With the completion of 59 new wind turbines in west Texas, Austin Energy is now receiving a total of 76.7 MW of wind capacity to serve customers of its GreenChoice program, making it the top U.S. utility green pricing program in the country in terms of new renewable capacity supply. The utility has also contracted to purchase 13 MW of power from landfill methane projects scheduled to come on-line next spring and hopes to add another 25 MW of wind generation in 2002.
More than 6,000 residential customers and 140 businesses are participating in GreenChoice, purchasing nearly 200 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. A key feature of the program is that subscribers are protected from fuel cost increases for 10 years, which is the duration of the utility's green power supply contracts. Currently, GreenChoice customers pay 0.6¢/kWh more than the utility's standard fuel charge, which is the smallest green pricing premium charged among U.S. utilities.
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Austin Energy Contact: Carol Harwell (512) 322-6562