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EWEB Finds Strong Interest in Wind Power

June 1999 - Less than two months after the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) began actively marketing its green power option, residential customers have signed up to buy almost a quarter of the power available. According to a June 15th article in The Eugene Register-Guard, about 1,700 of EWEB's 66,589 residential customers (2.6%), have signed-up for the wind power offering, which sells for a premium of 3.2¢/kWh.

According to the article, more than half of the participating customers are choosing to purchase 25% or more of their electricity requirements from wind energy; EWEB had anticipated that most customers would choose the 10% option. Because of this trend, EWEB may only need 6,000 customer sign-ups to fully subscribe the 6.5 MW of available wind power capacity. Also, the utility plans to offer the green power option to its 8,325 commercial and industrial customers later this year.

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