa: Energy Resources
Manitoba
Minnesota: Energy Resources
Montana
North Dakota
Ohio
South Dakota
Wisconsin
DeveloperBiomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes
Moab - Green Power Community (Utah)Green Power PurchasingUtahLocal GovernmentWindNo
Montgomery County - Green Power Purchasing (Maryland)Green Power PurchasingMaryland: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentAnaerobic Digestion
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
Landfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wind
Yes
Montgomery County - Wind Power Purchasing (Pennsylvania)Green Power PurchasingPennsylvaniaLocal GovernmentWindNo
Municipal Electric Power (Minnesota)Green Power PurchasingMinnesota: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Municipal/Public Utility
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Yes
Myrtle Beach - Green Power Purchasing (South Carolina)Green Power PurchasingSouth CarolinaLocal GovernmentLandfill GasNo
Nassau County - Green Power Purchasing Policy (New York)Green Power PurchasingNew YorkLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaics
Biomass
Hydroelectric energy
Anaerobic Digestion
Wind
No
New Jersey - Green Power Purchasing (New Jersey)Green Power PurchasingNew JerseyState GovernmentSolar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Photovoltaics
Landfill Gas
Wind
Biomass
Hydroelectric energy
Geothermal Electric
Anaerobic Digestion
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
No
North American Renewables Registry (Multiple States)Green Power PurchasingNorth Carolina
Kansas: Energy Resources
Illinois: Energy Resources
Missouri
Puerto Rico
DeveloperBiomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes
North Myrtle Beach - Green Power Purchasing (South Carolina)Green Power PurchasingSouth CarolinaLocal GovernmentLandfill GasNo
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council - Aggregation (Ohio)Green Power PurchasingOhioCommercial
Residential
Local Government
Photovoltaics
Wind
No
Omnibus Energy Bill of 2013 (Maine)Climate Policies
Generating Facility Rate-Making
Green Power Purchasing
Interconnection
Line Extension Analysis
Loan Program
Public Benefits Fund
Renewables Portfolio Standards and Goals
Siting and Permitting
Solar/Wind Access Policy
Maine: Energy ResourcesAgricultural
Commercial
Construction
Developer
Fed. Government
Fuel Distributor
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Institutional
Investor-Owned Utility
Local Government
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Municipal/Public Utility
Nonprofit
Residential
Retail Supplier
Rural Electric Cooperative
Schools
State/Provincial Govt
Systems Integrator
Transportation
Tribal Government
Utility
Biomass/Biogas
Energy Storage
Geothermal Electric
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes
PROINFA - Programa de Incentivo às Fontes Alternativas de EnergiaGreen Power PurchasingBrazilNo
Pennsylvania - Green Power Purchasing (Pennsylvania)Green Power PurchasingPennsylvaniaState GovernmentNo
Plano - Renewable Energy Purchasing Policy (Texas)Green Power PurchasingTexasLocal GovernmentNo
Portland - Green Power Purchasing & Generation (Oregon)Green Power PurchasingOregonLocal GovernmentPhotovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
Anaerobic Digestion
No
Prince George's County - Green Power Purchasing (Maryland)Green Power PurchasingMaryland: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentWindNo
Public Service Commission Authorization to Utilize an Alternative Method of Cost Recovery for Certain Base Load Generation (Mississippi)Green Power Purchasing
Industry Recruitment/Support
Performance-Based Incentive
Public Benefits Fund
Mississippi: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Developer
Fuel Distributor
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Investor-Owned Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
Utility
Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Fuel Cells
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Yes
Renewable Power Procurement Policy (New York)Green Power PurchasingNew YorkState GovernmentBiomass
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Landfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Energy Storage
Wind
Yes
Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources Tariff RNR-7 (Georgia)Green Power Purchasing
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option
Georgia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Fuel Distributor
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal/Public Utility
Retail Supplier
Rural Electric Cooperative
Systems Integrator
Utility
Biomass/Biogas
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes
Rhode Island - Green Power Purchasing (Rhode Island)Green Power PurchasingRhode IslandState GovernmentHydroelectric energy
Wind
No
Salt Lake City - Green Power Purchasing (Utah)Green Power PurchasingUtahLocal GovernmentWindNo
San Francisco - Solar Bonds (California)Green Power PurchasingCalifornia: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentSolar Thermal Electric
Photovoltaics
Wind
Fuel Cells
No
Santa Barbara County - Green Power Purchasing (California)Green Power PurchasingCalifornia: Energy ResourcesLocal GovernmentNo
Santee Cooper Green Power Purchasing (South Carolina)Green Power PurchasingSouth CarolinaGeneral Public/ConsumerPhotovoltaics
Landfill Gas
No
Seattle - Green Power Purchasing (Washington)Green Power PurchasingWashingtonLocal GovernmentWindNo
Small Generator Aggregation (Maine)Green Power PurchasingMaine: Energy ResourcesAgricultural
Commercial
Construction
Fed. Government
Fuel Distributor
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Institutional
Investor-Owned Utility
Local Government
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Municipal/Public Utility
Nonprofit
Residential
Retail Supplier
Rural Electric Cooperative
Schools
State/Provincial Govt
Systems Integrator
Transportation
Tribal Government
Utility
Biomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes
South Carolina Municipalities - Green Power Purchasing (South Carolina)Green Power PurchasingSouth CarolinaLocal GovernmentLandfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Wind
Yes
Suffolk County - Green Power Purchasing Policy (New York)Green Power PurchasingNew YorkLocal GovernmentBiomass
Hydroelectric energy
Photovoltaics
Wind
No
Tennessee - Green Power Purchase (Tennessee)Green Power PurchasingTennesseeState GovernmentLandfill Gas
Wind
No
U.S. Federal Government - Green Power Purchasing Goal (Federal)Green Power PurchasingUnited StatesFed. GovernmentBiomass
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Ocean Thermal
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes


References

  1. DSIRE Glossary