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Green Power: How to buy renewable electricity for LEED and carbon accounting

GBCI: 0920005777

Renewable Energy, Green Electricity, RECs, Guarantees of Origin, Carbon Offset, Ecolabels! Join us as we clarify LEED's green power credit. This course explains how to fulfill LEED's green power credit requirements for renewable electricity: independently or with LEED-recognized ecolabels, EKOenergy and Green-e. You will also learn how the purchase of green electricity can be used for carbon accounting.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

  • LEED Green Associate

Rating system: v4, v2009

Published on: October 26, 2015

Average: 4.1 (45 votes)


Within the Energy and Atmosphere category, LEED refers to the purchase of green power. BD+C and ID+C award 1 to 2 points for projects that “Engage in a contract of at least 50-100% green power”. An O+M project can achieve up to 4 points with green power (v4). However, LEED does not accept all green power purchases and introduces extra requirements. This course explains the basics of the renewable electricity market, in particular the role of RECs and Guarantees of Origin, and how to practically buy renewable electricity for the green power credit.
Ecolabels are introduced and discussed as well. The LEED green power credit specifically recognizes two ecolabels, EKOenergy (Europe) and Green-e (US), as a simplified means of green electricity purchases. Both labels are run by international non-profit organizations.

And finally, this course will clarify how the fulfillment of LEED's green power criteria for electricity can also be used for carbon accounting (CDP reports and Greenhouse Gas Protocol).

This course is available in French here and German here.

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  1. Learn what it means to buy renewable electricity
  2. Understand how LEED recognized ecolabels work
  3. Determine how to get the LEED Green Power Credit
  4. Identify LEED accepted alternatives for the credit
  5. Explain the relationship between green carbon purchases and carbon accounting
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U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, DC
United States


Susan Gow, EKOenergy
Steven Vanholme, EKOenergy
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