- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - The town of Hanover, New Hampshire, says it’s been designated the state’s first “Green Power Community” by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The town, several businesses and Dartmouth College are using enough green power to meet 17 percent of the community’s total electricity use.

The town has chosen to reduce its carbon footprint by offsetting its total electricity usage through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates equivalent to 10 percent of its total municipal electricity consumption.

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass.

Besides the college, Hypertherm, Dartmouth Printing, Kendal at Hanover and the Co-op Food Stores in Hanover are participating.

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