March 2004 - electricAmerica and the City of Santa Monica have renewed an agreement under which the company will continue to supply 100% renewable energy to the City's municipal facilities. The 5 MW purchase will be sourced from a variety of renewables such as wind, biomass, and geothermal. In 1999, Santa Monica became the first city in the nation to purchase green power to meet its entire municipal electricity needs.
News Release - City of Santa Monica and electricAmerica Renew Electric Service Agreement
Santa Monica Contact: Susan Munves (310) 458-8229
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.
News Article - Suppliers Find It's Not Easy Being Green
July 2000 - California Energy Markets reported in its June 30 issue that green power purchases by municipals in California's competitive electricity market may be threatened. Pending legislation to extend the state's public benefits charge by 10 years has been amended to explicitly exclude municipalities from future eligibility for the state-funded customer credit for green power purchases. The availability of the credit, which started at 1.5¢/kWh but since has been lowered to 1.0¢/kWh, has provided an important offset to the higher cost of green power in the California market.
CEM also reported that the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has ended its power purchase arrangement with electricAmerica (formerly Commonwealth Energy) and reverted to purchasing power from San Diego Gas & Electric, the default utility provider. SANDAG members had been receiving 100% green power from Commonwealth.
November 1999 - electricAmerica (formerly Commonwealth Energy) announced several new deals to provide green power to California businesses. Among the businesses that Commonwealth will serve are Time Warner Communications and the Pick Up Stix and Panda Express restaurant chains. Commonwealth will also supply the City of Palmdale with green power for its municipal facilities. Commonwealth is a leading retail power marketer in California's competitive electricity market and claims to be serving more than 80,000 of the nearly 200,000 customers that have switched to an alternative supplier since the market opened in April 1998.
News Release - Commonwealth Energy Procures "Green" Contract from Time Warner Communications - No longer online at electricamerica.com
News Release - Commonwealth Energy Serves Up Irresistible Green Savings to California Restaurants - No longer online at electricamerica.com
News Release - Commonwealth Energy "Powers" City of Palmdale - No longer online at electricamerica.com
Commonwealth Contact: Jay Goth (714) 258-0470
September 1999 - electricAmerica (formerly Commonwealth Energy), was granted a license by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to sell power in the state's competitive electricity market. Commonwealth plans to "do in Pennsylvania what we've successfully done in California — bring clean energy to residential and small business customers at a discount to the utility price." The company says it will offer "clean hydro power" priced below the customer "shopping credit." Commonwealth Energy is a leading green power marketer in California, claiming to serve more than 70,000 customers.
News Release - Commonwealth Energy Receives PUC License in Pennsylvania - No longer online at electricamerica.com
May 1999 - Calpine Corporation announced that it has entered into a three-year agreement to provide "green energy" to electricAmerica (formerly Commonwealth Energy) from Calpine's Geysers geothermal power plants in northern California. The agreement calls for Commonwealth to purchase 60 MW of power from Calpine in 1999, increasing to 100 MW in 2000 and 125 MW through June 2002. Commonwealth, a registered energy service provider, claims to be serving more than 50,000 residential and small business customers throughout California.
News Release - Calpine Corporation And Commonwealth Energy Sign Deal For Long Term Geothermal Energy Supply - No longer online at electricamerica.com
May 1999 - electricAmerica (formerly Commonwealth Energy), a registered energy service provider in California, is partnering with the North American Coalition on Religion and Ecology (NACRE) to promote the benefits of green power to more than 30,000 religious faith and other non-profit organizations throughout California. The "Greensmart Renewable Energy Project" will educate NACRE members on the environmental benefits of choosing green power.
NACRE is a non-profit ecumenical and interfaith organization founded to promote the values of earth stewardship through environmental education and action programs for environmentally sustainable development.
News Release - Commonwealth Energy Corporation and North American Coalition on Religion and Ecology Partner to Promote Green Power in California - No longer online at electricamerica.com
January 1999 - electricAmerica (formerly Commonwealth Energy), which claims to be already serving more than 45,000 California customers or approximately one-third of all consumers who have switched away from the state's incumbent utilities, announced that it will offer its GreenSmart green power product at a discount to the California Power Exchange price. According to a survey conducted by the California Office of Ratepayer Advocates, Commonwealth currently sells its non-differentiated electricity product to residential customers at a small discount off of the default utility price.
Consumers who choose to switch to Commonwealth Energy will receive 100% green power from California-based, Green-e certified renewable sources. In addition, all existing customers will be converted to the green power product as Commonwealth will focus its future marketing efforts on the GreenSmart service.
News Release - Commonwealth Energy Becomes Only Electric Service Provider to Offer Green Power at a Discount - No longer online at electricamerica.com
News Release - Commonwealth Energy Converts All System Power Customers to Green Power - No longer online at electricamerica.com
News Article - County Makes Green Power Cheaper - No longer online at krmediastream.com
December 1998 - electricAmerica (formerly Commonwealth Energy), which bills itself as "California's largest electric service provider," announced that it is offering two green power products "that will deliver environmental-friendly power to consumers throughout the state." Through its Green Smart program, customers can choose from products containing either 50% or 100% renewables content. The renewable energy for both products will come from purchases of geothermal energy from Calpine Corporation, which owns plants in The Geysers resource area.
News Release - Green Power Program Launched by Commonwealth Energy Corporation - No longer online at electricamerica.com
Commonwealth Contact: Jeff Bailey (714) 259-2547