March 2005 - The Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) announced that Georgia-based Sterling Planet and New York City-based Community Energy have been selected through a competitive bidding process to provide renewable energy options for customers of the state's two major utility companies, United Illuminating and Connecticut Light and Power. Under the new program, which will begin on April 1, customers will have the option to purchase green power from either of the two providers to meet 50% or 100% of their electricity needs.
The Sterling Planet product is sourced from new wind (33%), existing small hydro (33%), and new landfill gas generators (34%) at a premium of 1.15¢/kWh over standard offer service, which would cost the average residential customer an additional $5.75 per month for the 100% option. The Community Energy offering, which is sourced from 50% new wind and 50% landfill gas, is priced at 1.1¢/kWh over standard offer rates. The two utilities will distribute information about the green power options in monthly billing statements and through their respective Web sites.
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DPUC Contact: Beryl Lyons (860) 827-2670