January 2003 - Maine Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L) announced the availability of two green power products for electricity customers in Maine. The first product is a blend of power from existing small hydropower facilities (50% or more) and wood-fired generators located in the state. The power will be supplied by Maine Renewable Energy at a premium of about 1.5¢/kwh above the standard-offer rate charged in most parts of the state. Thus, a customer using 500 kWh per month would pay an extra $7.50 per month for the product. Customers who choose this option must switch from their current electricity supplier and enter into a service contract until February 2005. MIPL is hoping to obtain 1,000 customers for this offering.
Under the second option, customers can purchase "green tags" from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation in increments of 1,000 kWh for $20, or 2¢/kWh. The green tags represent the environmental attributes of power generated from new solar and wind facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Under this option, customers are not required to switch electricity providers or enter into long-term service contracts. Purchases of the green tags are also tax deductible.
MIP&L will set aside a minimum of 20% of its revenues from the sale of green power to support the development of new, clean power sources in Maine, such as solar electric systems installed on local churches.
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MIP&L Contact: Erica Morgan (207) 729-9665
Maine Renewable Energy Contact: Richard Silkman (207) 772-6190