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Renewable Energy - Green Power


This page provides a basic overview of renewable energy resources through links to various information sources. Individual topical pages are listed in the contents section above under "Related MRSC Pages". MRSC's page on Climate Change provides policies and plans that address use of alternative energy sources under the section, Washington Cities and Counties.


What is Renewable Energy?

What is Green Power?

  • Green Power Defined, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Green power is a subset of renewable energy and represents those renewable energy resources and technologies that provide the highest environmental benefit. EPA defines green power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources. Customers often buy green power for avoided environmental impacts and its greenhouse gas reduction benefits.
  • Green Power Partnership, EPA
  • Green Power Network, U.S. Department of Energy EERE
  • Clean Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists

Geothermal Energy


  • Ch. 80. 50 RCW - Energy Facilities - Site Locations
  • RCW 80.50.060 (2) - Energy facilities to which chapter applies - Applications for certification - Forms - Information
  • RCW 80.50.020 (17)- Definitions - "Alternative energy resource" means: (a) Wind; (b) solar energy; (c) geothermal energy; (d) landfill gas; (e) wave or tidal action; or (f) biomass energy based on solid organic fuels from wood, forest, or field residues, or dedicated energy crops that do not include wood pieces that have been treated with chemical preservatives such as creosote, pentachlorophenol, or copper-chrome-arsenic.
  • Ch. 80.60 RCW - Net Metering of Electricity
  • RCW 19.29A.020 - Voluntary option to purchase qualified alternative energy resources

Local Government Policies and Renewable Energy Programs

Additional References

Last Modified: January 08, 2016