June 29, 2018
The Oak Ridge Electric Department was recently honored as a leader in the Top 10 utility green power programs in the nation. The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) granted the award to the City of Oak Ridge Electric Department (CORED) in recognition of their leadership in voluntary renewable energy programs. Oak Ridge Electric was ranked #4 on the NREL list for Top Green Power Sales Rate in 2017, achieving a sales rate of 7.09%.
The City of Oak Ridge Electric Department has made great strides in promoting renewable energy solutions, and CORED customers are active participants in TVA’s Green Power Switch (GPS) and Green Power Switch Southeastern RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) programs. These programs allow residential and commercial customers to support the environment through the purchase renewable energy. Both programs are Green-e Energy certified.
“We’ve been working toward the goal of being in the top 10 in green power generation for years,” noted Jack Suggs, the City’s Electric Department Director. “This recognition aligns with the CORED values we defined for our organization in 1998.”
“We are excited about the NREL award. It is a great achievement for CORED and its customers,” added Marlene Bannon, the City’s Utility Billing Office Manager. “We hope this recognition will encourage others to explore options that will improve the environmental footprint in our community.”
Since 2000, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has compiled data on utility green pricing programs. Every year, their annual Top 10 Green Power lists recognize outstanding programs across the U.S., in both sales and participation. More information about NREL’s green power market research is available online at: http://www.nrel.gov/analysis/green-power.html.
Annually since 2013, TVA has earned a top 10 ranking for Green Power Sales on these NREL lists. For more information on the City of Oak Ridge Electric Department, visit http://ored.oakridgetn.gov/ or call (865) 425-1803.