The price premium for Xcel Energy's Colorado Windsource product has fallen once again. When the product was launched in 1997, the wind energy premium was set at 2.5¢/kWh and participating customers were exempted from certain cost adjustments, the most important of which is the "electric commodity adjustment" or ECA. With the ECA rising along with fuel costs, the effective premium for the Windsource product has now fallen to 0.97¢/kWh—however, Windsource customers are still subject to the base energy rate charge of about 1.3¢/kWh. With the price change, a typical Xcel Energy residential customer in Colorado can now purchase 100% wind energy at an average monthly cost of about $5.70.
Separately, the Center for Resource Solutions announced that Xcel Energy applied for and received Green-e certification for the Colorado Windsource product. The Green-e program provides independent, third-party certification to assure that renewable energy products meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards.
News Release - Green-e Certifies Xcel Energy's Windsource Renewable Energy Product
More Information - Xcel Energy Colorado Windsource Tariff Sheet (PDF 85 KB)