August 2004 - The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) approved a new green pricing program to be offered by Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) that will tap farm-based methane systems. The CVPS Cow Power™ program will offer customers the option of receiving 25%, 50% or 100% of their electricity as green power at an extra cost of 4¢/kWh. If farm-based generation proves insufficient to supply the program, the utility will first attempt to acquire and retire renewable energy certificates (RECs) from other regionally based renewable generation sources or, as a last resort, deposit customer payments into the CVPS Renewable Development Fund that will provide incentives for farm-based generation projects. CVPS serves more than 150,000 customers in nearly three-quarters of the towns, villages and cities in Vermont.
News Release - Board Approves CVPS Cow Power™ Program
News Article - Power company to encourage methane generation
More Information - Vermont PSB Order Approving CVPS Program (PDF 146 KB)
CVPS Contact: Steve Costello (802) 747-5427