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Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
April 2013 - Green Mountain Energy Company has expanded its Pennsylvania territory to include Pittsburgh. The retailer offers a variety of green energy products generated from both wind and solar sources with prices in Pittsburgh ranging from 7.2–9.7¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Price differences are a result of various solar and wind content options and source locations. Additionally, Green Mountain Energy is teaming up with Pittsburgh to help support local initiatives. The company plans to make a donation to offset the total carbon dioxide emissions from the Pittsburgh Marathon, plant one tree for every new residential customer, and sponsor the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's Earth Day celebration.
October 2012 - Green Mountain Energy has announced that Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated from wind power to match 100 percent of the organization's annual electricity demand. In total, Lincoln Center will purchase an estimated 21.6 million kilowatt-hours of wind power each year over the course of a new three-year REC purchase contract. In addition, The Julliard School, which has purchased partial renewable energy in the past, will join Lincoln Center in purchasing 100 percent renewable energy to match the electricity use of its classrooms, practice rooms, stages, and dormitories.
August 2012 - Green Mountain Energy has announced the sale of over 80 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind-generated renewable energy certificates (RECs) to NYSE Euronext. The purchased RECs are Green-e certified and were purchased retroactively to ensure accuracy in matching 100 percent of the electricity consumed by NYSE Euronext during the 2011 calendar year.
July 2012 - BMW and Green Mountain Energy Company have teamed up to offer purchasers of the BMW ActiveE electric vehicle the ability to buy renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Green Mountain to cover the estimated electricity used to charge the electric vehicle. Each ActiveE car from BMW will be offered to customers under a two-year lease. A one-time payment of $48 purchases enough RECs to allow owners of the ActiveE to ensure that the electricity used to charge the vehicle over the course of the lease period will be provided with renewable energy.
June 2012 - Lord & Taylor has signed an 18-month contract with Green Mountain Energy Company to purchase more than 21 million kilowatt-hours of 100 percent wind energy in order to meet the electricity demands of seven of its retail stores in New Jersey. With this purchase, Lord & Taylor becomes Green Mountain's first commercial customer in New Jersey, where Green Mountain has recently begun offering its clean energy services. In April 2012, Lord & Taylor ranked 17th on the Environmental Protection Agency's Top 20 Retail list, and with this new green power purchase, Lord & Taylor would move up two spots to number 15 on the list.
June 2012 - Starting June 1, Green Mountain Energy Company began offering renewable energy products to Pennsylvania residents in the PPL and PECO service territories. Green Mountain is offering its Pennsylvania customers a choice between two residential offerings, each of which providing 100% renewable energy: Pollution Free electricity and Pollution Free Gold electricity. Pollution Free offers power generated by regional wind and water power sources. Pollution Free Gold offers power generated by regional wind and solar power sources. Both options are available as month-to-month variable price and 12-month Reliable Rate fixed price plans.
May 2012 - Green Mountain Energy is now offering its green power products for residents of Rockland and Westchester counties, located in New York. Green Mountain Energy recently began offering its green power products to the residents of the City of White Plains, which provided green power options to residents of both counties.
January 2012 - Green Mountain Energy has been selected to supply green power for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana. Green Mountain Energy will supply 15,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for all six major Super Bowl facilities. The purchase is the equivalent to the electricity use for Lucas Oil Stadium (site of the Super Bowl), the Indiana Convention Center (site of the NFL Experience Football Theme Park), and all four of the major NFL hotels, including the NFL headquarters, the Super Bowl Media Center, and the AFC and NFC team hotels. The RECs are sourced from wind power generated in North Dakota.
August 2011 - Lord & Taylor signed a 2-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Green Mountain Energy to purchase more than 13 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of 100% wind power for its flagship Manhattan, and Eastchester (NY) stores. The green power purchase, which begins in November, will supply 100% of the electricity usage for the two stores. It is estimated that the renewable energy purchases will reduce the company's annual CO2 emissions by 20 million pounds, the equivalent of 3.6 million cab rides. Lord and Taylor stores will be purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind farms through Green Mountain Energy.
June 2011 - SoftLayer Technologies, an information technology company, has signed an agreement to purchase 10 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Texas wind power beginning in October 2011. The renewable energy certificates (RECs) will be supplied by Green Mountain Energy Company and are equivalent to 10 percent of the electricity used at six of SoftLayer's Texas data centers.
May 2011 - Green Mountain Energy Company of Texas launched a solar leasing program that will allow residents to buy into a 20-year lease of solar panels for their roofs. The leasing program allows customers to invest in solar at no upfront cost.
January 2011 - Green Mountain Energy Co. of Texas announced a two-year deal to supply 55 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind-generated electricity annually for the Empire State Building.
