September 2008 - Hosting.com has become the first "Green Energy Champion" with Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E)’s Green Energy program in Louisville, Kentucky. Under the agreement with LG&E, Hosting.Com, a web hosting and co-location services company, is purchasing 2.4 million kWh of Kentucky-based low-impact hydropower, including the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Plant, located on the Kentucky River near Harrodsburg. The price paid by large customers like Hosting.com is about 1.3¢/kWh above standard rate.
LG&E, a subsidiary of E.ON U.S., serves 401,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. Hosting.com owns and operates data center facilities in Louisville, Kentucky, Irvine, California, San Francisco, California, and Boston, Massachusetts. Data centers tend to be energy intensive, using significantly more electricity per square foot than most other commercial and industrial facilities. Hosting.com’s purchase is one of the largest to date in the sector.
News Release - Hosting.com Becomes Green Energy Champion
June 2007 - The Kentucky Public Service Commission approved a green energy option for customers of Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU), both wholly owned subsidiaries of E.ON U.S. Under the new Green Energy program, Kentucky-based customers can purchase renewable energy in 300-kWh increments each month for $5, or a rate premium of 1.67¢/kWh; the average Kentucky household consumes approximately 900 kWh each month. The program will be supplied from Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from renewable energy projects in Kentucky and surrounding states. The company may also develop additional renewable energy sources in the future. The two utilities serve a combined total of 870,000 electric customers in the state.
News Release - LG&E, KU Receive Approval of Green Energy Program
News Article - Utilities Offer 'Green Power' Program - No longer online at www.courier-journal.com