The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) first Green Power Community Challenge has reached its mid-year point, with 36 communities setting an example for other cities, towns, villages and Native American tribes to use renewable energy.
At this point in the competition, the two category leaders are Washington, D.C.l; for its total green power usage, and Brookeville, Md., for the percentage of its total electricity use that is green power.
The top five communities in the usage category are Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore.; Santa Clara, Calif.; Gresham, Ore.; and Bellingham, Wash. The top five communities in the percentage of green power usage category are Brookeville, Md.; Swarthmore, Pa.; Bellingham, Wash.; Rivers Falls, Wis.; and Corvallis, Ore.
At the end of the year-long national challenge in September, the PA will recognize the community that uses the most green power and the one that achieves the highest green power percentage of total electricity use.
Green power communities are collectively purchasing nearly 2.6 billion kWh of green power annually.