May 2011 - Using information provided by utilities, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed "Top 10" rankings of utility green power programs for 2010 in the following categories: total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of customer participants, the percentage of customer participation, green power sales as a percentage of total utility retail electricity sales, and the lowest price premium charged for a green power program using new renewable resources.
Ranked by renewable energy sales (kWh/year), Austin Energy in Austin, Texas sold the largest amount of renewable energy in the nation through its voluntary green power program. Portland General Electric holds the top spot for total number of customer participants, while City of Palo Alto Utilities ranked highest for customer participation rate. Indianapolis Power & Light Company finished first for lowest residential price premium charged, and Waterloo Utilities in Wisconsin ranked highest for green power sales as a percentage of total retail electricity sales.
Green power sales from utility programs exceeded 6 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2010. Wind energy now represents more than three-fourths of electricity generated for green energy programs nationwide.
News Release - NREL Highlights 2010 Utility Green Power Leaders
Contact: Jenny Heeter, 303-275-4366
February 2007 - Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced that the Indiana Department of Administration will purchase enough renewable energy this year to meet 7% of the electric consumption of state facilities in Marion County. Indiana's strategic energy plan, Hoosier Homegrown Energy, calls for state government facilities in Marion County to obtain 10% of their electricity use from Indiana-based renewable energy sources by 2010.
Through Indianapolis Power and Light and its IPL Green Power Option program, the state will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from landfill methane projects operated by the Wabash Valley Power Association. The purchase amounts to 8.45 million kWh annually.
News Release - Lt. Gov. Skillman Announces Marion County State Offices to Increase Use of Renewable Energy
More Information - Hoosier Homegrown Energy, Indiana's Strategic Energy Plan
September 1998 - Indianapolis Power and Light has issued an open-ended RFP for renewable energy resources of 5,000 kW or less in size to supply its Elect Plan Green Power Program, which is open to all IPL residential and commercial customers with less than 2,000 kW of monthly demand. IPL is currently evaluating small hydro and methane gas resource options from the first round of proposals received. Initially, the green power for the program is being supplied with purchases of geothermal power from Enron at a rate premium of 0.9¢/kWh.
March 1998 - On March 18, Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) reached agreement with several parties to offer its customers three new bill payment options, including a green power option. All residential and some small and mid-sized commercial and industrial customers will be able to sign-up for the green power, which will be supplied by Canadian hydroelectric plants, beginning in June 1998.
News Release - IURC Authorizes Expanded Payment Options for IPL Customers - No longer online at www.ipalco.com
February 1998 - Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) and three consumer watchdog organizations reached a settlement on IPL's plan for three new pricing options, including a green power option. IPL will most likely purchase excess Canadian hydroelectric power to supply power for the green option and plans to roll out the new pricing options shortly after commission approval is secured.
News Release - Consumer Groups OK New IPL Billing Plan - Subscription Required at Starnews.com
September 1997 - Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) recently filed a plan with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission which, if approved, would allow IPL to offer customers the opportunity to try three new pricing options, including the option to purchase green power. The as yet unspecified green power would be sold at a premium and would be available to all residential customers and those customers with demand not exceeding 2,000 kW.
News Release - IPL Files Plan With Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission To Offer Three New Customer Pricing Options
IPL Contact: Wayne Schug (317) 261-8505 or Dan Melvin (317) 261-8504