July 2005 - Fourteen municipal utilities served by Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (CMMPA) are offering their customers a renewable energy option. The product offerings differ by utility, but all are supplied by CMMPA. For example, the City of New Ulm offers a Green Energy Program through which customers can purchase 100-kWh monthly blocks of renewable energy for $1.50, or a rate premium of 1.5¢/kWh, whereas the City of Delano charges $2.50 per 100-kWh block, or 2.5¢/kWh in its Renewable Energy Program. And the City of Sleepy Eye Public Utilities Commission plans to re-launch its program after a recent local survey indicated that 56% of respondents were willing to pay more for renewable energy.
CMMPA supplies the renewable energy for the programs from its 6-MW share of the 98-MW Hancock County Wind Energy Center in Iowa. In addition, CMMPA plans to add a 2.5-MW wind project in Blue Earth, MN and a 6.25-MW wind project on a family farm in southwestern Minnesota later this year, as well as a 10-MW wind project and a landfill gas project in the near future. A portion of the output from these projects will be used to supply the utility green power product offerings while the remainder will be used to satisfy the state's renewable energy objective. Minnesota utilities are also required by state law to offer their customers voluntary options to purchase power generated from renewable sources or high-efficiency, low-emission distributed generation.
The municipal utilities offering green power programs in conjunction with CMMPA are: Blue Earth, Delano, Glencoe, Granite Falls, Janesville, Kenyon, Lake Crystal, Madelia, Mt. Lake, New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Springfield, Truman, and Windom.
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CMMPA Contact: Don Kom (507) 526-2193