September 2010 - The City of Bowling Green, Ohio, announced its green pricing program, Nature's Energy, will become EcoSmart Choice. Participating customers will be rolled over into the new program and will receive more than a 50 percent reduction from the current rate of 1.5 cents to 0.7 cents per kilowatt-hour.
September 2010 - Trump SoHo New York, a luxury hotel condominium, has committed to purchasing more than 5.5 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy annually from Green Mountain Energy Company. The purchase represents 100 percent of the hotel's estimated annual electricity use, through a two-year agreement.
August 2010 - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Zuckerman Research Center (NY) purchased 31.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind renewable energy certificates (RECs), equivalent to 100 percent of the building's annual electricity use. The purchase is through Green Mountain Energy.
February 2010 - Archstone, an apartment investment and operations company, announced it has entered into a one-year contract to purchase more than 14.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy. Under the agreement with Green Mountain Energy Company, Archstone's purchase is equivalent to 100 percent of its energy use at its 12 New York City apartment communities, including the facilities' lobbies, common areas, and exterior lighting.
May 2009 - Green Mountain Energy (GME) announced a program to buy excess residential electricity from Texas residents who have solar panels or other renewable generation facilities installed at their homes. Under the Renewable Rewards program, GME will buy back electricity that exceeds the amount needed for a household’s use. The program has no term commitment and is open to new and existing Green Mountain Energy customers who purchase the company’s 100% wind energy product. For the first 500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of excess electricity they generate, GME will pay customers about 15¢/kWh, matching the rate that customers pay GME for the 100% wind product. After the first 500kWh, Green Mountain Energy will pay half that rate for any additional generation, or about 7.5¢/kWh.
March 2009 - Half Price Books, a bookstore chain, purchased approximately 11.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year of wind energy from Austin-based Green Mountain Energy. This purchase is equivalent to 100 percent of the electricity needs of 30 stores and other Texas facilities for three years. Half Price is now the second largest retailer in Texas, after Whole Foods, to purchase 100 percent renewable energy.
July 2008 - Sundance Square, a 35-block mixed-use residential, office, and retail development in Fort Worth, Texas, announced a five-year green energy purchase from Green Mountain Energy for the period from 2008-2012. According to the U.S. EPA, the purchase makes Sundance Square the largest green power purchaser among Texas real estate developments and the second largest in the industry nationally. The 2008 purchase of 6.3 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind energy represents about 10% of Sundance Square's electricity consumption.
August 2006 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it is supplying a total of 51 million kWh of renewable energy annually to seven Texas-based businesses. The agreements include:
News Release - Several Leading Texas Businesses Choose Cleaner Electricity
April 2006 - Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced that it will install a 250-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Rothenbach Park in Sarasota. The project is part of FPL's commitment to develop new solar facilities as a result of customer participation in the utility's Sunshine Energy program. Under the program, residential customers can purchase renewable energy in increments of 1,000 kWh each month at an extra cost of $9.75. FPL has pledged to add 150 kW of solar capacity in Florida for every 10,000 customer signups. Currently, nearly 24,000 customers participate in the program, which is marketed in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company of Austin, TX.
April 2006 - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), along with other state agencies and leaders, announced the statewide availability of the CleanPower Choice program. The program allows electricity users to support the development of renewable energy sources located in New Jersey and the mid-Atlantic region by purchasing green power from one of four marketers: Community Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Jersey-Atlantic Wind, and Sterling Planet.
March 2006 - Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), a national cooperative retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, announced that it will purchase 10 million kWh of green power, equivalent to 20% of the company's annual electricity usage. The purchase of wind, landfill gas and solar-generated electricity will provide 100% of the power for 17 of REI's 82 retail stores. REI has entered into renewable energy contracts with seven different utilities and marketers in nine locales, with some of the products being Green-e certified. In several cases, the purchases will reduce the company's exposure to fossil fuel surcharges. The purchases include the following stores and suppliers:
February 2006 - Green Mountain Energy Company has created a new division, eMissions Solutions, to assist commercial and institutional sector clients looking to improve their environmental position. In addition to the company's traditional renewable energy offerings, the new program will offer a wide range of carbon reduction products and services including forest sequestration projects, LEED consulting and other carbon reduction strategies that will allow companies to reduce their carbon footprint and offset the carbon emissions associated with business activities like transportation, production, electricity usage, and employee commuting and air travel.
October 2005 - On the heels of its exit from the Pennsylvania direct access market, Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it is terminating its agreement to supply the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council's (NOPEC) retail electric aggregation program on December 31, 2005. Green Mountain attributed the move to "adverse regulatory events," citing FERC's implementation of the Seams Elimination Charge Adjustment and resulting litigation as well as unexpected charges associated with the start of the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator's Day II energy markets. According to a story in the Austin Business Journal, Green Mountain will cut about 50 jobs as a result of the changes in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
October 2005 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it will stop providing electric generation service to its approximately 30,000 customers in Pennsylvania, blaming rising natural gas prices and electricity rate caps. The company has been providing electricity service in the state since 1999. According to several reports, Green Mountain would have to raise rates by about $30 per month to remain viable in the Pennsylvania market. Instead, the company will offer a renewable energy certificate-based product to Pennsylvania consumers, which will be supplied from national wind energy resources and sold in 500-kWh monthly increments for $9.95 per month (2¢/kWh) or $99.95 annually (1.7¢/kWh).
