The Geography of Green Power

Eric OShaughnessy, Jenny Heeter, Christina Volpi, Christina Volpi

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Green power refers to the voluntary purchase of renewable electricity by retail electricity customers. Green power is unlike compliance-based renewable energy procurement imposed by law or regulation. In 2016, over six million customers procured about 95 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of green power in the United States, which represents about 28% of all U.S. renewable energy sales, excluding large hydropower. In this fact sheet, we use available data to illustrate the geography of green power demand (in terms of number of customers) and supply (in terms of MWh of generation) by state.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A20-70199


  • electricity
  • green power
  • megawatt-hours
  • renewable energy
  • state
  • USA


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