October 2003 - On October 1, North Carolina's electric utilities rolled out a new statewide program that enables customers to voluntarily support the development of renewable energy resources. The NC GreenPower program is available to customers of the state's three investor-owned utilities—Duke Power, Progress Energy and Dominion NC Power—as well as a number of electric cooperatives and municipal utilities.
The program features a "mass-market" green energy product that can be purchased in 100-kWh blocks for $4 per block each month, or 4¢/kWh. A separate "large-volume" product is available to businesses and other customers that commit to purchase a minimum of 10,000 kWh of green power each month—the premium for the large-volume product is $2.50 per 100-kWh block, or 2.5¢/kWh. Customer contributions made to the utilities will be transferred to an independent non-profit organization and are tax deductible.
Program marketing will be supported in part through the North Carolina State Energy Office, which has committed $500,000 in funds over the next two years. The NC GreenPower program has issued a request for proposals (RFP PDF 159 KB) Download Acrobat Reader for renewable energy resources to supply the program.
News Release - Landmark Program Gives North Carolinians the Power to Choose Cleaner Energy (PDF 1.0 MB) Download Acrobat Reader
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NC GreenPower Contacts: Carl Wilkins (919) 857-9008, Sharon Gladwell (919) 857-9058