October 2005 - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced the start of a new program through which the state's retail electric customers can purchase renewable energy without switching electricity suppliers. Under the CleanPower Choice Program, residential and business customers can enroll by checking a box on their utility bills and selecting from among renewable energy products offered by four marketers: Community Energy, Green Mountain Energy Company, Jersey-Atlantic Wind, and Sterling Planet. The program began October 1 in the PSE&G and JCP&L service territories and will expand to Atlantic City Electric and Orange & Rockland Utilities in April 2006. The products available through the program are as follows:
August 2005 - Two Hyatt hotels in Dallas have entered into an agreement with Austin-based Green Mountain Energy Company to purchase renewable energy for 100% of their electricity needs. Together, the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion and Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport will purchase about 34 million kWh of renewable energy annually, which is the largest hospitality industry purchase of renewable energy nationally.
January 2005 - On December 1, the City of Bowling Green (Ohio) Public Utilities Department announced a new green pricing program for its 13,600 municipal electricity customers, replacing a similar program that it offered for the past four years. In partnership with American Municipal Power-Ohio and Green Mountain Energy, the city is now offering the Nature's Energy product, which is a blend of wind, landfill gas, and small hydropower resources.
December 2004 - Green Mountain Energy Company, an Austin-based national green power marketer, announced a new "Pollution Free" electricity product for Texas residential customers that is priced at the local incumbent utility's "price to beat," meaning that customers can purchase a 100% renewable electricity product at no additional cost over the price charged by their local electric utility. Other electricity marketers are offering standard electricity service at prices below the "price to beat" in the state's competitive retail electricity market.
September 2004 - Wyandotte Municipal Services (WMS), a utility member of American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio), is offering a green power option to its electricity customers in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company. Under the Nature's Energy program, WMS customers can purchase renewable energy derived from wind, landfill gas and hydroelectric power sources for 100% of their electricity needs. The added cost of the renewable energy is 1.5¢/kWh or about $8 to $10 per month for an average residential customer. Commercial customers can also participate in the program by purchasing renewable energy in one-MWh increments for the same 1.5¢/kWh premium.
September 2004 - Niagara Mohawk (NiMo) announced that about 8,800 customers have enrolled in the utility's GreenUp renewable energy program, since it was unveiled two years ago. Under the program, the utility's customers can purchase renewable energy from one of four participating marketers—Community Energy, EnviroGen, Green Mountain Energy, and Sterling Planet—while continuing to be served by the utility. The additional cost to purchase either 50% or 100% green power ranges from 1.0¢/kWh to 1.5 ¢/kWh, depending on the provider selected. NiMo includes the surcharge as a line item on the participating customer's bill.
August 2004 - Less than six months after the launch of its Sunshine Energy green power program, Florida Power & Light Company announced that nearly 6,000 residential customers are now enrolled, making it the fastest growing green pricing program in the Southeast. FPL partners with Green Mountain Energy Company to market the program to customers.
March 2004 - Cuyahoga Falls Electric System, a municipal utility serving 24,000 electricity customers in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is the first utility member of American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio) to offer a green power option to its electricity customers in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company. Under the Nature's Energy program, customers can purchase electricity generated from small hydro and wind facilities for 1.3¢/kWh above standard electric rates or an extra $8 to $10 per month for the average customer. Commercial customers can buy green power in 1-MWh increments at the same 1.3¢/kWh premium. The power for the program is supplied from a recently completed 3.6-MW wind energy project in Bowling Green and a 6-MW hydro project installed in 1999.
February 2004 - Expressing concern that global warming threatens the livelihood of the ski industry, its employees, and quality of life more generally, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) is teaming with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to reduce global warming emissions using a variety of measures including green power purchases and on-site renewable energy use. The NSAA reports that member ski resorts are employing renewable energy in a number of different ways, including using wind energy to power chair lifts, purchasing renewable energy credits to offset a portion of their electricity use, and using solar energy for heating or to generate electricity on-site.
December 2003 - Florida Power & Light (FPL) received approval from the Florida Public Service Commission to offer its residential customers a green pricing program. Under the three-year pilot program, customers will have the option to pay $9.75 more per month for the utility to purchase renewable energy certificates representing 1,000 kWh of power generated from projects in the Southeast region, including Florida. FPL has also committed to the development or purchase of 150 kW of photovoltaics capacity within Florida for every 10,000 participating customers. The utility plans to officially launch the program during the first quarter of 2004.
