June 2007 - The town of Jackson, Wyo., announced that it will power 100% of its municipal operations with renewable energy. The town uses about 8.5 million kWh of electric energy annually to run its various operations, which include Town Hall, the Public Works shops, water wells, the wastewater treatment plant and the lights on the Town Square. Under an agreement with its local utility, Lower Valley Energy, the city will purchase most of the output of the Strawberry Creek hydroelectric project, which is a 1.5-MW certified low-impact, run-of-river facility. The green power commitment will cost the town an additional $45,000 each year, or a rate premium of about 0.53¢/kWh
News Release - Town of Jackson Operations Go 100% Green
News Article - Lower Valley Energy commits all the power from Strawberry project to Town of Jackson
April 2005 - On April 1, Lower Valley Energy lowered the rate it charges for its Green Power product from $5.00 per 300-kWh block (1.67¢/kWh) to $3.50 per block (1.17¢/kWh). The utility accomplished this by eliminating the administrative margin between what it pays for wind power and what it charges its members. The wind power used for the program is sourced from the Foote Creek Rim Wind Project located in southern Wyoming.
News Article - Lower Valley Lowers Green Power Rate
Lower Valley Contact: Brian Tanabe (307) 739-6046
July 2003 - Lower Valley Energy, an electric cooperative serving about 13,500 members in western Wyoming and southeastern Idaho, recently unveiled a new green power option for its residential and business customers. Residential customers can sign up to purchase 300-kWh blocks of green power for $5 each month, which represents a rate premium of 1.67¢/kWh, while commercial customers can participate by purchasing 3,000-kWh blocks for $50 each month. Customers are free to sign up for as many blocks as they desire. To supply the program, the utility is purchasing wind energy under an agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration.
Lower Valley Contacts: Chad Jensen (307) 733-2446; Joyce Roff