September 2004 - Maine Interfaith Power and Light (MeIPL) introduced two new green power offerings sourced from zero-emission renewable energy resources, which replace and improve upon its initial green power offering launched in January 2003. The first new product, Green Supply II, is sourced from the Worumbo hydropower facility in Lisbon Falls, Maine, which is the only small hydropower dam in the state certified as low-impact by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. The product is priced at 1¢/kWh above the standard offer rate. The second offering, Green Supply Plus, couples electricity from the Worumbo hydropower facility with 20% new wind electricity and is priced at 1.5¢/kWh above the standard offer rate.
News Article - New Clean Electricity Products for Homeowners (in Maine Green Power Connection Newsletter, Fall 2004)
July 2003 - Maine Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L) announced that after just six months it has reached its goal of obtaining 1,000 green power customers in Maine. The non-profit organization and its renewable energy supplier, Maine Renewable Energy, are now selling 1 million kilowatt-hours of green power to customers each month. In addition, MIP&L announced that about 750 state agencies have committed to purchase green power in response to a goal set by Maine Governor John Baldacci earlier this year for state government facilities to buy at least 50% of their electricity from renewable power sources.
News Release - Green Power Reaches Unprecedented Milestones in Maine (PDF 92 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
MIP&L offers two green power options to electricity customers in Maine. The first product is a blend of power supplied from existing small hydro and wood-fired biomass plants located in Maine. Under the second option, customers can purchase "green tags" from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which represent the environmental attributes of power generated from new solar and wind facilities in the Pacific Northwest.
January 2003 - Maine Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L) announced the availability of two green power products for electricity customers in Maine. The first product is a blend of power from existing small hydropower facilities (50% or more) and wood-fired generators located in the state. The power will be supplied by Maine Renewable Energy at a premium of about 1.5¢/kwh above the standard-offer rate charged in most parts of the state. Thus, a customer using 500 kWh per month would pay an extra $7.50 per month for the product. Customers who choose this option must switch from their current electricity supplier and enter into a service contract until February 2005. MIPL is hoping to obtain 1,000 customers for this offering.
Under the second option, customers can purchase "green tags" from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation in increments of 1,000 kWh for $20, or 2¢/kWh. The green tags represent the environmental attributes of power generated from new solar and wind facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Under this option, customers are not required to switch electricity providers or enter into long-term service contracts. Purchases of the green tags are also tax deductible.
MIP&L will set aside a minimum of 20% of its revenues from the sale of green power to support the development of new, clean power sources in Maine, such as solar electric systems installed on local churches.
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MIP&L Contact: Erica Morgan (207) 729-9665
Maine Renewable Energy Contact: Richard Silkman (207) 772-6190