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Energy Resources for State and Local Governments

Green Power Procurement

This guide describes a variety of approaches that local governments can use to advance climate and energy goals by meeting some or all of their electricity needs through green power. The sections in this guide discuss how local governments can work with utilities, local businesses, nonprofit groups, residents, state agencies, and green power marketers and brokers to purchase green power directly or through Renewable Energy Certificates. It is designed to be used by municipal energy coordinators, local energy and environment agency staff, environmental and energy advisors to elected officials, utility staff, and community groups.

Readers of the guide should come away with an understanding of the different types of green power products, the steps involved in designing and implementing procurement programs, and strategies for funding green power purchases. The guide highlights examples of successful procurement programs from across the United States to demonstrate how green power can meet the diverse energy needs of communities of different sizes, governance structures, and locations.

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