December 2006 - Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced that Long Island municipalities will be eligible for a 1¢/kWh incentive on green power purchases under the utility's Green Choice program. The incentive payment, which effectively lowers the green power premium for municipal purchases to 1¢/kWh from 2¢/kWh, will be available for three years, retroactive to January 2006. A total of $300,000 annually has been set aside to fund the incentive with each municipality eligible for a maximum payment of $30,000, equivalent to a 3 million kWh annual purchase commitment.
News Release - LIPA Provides Green Choice Incentives for Municipalities
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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
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
March 2004 - The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced that it plans to provide green power options for the nearly 1.1 million electricity customers that it serves on Long Island. Under the proposed Green Choice program, retail customers will be able to purchase green power in the form of renewable energy attributes directly from green power marketers. Participating customers will receive a single bill from LIPA reflecting both standard electricity charges and the incremental charge for the green power, which is expected to range from about 0.5¢/kWh to 2¢/kWh. The utility hopes to roll out the program in June.
News Release - LIPA Advances Green Power Option
Additional Information - Green Choice Program Proposal (PDF 78 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
Additional Information - Green Choice Tariff (PDF 318 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
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