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Holy Cross Launches Local Green Option

December 2002 - Holy Cross Energy, an electric cooperative serving parts of Vail, Aspen, and surrounding areas in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, has launched a new green power option supplied from locally sited, small-scale renewable energy generating sources, such as small hydro and photovoltaics.

Under the Local Renewable Energy Pool program, residential and commercial customers can purchase green power in blocks of 75 kWh for $2.50, or a premium of 3.3¢/kWh. Holy Cross uses the program revenues to pay the above-market costs of the renewable resources. Currently, the program is supplied from two 25-kWp small-hydro generators.

Holy Cross also offers a wind power option, which is supplied from Colorado-based wind projects and sold to customers at a premium of 2.5¢/kWh. More than 2,300 customers, or about 5% of the utility's customer base, are participating in the wind energy program.

Holy Cross Contact: Bob Gardner (970) 945-5491

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