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Keys Energy Services

November 2004 - Keys Energy Services (KES), a municipal utility serving 27,000 customers in the Florida Keys, is now offering green power to its residential and business customers. Under the GO GREEN program, customers can choose from two green power options. The first, called Florida Ever Green, is supplied from solar hot water heating systems (20%), photovoltaic systems (5%), and biomass facilities (75%) located in Florida. The utility offers $10, $25, and $50 monthly purchase options for this product, which carries a 2.75¢/kWh premium price.

The second option, called USA Green, is supplied from wind farms (50%), biomass facilities (45%), and photovoltaic systems (5%) sourced nationwide and is offered as $10, $15, and $20 monthly purchase options, with a lower rate premium of 1.6¢/kWh. Both products are supplied by Sterling Planet and certified by Environmental Resources Trust. There is no minimum enrollment period for either product.

KES Contacts: Rochele Miller, 305-295-1115
Julio J. Barroso, 305-295-1023

November 2004 - Lakeland Electric, a municipal utility serving about 100,000 customers in Lakeland, FL, announced an agreement with Sterling Planet to market up to 330,000 kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) derived from solar water heating and photovoltaic (PV) systems to other utilities and corporate customers. The deal is believed to be the nation's first involving RECs derived from solar water heaters.

The utility employs special meters to measure the thermal output of the solar water heating systems and converts the thermal energy to an electricity-equivalent. In September, Sterling Planet sold 50,000 kWh of solar RECs to the Democratic National Convention and Keys Energy Services, which includes the RECs in one of its two green power options.

News Release - Lakeland Electric Trades Green Energy Credits from Solar Water Heaters

Lakeland Contact: Jeff Curry (863) 834-6853

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