September 2005 - Consumers Energy, a combination electric and natural gas utility serving more than 1.7 million homes and businesses throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula, announced that it has reached agreements with five independent developers to supply the utility's new Green Generation Program. Under the program, customers can purchase 150-kWh monthly blocks of renewable energy for $2.50—a rate premium of 1.67¢/kWh—or can choose to meet 100% of their monthly electricity use with renewable energy at the same price. A typical homeowner who uses 655 kWh per month would spend an extra $10.92 per month to participate at the 100% level. The program is partially subsidized through a monthly non-bypassable charge of 5¢ per meter on all customers.
The power purchase contracts cover approximately 238,000 MWh (~27 average megawatts) of annual supply from new wind (75%) and landfill gas (25%) facilities to be located in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The new program replaces a green power pilot program that the utility operated from 2001 to 2004.
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