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Top Ten Utility Green Power Programs

(as of December 2012)

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; the lowest premium charged to support new renewables development; and utilities using at least two percent solar to supply their green pricing programs.


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NREL Highlights 2012 Utility Green Power Leaders

Previous Top Ten Lists -
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 2012)
Rank Utility Sales (MWh/year)
1 Portland General Electric 834,125
2 Austin Energy 744,443
3 PacifiCorp 604,007
4 Sacramento Municipal Utility District 416,477
5 Xcel Energy 390,056
6 Puget Sound Energy 365,796
7 Connecticut Light and Power Co. / United Illuminating 254,838
8 Dominion Virginia Power 250,364
9 Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. 210,187
10 CPS Energy 179,786


Total Number of Customer Participants
(as of December 2012)
Rank Utility Participants
1 Portland General Electric 87,987
2 PacifiCorp - Blue Sky Usage, Block, and Habitat 87,919
3 Xcel Energy 61,315
4 Sacramento Municipal Utility District 55,207
5 Puget Sound Energy 34,962
6 Connecticut Light and Power Co. / United Illuminating 27,664
7 Iberdrola: NYSEG and RG&E 21,201
8 We Energies 20,066
9 National Grid 18,302
10 Dominion Virginia Power 15,179


Customer Participation Rate
(as of December 2012)
Rank Utility Customer Participation Rate
1 City of Palo Alto (California) 18.2%
2 Portland General Electric 12.4%
3 Madison Gas & Electric Co. 9.4%
4 Sacramento Municipal Utility District 9.2%
5 City of Naperville (Illinois) 7.6%
6 Pacific Power (Oregon) 7.6%
7 Silicon Valley Power 6.9%
8 River Falls Municipal Utilities 6.1%
9 Stoughton Utilities 5.1%
10 Cuba City Light & Water 5.0%


Green Power Sales as a Percentage of Total Retail Electricity Sales (in MWh)
(as of December 2012)
Rank Utility % of Load
1 Waterloo Utilities 23.9%
2 Edmond Electric 10.7%
3* City of Palo Alto 8.1%
3 River Falls Municipal Utilities 7.3%
4 Austin Energy 6.0%
5 Portland General Electric 4.4%
6 Madison Gas & Electric Co. 4.1%
6 PacifiCorp - Blue Sky Usage and Habitat 4.1%
8 Sacramento Municipal Utility District 3.9%
9 Stoughton Utilities 2.9%
10 Silicon Valley Power 2.8%

* City of Palo Alto provided an updated response after the submission deadline. The updated ranking is provided here but the remaining rankings have been unchanged.



Net Price Premium Charged for New, Residential Customer-Driven Renewable Power
(as of December 2012)
Rank Utility Net Premium
1 City of Ponca (Oklahoma) -0.87¢/kWh
2 Public Service Co. of New Mexico 0.04¢/kWh
3 Edmond Electric 0.14¢/kWh
4 Indianapolis Power & Light Co. 0.15¢/kWh
5 Avista Corp. (Washington and Idaho) 0.33¢/kWh
6 Arizona Public Service 0.40¢/kWh
7 Xcel Energy (Minnesota only) 0.66¢/kWh
8 Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. 0.86¢/kWh
9 Connecticut Light and Power Co. / United Illuminating 0.99¢/kWh
10 CPS Energy 1.00¢/kWh
10 WPPI Energy 1.00¢/kWh

Note: The average net premium for City of Ponca over 2012 was -0.08¢/kWh.



Utilities Using at Least 2% Solar to Supply their Green Pricing Programs
(as of December 2012)
Rank Utility % Solar
1 Sacramento Municipal Utility District 14.5%
2 Tennessee Valley Authority 5.9%
3 Xcel Energy (Colorado only) 3.0%
4 City of Palo Alto (California) 2.5%
5 Alameda Municipal Power 2.0%
5 PacifiCorp - Blue Sky Habitat & Usage 2.0%

Note: While additional individual utility products may include at least 2% solar, this list represents the overall mix provided by the utility to meet all of its green pricing needs.

 

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