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
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
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
May 2002 - The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a new program under which Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation will facilitate green power purchases by its customers from independent green power providers. The program was part of the Niagara Mohawk-National Grid merger settlement approved by the PSC last November. Under the program, customers will not be required to switch their service from the utility to purchase green power and green power marketers will be able to use the utility's billing system to collect revenues. Niagara Mohawk will also provide information to its customers on the available green power options. The program is expected to begin in the Fall.
News Release - Niagara Mohawk Program to Offer Customers Access to Renewable Energy
News Article - NiMo plans to offer green energy options
December 2001 - The New York Public Service Commission approved the merger plan of Niagara Mohawk (NiMo) and National Grid USA, which, among other things, will give NiMo customers access to green power products without having to switch to an alternative supplier. Based on a negotiated settlement agreement, NiMo will allow independent green power marketers to sell renewable energy products directly to its customers using its billing system. The utility also agreed to build a power line to interconnect wind energy projects that have been proposed for the Tug Hill region of northern New York.
News Release - New York Public Service Commission Approves Niagara Mohawk-National Grid Merger Proposal 11-28-2001 - No longer online at Niagara Mohawk
News Release - Upstate New York To Get Green Power Under Merger: Settlement Could Lead to More Wind Energy in the State, Trade Group Says
AWEA Contact: David Wooley (518) 438-9907 x238