City of Lakewood Partners with NOPEC for 100% Renewable Energy | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

City of Lakewood Partners with NOPEC for 100% Renewable Energy

April 13, 2021

The City of Lakewood has entered into a new energy supply contract with NOPEC for its municipal facility accounts. As of May 31st, all 77 of the City’s energy accounts will be deemed 100% green and renewable through NOPEC’s new Preferred Pricing Green Energy Program.

Mayor Meghan George said, “This is an important step for Lakewood in our journey toward the 100% green energy resolution the City of Lakewood adopted when I was on City Council in 2019. We are one of the first cities in Northeast Ohio to implement this kind of municipal facilities contract and commit ourselves to using 100% renewable energy in both the public and private sectors. I am excited to continue to work with NOPEC to bring our community to the forefront of renewable energy.”

Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs, are tradable credits that give the owner the legal right to use renewable energy from a specific source. RECs are held to strict consumer and environmental standards, assuring that the energy used is in fact clean and consumer-friendly.

Chuck Keiper, Executive Director of NOPEC, said, “We are proud to be partnering with the City of Lakewood on this first-of-its-kind initiative. Lakewood has been a proactive member community for many years and has worked diligently to uphold NOPEC’s values of sustainable and consumer-friendly energy consumption. I am confident that the precedent Lakewood is creating through this partnership will encourage other communities around Northeast Ohio to consider these kinds of energy contracts and make the move toward cleaner energy. And when they do, NOPEC is ready to help them make it happen like in our partnership with the City of Lakewood.”

Mayor George added, “I am grateful to NOPEC for partnering with us to make our green energy goal a reality. It is rarely easy to be first at anything, but Lakewood knows this is the right thing to do and we are proud to be doing it. While there is still much work to be done, we have come a long way in our clean energy efforts and other environmental initiatives in just the past fifteen months.”