December 2003 - Just one month after Lenox Municipal Utilities (Iowa) launched a new green power program, 13% of its 550 electricity customers have enrolled—the highest participation rate for any U.S. utility green pricing program. Under the Green City Energy program, customers can purchase 100-kWh blocks of wind energy each month for an extra $2.00, or a rate premium of 2.0¢/kWh. Power for the program is supplied from a 750-kW wind turbine located south of town, which will generate approximately 1.8 million kWh of electricity annually or enough to meet about 10% of the town's total electricity needs. Customers must commit to the program for a minimum of one year.
By law, all electric utilities in Iowa are required to offer their customers a renewable energy option.
News Release - Wind Turbine is Making Lenox a Green City
Lenox Municipal Utilities Contact: David Ferris (641) 333-2550
IAMU Contact: Patti Cale-Finnegan (515) 289-1999