September 2010 - The City of Bowling Green, Ohio, announced its green pricing program, Nature's Energy, will become EcoSmart Choice. Participating customers will be rolled over into the new program and will receive more than a 50 percent reduction from the current rate of 1.5 cents to 0.7 cents per kilowatt-hour.
The Nature's Energy program was an arrangement with Green Mountain Energy and the City's wholesale power supply and services agency, American Municipal Power (AMP). When the agreement expired, Green Mountain Energy did not extend the agreement and AMP developed the EcoSmart Choice program to replace it.
A portion of the proceeds from the EcoSmart Choice Program is used to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in Bowling Green.
News Release - "Nature's Energy" Green Pricing Program Becomes "EcoSmart Choice"
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January 2005 - On December 1, the City of Bowling Green (Ohio) Public Utilities Department announced a new green pricing program for its 13,600 municipal electricity customers, replacing a similar program that it offered for the past four years. In partnership with American Municipal Power-Ohio and Green Mountain Energy, the city is now offering the Nature's Energy product, which is a blend of wind, landfill gas, and small hydropower resources.
Customers can purchase Nature's Energy for 100% of their electricity needs at a rate premium of 1.3¢/kWh, which is slightly less than the 1.35¢/kWh premium charged under the previous program. The new program is also open to commercial customers who can buy 1,000-kWh increments of green power at the same 1.3¢/kWh premium. A portion of the power for the program comes from the AMP-Ohio/Green Mountain Energy wind farm located six miles west of the city. Two, 1.8-MW wind turbines were added to the site in 2004, bringing the total project capacity to 7.2 MW.
Since the city announced the new offering, it has experienced a nearly 30% increase in green pricing enrollment, bringing total participation to 464 customers or about 3.4% of its customer base.
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Bowling Green Contact: Rita Hoffmann (419) 354-6253
September 2004 - Wyandotte Municipal Services (WMS), a utility member of American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio), is offering a green power option to its electricity customers in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company. Under the Nature's Energy program, WMS customers can purchase renewable energy derived from wind, landfill gas and hydroelectric power sources for 100% of their electricity needs. The added cost of the renewable energy is 1.5¢/kWh or about $8 to $10 per month for an average residential customer. Commercial customers can also participate in the program by purchasing renewable energy in one-MWh increments for the same 1.5¢/kWh premium.
A portion of the power for the program comes from the AMP-Ohio/Green Mountain Energy wind farm located near the city of Bowling Green. AMP-Ohio recently announced that two new 1.8-MW wind turbines would be added to the site this year, which will bring the total project capacity to 7.2 MW.
News Release - Wyandotte Municipal Services Establishes Partnership Giving Customers Opportunity to Choose Renewable Power
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AMP-Ohio Contact: Kent Carson
Wyandotte Contact: Kevin Maynard (734) 324-7111
March 2004 - Cuyahoga Falls Electric System, a municipal utility serving 24,000 electricity customers in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is the first utility member of American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio) to offer a green power option to its electricity customers in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company. Under the Nature's Energy program, customers can purchase electricity generated from small hydro and wind facilities for 1.3¢/kWh above standard electric rates or an extra $8 to $10 per month for the average customer. Commercial customers can buy green power in 1-MWh increments at the same 1.3¢/kWh premium. The power for the program is supplied from a recently completed 3.6-MW wind energy project in Bowling Green and a 6-MW hydro project installed in 1999.
News Release - City of Cuyahoga Falls Establishes Partnership Giving Customers Opportunity to Choose Renewable Power
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City of Cuyahoga Falls Contact: Valerie Wax Carr (330) 971-8240
August 2003 - AMP-Ohio, the City of Bowling Green, and Green Mountain Energy Company are partnering on a 3.6-MW wind project, which will be the first commercial-scale wind project to be built in Ohio. The two, 1.8-MW units will be located at the Wood County landfill just west of the city of Bowling Green. Plans call for the units to be interconnected to Bowling Green Municipal Utilities through an existing 12.47-kilovolt distribution circuit near the site.
The project output will be shared between AMP-Ohio and Bowling Green. Bowling Green's green pricing program collects a premium for existing renewable resources to fund future wind and solar projects. AMP-Ohio will use its share of the wind project as supply for its Nature's Energy product, which is offered to member utilities in partnership with Green Mountain.
Bowling Green Contact: Daryl Stockburger (419) 354-6246
May 2003 - American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio), an Ohio-based nonprofit wholesale power supplier for municipal utilities, announced that it has selected Green Mountain Energy Company to offer a new renewable energy option to its 86 member communities, representing more than 380,000 customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan.
Under the agreement, communities served by AMP-Ohio can offer residential and small business customers the opportunity to purchase renewable electricity from Green Mountain. The product, called Nature's Energy, will cost an additional 1.3¢/kWh, or approximately $8 to $10 more per month for the average customer, and will be supplied from landfill gas and/or small hydroelectric generators located in Ohio and neighboring states.
The new program stems from a nationwide agreement between Green Mountain and Hometown Connections International, a subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA), to develop customized green pricing electricity options for public power utilities.
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Green Mountain Contact: Jim Gravelle (617) 761-8701 ext. 225
AMP Ohio Contact: Kent Carson (614) 337-6222