September 2003 - Portland General Electric (PGE) announced that it has once again selected Green Mountain Energy Company as its primary supplier of renewable energy products and green power marketing affiliate. The new contract will run through the end of 2006.
September 2003 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that its Green-e program has certified another seven Tradable Renewable Certificate (TRC) products. TRCs, or green tags, represent the environmental attributes of electricity generated from renewable sources.
August 2003 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that the American Psychological Association (APA) will buy green power equal to 75% of the annual electricity consumption of its two Capitol Hill office buildings. The green power will be supplied by Green Mountain Energy Company as renewable energy certificates derived from wind energy and other renewable resources. The green power purchase amounts to more than 20 million kWh over a 19-month period.
August 2003 - Green Mountain Energy Company, in partnership with several other companies, is building a 160-MW wind project outside the city of Snyder in west Texas. According to a July 24 article in the Dallas Morning News, Green Mountain will use the project output to serve its Texas-based customers, replacing wind energy purchases that it has been making from a variety of facilities. The project is expected to be on-line by the end of the year.
August 2003 - AMP-Ohio, the City of Bowling Green, and Green Mountain Energy Company are partnering on a 3.6-MW wind project, which will be the first commercial-scale wind project to be built in Ohio. The two, 1.8-MW units will be located at the Wood County landfill just west of the city of Bowling Green. Plans call for the units to be interconnected to Bowling Green Municipal Utilities through an existing 12.47-kilovolt distribution circuit near the site.
May 2003 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it is expanding its Texas-based marketing operations to include commercial and industrial customers. The company now offers three different products to business customers: 1) a "month-to-month" plan, 2) a "reliable rate" plan, and 3) a "100% wind" plan. The first two options are designed to offer both cost savings and environmental improvement, and are supplied from a combination of natural gas and wind resources. The third option features electricity generated exclusively from wind turbines and is priced at a premium to the standard market rate.
May 2003 - American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio), an Ohio-based nonprofit wholesale power supplier for municipal utilities, announced that it has selected Green Mountain Energy Company to offer a new renewable energy option to its 86 member communities, representing more than 380,000 customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan.
April 2003 - The Emerald People's Utility District (EPUD), a public utility located near Eugene, Oregon, announced that it is negotiating with Green Mountain Energy Company to develop a green pricing option for its customers. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, EPUD's 15,000 residential and 2,000 small business customers will be able to purchase up to 100% of their annual energy usage from renewable sources, including geothermal and wind energy.
April 2003 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it has purchased nearly all of the environmental attributes associated with the output from PG&E National Energy Group's 11.5-MW wind power facility in Madison County, New York. The wind attributes will be used to supply Green Mountain customers participating in the Niagara Mohawk Renewable Energy Program. Green Mountain offers these customers a product mix of 50% new wind and 50% hydro at a 1.3¢/kWh premium to the standard utility rate or about $7 more per month for an average customer. The purchase agreement extends through 2004.
February 2003 - For the Sake of the Salmon (4SOS), a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit organization, announced seven new salmon habitat restoration projects in Oregon resulting from the support provided by more than 6,000 customers of Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE). In choosing the Salmon-Friendly renewable energy option, which is administered by Green Mountain Energy Company, customers make a monthly contribution through their electricity bill to the Pacific Salmon Watershed Fund. The contributions directly fund projects that restore habitat for threatened fish. The seven new projects will receive matching funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Community-Based Restoration Program and in-kind support from other local organizations.
January 2003 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it is discontinuing operations in Connecticut's retail electricity market because of "regulations that make it cost prohibitive to bring pollution-free energy" into the state "as well as the overall lack of a competitive electric market." Specifically, the company maintains that the standard offer rate available to retail customers is too low and "does not reflect the true cost of electricity" and that new rules adopted by the New England grid system operator "place limitations and excessive costs" on the company's ability to secure wind energy for Connecticut customers.
November 2002 - Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power announced that customer sign-ups for green power products offered through the two utilities have more than tripled in just nine months. The jump came after the utilities began offering additional green power options, including renewable electricity supplied by Green Mountain Energy Company, in accordance with Oregon's electricity restructuring law. Total customer participation at the end of October stood at 29,171 total customers (28,518 residential customers and 653 small businesses) compared to about 8,200 total customers at the end of 2001.
October 2002 - Green Mountain Energy Company and Hometown Connections International, a majority-owned subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA), announced an exclusive partnership to provide a national green power program designed specifically for public power utilities. Public power utilities serve more than 40 million people or about 15% of the nation's electricity consumers.
September 2002 - Green Mountain Energy announced that it is providing 100% renewable electricity service to the Liberty Bell Pavilion at Independence National Historical Park and other federal government-operated facilities in Philadelphia. Under the three-year contract, the federal government will purchase a total of 3.7 million kWh of green power annually. The facilities will purchase Green Mountain Energy's Nature's Choice, a Green-e certified product generated from renewable resources such as wind, water, biomass and solar generation.
