Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) kicked off its national Green Power Community Challenge, a year-long campaign to encourage local governments and Native American tribes to use renewable energy.
As part of the campaign, communities will compete from September 20, 2010, to September 1, 2011, to see which one can use the most green power and which one can achieve the highest green power percentage of total electricity use. The winning communities will be declared in September 2011 and will receive special attention and recognition from EPA. Throughout the Challenge, EPA will provide technical assistance to help participants increase their use of green power.
To participate in the Challenge, communities must join the Green Power Partnership as a partner and buy green power in amounts that meet EPA minimum purchase requirements, submit a signed Green Power Communities Partnership Agreement, and initiate a community-wide green power campaign to encourage local businesses and residents to buy green power.
For more information about becoming a Green Power Community, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/communities
To date, no Michigan governments are participating in this program. If you are considering or have already looked into participating, please contact Luke Forrest by email or by calling 734-669-6323.