January 2006 - Austin Energy's GreenChoice green power program has become so popular that the city has been forced to implement a lottery for its customers "to win entry" into the program. Austin Energy is one of only a handful of U.S. utilities that protect their green pricing customers from fossil fuel price fluctuations; GreenChoice customers pay a fixed-price green rate, currently 3.5¢/kWh, which substitutes for the utility's fuel charge. When recently the utility increased its fuel charge to 3.634¢/kWh, GreenChoice customers found themselves paying 0.134¢/kWh less for green power than other customers pay for the standard electricity service.
On January 12, the City Council adopted a resolution that calls for the Austin City Manager to allocate an equal share of the remaining renewable energy supply among the three customer classes — residential, small commercial and large commercial — and conduct a drawing to select participants. The resolution also calls for Austin Energy "to ensure that additional supplies of renewable energy are procured expeditiously so that customers will have the ongoing opportunity to participate in the GreenChoice program."
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