Mandatory Utility Green Power Option

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Several states require certain electric utilities to offer customers the option of buying electricity generated from renewable resources, commonly known as “green power.” Typically, utilities offer green power generated using renewable resources that the utilities own (or for which they contract), or they buy renewable energy credits (RECs) from a renewable energy provider certified by a state public utilities commission [1]


Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Incentives

Incentive Incentive Type Place Applicable Sector Eligible Technologies Active
DEMEC - Green Power Program (Delaware) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Delaware Municipal Utility Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Photovoltaics
Landfill Gas
Geothermal Electric
Anaerobic Digestion
Small Hydroelectric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Ocean Thermal
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Wind
No
Delaware Electric Cooperative - Green Power Program (Delaware) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Delaware Rural Electric Cooperative Solar Water Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Photovoltaics
Landfill Gas
Anaerobic Digestion
Small Hydroelectric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Ocean Thermal
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Wind
No
Mandatory Green Power Option for Large Municipal Utilities (Colorado) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Colorado Municipal Utility Anaerobic Digestion
Biomass
Fuel Cells
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Wind
Yes
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Iowa) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Iowa Utility Biomass
Hydroelectric energy
Municipal Solid Waste
Photovoltaics
Wind
Yes
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Maine) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Maine Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal Utility
Utility
Anaerobic Digestion
Biomass
CHP/Cogeneration
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wind
Yes
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Minnesota) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Minnesota Utility Photovoltaics
Landfill Gas
Wind
Biomass
Hydroelectric energy
Geothermal Electric
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Microturbines
No
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Montana) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Montana Utility Biomass
Geothermal Electric
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Wind
Yes
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (New Mexico) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option New Mexico Utility Anaerobic Digestion
Biomass
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydrogen
Landfill Gas
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Wind
Yes
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Oregon) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Oregon Utility Anaerobic Digestion
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Ocean Thermal
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Vermont) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Vermont Utility
Municipal Utility
Investor-Owned Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
No
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Virginia) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Virginia Utility Anaerobic Digestion
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option (Washington) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Washington Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Landfill Gas
Municipal Solid Waste
Photovoltaics
Solar Thermal Electric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind
Yes
Mandatory Utility Green Power Options (Delaware) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Delaware Municipal Utility
Rural Electric Cooperative
Solar Thermal Electric
Photovoltaics
Landfill Gas
Wind
Biomass
Anaerobic Digestion
Small Hydroelectric
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Ocean Thermal
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
No
Minimum Purchase Price Regulations (Prince Edward Island, Canada) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Prince Edward Island Utility Biomass/Biogas
Concentrating Solar Power
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Solar Photovoltaics
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes
Montana Electricity Buying Cooperative (Montana) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Montana Utility Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Geothermal Electric
No
Natural Gas Utility Conservation Programs (Maine) Mandatory Utility Green Power Option Maine Agricultural
Commercial
Construction
Fed. Government
Fuel Distributor
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Institutional
Investor-Owned Utility
Local Government
Low-Income Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Municipal/Public Utility
Nonprofit
Residential
Retail Supplier
Rural Electric Cooperative
Schools
State/Provincial Govt
Systems Integrator
Transportation
Tribal Government
Utility
Natural Gas Yes
Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources Tariff RNR-7 (Georgia) Green Power Purchasing
Mandatory Utility Green Power Option
Georgia Commercial
Construction
Fuel Distributor
General Public/Consumer
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Investor-Owned Utility
Municipal/Public Utility
Retail Supplier
Rural Electric Cooperative
Systems Integrator
Utility
Biomass/Biogas
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes

References

  1. DSIRE Glossary