June 2004 - Advanced Energy announced that seven in-state renewable energy generators have been selected from a pool of 46 applicants to supply North Carolina's statewide green pricing program. Under the new contracts, the NC GreenPower program will obtain a total of 8 million kWh of power annually from a 1.5-MW landfill gas facility, a 150-kW hog waste digester facility, and five solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with a combined capacity of 27 kW. The program hopes to add wind energy to the resource mix later this year. Currently, more than 5,000 customers participate in the program and collectively purchase an average of 17 million kWh annually.
News Release - Nation's landmark electric utility program announces first generation of green power for North Carolina
News Article - NC Green Power Initiative Names First Producers - No longer online at wral.com
NC GreenPower Contacts:
Maggie Inman (919) 857-9004
Sharon Gladwell (919) 857-9058
October 2003 - On October 1, North Carolina's electric utilities rolled out a new statewide program that enables customers to voluntarily support the development of renewable energy resources. The NC GreenPower program is available to customers of the state's three investor-owned utilities—Duke Power, Progress Energy and Dominion NC Power—as well as a number of electric cooperatives and municipal utilities.
The program features a "mass-market" green energy product that can be purchased in 100-kWh blocks for $4 per block each month, or 4¢/kWh. A separate "large-volume" product is available to businesses and other customers that commit to purchase a minimum of 10,000 kWh of green power each month—the premium for the large-volume product is $2.50 per 100-kWh block, or 2.5¢/kWh. Customer contributions made to the utilities will be transferred to an independent non-profit organization and are tax deductible.
Program marketing will be supported in part through the North Carolina State Energy Office, which has committed $500,000 in funds over the next two years. The NC GreenPower program has issued a request for proposals (RFP PDF 159 KB) Download Acrobat Reader for renewable energy resources to supply the program.
News Release - Landmark Program Gives North Carolinians the Power to Choose Cleaner Energy (PDF 1.0 MB) Download Acrobat Reader
News Article - 'Green power' gets a plug - No longer online at www.herald-sun.com/durham
NC GreenPower Contacts: Carl Wilkins (919) 857-9008, Sharon Gladwell (919) 857-9058
February 2003 - The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved a stakeholder-developed plan to offer two green power products to utility customers statewide. The first product is a "mass-market" product consisting of a resource mix of new solar, wind, and methane from biomass that will be offered primarily to residential customers at a cost of $4.00 per 100-kWh block or 4.0¢/kWh. The second product is a "large-volume" product that will include a resource mix of new and existing solar, wind, small hydro, and biomass and be offered to larger-volume customers at a "target price" of $2.50 per 100-kWh block or 2.5¢/kWh.
The primary objective of the NC GreenPower program is to promote the use and development of green power generated in North Carolina by offering a simple purchase option to all of the state's electricity customers supported by a statewide advertising and communications campaign. Beginning in the summer, the green power products will be offered by all of the state's electric utilities, including Carolina Power & Light, Dominion North Carolina Power, Duke Power, ElectriCities, and North Carolina electric cooperatives. The program is being administered by Advanced Energy, a Raleigh-based non-profit research organization.
More Information - NC Green Power Program Plan
News Article - NC Allows Consumers to Pay Extra for Renewable Energy - No longer online at charlotte.com
Advanced Energy Contact: Carl Wilkins, (919) 857-9008