September 2002 - Niagara Mohawk, which serves 1.5 million electricity customers in upstate New York, has unveiled a new program allowing residential and commercial customers to purchase electricity generated from renewable energy sources. Under the program, customers can choose to purchase green power products offered by three providers—Community Energy, Inc., Green Mountain Energy Company, and Sterling Planet. Participating customers will not switch from their regular utility service but will see a green power surcharge appear as a line item on their utility bills.
August 2002 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it is supplying wind energy certificates equivalent to the entire power consumption of singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt's 38-city summer music tour, estimated to be approximately 500 MWh. The tour will also feature a sideshow called Green Highway that carries the message of clean energy and sustainable living, and includes exhibits of hybrid electric cars, solar and wind power technologies, and energy-efficient building materials.
July 2002 - In conjunction with Nuon Renewable Ventures and the Upper Kirby District Foundation, Green Mountain Energy Company announced the dedication of a new solar facility in Houston, Texas. The 43-kW photovoltaic (PV) array, located on the rooftop of the Upper Kirby District Association building, is owned and operated by Nuon. The system is supported by customers of Green Mountain Energy's Big Texas Sun Club who pay $5 per month more than the company's standard renewable energy service rate to promote the development of new solar systems in Texas.
May 2002 - In partnership with Nuon Renewable Ventures LLC and The Winston School, Green Mountain Energy Company dedicated a new 58-kW solar array at The Winston School site in Dallas, Texas. The project received support from Green Mountain Energy's Texas-based customers. In addition to receiving 100% wind-generated electricity, Green Mountain Energy customers can join the Big Texas Sun Club to help construct, develop and maintain new solar facilities in Texas as well as promote statewide education about solar energy.
May 2002 - Green Mountain Energy Company, Sun Power Electric, and BJ's Wholesale Club have teamed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to install a 52-kW solar photovoltaics (PV) system on the roof of a BJ's club store in Deptford, New Jersey. The system is owned and operated by Sun Power Electric and will serve Green Mountain Energy's customers in New Jersey's competitive retail electricity market. Financial support for the facility also came from the New Jersey Clean Energy Fund, which was established under the state's electricity restructuring law.
May 2002 - The State of New Jersey reaffirmed its commitment to purchase green power by entering into a contract with Green Mountain Energy Company to purchase a total of 113 million kWh of renewables-based electricity over a 15-month period. Nearly 200 state facilities will receive power from Green Mountain Energy's Enviro Blend product, which is Green-e certified and supplied from renewable resources such as wind, water, biomass and solar generation. The green power purchase will meet 12% of the state governments' total electricity needs.
April 2002 - Green Mountain Energy Company unveiled a new fixed-rate plan designed to protect its Texas-based customers from seasonal electricity price fluctuations. The EasyRate plan is available to customers in the service territories of Central Power & Light (CP&L), TXU, Reliant, and TNMP at prices ranging from 8.2¢/kWh to 8.9¢/kWh plus a $4.95 monthly service fee. The power for the product, which is Green-e certified, is supplied exclusively from new Texas-based wind turbines.
March 2002 - Tens of thousands of residents in four Ohio communities will be able to choose "cleaner" electricity under an agreement announced by Green Mountain Energy Company and municipal aggregator, AMPO, Inc. Electricity customers in the cities of Alliance, Sandusky, London and the village of Lagrange will have the option of purchasing electricity from Green Mountain Energy or "opting out" and continuing to buy power from their current supplier. The power will be supplied from a mix of natural gas (98%) and new renewable resources (2%), which the company claims "is 70 percent less polluting than what most Ohioans are buying." Green Mountain Energy already serves more than 400,000 customers of the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.
March 2002 - In just two months, more than 7,000 residential and small business customers of Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE) have signed up for green power. Customers of the two Oregon-based utilities can choose among three renewable energy options: a wind power option, a renewable energy blend, and a salmon-friendly product. About three-quarters of the customers who have subscribed since January have chosen one of the latter two products, which are offered by Green Mountain Energy Company in cooperation with the two utilities.
December 2001 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it has been selected by Pacific Power and Portland General Electric (PGE) to supply renewable energy to retail customers of the two utilities. Beginning March 1, 2002, Oregon residential and small business customers served by Pacific Power and PGE will be able to choose from a range of new options, including three different renewable, environmentally preferred power options provided by the utilities. The customer service options are required under the state's electricity industry restructuring law, which was enacted in 1999. Both utilities will continue to offer their own pre-existing green pricing options.
