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Green Power Partnership Helps Cities Choose their Shade of Green

American City & Council

As local governments continue to pursue ways to reduce their carbon footprints, many turn to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) for advice on choosing the most suitable renewable energy options for their operations. In some cases, direct green power purchases are inaccessible or insufficient, so cities and counties are choosing to support alternative energy through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

Nearly 1,300 organizations, including more than 100 cities and local governments, are part of GPP, says the program's director Blaine Collison. "The questions we get most often are not, 'What are the technologies?' but rather, 'How do we get them?' and 'From where?' We help them to understand the landscape of options available," he says.

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