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