October 2001 - Green Mountain Energy announced that it has teamed with Sun Power Electric to install a 30-kilowatt (kW) solar electric system at an IKEA store near Pittsburgh that will supply Green Mountain's Pennsylvania-based customers with solar energy. Sun Power will own and operate the system.
October 2001 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced a new solar energy program, the Big Texas Sun Club, which will provide its Texas-based customers with an avenue "to help construct, develop and maintain new solar facilities in Texas as well as promote ongoing statewide education about solar energy."
August 2001 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it is teaming with BP Solar to design and install solar electric systems for residential consumers in California. Under its Home Solar program, Green Mountain will handle all aspects of the system installation for the customer, including designing and ordering the systems, applying for permits and incentives, and conducting annual system check-ups for the first five years.
April 2001 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it is offering retail customers in Texas a green power product generated exclusively from in-state wind energy projects. Up to 5% of each customer class living in an investor-owned utility service territory is eligible to participate in the state's retail choice pilot program, which begins in June. Full retail competition is scheduled for January 1, 2002.
February 2001 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a plan for the company to provide power to 50,000 randomly selected PECO customers beginning later this year.
February 2001 - Citing "huge wholesale rate increases and the instability of the state's energy markets and regulatory structure," Green Mountain Energy Company has become the latest retail marketing casualty of California's dysfunctional electricity market. The company announced that it is returning most of its customers to their default utility providers. In exception are customers located in Southern California who signed up for Green Mountain's fixed rate green power product. Those customers will continue to be served until the end of the year.
February 2001 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced its selection by the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) to supply more than 400,000 Ohio residents with clean power. NOPEC is a buying group of nearly 100 Northeast Ohio communities formed under the state's electricity restructuring law. According to an article in the Akron Beacon Journal, Green Mountain will supply the aggregation group with a blend of power generated from natural gas (98%) and renewable resources (2%), such as hydro and wind, beginning in September 2001. Participating customers will save 6% to 8% on the generation component of their electric bills. The power supply agreement is expected to save consumers up to $12 million over six years.
January 2001 - According to a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the few remaining green power marketers in California are struggling to meet their customers needs given skyrocketing wholesale power prices. One of the companies, electricAmerica (formerly Commonwealth Energy), is still providing a 5% rate discount to its customers because it locked in fixed prices for its power supplies. Other marketers have been buying power on the volatile spot market. According to the newspaper, Green Mountain Energy has been inundated with calls from consumers looking for lower rates but the company has started turning away new customers and is recommending that its existing customers return to their default suppliers.
January 2001 - Green Mountain Energy Company officially entered the Connecticut market with the launch of Green Mountain Energy, a green power product containing electricity generated from wind and hydropower sources. Customers will pay 6.0¢/kWh for the new electricity product, a premium of 0.5¢/kWh to 1.0¢/kWh over standard offer rates. The purchase includes a "switch-back guarantee" and membership in the company's Power Perks rewards program "that is designed to both benefit customers and support the local community." The product is currently available to residential customers in the Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating service territories.
December 2000 - Several energy companies, including Green Mountain Energy Company, dedicated a new, 100-kW photovoltaic (PV) system in Berkeley, CA, that will provide solar electricity for Green Mountain's Solar for the Futuregreen power product. The project was developed by GPU Solar, AstroPower, and PowerLight Corporation, with financial assistance from the California Energy Commission, the City of Palo Alto, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
December 2000 - Partners for Environmental Quality (PEQ), an eight-year-old interfaith group based in Trenton, New Jersey, has launched a new campaign, "Congregations for Clean Air," to urge religious institutions and their members to purchase power generated from renewable energy sources. The group, which consists of leaders of the Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Quaker, and Unitarian faiths, representing nearly 6,000 congregations in the state, has formed a one-year partnership with Green Mountain Energy to serve churches and members interested in purchasing green power. Several religious institutions have already signed up with Green Mountain.
December 2000 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that it filed an application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to become a licensed retail electric supplier in the state. Green Mountain, which is headquartered in Austin, plans to begin selling green power to retail customers in June 2001, when the state initiates its competitive market pilot program. The company is the first green power marketer to apply for a retail electric service license in Texas.
November 2000 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced a new fixed-rate, 100% renewable option for residential and small business customers in the San Diego and Orange County areas. The Breathe Easy Payment Plan is available to new or existing Green Mountain Energy customers in the San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison service territories, at a fixed rate of 8.5¢/kWh with no monthly fees. The price is guaranteed through December 31, 2001.
October 2000 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has renewed its contract with the company to supply green power to meet about 5% of the state's aggregated electricity demand. Green Mountain supplies about 37.5 million kWh annually to meet the collective load from several state office buildings and Pennsylvania's 14 universities. A portion of the power is being supplied from Green Mountain's 10.4-MW wind farm in Garrett, Pennsylvania, which began operating earlier this year.
