EPA Launches Green Power Resource Library
The National Park Service and its concessioners are committed to reducing fossil fuel use and associated greenhouse gas emissions. As of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, 6,088 MWh of renewable electricity was produced by onsite renewable energy sources, which represent 46 percent of all renewable energy (onsite and offsite sources) consumed by the NPS. Concessioners are doing their part to support on site renewable energy generation. For example, Death Valley Lodging Company at Death Valley National Park and Flagg Ranch at Grand Teton National Park have installed solar energy projects. In order to help more organizations such as national parks and their concessioners navigate the renewable energy development and procurement process, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an online Green Power Resource library. The Resource Library includes guidance documents, template purchase and sales agreements, example solicitations, and sample contracts.
Parks and concessioners interested in renewable energy development may benefit from resources such as the Customer’s Guide to Solar Power Purchase Agreements and Purchasing Power: Best Practices Guide to Collaborative Solar Procurement or from templates such as the Town of Dartmouth Request for Proposal for Power Purchase Agreement for Hosted On-site Renewable Energy System.
The EPA notes that the documents in the Resource Library are provided solely as an information service and the links are hosted by outside organizations (Note: already some of the links are not found). However, the Resource Library will continue to grow and develop over time; the EPA is asking organizations to email contributions (resources should be sent to Mollie Lemon at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of the document in the body of the email).
As the National Park Service and concessioners continue to increase the percentage of renewable energy produced onsite, these resources may help guide the way.