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Top Ten Utility Green Power Programs

(as of December 2013)

Which utilities are having the greatest success with their green power programs? NREL has compiled extensive data on utility green power programs and produced the following "Top Ten" lists of program characteristics and results: total sales of renewable energy to program participants; total number of customer participants; customer participation rates; percentage of renewable energy in total retail sales; and the lowest premium charged to support new renewables development.


Information Release:
NREL Highlights 2013 Utility Green Power Leaders

Previous Top Ten Lists -
December 2012, December 2010, December 2009, December 2008, December 2007, December 2006, December 2005, December 2004, December 2003, December 2002, December 2001, June 2001, November 2000, April 2000



Green Pricing Program Renewable Energy Sales
(as of December 2013)
Rank Utility Sales (MWh/year)
1 Portland General Electric 1,049,981
2 Austin Energy 863,956
3 PacifiCorp 634,092
4 Sacramento Municipal Utility district 423,724
5 Xcel Energy (CO, MI, MN, NM, WI)1 388,157
6 Puget Sound Energy 380,155
7 Connecticut Power & Light/ United Illuminating 273,658
8 CPS Energy 205,713
9 Tennessee Valley Authority 199,067
10 Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co 189,462


Total Number of Customer Participants
(as of December 2013)
Rank Utility Number of Customers
1 Portland General Electric 99,818
2 PacifiCorp 94,787
3 Xcel Energy (CO, MI, MN, NM, WI)2 77,054
4 Sacramento Municipal Utility district 63,104
5 Puget Sound Energy 40,519
6 Connecticut Power & Light/United Illuminating 27,786
7 DTE Energy 22,686
8 Dominion Virginia Power 20,362
9 Iberdrola: New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas & Electric 19,498
10 WE Energies 17,711


Customer Participation Rate
(as of December 2013)
Rank Utility Customer Participation Rate
1 City of Palo Alto - (CA) 19.4%
2 Farmers Electric Cooperative of Kalona 14.0%
3 Portland General Electric3 12.6%
4 Town of Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (MA) 11.1%
5 Sacramento Municipal Utility District 10.4%
6 Madison Gas & Electric Co 8.5%
7 PacifiCorp - (OR)4 8.3%
8 Silicon Valley Power 7.7%
9 City of Naperville - (IL) 7.0%
10 River Falls Municipal Utilities 5.7%


Green Power Sales as a Percentage of Total Retail Electricity Sales (in MWh)
(as of December 2013)
Rank Utility % of Load
1 Waterloo Utilities 23.8%
2 Edmond Electric 11.5%
3 Portland General Electric5 8.4%
4 River Falls Municipal Utilities 7.4%
5 City of Palo Alto - (CA) 6.0%
6 Silicon Valley Power 5.2%
7 PacifiCorp/ Pacific Power6 4.5%
8 Sacramento Municipal Utility district 4.1%
9 Madison Gas & Electric Co 3.6%
10 Town of Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (MA) 3.3%


Net Price Premium Charged for New, Residential Customer-Driven Renewable Power
(as of December 2013)
Rank Utility Net Premium
1 Austin Energy -1.04¢/kWh
2 Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co 0.04¢/kWh
3 Indianapolis Power & Light Co 0.06¢/kWh
4 City of Palo Alto – (CA) 0.20¢/kWh
5 Edmond Electric 0.27¢/kWh
6 Xcel – (MN)7 0.29¢/kWh
7 Avista Corp – (WA & ID) 0.33¢/kWh
8 Portland General Electric8 0.80¢/kWh
9 Duke Energy (NC, SC, IN, OH, KY) 0.90¢/kWh
10 Connecticut Power & Light/United Illuminating 0.99¢/kWh

1Windsource and Renewable Energy Trust
2Windsource and Renewable Energy Trust
3Green Source
4Note that PacifiCorp's Blue Sky Usage and Habitat achieved 6.4% customer participation rate
5Green Source
6Blue Sky Usage and Habitat; note that PacifiCorp/Pacific Power's Standard Block, Block QS, Usage & Habitat in Oregon achieved 3.5% in green power sales
7Windsource
8Green Source

 

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