October 2000 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced that Nuon, one of the largest electric utilities in the Netherlands and a green power provider, will invest up to $53.5 million in the company. Under the agreement, the two companies will "seek ways to develop new renewable energy generation facilities and explore future opportunities for extending the Green Mountain Energy brand to the European residential energy market." Nuon and BP Amoco, which earlier this year made a significant investment in Green Mountain, will each appoint one co-chair to Green Mountain's board of directors to succeed the current board chairman, Sam Wyly, who will remain an investor in the Company.
September 2000 - Green Mountain Energy Company announced its intention to sell green power in Connecticut. The company, which currently sells green power in California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, is re-filing an application with the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) to become a licensed electricity provider. Green Mountain hopes to begin sales to Connecticut customers by the end of the year. Currently, there is only one supplier, the Connecticut Energy Cooperative, offering a green power product in the state.
July 2000 - In the midst of calls for re-regulation of the state's power industry because of dwindling power reserves and skyrocketing wholesale electricity prices, GreenMountain.com announced that it will continue to serve all classes of customers in California's power market with its brands of cleaner electricity products. The company emphasized the importance of promoting renewable energy through customer choice as a long-term solution to energy price fluctuations.
July 2000 - On June 30th, President Clinton signed into law the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, which gives legal status to electronic signatures and electronic contracts. The federal law is expected to obsolete state-imposed "wet signature" rules that have made it difficult for alternative marketers to sign up customers directly over the Internet. The bill signing prompted GreenMountain.com and Utility.com—two companies that rely on the Internet to market clean electricity products—to issue statements commending the new law.
May 2000 - GreenMountain.com announced that several companies led by BP Amoco agreed to invest up to $100 million in its green power marketing business, which currently has more than 100,000 retail customers in California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. GreenMountain.com plans to use some of the capital to expand its operations into Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Texas.
May 2000 - Toyota Motor Sales USA reaffirmed its commitment to green power by signing a contract with GreenMountain.com to purchase 100% renewable energy to power several of its California-based operations. Under the agreement, Toyota will purchase approximately 40 million kWh of renewable energy, with 5% of the power to come from new wind resources. Toyota became one of the first large companies to commit to green power shortly after the California market opened to competition. The GreenMountain.com deal replaces an earlier green power purchase agreement with Edison Source, which stopped marketing green power in November 1999.
April 2000 - GreenMountain.com announced the availability of Solar For the Future, described as "the first power blend in the nation that specifically supports the development of new solar facilities." The new product is a blend of 100% "eligible" renewable energy sources, with 5% coming from newly developed resources, and is priced at the California Power Exchange price plus a monthly service charge of $6.95.
March 2000 - After several months of competition with little customer switching, New Jersey customers finally have some green power choices. Conectiv Energy is offering two renewable energy products to customers in the service territory of Conectiv Power Delivery. And GreenMountain.com, which already serves 100,000 customers in Pennsylvania and California, announced that it, too, will begin offering two green power options in the Garden State.
January 2000 - The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has entered into a contract with GreenMountain.com to purchase green power for more than half a dozen state government accounts, representing about 5% of the DGS aggregated power purchase for 2000. A portion of the 37.5 million kWh annual purchase will be supplied from Green Mountain's 10-MW wind farm currently under construction in Garrett, Pennsylvania.
October 1999 - Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher announced that his Bureau of Consumer Protection reached a settlement with Greenmountain.com concerning allegations that consumers were mislead by erroneous electricity price comparisons contained in a company mailing.
September 1999 - In October, GPU Solar completed construction of the first grid-connected solar facility to serve California's competitive electric market. Only one month earlier Green Mountain Energy announced that it had into an agreement with GPU Solar and Real Goods to build a 132-kW solar plant at the Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, CA. GPU Solar, a joint venture between Astropower and GPU International, will own, and operate the plant, and Green Mountain will purchase the electricity for its 100% Renewable2.0 energy product.
August 1999 - According to an August 13th Reuters story, GreenMountain.com will not participate in New Jersey's newly restructured electricity market. A company source cited the state's "over regulation of de-regulation" as the reason for not entering the market.
June 1999 - GreenMountain.com, formerly Green Mountain Energy Resources, announced plans to build a 10-MW wind farm in southwestern Pennsylvania to serve its Pennsylvania customers. Construction of the project will begin in September with completion scheduled for January 2000. American National Wind Power, Inc will build, own and operate the facility, which will consist of from 10 to 15 large wind turbines.
June 1999 - GreenMountain.com, formerly Green Mountain Energy Resources, has entered into an agreement with Applied Power Corporation to design and install solar electric systems for Philadelphia-area residents. The first 30 systems installed on residences within 50 miles of Philadelphia will be eligible for discounts of up to $5,800 through grants provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. The discount is based on price reductions of $2.94 per watt for thin-film systems or $1.00 per watt for crystalline systems. The systems can provide between 20% and 40% of the power for an average residence and will save customers from $17 to $30 per month in electricity costs.
