November 2000 - With a total of 900 of its 12,500 customers participating in its Capture the Wind program, Minnesota-based Moorhead Public Service now boasts the highest participation rate (7.2%) of any green pricing program in the country. The green customers pay a premium of 0.5¢/kWh to have one-third of their power supplied from wind energy. In October, Moorhead announced plans to expand its program by adding a second wind turbine. Since that time, more than 400 new customers have enrolled in the program. The utility plans to have the new turbine installed and operating by October 2001.
News Release - Second Turbine Earns Moorhead Public Service First Place
News Release - Hold On To Your Hats! It's Capture the Wind Week in Moorhead!
Moorhead Public Service Contact: Christopher Reed (218) 299-5199
August 1998 - Moorhead Public Service (MPS) reports that it has selected NEG Micon to supply the 750-kW wind turbine for its green pricing program. The turbine bid came in below the initial cost estimate. More than 400 customers signed up to participate in the program and more than 100 others have been placed on a waiting list; MPS serves 13,000 customers in total. Turbine construction will begin this fall with initial electricity production expected by June 1999.
June 1998 - In May 1998, Moorhead Public Service (Moorhead, MN) announced that it signed up more than 400 residential and commercial customers to participate in its "Capture the Wind" green pricing program. Based on this response, the utility will construct a 750-kW wind turbine that is expected to be operational in 1999. Participating customers will pay a green power premium of only 0.5¢/kWh. Residential customers can purchase all of their electricity (or blocks of 1000 kWh per month) from the wind project, while commercial customers can purchase the wind energy in 1500-kWh blocks. Customers must commit to the program for a minimum of three years.
Moorhead Public Service Contact: Carol Renner (218) 299-5400