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LEED v2009
Commercial Interiors
Energy and Atmosphere
Green Power

LEED CREDIT

CI-2009 EAc4: Green Power 1-5 points

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Intent

To encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis.

Requirements

Option 1

Engage in at least a 2-year renewable energy contract to provide at least 50% of the tenant’s electricity from renewable sources, as defined by the Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e energy product certification requirements or an equivalent [Europe ACP: Green Power] [South America ACP: Green Power].

All purchases of green power must be based on the quantity of energy consumed, not the cost, as determined by the annual electricity consumption results of EA Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance.

If the green power is not Green-e Energy certified, equivalence must exist for both major Green-e Energy program criteria: 1) current green power performance standards, and 2) independent, third-party verification that those standards are being met by the green power supplier over time.

OR

Option 2

Engage in at least a 2-year renewable energy contract to purchase at least 8 kilowatt hours per square foot per year (86.1 kilowatt hours per square meter per year) from renewable electricity sources as defined by the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) Green-e Energy’s product certification requirements or an equivalent [Europe ACP: Green Power] [South America ACP: Green Power].

All purchases of green power must be based on the quantity of energy consumed, not the cost.

If the green power is not Green-e Energy certified, equivalence must exist for both major Green-e Energy program criteria: 1) current green power performance standards, and 2) independent, third-party verification that those standards are being met by the green power supplier over time.

Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs)

Europe ACP: Green-e Energy Equivalent

Projects in Europe may use the following approved standards in place of Green-e Energy:

  • EKOenergy
  • Guarantees of Origin (GOs) with additional parameters

South America ACP: Green-e Energy Equivalent

Projects in South America may use the Brazilian “Certificado de Energia Renovável” (Renewable Energy Certificate) with additional parameters in place of Green-e Energy.

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We are pursuing this credit outside the U.S., and the owner wants to know if we can buy green power through a provider in our country that is not Green-e certified. We started comparing our national standard to Green-e and quickly found an area where the national standard is not as stringent as Green-e. Is this a dead end?

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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis.

Requirements

Option 1

Engage in at least a 2-year renewable energy contract to provide at least 50% of the tenant’s electricity from renewable sources, as defined by the Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e energy product certification requirements or an equivalent [Europe ACP: Green Power] [South America ACP: Green Power].

All purchases of green power must be based on the quantity of energy consumed, not the cost, as determined by the annual electricity consumption results of EA Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance.

If the green power is not Green-e Energy certified, equivalence must exist for both major Green-e Energy program criteria: 1) current green power performance standards, and 2) independent, third-party verification that those standards are being met by the green power supplier over time.

OR

Option 2

Engage in at least a 2-year renewable energy contract to purchase at least 8 kilowatt hours per square foot per year (86.1 kilowatt hours per square meter per year) from renewable electricity sources as defined by the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) Green-e Energy’s product certification requirements or an equivalent [Europe ACP: Green Power] [South America ACP: Green Power].

All purchases of green power must be based on the quantity of energy consumed, not the cost.

If the green power is not Green-e Energy certified, equivalence must exist for both major Green-e Energy program criteria: 1) current green power performance standards, and 2) independent, third-party verification that those standards are being met by the green power supplier over time.

Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs)

Europe ACP: Green-e Energy Equivalent

Projects in Europe may use the following approved standards in place of Green-e Energy:

  • EKOenergy
  • Guarantees of Origin (GOs) with additional parameters

South America ACP: Green-e Energy Equivalent

Projects in South America may use the Brazilian “Certificado de Energia Renovável” (Renewable Energy Certificate) with additional parameters in place of Green-e Energy.

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We are pursuing this credit outside the U.S., and the owner wants to know if we can buy green power through a provider in our country that is not Green-e certified. We started comparing our national standard to Green-e and quickly found an area where the national standard is not as stringent as Green-e. Is this a dead end?

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Our project will be net-zero energy, i.e. will produce as much or more power than it consumes. Can we earn this credit?

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The owner has purchased RECs for a percentage of energy use of its whole portfolio of buildings, or campus. Can we earn this credit for a single LEED building with this purchase?

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(If you're already a premium member, log in here.)

We plan on pursuing this credit only if we need to do so to meet our certification target, i.e. if another credit we are counting on gets rejected. How late can we apply for this credit?

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The owner purchases RECs based on an earlier prediction, but our energy model is now showing that we are just a little short of the credit threshold. What should we do?

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Our project is outside the U.S. We would like to earn this credit by purchasing RECs, but there are no Green-e options available here. It looks like most Green-e certified power comes from the U.S. What should we do?

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LEEDuser expert

Marcus Sheffer

7group / Energy Opportunities
LEED Fellow

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