Policy Profile

Utility Green Power Option

Policy description:

Green power options allow customers to voluntarily purchase “green power” from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Few programs were available in the early 2000s, but today, utilities across 47 states offer green power options for their customers, and some states require that utilities offer voluntary green power programs. Customers may have to pay a premium for green power, while some communities offer green power packages at lower cost than conventional utility programs. For more information, see the full policy brief.

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  1. Does the state have a mandatory utility green pricing program?
  2. Does the mandatory pricing program apply to more than one utility type?
  3. Does at least one of the top three utilities in the state voluntarily offer a green power option? Or does the state have electric retail choice?
  4. Has a utility established a green tariff for large energy customers?
  5. Have one or more contracts been approved under the green tariff?
  6. Is a community choice aggregation (CCA) program in the state offering renewable energy?