I like to support organizations which are doing something positive for the environment. Running a business, school, or a community requires a lot of electric energy. Today, organizations and citizens have some options available for sources of Clean Energy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers Green Power Partnerships. More than 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily use billions of kilowatt-hours (kW-hr) of green energy annually.
Green Power products are defined by the EPA as a subset of renewable energy. Typical renewable includes sources such as solar, wind, biogas, biomass, hydro and thermal. Green Power produces no fossil fuel based impact and are built within the past 15 years.
The 1300 partner list is quite long. You can view it at this link. The default sort is alphabetical. You can sort on each column by clicking on the heading. A second click reverses the sort order.
There is also a page with top partner listings that are shorter. You can view the sets at this link. Most of these lists are listed in descending order by kW-hr supplied.
See if your community is listed. Maybe your school district or university is present. Many retailers are listed. It is an interesting resource.
What is a kW-hr?
The kW-hr is a unit of energy. It is a large unit suitable for the large amounts of energy involved in our electrically driven economy. The calorie is another unit of energy suitable for small quantities. A calorie of energy can raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1˚C. A gram of water is the size of 20 average drops or the end of your little finger that includes your nail. Food nutritionists group calories by the thousands into the Calorie with a capital C. A pint of Guinness gives you 170 Calories or 170,000 calories. The 3 units compared:
1 kW-hr = 860,400 calories = 860.4 Calories
The average electrical energy use for my house is 420 kW-hr over the past several years.