The Green Power Network provides up-to-date state-by-state information on the distinct markets for green pricing, green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets.
The U.S. EPA’s Guide to Purchasing Green Power (March, 2010) is written for all types of organizations interested in buying renewable energy and lessening the impact of their electricity use on the environment. It provides an overview of the green power market and its cost and benefits. A general step-by-step process on purchasing green power and RECs are also available together with a list of resources providing different kinds of information about green power.
The Federal Trade Commision’s Green Guides covers general principles that apply to all environmental marketing claims and specific green claims such as biodegradable, recycled, ozone-friendly, etc. It last updated in 1998, and is currently being updated again.
The National Association of Attorneys General created the Environmental Marketing Guidelines for Electricity to establish general principles for determining whether advertising claims around energy are misleading or deceptive.
The Database of State Incentives for Resources & Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. The site offers maps that provide at-a-glance, state-by-state information on renewable energy policies such as tax incentives, grant programs, renewable portfolio standards, and net metering.
EcoLogo certifies environmental leaders in over 120 product and service categories, helping customers find and trust the world’s most sustainable products. Among these products, EcoLogo also certified renewable energy generation facilities, and plays a role in the Green-e Energy National Standard.
The US Green Building Council is well known for its LEED green building certification program. The website provides extensive information on the LEED program as well as specific data related to the effect that buildings in the US currently have on our environment.
Other Resources & Links to Partner Organizations
Please visit the following web sites to find out about the important work these organizations do. The following links are provided as a resource for reference only. Their listing on this site does not represent the express or implied endorsement of Green-e nor the Center for Resource Solutions.
- Co-op for America
- EPAGreen Power Partnership
- World Resource Institute
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- Natural Resource Defense Council
- Environmental Defense
- EPA Climate Leaders
Renewable energy certification programs in other countries: