December 2013 - Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG) has recently announced that it is partnering with the NFL Environmental Program to provide green power for Super Bowl XLVIII. PSEG will purchase and retire enough renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match every megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity used to power the event. The total electricity to be offset by PSEG's donations will include electricity used to power Met Life Stadium, both team's hotels, and the public event in Times Square known as Super Bowl Boulevard. The RECs are being purchased locally from New Jersey generators including PSE&G's Kearny Solar Farm and from Community Energy Inc., a certified Green-e Supplier.
Press Release -
PSEG Partners with the NFL Environmental Program to Provide Green Energy For Super Bowl XLVIII
February 2012 - Eastern University (PA) has partnered with Community Energy to extend its 100 percent green power commitment for seven years. The university has purchased 100 percent of its electricity from wind renewable energy certificates (RECs) since 2006 and is now committed to purchase 100 percent green power through at least 2018. Community Energy will supply a portion of the university's renewable energy generation through solar RECs from a 6-megawatt solar facility in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which the marketer plans to build in 2012.
News Release -
Eastern University Makes 7-Year Commitment to 100% Clean Energy
Additional Information -
Community Energy's Keystone Solar Project
October 2010 - Drexel University has agreed to purchase more than 84 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power, enough to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs. Community Energy will supply the renewable energy certificates. The university first began purchasing renewable energy in 2002 and has steadily increased its purchase size over time.
News Release - Drexel University Commits to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Wind Energy
Contact: Niki Gianakaris, 215-895-6741
June 2010 - Cascades Tissue Group has nearly doubled its previous annual green power purchase commitment and is now purchasing 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind energy, which is equivalent to 100 percent of the electricity used for the production of its North River line of commercial towel and tissue products. The renewable energy certificates (RECs) will be sourced from the MidAmerican Energy's Charles City Wind Farm located in northern Iowa and supplied by Community Energy, Inc.
News Release - Cascades Tissue Group Doubles Commitment To Wind
January 2010 - The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York announced Green Power NYC, a new website that allows New York City residents and small businesses to purchase renewable energy. From the site, consumers can select their desired type of clean power and energy provider and fill out a form to make the switch to renewable energy. The site was developed with funds donated from the Wolfensohn Family Foundation.
Currently, the site offers renewable energy options from two suppliers: Sterling Planet and Community Energy.
ConEdison Solutions is offering WIND Power, a 100% wind energy product, at a rate of 2.5¢/kWh, and GREEN Power, a blended product of wind (35%) and small hydro (65%) energy, at a rate of 1.0¢/kWh. The renewable energy for both products is supplied by Community Energy, Inc. from New York State facilities.
Sterling Planet is offering Sterling Wind, a 100% wind energy product sourced from regional/national facilities, at a rate of 1.85¢/kWh, and Sterling NY Choice, a blended product of wind (50%) and small hydro (50%) energy sourced from New York State facilities, at a rate of 2.5¢/kWh.
News Release - New Website Lets New Yorkers Switch to Green Power in Three Clicks
Additional Information - Participating Green Power Providers
Contact: Kate Slusark, 212-727-4592
November 2009 - Curtis Packaging Corporation announced that it has purchased renewable energy equivalent to 100 percent of its energy use. Under an agreement with Community Energy, it is purchasing more than 6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates annually. Curtis Packaging is ranked 8th on the EPA Green Power Partnership Top 20 Printers List. Combined, the top 20 printers purchase more than 152 million kWh annually.
News Release - Curtis Packaging Purchases 100% Clean, Renewable Energy
News Release - EPA recognizes Curtis Packaging Corporation
Additional Information - Curtis Packaging Uses Wind Power
October 2009 - PPL Electric Utilities, an electric delivery service to eastern and central Pennsylvania and a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, announced that residential and small-business customers will now have an option to purchase renewable energy in 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks at a cost of 2.5¢/kWh above the standard electric rate, or $2.50 per block. The utility is offering the PPL Electric Utilities Green Power Option, in partnership with Community Energy Inc., a wind energy developer and marketer located in Radnor, Penn. The program is sourced from wind and small hydropower projects.
News Release - PPL Electric Utilities to offer new renewable energy rate
Contact: Ryan Hill, 610-774-5997, PPLGreen@CommunityEnergyInc.com
October 2009 - Regis University announced its campus is now purchasing wind energy equivalent to all of its electricity needs. Under a two-year agreement with renewable energy marketer, Community Energy, the university will purchase more than 11 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind energy projects.
News Release - Wind Energy Power Commitment at Regis University
September 2009 - Allegheny Power, an investor-owned utility serving over 1.5 million customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, announced that the customers of Westmoreland County, Penn. will now have an option to purchase wind energy in 100 kWh blocks at a cost of 2.5¢/kWh above the standard rate, or $2.50 per block. The utility offers the program in partnership with Community Energy Inc., a wind energy developer and marketer located in Radnor, Penn. The utility's voluntary Allegheny Renewable Energy Program is sourced from renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind farms in the MidAtlantic and Midwest, with at least 20 percent of the wind generated in Pennsylvania.
Additional Information - Allegheny Renewable Energy Program
August 2009 - FatCow, a provider of Internet-related services, announced that its offices and data centers are now 100 percent powered by wind energy. Under an agreement with Community Energy Inc., FatCow will purchase 4.4 million kilowatt-hours per year of renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind energy projects.
Press Release - FatCow Web Hosting "Goes Green" by Committing to 100% Wind Energy
Contact: Paul Bukhovko, 888-278-9780
July 2009 - eSA Solutions, a business technology provider specializing in digital printing, announced that it is purchasing carbon offsets to match their emissions from central heating, employee travel, and fleet vehicle use. Under the agreement with Community Energy, Inc., the company will purchase 130 metric tons of Green-e certified carbon offsets from U.S.-based wind farms.
eSA Solutions is a subsidiary of Sandy Alexander, which in 2006 became the first printing company in New Jersey to match 100 percent of their electricity use with a purchase of renewable energy certificates.
News Release - eSA Solutions Makes a Commitment to Carbon Neutrality
April 2009 - Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a global infrastructure developer and operator, announced that it is purchasing wind energy for 100% of its electricity use at its corporate headquarters in New York City. Under the agreement with Community Energy, Inc., the company will purchase 3.1 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs). PB has also joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, a group of organizations that have made voluntary commitments to purchase electricity from renewable sources.
News Release - Parsons Brinckerhoff Announces Purchase of Green Power
Contact: Judy Cooper, 212-465-5332
April 2009 - BurstNET Technologies, Inc., a Web hosting and Internet solutions provider, announced that it is purchasing wind energy for 100% of its electricity use at its operations center in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Under the agreement with Community Energy, Inc., the company will purchase 5 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from a combination of Pennsylvania and national wind farms. As a member of Green-e Marketplace, BurstNET can now display the Green-e logo to inform consumers that it purchased 100% Green-e certified RECs.
News Release - BurstNET announces green power/operations initiative
Contact: Benjamin Arcus, 570-343-2200 x 110
February 2009 - Velocity Print Solutions announced its commitment to purchasing green power for 100 percent of its energy use in 2009. Under an agreement with Community Energy, Inc., the company will buy nearly 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy certificates (RECs). Velocity Print Solutions is a Leadership Club member in the EPA Green Power Partnership program and a Certified Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody printer.
News Release - Velocity Print Solutions Commits to Clean Energy
September 2008 - The Bond Companies, developer of the Springbrook Prairie Pavilion, a 270,000 square foot commercial shopping development in Naperville, Illinois, announced it has made a multi-year commitment to purchase wind energy for the Pavilion. Under an agreement with Community Energy Inc., the company is purchasing approximately 10 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of wind energy RECs per year, or enough to supply 100% of the Pavilion’s anticipated electricity consumption.
The Pavilion is the first development in DuPage County, Illinois to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Through the LEED Certification Program, the USGBC awards four certification levels for new commercial buildings — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum — based on their environmental impacts and occupant health impacts.
Press Release - Bond Companies’ New Naperville Springbrook Prairie Pavilion Purchases Wind Power Renewable Energy Certificates Covering 100% of Electricity Demand
Bond Companies Contact: Raymond Minkus, 224-533-1030
July 2008 - Cascades Tissue Group, the fourth largest producer of tissue paper in North America, announced the purchase of 11 million kWh of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs). The wind energy purchase offsets 100% of the energy required to manufacture the company's North River brand commercial towel and tissue products, the first such products to be manufactured with 100% renewable energy. Community Energy, Inc. will supply the RECs to Cascades.
The North River line of products is made from 100% recycled fiber with a majority of post-consumer material, using a chlorine free process. Cascades Tissue Group complies with the requirements of the Sustainable Manufacturing and Marketing Initiative guidelines, including a reduction in energy use for its manufacturing facilities.
News Release - Cascades Tissue Group Improves Sustainable Performance By 18%
News Article - Cascade Turns to Wind Energy for Commercial Towel and Tissue Brand North River
June 2008 - Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) is now offering its customers renewable energy certificates (RECs) in 100 kWh increments at a price of 34¢ each, or 0.34¢/kWh. When a customer signs up under the program, CSU retires the requisite quantity of RECs on their behalf. The REC program comes in response to strong customer demand for renewable energy; CSU's green pricing program is currently sold out.
The program is being supplied by a five-year REC contract between the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), on behalf of CSU and other utilities, and Community Energy, Inc. The RECs are derived from national sources of wind and geothermal energy.
CSU Contact: Mark James, (719) 668-8017
November 2007 - Allegheny Power announced that it has filed an application with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to offer a wind energy program to its customers in the state. Under the proposed program, consumers could purchase green power sourced from wind farms located in Pennsylvania and other areas of the country. Residential, commercial and industrial customers will be able to participate in the program at various levels, with costs starting at $2.50 per month above standard electricity rates. Allegheny Power will partner with Community Energy Inc. to implement and market the program.
News Release - Allegheny Power Seeks Pennsylvania Authorization for Wind Energy Program
October 2007 - Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that Pennsylvania is increasing the percentage of renewable energy it purchases to run state government operations. Under a modified contract with Community Energy Inc., the state will purchase 277 million kWh of renewable energy annually from wind (57%) and hydroelectric (43%) sources. The new purchase is equivalent to 28% of the state government's electricity needs, up from 20% last year. Its expanded purchase has earned Pennsylvania a spot on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Top 25 Green Power Partnership list.
News Release - At Nearly 30 Percent 'Green,' Pa Is Largest State Purchaser Of Clean Energy; Governor Rendell Says Pennsylvania Leading By Example, Commitment To Industry Will Attract Economic Growth
October 2007 - Montgomery County (Penn.) commissioners announced that the county will purchase wind energy equivalent to the electricity needs of all of its facilities, making it one of the largest municipal purchases in the country. Under an agreement with PECO and Community Energy, the county will purchase more than 29 million kWh of wind energy certificates through the PECO Wind program, joining more than 7,300 county residents and 115 area organizations and businesses that participate in the program. The purchase follows the creation of a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Task Force, which County Commissioners initiated to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency and energy independence in the county.
News Release - Montgomery County Announces 100% Wind Power Purchase
September 2007 - ING, a global financial institution of Dutch origin, announced that it has committed to purchase wind energy for 100% of the electricity it uses for its U.S. facilities. Under a two-year agreement with Community Energy, Inc., ING will buy 70 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for its U.S. facilities, which house about 10,000 employees. Part of the purchase through Community Energy, Inc. includes participation in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program, which entitles ING to designate a free solar energy system to a local community. ING's online banking unit, ING DIRECT, plans to purchase renewable energy starting in January.
ING has announced a goal of becoming carbon-neutral by the end of 2007, which it plans to achieve through its green power purchase, increased energy efficiency, and offsetting all remaining CO2 emissions through reforestation projects. ING currently offsets all of its global business travel by supporting the planting and rehabilitation of 300 hectares of degraded tropical rainforest in Malaysia.
News Release - ING to Power All U.S. Operations with Wind Power
August 2007 - Origins, a brand committed to promoting beauty and wellness through natural products, announced a new agreement with Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) to purchase wind energy equal to 100% of the energy used by its U.S. standalone retail stores, manufacturers of Origins products in company-owned facilities, and third parties manufacturing its organic range of products. Under the agreement, CEI will provide 7.2 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind energy projects in New York state and nationwide. Origins plans to post information about the wind energy purchase on their corporate Web site, as well as inform employees and consumers directly about how they too can make a difference by switching to wind power.
News Release - Origins Blows Away Conventional Energy
CEI Contact: Paul Copleman, (484) 654-0106
May 2007 - The City of Hartford (Conn.) announced that it will offset 20% of its municipal power needs with renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased from Community Energy, Inc. and Constellation NewEnergy. With the purchase, which totals 8.6 million kWh, Hartford becomes the latest Connecticut city to join the 20% by 2010 Clean Energy Campaign organized by SmartPower.
News Release - The City of Hartford Announces Significant Green Energy Purchase to Help Lead Connecticut's Clean Energy Efforts
May 2007 - EarthColor, Inc., a New Jersey-based commercial printing company, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Community Energy, Inc. to purchase wind energy equal to 100% of its electric energy usage at its facility locations across the United States. Under the agreement, EarthColor will buy a total of 25 million kWh of wind energy annually for the next three years for its facilities in Arizona, New Jersey, New York, Florida and Texas. The renewable energy purchase is the largest in the U.S. printing industry according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.
News Release - EarthColor Powers Printing with 100% Wind
January 2007 - Penn State University will purchase green power to meet 20% of its electrical energy needs for the next five years, up from its previous commitment of 5%. Under a new set of contracts, the university will purchase 83.6 million kWh of green power annually, including Pennsylvania-based wind energy from Community Energy, Inc., national wind and biomass energy from 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees), and low-impact certified hydroelectric power from Sterling Planet, Inc. The university was able to increase its green power purchases by negotiating a lower average purchase price; the new contracts carry an average price of 0.5¢/kWh compared to 1.4¢/kWh under its previous wind energy contract.
News Release - University Awards Environmentally Friendly Energy Contracts to Enhance Existing Green Initiatives
December 2006 - Twenty-eight companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Eleventh National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.
Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to Aspen Skiing Company, HSBC-North America, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partner of the Year. Portland General Electric was named Green Power Program of the Year and Silicon Valley Power won for New Green Power Program. Jim Burke of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Brent Alderfer and Eric Blank of Community Energy Inc. received the Green Power Pioneer Award.
News Release - 2006 National Green Power Award Winners Announced
More Information - Green Power Leadership Awards
October 2006 - New York University (NYU) announced that it will purchase enough renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset the school's entire annual electricity use. With the purchase, which amounts to 118 million kWh, NYU becomes the largest purchaser of wind energy among the nation's colleges and universities. The RECs will be supplied by Community Energy, Inc. from both local and national wind power projects. The green power purchase is one element of a broader sustainability initiative that includes energy efficiency projects and an overhaul of the school's existing cogeneration plant.
News Release - NYU to Purchase Wind-generated Power as Part of New Sustainability Initiative
News Article - Going green: NYU buys wind energy
October 2006 - The Village of Northbrook, Ill. signed a one-year agreement with Community Energy, Inc. to purchase 4.5 million kWh of wind energy credits to run the city's water plant. At a contract price of 1.70¢/kWh, the purchase is expected to add about $5 to the average yearly residential water bill. The wind energy will be supplied from the Crescent Ridge Wind Farm located in Bureau County, Ill.
News Article - Wind Now Runs Suburb's Water Plant
September 2006 - The Western Area Power Administration announced that it coordinated renewable energy certificate (REC) purchases by five federal agencies totaling 236 million kWh over five years. The RECs will be supplied by 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees) from wind, biomass and geothermal projects located in California, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oregon and South Dakota. The purchases will help the agencies meet federal renewable energy use goals set in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The agency purchases include:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Denver (7 million kWh)
- Fort Lewis, Wash. (209.5 million kWh)
- NASA Ames Research Center, Calif. (12.3 million kWh)
- NASA Eastside Airfield, Calif. (4.1 million kWh)
- U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region (2.75 million kWh)
Western also coordinated a 1.5 billion kWh, five-year purchase of renewable energy by Colorado Springs Utilities, which will be used to comply with the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requirement. Under this agreement, Community Energy, Inc. will supply RECs from wind energy and other renewable projects located primarily in California, Kansas and Nebraska.
News Article - Credits Help Utilities Go Green
August 2006 - The state of Pennsylvania has doubled the size of its green power purchase for state facilities. Under a two-year contract modification with Community Energy, Inc., the state will buy 200 million kWh of renewable electricity per year generated from wind (40%) and hydropower (60%) resources at a premium of 0.34¢/kWh over standard electricity rates. With the purchase, which equates to 20% of state government electricity use, Pennsylvania ranks as the largest purchaser of renewable energy among U.S. states, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.
News Release - Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Redoubling Its Purchase of Green Electricity
News Article - PA Government Doubling Green-Energy Use to 20%
August 2006 - Curtis Packaging, a Connecticut-based packaging design and printing company, announced that it will purchase renewable energy for 100% of its corporate electricity needs. The company will buy 4.5 million kWh of renewable electricity annually for the next three years from Community Energy, Inc., with about 30% of the power being purchased through the CTCleanEnergyOptions program. The purchase represents one of the largest single contracts executed under the state program.
News Release - Curtis Packaging Purchases 100% Clean, Renewable Energy
News Article - Newtown firm looks past world of fossil fuels
June 2006 - The University of Pennsylvania has increased the level of its green power purchases to 112 million kWh annually, representing nearly 30% of the school's annual electricity requirements. The wind energy will be supplied by Community Energy, Inc (CEI) from wind farms across the country. In 2001, Penn agreed to a three-year purchase of 20 million kWh from CEI sourced from Pennsylvania wind farms, which at the time was the largest retail purchase of wind energy in the United States. In 2003, the initial purchase was doubled to 40 million kWh under a 10-year agreement, also with CEI. The new five-year purchase makes Penn the leading green power purchaser among the nation's colleges and universities according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.
News Release - University of Pennsylvania, Largest University Buyer of Wind Energy in the Nation, Triples Its Purchase
May 2006 - The University of Denver, the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region with approximately 10,400 undergraduate and graduate students, announced that it has signed a two-year contract with Community Energy, Inc. to purchase wind energy to supply 10% of the annual electricity needs of the campus. The deal follows passage of a student ballot initiative calling for undergraduate students to pay an extra $18 per year as part of their student activity fee to financially support the purchase. The 15 million kWh annual purchase will cost the university an extra $81,000, or 1.2¢/kWh. One-third of the wind energy will be supplied from a Colorado-based wind farm jointly owned by Lamar Light and Power and the Arkansas River Power Authority.
News Release - University purchases wind energy
News Article - DU has gone with the wind
May 2006 - Spanish company, Iberdrola, one of the world's top wind project owners and operators, announced that it is acquiring Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), a leading U.S. marketer of wind energy in voluntary purchase markets. The CEI acquisition is one component of a larger corporate expansion strategy with a stated goal of 10,000 MW of renewable energy development worldwide by 2011, up from about 3,600 MW today. CEI currently has more than 2,000 MW of wind energy projects in the development pipeline in the United States.
News Release - IBERDROLA, World Leader in Renewable Energy, Enters the U.S. Market with the Forthcoming Acquisition of Community Energy, Inc.
News Article - Wind-energy Firm Sells Out to One in Spain
News Article - Wind Industry Giant Invests in U.S.
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.
Participating electricity customers will continue to be served and billed by their local electric company, and the renewable energy purchase will appear as a separate line item on the bill. The program began October 1 in the PSE&G and JCP&L service territories and has now expanded to Atlantic City Electric and Orange & Rockland Utilities.
News Release - New Jersey Makes the Choice for Clean Energy
News Article - N.J. to Offer Renewable Energy Surcharge
News Article - 'Green' Electrical Bills Will Cost More Green
NJBPU Contact: Anne Marie McShea, (609) 777-3300
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:
- Brookfield, WI; We Energies; sources: wind, landfill gas and solar
- Madison, WI; Alliant Energy/WP&L; sources: wind, landfill gas and solar
- Eugene, OR; Eugene Water & Electric Board; source: wind
- Denver, Englewood, Boulder, Grand Junction and Lakewood, CO; Xcel Energy; source: wind
- Colorado Springs, CO; Community Energy Inc.; source: wind
- Fort Collins, CO; Fort Collins Utilities; source: wind
- Bloomington and Roseville, MN; Xcel Energy; source: wind
- Dallas, Houston (two stores) and Plano, TX; Green Mountain Energy; source: wind
- Pittsburgh, PA; Community Energy Inc.; source: wind
News Release - REI Steps Up to 20 Percent Green Power
REI Contact: Kevin Hagen, (253) 437-7312
March 2006 - Aspen Skiing Company (ASC), operator of four ski mountains and two hotels in Colorado, announced that it is purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset 100% percent of the company's electricity use. The purchase, which totals 21 million kWh annually, is the largest in the history of the U.S. ski industry. The wind energy certificates are being supplied by Community Energy, Inc. and supplement ASC's existing wind purchases from Holy Cross Energy, which account for 5% of the company's electricity use.
News Release - Aspen Skiing Company Makes Largest Purchase of Wind Energy Certificates in the U.S. Ski Industry
January 2006 - The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Purchasers, a program of the Center for Resource Solutions and Think Energy, announced that eight Massachusetts-based businesses and institutions have come together to purchase more than 20.5 million kWh of Green-e certified green power. Community Energy, Inc. will supply the group with renewable energy certificates sourced from wind farms in New England and across the nation.
The purchasers include: Amherst College, the John Merck Fund, Mount Holyoke College, Oak Foundation, PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, Sasaki Associates, Inc., Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
News Release - Businesses and Universities in Massachusetts Make Large Wind Power Purchase
CRS Contact: Këri Bolding (415) 561-2100
Think Energy Contact: Mark Crowdis (301) 270-0483
November 2005 - The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a commitment to purchase renewable energy for all its electricity needs. Under the agreement, DEP facilities will collectively purchase 7.6 million kWh of renewable energy annually through the CTCleanEnergyOptions program, adding an estimated $125,000, or about 10%, to the department's annual electric bill. The purchase will be split evenly between the two clean energy suppliers participating in the program, Community Energy and Sterling Planet.
The DEP purchase represents the largest institutional clean energy purchase since the CTCleanEnergyOptions program was unveiled in April 2005, and will help the state achieve its 20% renewable electricity purchase goal for state agencies and universities for 2010. To date, about 5,500 Connecticut customers have enrolled in the program.
News Release - DEP Announces Move to "Clean" Energy: First State Agency to Get Power from Renewable Sources
November 2005 - Customers of Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), a regulated utility which provides electricity in nearly all of New York City and most of Westchester County, can choose among green power options supplied by four providers. Given New York's competitive retail electricity market, Con Edison customers can switch electricity service to an energy service company which provides green power, currently either ConEdison Solutions or Econnergy, or can sign up with a green power marketer, either Community Energy or Sterling Planet, while still receiving electricity from Con Edison.
More Information - Con Edison Green Power Brochure (PDF 847 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
Correction Notice - This article replaces a previous article entitled "Sterling Planet Teams with Con Edison to Offer Green Option"
November 2005 - The City of Boulder, Colorado announced that it exceeded its goals for a recent campaign designed to increase the number of residents and businesses purchasing green power. During the roughly two-month "Wind Power Challenge," 1,150 customers signed up to purchase wind power from local renewable energy suppliers, far exceeding the campaign's goal of 500 new subscribers. When combined with the more than 5,700 pre-existing green power customers, about 16% of the city's residents and businesses now purchase green power. Collectively, these purchases represent nearly 5% of the community's total electricity needs.
Due in part to the success of the challenge, which was sponsored by the city and local non-profit Western Resource Advocates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership has designation the city a "Green Power Community," making Boulder the first community in Colorado to receive this distinction.
The following local renewable energy suppliers participated in the city's wind power challenge: Clean and Green; Community Energy, Inc.; Renewable Choice Energy; and Xcel Energy through its Windsource program.
News Release - Boulder exceeds goals of Wind Challenge; Becomes Green Power Community
News Release - City of Boulder challenges community to increase wind power purchases
Western Resource Advocates Contact: Susan Innis, (303) 444-1188, ext 221
City of Boulder Contacts:
Carolyn Weinreich, Office of Environmental Affairs, (303) 441-1914
Jodie Carroll, Media Relations, (303) 441-3155
November 2005 - Sandy Alexander, a leading printer of high-end corporate communications and promotional literature for Fortune 500 companies, announced a seven-year agreement with Community Energy Inc. to purchase half of its electric power from wind energy sources, beginning in December. The 4.5 million kWh annual purchase makes the New Jersey-based company the largest consumer of green power in the printing and publishing sector, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. The purchase will include at least 1 million kWh annually from the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm, which is currently under construction in Atlantic City, NJ.
News Release - Sandy Alexander Makes U.S. Printing Industry's Largest Purchase of Wind Power
Sandy Alexander Media Contact: Chip Stine, (973) 470-8100
Community Energy Contact: Paul Copleman, (484) 654-0106
October 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) honored a group of organizations committed to advancing the development of green power markets in the United States. The annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing leading national green power purchasers and suppliers, were presented on October 24 at the Tenth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Austin, Texas.
EPA and DOE presented awards for green power purchasing to 29 organizations. The highest honor in purchasing, the Green Power Partner of the Year Award, was presented to HSBC North America, Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Air Force and WhiteWave Foods Company. Additional Purchaser Award winners included: Alameda County, California; Aspen Skiing Company; the Atlantic Golf division of the Brick Companies; Dagoba Organic Chocolate; FedEx Express Oakland, California Hub Facility; City of Fresno, Calif.; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; Harvard University; the Hyatt Regency Dallas and the Hyatt Regency Dallas-Fort Worth; Mohawk Fine Papers; Safeway Inc.; St. Francis Winery and Vineyard; Starbucks Coffee; The University of Minnesota, Morris; the City of Vallejo, Calif.; Western Washington University; Whole Foods Market – Rocky Mountain Region; and the World Bank Group.
Seven awards were also presented to organizations demonstrating notable success in marketing and encouraging green power program participation. The highest honor, Green Power Program of the Year, was presented to Austin Energy's GreenChoice Program for the second consecutive year. Other Supplier Award winners included 3 Phases Energy; Enel North America, Inc.; Florida Power & Light; PacifiCorp's Blue Sky Program; PECO WIND and Community Energy; and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
CRS presented Green Power Market Development Awards to organizations and individuals showing leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable energy. Recipients included 3 Phases Energy, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Blair Swezey of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
More Information - 2005 Award Ceremony Booklet (PDF 1.1 MB) Download Acrobat Reader
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:
Community Energy is offering a blend of wind (50%), low-impact hydro (49%), and solar (1%) at a rate premium of 1.3¢/kWh.
Green Mountain Energy is offering a blend of wind (50%), and small hydro (50%) sourced in the region at a premium of 0.9¢/kWh.
Jersey-Atlantic Wind is offering a blend of New Jersey-based wind (50%) and low-impact hydro (50%) at a premium of 2.9¢/kWh. The company is also offering a 100% New Jersey-based wind product in 100-kWh monthly increments for $5.50, or a premium of 5.5¢/kWh.
Sterling Planet is offering a blend of new wind (33%), small hydro (33%), and new bioenergy (34%) from sources in the Mid-Atlantic states at a premium of 1.2¢/kWh. Customers can elect to purchase the product to meet 50% or 100% of their electricity usage.
News Release - Acting Governor Codey Declares October "Clean Energy Month in New Jersey"
News Article - Would You Pay More for Clean Energy?
More Information - New Jersey CleanPower Choice Program
NJ BPU Contact: Anne Marie McShea, (609) 777-3300
September 2005 - Community Energy, Inc. is now offering renewable energy certificates (RECs) for sale to Colorado residents and businesses. The company's NewWind Energy product will be sourced from Colorado wind energy projects and offered to residential customers in 100-kWh increments for $2.00, or a premium of 2¢/kWh, and to commercial customers for 1.2¢/kWh. Initially the RECs will be supplied from a 7.5-MW project located near Lamar, Colorado. In the future, the company plans to add RECs from school-based wind projects in rural Colorado to the resource mix. Community Energy recently contracted with the University of Colorado at Boulder to supply 8.8 million kWh of RECs for three student-run buildings.
In addition, Boulder-based Clean and Green is offering a Green-e certified REC product sourced from municipal and community-based wind energy projects located nationwide. The company offers the RECs to residential customers in 300-kWh increments for about 3¢/kWh. Note: Clean and Green is no longer Green-e certified. (February 29, 2008)
News Release - Green-e Certifies Clean and Green Renewable Energy Certificates
News Article - Community Energy to Sell Renewable Energy Credits
May 2005 - Students at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder are now purchasing enough wind-generated electricity to offset 100% of the electricity needs of the three student-run campus buildings. In the spring of 2000, students voted by a 5 to 1 margin to increase fees by $1 per semester for four years to purchase wind power, which was enough to supply about 30% of the annual buildings load. When the referendum expired in 2004, students passed new legislation calling for 100% wind power. Lower market prices for wind energy have allowed CU to increase its purchase from 2 million kWh to 8.8 million kWh annually at only a slightly higher total cost. CU is now buying its wind energy from Community Energy, Inc., with half of the wind energy supplied from a wind project located in southeast Colorado and the other half from the upper Midwest.
News Release - Renewable Energy Powers CU-Boulder (PDF 72 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
News Article - WindSource losing gusto
CU Boulder Contact: Ghita Carroll (303) 492-8308
April 2005 - Six Long Island municipalities in Suffolk County are purchasing more than 8 million kWh of wind energy annually through the LIPA Green Choice Program in partnership with Community Energy, Inc. Through the program, the communities of Southold, East Hampton, Riverhead, and Shelter Island, and both the Town of Southampton and Village of Southampton are using the green power to meet some or all of their municipal electricity needs. In addition, both the Suffolk County and Nassau County legislatures recently passed legislation calling for the counties to purchase up to 50% of their future electricity needs from renewable energy sources, subject to cost caps.
News Release - LIPA & Community Energy Announce Five Long Island Municipalities Enrolled for NewWind Energy Purchases
News Article - Green Light for Green Energy
April 2005 - The Pennsylvania Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy (PCIEP), in partnership with wind energy marketer Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), announced that nine Pennsylvania-based colleges and universities have increased their wind energy purchase commitments. To date, 34 PCIEP members are collectively purchasing 92.2 million kWh of wind energy, which constitutes the largest non-governmental aggregated commitment to wind power in the United States.
Schools that have recently increased their purchases as part of the Consortium's "Getting to 10% Wind" campaign include: Eastern University, which now purchases wind energy equivalent to 32% of its electricity usage, Dickinson College (12%), the University of Pennsylvania (10%), Juniata College (10%), Allegheny College (10%), Chatham College (10%), Duquesne University (10%), Keystone College (10%), and Mercyhurst College (10%).
Other schools purchasing wind energy include Drexel University (8%), Franklin & Marshall College (7%), Carnegie Mellon University (6%), Gettysburg College (5%), and Penn State University (5%).
News Release - Pennsylvania Colleges & Universities Increase Wind Energy Commitment
CEI Contact: John Halley (312) 296-4199
PA DEP Contact: Kurt Knauss (717) 787-1323
March 2005 - ConEdison Solutions and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced an agreement under which the EDC will purchase 3.7 million kWh of wind energy annually for two city-owned industrial centers in Brooklyn: the four-million-square-foot Brooklyn Army Terminal and the one-million-square-foot Bush Terminal. The wind energy will be supplied under a wholesale agreement with Community Energy, Inc. and sourced primarily from the 30-MW Fenner Wind Power Project, which is located east of Syracuse, NY.
News Release - New York City Makes Largest Purchase of "Green Power" in New York City Government History
ConEdison Solutions Contact: Christine Nevin, (914) 286-7094
EDC Contact: Michael Sherman, (212)312-3523
March 2005 - The Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) announced that Georgia-based Sterling Planet and New York City-based Community Energy have been selected through a competitive bidding process to provide renewable energy options for customers of the state's two major utility companies, United Illuminating and Connecticut Light and Power. Under the new program, which will begin on April 1, customers will have the option to purchase green power from either of the two providers to meet 50% or 100% of their electricity needs.
The Sterling Planet product is sourced from new wind (33%), existing small hydro (33%), and new landfill gas generators (34%) at a premium of 1.15¢/kWh over standard offer service, which would cost the average residential customer an additional $5.75 per month for the 100% option. The Community Energy offering, which is sourced from 50% new wind and 50% landfill gas, is priced at 1.1¢/kWh over standard offer rates. The two utilities will distribute information about the green power options in monthly billing statements and through their respective Web sites.
News Release - Community Energy, Inc. Announces Launch of CTCleanEnergyOptions
News Release - DPUC Announces Start of Clean Energy Options (PDF 113 KB)
News Article - Starting April 1, electric customers in Connecticut can go "green"
DPUC Contact: Beryl Lyons (860) 827-2670
February 2005 - OfficeMax Inc., one of the nation's largest providers of office supplies and services, announced that it is offering its North American business customers a 100% post-consumer recycled paper manufactured with wind power and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The paper is also made without the use of chlorine and chlorine compounds.
Mohawk Color Copy 100% Recycled Paper is manufactured by Mohawk Paper Mills, the only U.S. mill using wind energy in its paper-making process. In August 2003, Mohawk Paper Mills entered into a contract with Community Energy, Inc. to purchase four million kWh of wind power annually for its manufacturing facilities. The paper product will be available through contract orders.
News Release - OfficeMax Only National U.S. Office Products Supplier to Sell Recycled Paper Made With Wind Power
Additional Information - Mohawk Environmental Stewardship White Paper (PDF 603 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
February 2005 - Eight Illinois-based distribution cooperatives served by Prairie Power generation and transmission cooperative are offering their customers a wind energy purchase option. In partnership with Community Energy, Inc., a national retail marketer of wind-generated power, the co-ops have unveiled the EcoEnergy program, through which customers can purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) supplied from the 54.5-MW Crescent Ridge Windpower Project located near Princeton, IL. The product is available in increments of 200 kWh, 300 kWh, or 400 kWh at a rate premium of 3¢/kWh. The charge will appear on the monthly bill of participating customers, who must agree to enroll for a minimum of one year.
The eight electric cooperatives offering the program are: Coles-Moultrie, Shelby, Eastern Illini, Rural Electric Convenience, Menard, Spoon River, McDonough Power, and Adams. Collectively, the utilities serve about 65,000 retail customers.
News Article - Coles-Moultrie Co-op offering renewable energy certificates
News Article - Customers paying for 'eco energy'
January 2005 - The City of Naperville (Illinois) municipal utility is partnering with Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) to offer a green pricing program to its residential and commercial customers. The Naperville Renewable Energy Option product is supplied from a combination of wind energy (90%), small-hydro (5%), and solar energy (5%) procured from in-state sources, and is priced at a 2.5¢/kWh premium to the regular electricity rate. The minimum participation level is $5.00 for the purchase of 200 kWh. Customers will receive informational inserts and enrollment forms with their January utility bills.
News Release - City of Naperville and Partner, Community Energy, Launch Renewable Energy Option
Naperville Contact: Gary Karafiat (630) 420-6034
CEI Contact: Amy McGinty (484) 744-1782
December 2004 - Community Energy, Inc. and the New Jersey Audubon Society announced that they have reached an agreement that will allow Community Energy to move ahead with development of a 7.5-MW wind farm near Atlantic City that will serve its green power customers in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Under the agreement, the organizations will conduct a detailed study using new radar technology to better predict how the wind turbine towers may affect bird migration. The agreement settles an appeal filed by the Audubon Society regarding issuance of a Coastal Area Facility Review Act permit for the facility, which would be the first wind generation project to be built in the state.
News Release - New Jersey Audubon Society And Community Energy, Inc. Announce Agreement On Atlantic City Wind Project
Ted Korth, New Jersey Audubon Society (609) 713-4699
Brent Alderfer, Community Energy Inc. (215) 353-1373
November 2004 - PECO Energy, a utility serving about 1.5 million electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, announced that it has enrolled more than 9,000 households in its PECO WIND program six months after launch, making it one of the fastest growing programs in the country. Under the program, residential and business customers can purchase wind energy in 100-kWh increments each month for an additional charge of $2.54, or a rate premium of 2.54¢/kWh. The surcharge is added to the participating customer's monthly electricity bill. The product is supplied from a 60-MW wind power facility located in Waymart, Pennsylvania and offered in partnership with Community Energy, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based green power marketer.
News Release - More Than 9,000 PECO Customers Choose Wind Energy
PECO Contact: Cathy Engel (215) 841-5555
Community Energy Contact: Brent Beerley (215) 778-3898
November 2004 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has expanded its use of green power by committing to purchase 100% green power to match the electricity needs of its Federal Triangle complex and the building which houses its Office of Air and Radiation in Washington D.C. On behalf of EPA, the General Services Administration entered into a three-year contract with Community Energy and Pepco Energy Services to purchase 44.8 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) annually for the Federal Triangle complex, starting in October 2004. The RECs will be supplied from wind facilities (25%) in Waymart, PA and Thomas, WV and landfill gas facilities (75%) located in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition, the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) signed a separate three-year contract on behalf of EPA with Old Mill Power Company to purchase about four million kWh per year of RECs for the Office of Air and Radiation, starting in June 2004. The RECs will be supplied from a wind farm in Meyersdale, PA.
With these purchases, EPA now procures about 203 million kWh of green power annually, representing 70% of its national electricity needs.
EPA Contact: Justin A Spenillo (202) 564-0639
DESC Contact: Andrea Kincaid (703) 767-8669
NREL Contact: Chandra Shah (303) 384-7557
October 2004 - The State of Pennsylvania will triple the amount of wind energy it purchases as a component of a plan to obtain 10% of its electricity needs from in-state energy sources. Under four-year contracts with Community Energy Inc. and Strategic Energy, LLC, the state will purchase 100 million kWh annually, or 10% of the state government's electricity needs, from wind energy (35%), waste coal (10%), and low-impact, run-of-river hydroelectric energy (55%), at an average rate premium of 0.34¢/kWh.
News Release - Pennsylvania Doubles 'Green' Electricity Purchase to 10 Percent
September 2004 - SmartPower, a Hartford, Connecticut-based non-profit organization, announced that more than 1,250 electricity customers have enrolled in Narragansett Electric's GreenUp program just five months after its launch. Under the program, Narragansett customers can purchase renewable energy from one of four participating green energy marketers—Community Energy, Inc., Conservation Services Group, People's Power and Light, and Sterling Planet—without switching their electricity service.
With support from the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund, SmartPower conducted an integrated marketing campaign in cooperation with Narragansett Electric to raise awareness of the renewable energy program.
Newsletter Article - Power Switch is on as Rhode Island Reaches 1250 Clean Energy Customers (September 2004)
SmartPower Contact: Michael Trahan (860) 214-6868
September 2004 - The city of Saratoga Springs, NY has committed to purchase wind energy certificates equivalent to about 40% of the electricity used at its municipal facilities. Under a five-year agreement with Community Energy, Inc., the city will purchase 2.9 million kWh annually at an extra cost of $43,750, or approximately 1.5¢/kWh. The power will come from the 30-MW Fenner Windpower Project located in Madison County, NY. Saratoga Springs is one of 24 municipalities in the state that purchase wind energy.
News Article - Saratoga Springs buys wind power
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.
News Release - Niagara Mohawk Customers Choosing Renewable Energy
NiMo Contact: Alberto Bianchetti (315) 428-6932
Community Energy Contact: Ron Kamen (917) 453-5740
Green Mountain Energy Contact: Andy Prince (512) 289-4728
Sterling Planet Contact: Bob Maddox (203) 266-7973
EnviroGen Contact: Robert Kreppel (716) 631-1518
August 2004 - The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), a municipal utility that serves nearly 1.1 million electricity customers on Long Island in New York, announced that its LIPA Green Choice Program is now open for enrollment. Under the program, LIPA customers can purchase renewable energy attributes through one of the three participating green power marketers—Community Energy, EnviroGen, or Sterling Planet. The green power options are supplied from sources such as wind, hydro and biomass and range in price from 1¢/kWh to 2¢/kWh above standard electricity rates. LIPA will apply the green power surcharge to the standard monthly electricity bills of participating customers.
Participants can change their initial selections or discontinue participation in the program at any time. LIPA will be supporting the program with a public education campaign that will include inserts in monthly billing statements, a Web page, and newspaper advertisements.
News Release - LIPA Opens Green Power Enrollment
News Article - 'Green' power purchase eased by LIPA plan - No longer online at www.newsday.com
June 2004 - Whole Foods Market, a natural and organic foods supermarket chain, announced that it is purchasing wind energy certificates for 10% of the electricity used at its 28 stores and facilities in the North Atlantic Region, covering Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Under an agreement with Community Energy Inc., the company will purchase 5.2 million kWh of wind energy annually generated from new wind energy projects located in the Eastern United States. Combined with an earlier wind energy purchase for its Mid-Atlantic stores, Whole Foods is now buying a total of 11.2 million kWh of wind energy annually for 54 stores in the East.
Later this year, the two companies plan to launch an in-store educational campaign to inform Whole Foods customers about the benefits of wind energy and how to purchase wind energy for their homes.
News Release - Whole Foods Market Strengthens Environmental Stewardship With Introduction of Wind Energy at 24 Stores
News Article - A powerful statement from green grocer: Whole Foods Markets will use the wind to generate some of the electricity for its stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic (Registration Required)
Whole Foods Market Contact: Mara Fleishman (617) 492-5500
Community Energy Contact: Jeff Keeler (203) 245-0757
May 2004 - PECO Energy, an electric utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation serving 1.5 million electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, announced a wind energy offering for its residential and business customers. Customers can purchase PECO WIND energy in 100-kWh blocks each month for an additional charge of $2.54 per block (2.54¢/kWh), or receive 100% of their electricity from wind energy. The extra charge for the wind energy is added directly to the utility bills of participating customers. The wind energy is supplied by Community Energy, Inc. from several Pennsylvania-based wind projects, including Mill Run (15 MW), Somerset (9 MW), and Waymart (60 MW). The company reported that more than 500 residential customers signed up for the program within the first few days of the offering.
News Release - Wind Energy Choice Brought To Pennsylvania Customers By Peco And Community Energy
PECO Media Contact: Cathy Engel (215) 841-4492 or (215) 841-5555
May 2004 - An aggregation of Maryland city and county agencies led by Montgomery County announced that it has signed a contract with Washington Gas Energy Services and Community Energy, Inc., to purchase wind energy to meet 5% of the group's combined electricity usage. Under the two-year deal, the buying group, which includes six County agencies, 11 municipalities, and Prince George's County, will collectively purchase 38 million kWh of wind energy annually sourced from the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in West Virginia.
Montgomery County has included the wind energy purchase as a control measure for ozone pollution in a "State Implementation Plan" (SIP) for air quality improvement, which was recently submitted for approval to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
News Release - Montgomery County Signs Agreement to Purchase Wind Energy; Largest Local Government Purchase in Country
News Article - Montgomery Leads Group Purchasing Wind Power
Montgomery County Contact: Ann Elsen (240) 777-7754
April 2004 - Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) announced that its cumulative wind energy sales to date have exceeded two billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). According to CEI, the annual rate of wind energy purchases from the company has reached 350 million kWh per year, and continues to expand. Through its partnerships with Exelon, NYSEG, Pepco Energy Services, and Washington Gas Energy Services, CEI serves more than 20,000 residences and small businesses in 15 states, including 50 colleges and universities, more than 40 federal, state and local governments, and six Fortune 500 companies.
News Release - Community Energy, Inc. Wind Power Purchases Cross 2 Billion kWh Mark
CEI Contact: Paul Copleman, 610-254-9800
April 2004 - Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E), a utility distribution subsidiary of Energy East Corporation serving 350,000 electricity customers in upstate New York, announced that it is teaming with Community Energy Inc. to offer its customers the option of purchasing electricity generated from new in-state wind energy sources. Under its Catch the Wind program, customers can purchase 100-kWh blocks of NewWind Energy each month for an extra $2.00 to $2.50 (2¢/kWh to 2.5¢/kWh), depending on the number of blocks purchased. The minimum purchase is two blocks per month, which is equivalent to one-third of an average residential customer's electricity usage. The extra charge for the wind energy will be added to the regular electricity bill of participating customers.
News Release - RG&E Offers Customers Opportunity To 'Catch The Wind' And Improve The Environment
March 2004 - Narragansett Electric, a National Grid subsidiary, now offers a green power option to its 465,000 electricity customers in Rhode Island. Under the utility's GreenUp program, customers can purchase green power from one of four participating green power marketers: Community Energy, Conservation Services Group, People's Power & Light, and Sterling Planet. The product options range in price from 0.75¢/kWh to 2.0¢/kWh and consist of renewable energy supplied from a variety of sources, such as wind, small hydro, biomass, and solar. Participating customers do not switch from their existing utility service but will see a green power surcharge on their regular utility bills. National Grid also offers the GreenUp program through distribution subsidiaries in Massachusetts and New York.
News Release - Community Energy Makes NewWind Energy Available to Rhode Island Residential and Small-Commercial Customers through New Narragansett Electric Program
News Release - Sterling Planet Offers Narragansett Electric Customers a Robust Renewable Energy Blend With Unprecedented 25% New Solar
News Release - Narragansett Electric Offers Customers New Green Energy Program
March 2004 - SmartPower, a Connecticut-based, non-profit organization that promotes the use of renewable energy, has formed a new partnership with the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund (RIREF) to publicize the availability of green power in the Ocean State. Beginning in April, Rhode Island residents will have the opportunity to purchase green power from four providers: Conservation Services Group, Community Energy, People's Power & Light and Sterling Planet. Each provider will market its products individually while SmartPower will conduct a direct marketing campaign to educate state consumers.
The RIREF is administered by the Rhode Island State Energy Office and is financed with funds collected from Rhode Island electric ratepayers. The Fund works to bring more affordable renewable electricity to the state and supports consumer education efforts.
Monthly Charge Newsletter (March 2004) - SmartPower Launches Rhode Island Effort
Smartpower Contact: Brian Keane (860) 249-7040
February 2004 - Community Energy, Inc. (CEI), a marketer of wind energy certificates, announced that 10 New York municipalities are purchasing wind energy from CEI to meet from 10% to 60% of their municipal electricity needs. The 10 communities are part of a "Municipal Wind Buyers Group," which is able to reduce wind energy prices for all members as they reach aggregate purchasing milestones. To date, the aggregated purchases have led to a 5% price reduction from the initial 2¢/kWh premium.
News Release - New York Wind Purchases Soar as Customers "Catch the Wind"
CEI Contact: Ron Kamen, (917) 453-5740
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.
Among the green power marketers supplying ski resorts around the country are Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Community Energy, Inc., Green Mountain Energy Company, and NativeEnergy.
News Release - Keep Winter Cool: Ski Areas Team With Conservation Group to Fight Global Warming
News Release - Renewable Energy Becomes Key Component of National Ski Areas' Sustaianbility Program
News Release - Wind Power Helps Ski Resorts "Keep Winter Cool"
News Release - Green Mountain Energy Company Gives a "Lift" To Ski Industry's Global Warming Campaign
News Release - Smugglers' Notch and NativeEnergy announce SkiCool(sm) program to help fight Global Warming (PDF 120 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
NSAA Contact: Geraldine Link, (720) 963-4205
January 2004 - ConEdison Solutions and Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) announced that The Durst Organization — a prominent New York City-based commercial real estate owner — has committed to purchase 10.5 million kWh of green power annually to supply seven high-rise office buildings in Manhattan. The green power purchase represents 10% of the total energy consumed in the company's New York properties. ConEdison's Green Power product for commercial customers consists entirely of wind energy supplied by CEI and sourced from the 30-MW Fenner Wind Power Project located in Madison County, NY.
News Release - The Durst Organization Makes State's Largest Commercial Purchase of Wind Power
CEI Contact: Brent Beerley (212) 374-2052
November 2003 - Whole Foods Market, Inc. announced that it is purchasing wind energy for 10% of the electricity used at all of its Mid-Atlantic stores. Under an agreement with Community Energy, the company will purchase 6 million kWh annually of Green-e certified wind energy certificates supplied from the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in West Virginia. The initiative was implemented through a unanimous vote by team leaders representing the company's 24 Mid-Atlantic stores.
News Release - Whole Foods Market Strengthens its Commitment to the Environment With the Purchase of Wind Energy
September 2003 - The City of St. Charles has become the first utility in Illinois to offer a green pricing program to its customers. In partnership with ComEd and Community Energy Inc., the municipal utility is offering residents and businesses the ability to donate a fixed monthly amount, which will be used to purchase renewable energy certificates from ComEd. The certificates represent the output of local renewable energy projects, including landfill gas and a 51-MW wind project to be constructed just north of Peoria and completed in 2004.
St. Charles Contact: Glynn Amburgey (630) 377-4407
September 2003 - Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, both electricity distribution subsidiaries of National Grid, announced the availability of new retail green power products for their Massachusetts customers. The GreenUp program offers products from four different green power suppliers, ranging in price from 1.2¢/kWh to 2.5¢/kWh above a customer's standard electricity rate. The products are blends of power from new and existing renewable energy resources.
News Release - Massachusetts Electric Offers Customers New Green Energy Program
News Release - Nantucket Electric Offers Customers New Green Energy Program
July 2003 - Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) announced a 20-year agreement with Princeton Municipal Light Department to build and operate two 1.5-MW wind turbines at an existing wind energy site in Worcester County, MA. Under the agreement, CEI will own and operate the turbines and sell all of the power produced to the municipal utility, which will serve about 40% of the annual electricity requirements of town residents. CEI will also retain ownership of 90% of the wind energy certificates generated by the project to market to consumers in Massachusetts.
News Release - Community Energy, Inc. and Princeton Municipal Light Sign Wind Power Agreement to Bring Online the Largest Wind Farm in Massachusetts
Community Energy Contact: Eric Blank (303) 544-1900
July 2003 - Pepco Energy Services, Inc. announced that it has teamed with Community Energy, Inc. to supply an aggregation of New Jersey state agencies with Green-e certified wind-generated electricity. Under the 33-month agreement, Pepco Energy Services will supply the agencies with 54.9 million kWh or 20.6 MW of wind energy generated from wind farms in the mid-Atlantic region. More than 90% of the wind power could come from the 20-MW Bear Creek wind farm to be constructed near Wilkes-Barre, PA, less than 60 miles from northern New Jersey. The agencies entered into the agreement in part to meet the 10% environmentally friendly green power purchase goal established by New Jersey Governor James McGreevey.
Pepco Energy Services Media Contact: Nicholas Mahrt (202) 466-7391
Community Energy Contact: Brent Beerley (215) 778-3898
June 2003 - Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) announced the acquisition of Connecticut-based Solstice Energy, LLC, a marketer of renewable energy products in New England. The acquisition marks Community Energy's expansion into the New England region, building on its current market presence in New York and the Mid-Atlantic region.
Press Release - Community Energy, Inc. Announces Acquisition Of Solstice Energy, Wind Energy Leader Expands In New England
Solstice Contact: Jeff Keeler (203) 245-0757
CEI Contact: Brent Alderfer (866) WIND.123
June 2003 - PPL Corporation announced that it has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) to purchase the output of the 20-MW Bear Creek Wind Power Project, which is under development in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area in Northeast Pennsylvania. The project is expected to be on-line by the end of 2003. CEI will market the project output in the form of wind energy certificates to customers in the mid-Atlantic region.
News Release - PPL Signs Agreement for Wind Power
News Release - Community Energy, Inc. Announces Seventh Wind Farm in Mid-Atlantic
PPL Contact: Constance Walker (610) 774-5997
CEI Contact: Brent Alderfer (215) 353-1373
April 2003 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the agency's Region 2 office, located in Lower Manhattan, will become the first EPA regional office in the country to be completely powered by wind energy. The agreement with Community Energy, Inc. calls for EPA to purchase 6.2 million kWh of wind energy over the course of one year. The power will be supplied from the Fenner Wind Power Project located in Madison County, NY.
News Release - EPA Switches to Pollution-Free Wind Power for New York City Offices
April 2003 - The University of Pennsylvania announced that it has signed a new 10-year agreement to purchase 40 million kWh of wind energy annually from Community Energy, Inc. of Wayne, PA. The new agreement doubles the amount of wind energy that the university purchases to the equivalent of 10% of its annual electricity needs. The university also noted that the new purchase commitment will make it possible for Community Energy and other partners to construct a new 20-MW wind project in Pennsylvania with Penn purchasing 40% of the output.
News Release - University of Pennsylvania Doubles Its Purchase Of Wind-Generated Power to 10 Percent of Energy Need
News Article - Penn doubles wind power use
News Article - Doubling Purchase of Wind-Generated Power to 10 Percent of Penn's Energy Needs
Penn Contact: Julie McWilliams (215) 898-1422
Community Energy Contact: John Halley (215) 778-1133.
March 2003 - On February 10, the Board of Commissioners of Radnor Township, a suburb of Philadelphia with about 30,000 residents, unanimously approved a resolution to purchase wind energy to meet 62% of the township's electricity needs. Under a three-year contract with Community Energy, Inc. and the Energy Cooperative of Pennsylvania (ECAP), Radnor will purchase 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy annually to be supplied by the new 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center in West Virginia. The township is offsetting the added cost of the green power with energy savings from the installation of energy-efficient LED traffic lights and competitive market savings from switching its entire electric load to ECAP.
News Release - Radnor Township Becomes National Leader With Wind Energy Purchase
Community Energy Contact: John Halley (215) 778-1133
Radnor Township Contact: Alexis Andrianopoulos (610) 688-5600 x179
February 2003 - Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) and Community Energy Inc. announced wind power purchases by four organizations and businesses based in Washington, DC and surrounding areas. The new green power purchasers include:
- American University, which has agreed to buy wind power to meet 5% of its electricity needs for the next five years,
- Norm Thompson Outfitters, a catalog retailer, which is purchasing almost 20% of the power output of a 1.5-MW wind turbine for its distribution center in Kearneysville, West Virginia,
- The World Wildlife Fund, an environmental organization with 1.2 million U.S. members, which is purchasing wind power to supply 10% of the electricity used for its Washington, DC office, and
- Ecoprint, a printing and mail services company in Silver Spring, Maryland, which has committed to purchase wind power for 100% of the company's electricity needs.
The power will be supplied from the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center located in West Virginia, which began operating in December 2002 and is now the largest wind generating facility in the eastern United States. With the new commitments, WGES now has nearly 5,000 residential and small commercial customers in the Washington, DC-area supporting a total of 3.3 MW of wind energy generation.
News Release - Leading D.C. Area Institutions Announce Wind Energy Purchases from Newly Operating 44 Wind Turbines
News Release - WWF to Use Clean Wind Energy from Regional Windfarm
WGES Contact: Ransome Owan (703) 793-7565
CEI Contact: John Halley (215) 778-1133
January 2003 - ConEdison Solutions, an unregulated subsidiary of Consolidated Edison that provides electricity service to residential and small business customers, announced that it is teaming with Community Energy, Inc. to offer green power to residential customers in the New York City region. The GREEN Power product is a Green-e certified blend of New York-based wind (25%) and hydropower (75%) offered at a premium of 0.5¢/kWh compared to the company's standard electricity rate. An average residential customer using 350 kWh of electricity each month would pay an additional $1.75 per month for the green power product. The power is supplied from the recently developed 30-MW wind farm in Fenner, NY and small, run-of-the-river hydropower facilities. The offering is available to all residential customers in the ConEdison and Orange and Rockland service territories.
News Release - ConEdison Solutions To Donate 83,000 Watts of Wind Power on New Year's Eve: Enough To Light The Times Square Ball
ConEdison Solutions Contact: Customer Service (888) 320-8991
October 2002 - Community Energy announced that it is teaming with NYSEG, an electric utility serving about 830,000 electricity customers in upstate New York, to offer wind energy to the utility's residential customers. The New Wind Energy product is offered in 100-kWh blocks at a cost of $2.50 per block each month. Customers must purchase a minimum of two blocks. The power is supplied from the 30-MW Fenner Wind project located about 40 miles southeast of Syracuse.
News Release - State's Largest Wind Energy Purchases Announced as Newest Energy Technology Takes Root on New York Farms - No longer at online at newwindenergy.com
Community Energy Contact: Brent Beerley (215) 778-3898
October 2002 - Community Energy announced that it is partnering with Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), an affiliate of Washington Gas, to offer wind energy to Capital-area businesses and residents.
The two companies also announced that they are supplying wind power to the U.S. Army, Catholic University, and the National Geographic Society (NGS). The Army purchase is equivalent to the entire power output of one, 1.5-MW wind turbine and will serve a portion of the electricity needs of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort McNair, and Adelphi Labs. Catholic University is also purchasing the equivalent output of one turbine, which will provide about 12% of the university's power needs. The NGS purchase will account for about 5% of the electricity needs of its D.C. headquarters.
The wind power will be supplied from the 65-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center under construction in Tucker County, West Virginia. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2002. Exelon Power Team has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement for the output of the project.
News Release - Leading D.C. Area Institutions Announce Wind Energy Purchases; U.S. Army, Catholic University, and National Geographic to Buy Wind Energy
WGES Contact: Ransome Owan (703) 793-7565
Exelon Power Team Contact: Ben Armstrong (610) 765-6914
Community Energy Contacts:
Paul Copleman (215) 416-9656
Brent Beerley (215) 778-3898
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.
Community Energy is offering a 50% wind/50% hydro product for 1.3¢/kWh that would supply all of a customer's electricity needs. The Green Mountain Energy product, which is also designed to meet 100% of the customer's electricity needs, is supplied from 85% hydro and 15% wind, and priced at 1.5¢/kWh. Finally, customers can choose to meet 50%, 75%, or 100% of their electricity needs with the Sterling Planet product, which is supplied from 30% wind, 20% hydro, and 50% biomass, and priced at 1.5¢/kWh. All of the utility's residential and commercial customers will receive program information with their September bills.
The development of the renewable energy program stems from the settlement agreement reached in the Niagara Mohawk-National Grid merger.
News Release - Niagara Mohawk Kicks Off Renewable Energy Choice - No longer online at niagaramohawk.com
News Release - Green Mountain Energy Company Expands By Launching in New York State
News Release - Sterling Planet and Niagara Mohawk Team to Deliver Green Energy Choices - No longer online at sterlingplanet.com
News Article - NiMo customers can opt for 'green' electricity - No longer online at buffalonews.com
August 2002 - The Catholic University of America, based in Washington D.C., announced that it has entered into an agreement with Washington Gas Energy Services to purchase wind energy to meet 12% of its electricity needs for five years. The power will come from the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center—currently under construction in West Virginia—under a wholesale supply agreement with Community Energy. The purchase is equivalent to the entire annual output of one, 1.5-MW wind turbine.
WGES and Community Energy are launching a campaign to offer wind-generated power to institutions, businesses and residential consumers throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
News Release - Catholic University Signs Up for New Wind Power Project
News Article - Catholic University Opts for Wind Power - No longer online at wtopnews.com
Community Energy Contact: Paul Copleman (610) 254-9800
August 2002 - Select Energy, the competitive energy marketing and services arm of Northeast Utilities, has expanded its retail energy product portfolio to include environmentally friendly power choices for business and institutional customers in the Northeast. The company signed a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to supply green power to meet the entire electricity needs of two GSA buildings in New York—the Binghamton Federal Building and the Pirnie Federal Building in Utica. GSA will purchase 1,100 MWh of wind energy annually for three years at a premium of 1.75¢/kWh. Select Energy is procuring the wind energy from the Fenner wind farm in New York under a wholesale supply agreement with Community Energy.
News Release - Select Energy Adds Green Power To Customer Commodity Choices
News Release - Binghamton Federal Building first in U.S. to be 100% Wind Powered
Select Energy Contact: Joel Weinberg (860) 665-2046
GSA Contact: Brian Magden (212) 264-0591
Community Energy Contact: Ron Kamen (607) 724-0100
July 2002 - Under an agreement reached with Community Energy, a Pennsylvania-based green power marketer, Drexel University will purchase wind energy to meet nearly 10% of its electricity needs. The wind purchase amounts to about 4 million kWh per year or the output equivalent of a single 1.3-MW wind turbine. The wind energy will be supplied from the new 60-MW Pocono Wind Farm, which is under construction near Scranton, PA. Currently, more than 25 Pennsylvania colleges and universities are purchasing wind power.
News Release - Drexel University to Utilize Wind Energy for Nearly 10 Percent of Its Electricity
Drexel University Contact: Kevin C. Kaufman (215) 895-2705
Community Energy Contact: John Halley or Paul Kopelman (610) 254-9800
April 2002 - U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced on Earth Day that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will purchase green power to supply 17% of the electricity needs of its headquarters facilities in Washington, D.C. and Germantown, Maryland. Under the arrangement, the agency will purchase 6 million kWh of green power annually comprised of a blend of 25% wind power, supplied by Community Energy Inc., and 75% landfill methane, supplied by Pepco Energy Services. DOE will offset the extra cost of the green power with savings realized from the competitive power market. With the purchase, DOE will become a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages public and private organizations to purchase renewable power.
News Release - Secretary Abraham Announces DOE's Largest-Ever Purchase of Renewable Energy at Earth Day Ceremony
News Release - Community Energy Congratulates U.S. DOE and GSA On New Wind Energy Earth Day Purchase
April 2002 - Community Energy, Inc. announced that another eight colleges and universities in Pennsylvania have committed to purchase wind-generated electricity supplied from new in-state wind farms. The schools include Allegheny College, Bucknell University, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gannon University, Gettysburg College, Juniata College, and Swarthmore College.
Collectively, the eight schools will purchase nearly 6.9 million kWh of wind energy annually and the wind energy will supply between 2.5% and 9% of each school's annual electricity needs under contracts ranging from one to five years. With earlier purchases by Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and 14 schools in the State System of Higher Education, 25 Pennsylvania-based colleges and universities are now buying green power.
News Release - Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Are The Force Behind Wind Power
Community Energy Contact: John Halley, (610) 254-9782
January 2002 - Exelon Power Team announced that it will market the output of a 65-MW wind project to be built in West Virginia to commercial and residential customers in Pennsylvania and other mid-Atlantic states. The Backbone Mountain wind facility will be interconnected with Allegheny Power System and the power will be integrated with the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) electric control area. Exelon and Community Energy Inc., a green power marketer based in Wayne, PA are jointly marketing the output of this and other regional wind projects with a combined capacity of 144 MW.
News Release - Exelon Power Team to Double its Wind Capacity; New West Virginia Wind Farm to be Largest on the East Coast - No longer online at yahoo.com
Exelon Contact: (610) 765-6500
December 2001 - Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker announced that the Commonwealth will purchase renewable energy to supply 5% of the state government's power needs for two years beginning in 2002. The power, amounting to 50 million kWh annually, will be supplied under contract with Community Energy Inc. and will be a mix of wind power, landfill gas, hydroelectric, and solar energy. According to the Governor's office, nearly 120,000 Pennsylvanians now use "cleaner and greener forms of power" through participation in the state's Electric Choice program.
News Release - Pennsylvania Gov. Schweiker Announces Historic Purchase of Green Power
Governor's Office Contact: Jason Kirsch (717) 783-1116
October 2001 - Community Energy, Inc. announced that three universities, a water company, and a supermarket chain together have subscribed three-fourths of the output of two Pennsylvania wind farms constructed to serve the state's competitive electricity market.
The two new wind farms in Mill Run and Somerset represent a combined 24 megawatts (MW) of power capacity and will generate approximately 63 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, enough energy to supply more than 8,000 average Pennsylvania homes.
Among the customers, the University of Pennsylvania has agreed to purchase 20 million kWh annually for three years, while Penn State University will purchase 13.2 million kWh for each of the next five years. Participating customers pay a premium of around 2¢/kWh for the wind energy.
News Release - University of Pennsylvania Announces Largest Wind Energy Purchase In The Nation - To Supply 5 Percent Of University's Annual Need
News Article - Somerset, Fayette counties home to largest wind power project in East
Community Energy Contact: Brent Alderfer (610) 254-9784
May 2001 - In what is being billed as the "nation's largest single retail purchase of wind energy," Carnegie Mellon University, a Pittsburgh-based research university of about 7,500 students, announced plans to buy wind power to meet 5% of its annual electricity needs. Beginning next year, the university will purchase approximately 4.8 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy annually under an agreement with green power marketer Community Energy. The power will be supplied from the 15-megawatt Mill Run wind project now under construction 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
News Release - Carnegie Mellon University Makes Largest Wind Energy Purchase in U.S.
News Article - CMU Sets Wind-Power Standard
Carnegie Mellon Contact: Chriss Swaney (412) 268-2900
Community Energy Contact: Laury Saligman (415) 519-0616
May 2001 - Exelon Power Team, the power marketing division of Exelon Generation Co. and an affiliate of PECO Energy, announced a 20-year agreement to purchase the output of a new 50-megawatt wind project to be located southeast of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Along with Community Energy Inc., a renewable energy marketing company based in Wayne, PA, Exelon plans to market the output of the wind project to retail customers in the state. Once completed, the Moosic Mountain project will be the largest single wind energy facility in the eastern United States. Along with agreements signed earlier this year, the new agreement brings Exelon Power Team's wind marketing portfolio to 74 megawatts.
News Release - Power Team Becomes Largest Wind Marketer in The East - No longer online at pwrteam.com
News Article - New plant to turn wind into power - No longer online at philly.com
Exelon Generation Contact: Ben Armstrong (610) 765-6914
April 2001 - PECO Energy Company announced that it will partner with wind energy marketer Community Energy Inc. to offer newly developed wind power to its 1.5 million residential and business customers in the Philadelphia area. Subject to rate approval by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, PECO plans to offer kilowatt-hour blocks of wind power to customers for about 2.5¢/kWh above standard offer rates. The wind energy will be supplied in part from two Pennsylvania wind farms scheduled to be operational later this year—the 15-MW Mill Run project, which is under construction in Fayette County, and the 9-MW Somerset Wind Farm to be built along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, west of Harrisburg.
News Release - PECO Energy to Offer 'New Wind Energy' as Premium Power Supply Option For Local Consumers - No longer online at exeloncorp.com
News Article - Tilting at windmills? Power group says no: A wind farm backed by PECO and a "green" marketing firm may generate energy for about 3,000 customers - No longer online at philly.com
PECO Energy Contact: Michael Wood (215) 841-5555
Community Energy Contact: Laurie Saligman (610) 254-9783
March 2001 - A consortium of companies and organizations announced that they will partner to build a 15-megawatt (MW) wind energy project in Fayette County, Pennsylvania that will provide a new source of green power to the state's competitive electricity market. The Mill Run Wind Project will be built by Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation and marketed to retail customers by Community Energy, Inc.
The Mill Run project is the second, large commercial wind project to be constructed for Pennsylvania's competitive power market — Green Mountain Energy Company dedicated a 10.4-MW project last spring. The new project will be partially funded by ratepayers through the Sustainable Development Fund, which was created in the 1998 PECO restructuring settlement and expanded in the recent Unicom-PECO merger order.
News Release - Largest Wind Farm in Eastern U.S. to be Built in Fayette County; Public-Private Partnership to Create Enough Green Energy to Power 5700 Homes - No longer at calpine.com
News Article - 'Wind farm' to generate electricity, and could ease concerns - No longer online at philly.com
News Article - Wind farm to sprout in Fayette
November 1999 - A coalition of non-profit and for-profit companies is offering a green power product, Pennsylvania Wind Energy, to businesses in the Philadelphia area. Community Energy, Inc., a new member-owned, non-profit company formed by the Clean Air Council and the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, will market the wind power. Conectiv Energy, which already offers a green power product in the state's newly competitive electricity market, will manage the power delivery and provide customer support. Energy Unlimited, Inc. of West Conshohocken, PA is constructing two, 65-kW wind turbines to supply the program. The turbines will be located at the Humboldt Industrial Park, southwest of Hazleton, PA.
Pennsylvania Wind Energy is targeting business customers and will sell the wind power in blocks of 400 kWh per month. The price charged for the green power will depend on the number of blocks purchased. Given the state's competitive market, it may be possible for a business to purchase wind energy to meet a portion of its power needs and still save money off the default electricity rate.
News Release - Blowin' in the Wind: New Wind Electrifies Pennsylvania - No longer online at cleanair.org
News Release - Pennsylvania Wind Energy Launched by Renewable Energy Partnership - No longer online at lawfund.org
PA Wind Energy Contact: (215) 567-4741