April 1999 - The first source of new renewable energy built for Pennsylvania's competitive electricity market began operating on Earth Day. The 43-kW solar facility was installed by Green Mountain Energy, a competitive green power marketer, and Sun Power Electric, a non-profit developer of solar systems. The solar plant, which will generate 50,000 kWh of electricity annually for Green Mountain's Pennsylvania-based customers, is located on the roof of BJ's Wholesale Club in Conshohocken, PA.
March 1999 - Green Mountain Energy announced that it has created two new green power blends for the California electricity market. First, Green Mountain has created 100% Renewable Power2.0sm, which, in addition to having 100% renewables content, will contain 5% new renewables and be priced approximately 5% below the California Power Exchange price.
January 1999 - The University Students' Cooperative Association (USCA), a non-profit housing cooperative owned and operated by and for students primarily at the University of California at Berkeley, will purchase 100 percent renewable electricity from Green Mountain Energy. The USCA maintains 17 houses and three apartment buildings housing about 1,300 students. According to a USCA board member, the green power purchase decision represents the "strongest statement possible in favor of socially and environmentally conscious choices."
November 1998 - Green Mountain Energy Resources introduced three new electricity products for the Pennsylvania market designed to meet customer demand for cleaner power and actually bring new renewable power on-line. Green Mountain will offer two Green-e certified products one consisting of 50% and the other consisting of 100% renewable energy. The third product is designed to promote the development of new renewable energy sources by offering a mix of natural gas or small hydro with 1% new renewable energy.
October 1998 - Green Mountain Energy Resources announced ground breaking for two new, 700-kW wind turbines in San Gorgonio Pass as a direct outcome of customers selecting it's Wind for the FutureSM green electricity product in California's retail electricity market. The turbines will be owned by PacifiCorp, which will provide the wind power to GMER. One of the two turbines will serve customers of Working Assets. Earlier this year, Working Assets endorsed GMER as its power provider of choice in California.
October 1998 - Green Mountain Energy Resources (GMER) announced that it will contract with Sun Power Electric to build a 50-kW solar plant to serve GMER customers in Pennsylvania's competitive electricity market. Beginning January 1, 1999, at least two-thirds of Pennsylvania's electricity customers will be able to choose their electricity supplier, with the remaining customers eligible to choose in 2000. GMER stated that it will build additional solar capacity in Pennsylvania as it signs up customers, "with the goal of eventually building the largest network of solar plants in the eastern United States."
July 1998 - Green Mountain Energy Resources (GMER) recently launched Green Mountain Solar, a new product offering rooftop photovoltaic systems for California homeowners. The systems will be designed and supplied by Applied Power Corporation (APC), an Olympia, Washington-based solar electric system integrator. The rooftop systems will enable residential customers to produce between 20% and 50% of their total electricity needs. The remainder of the power will be supplied by GMER or the supplier of the customer's choice. Because of various subsidies, the PV system costs will be reduced by at least one-half from typical market prices. Participants can also take advantage of California's net metering law, enabling them to further reduce their electricity bills. For more information on Green Mountain Solar, please contact John Quinney (802) 846-6186.
July 1998 - Green Mountain Energy Resources announced that it will participate in Pennsylvania's electricity retail choice program, for which customers can begin enrolling on July 1, 1998 and will start receiving power in January 1999. GMER will supply several power blends that are cleaner than the Pennsylvania system average and feature electricity from renewable energy sources.
April 1998 - Green Mountain Energy Resources (GMER) and NGC Corporation announced an agreement for NGC to supply wholesale power for a large portion of GMER's retail electric business in California. NGC will supply power for two of the three green power products that GMER is marketing: the "Water Power" blend and the "75% Renewable Power" blend. The power will come from various generating facilities in California and the western region, including small hydro, geothermal, and biomass power. GMER notes that this agreement will complement a pre-existing power supply agreement with PacifiCorp.
March 1998 - Green Mountain Energy Resources reports that 75% of customers who have switched to one of three green options offered by the company have chosen the more expensive products with better environmental attributes, while 25% have chosen the least expensive option. Kevin Hartley, vice president of marketing states, "Our least expensive product offering is not the most popular—clearly shattering the myth that price is the most important factor in a customer's decision to switch."
December 1997 - Following a fall test-marketing effort, Green Mountain Energy Resources (GMER) will begin a major marketing campaign to purchase one of three green energy blends being offered by the company at a 1-2¢/kWh premium.
November 1997 - Green Mountain Energy Resources (GMER) announced the creation of three new electricity products for the California market:
July 1997 - Green Mountain Energy Resources (GMER), a subsidiary of Vermont-based Green Mountain Power Corporation, has registered with the California Public Utilities Commission to be an electricity provider when the state's utility market opens to competition in January 1998.