A new group has been established in the United States to boost the market for power alternatives that reduce the environmental and health risks of conventional electricity.WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-08-15 [SolarAccess.com] A new group has been established in the United States to boost the market for power alternatives that reduce the environmental and health risks of conventional electricity. The Green Power Partnership has been formed by the Environmental Protect Agency and 20 companies from the Fortune 500 list, as well as cities, universities and other groups in a voluntary program to conventional power generation. The Partnership is the newest addition to EPA’s family of voluntary programs, which includes the ‘Energy Star’ energy efficiency project, and it flows from the National Energy Policy released in May, which directed EPA to develop and carry out a new renewable energy partnership program. “A growing number of organizations recognize that green power is increasingly available and offers the next logical step in environmental responsibility,” says EPA administrator Christie Whitman. “By choosing green power sources for their electricity, these groups are leading the way toward a cleaner future.” “Green power also offers benefits to participants in terms of power reliability, employee pride, and enhanced public image,” she adds. “This is a win, win program for our Partners and the environment.” Green power is electricity that is generated by solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, biogas and other renewable sources. Partners in the program must pledge a switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs within the next year. In return, EPA will provide technical assistance and public recognition. Founding Partners are committing to purchase more than 280,000 megawatt-hours of green power over the next year. This commitment will displace the emission of 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere. Founding Partners include the cities of Chicago, Portland and Santa Monica, as well as Ford Motor, General Motors, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, Kinko’s, and Xantrex Technologies.