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 power program?
  2. Does the mandatory program apply to more than one utility type?
  3. Are utilities that offer a green power program prohibited from opting out of or reducing their compliance requirements under the state's portfolio standard?
  4. Does a utility voluntarily offer a green power option in the state?
  5. Is a community choice aggregation (CCA) program in the state offering renewable energy?