Bioenergy, Geothermal, Hydropower

Green Power Partners Raise the Bar to 100% Renewable Energy

Beginning in January 2007, the Green Power Partnership will require partners to purchase 100 percent “new renewables” in meeting their minimum purchase requirements for membership, up from the previous threshold of 50%. New renewables means eligible renewable generating facilities placed in operation on or after January 1, 1997.

“Our nation is moving toward a clean, secure energy future under President Bush’s leadership by jumping off the treadmill of foreign energy dependency,” said Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “Voluntarily switching to renewable energy sources, EPA’s environmental partners are showing that it is easy — and rewarding — being green.” Green power is electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, low-impact biomass, and low-impact hydro sources. The U.S. EPA and Green Power Partnership members are composed of more than 650 Green Power Partners, all Fortune 500 companies, local, state, and federal governments, trade associations, and colleges and universities, who are purchasing enough clean, renewable energy to power more than 400,000 American homes each year.