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Smart Sectors

Utilities and Power Generation Sector Information

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, U.S. Department of Energy and EPA are the primary federal entities that regulate utilities and power generation. Local governing entities primarily regulate the rates and services of public utilities. The following links are intended to help Smart Sectors partners and the public learn more about how EPA works with the utilities and power generation sector.

EPA basic regulatory information

EPA and other resources

  • Green Power Partnership voluntary program — EPA's Green Power Partnership helps organizations use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.
  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) — EPA's CHP voluntary program aims to reduce air pollution and water usage associated with electric power generation by increasing the use of CHP. CHP aims to reduce air pollution and water usage associated with electric power generation by increasing the use of CHP.
  • Natural Gas STAR — EPA's Natural Gas STAR helps U.S. oil and gas operations implement methane-reducing technologies and practices.
  • Creating Resilient Water Utilities initiative — EPA's Creating Resilient Water Utilities Initiative provides drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities with practical tools, training and technical assistance to increase resilience to extreme weather events.
  • ENERGY STAR products information for utilities — ENERGY STAR is an EPA voluntary program that helps businesses and consumers save energy and money.
  • ENERGY STAR industrial information for utilities
  • WaterSense — EPA's WaterSense label makes it simple to find water-efficient products, new homes, and programs that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance.
  • SmartWay Transport — EPA's SmartWay Transport voluntary program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and improving freight transportation efficiency. Any company or organization that ships, manages, or hauls freight in its operations can become an EPA SmartWay Partner.
  • Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization Tools — Free, life cycle-based tools that offer a starting place to establish priorities for environmental improvement, focus limited financial and human resources where action could offer greater holistic benefit, and consider key industries for collaboration.
  • The Thermostat Recycling CorporationExitprovides a handy search tool for finding the nearest mercury-containing thermostat collection center to you. Old thermostats that contain mercury are unlikely to break or leak mercury while in use, but they must be properly disposed of when they are replaced.