September 2005 - Community Energy, Inc. is now offering renewable energy certificates (RECs) for sale to Colorado residents and businesses. The company's NewWind Energy product will be sourced from Colorado wind energy projects and offered to residential customers in 100-kWh increments for $2.00, or a premium of 2¢/kWh, and to commercial customers for 1.2¢/kWh. Initially the RECs will be supplied from a 7.5-MW project located near Lamar, Colorado. In the future, the company plans to add RECs from school-based wind projects in rural Colorado to the resource mix. Community Energy recently contracted with the University of Colorado at Boulder to supply 8.8 million kWh of RECs for three student-run buildings.
In addition, Boulder-based Clean and Green is offering a Green-e certified REC product sourced from municipal and community-based wind energy projects located nationwide. The company offers the RECs to residential customers in 300-kWh increments for about 3¢/kWh. Note: Clean and Green is no longer Green-e certified. (February 29, 2008)
News Release - Green-e Certifies Clean and Green Renewable Energy Certificates
News Article - Community Energy to Sell Renewable Energy Credits
May 2005 - Students at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder are now purchasing enough wind-generated electricity to offset 100% of the electricity needs of the three student-run campus buildings. In the spring of 2000, students voted by a 5 to 1 margin to increase fees by $1 per semester for four years to purchase wind power, which was enough to supply about 30% of the annual buildings load. When the referendum expired in 2004, students passed new legislation calling for 100% wind power. Lower market prices for wind energy have allowed CU to increase its purchase from 2 million kWh to 8.8 million kWh annually at only a slightly higher total cost. CU is now buying its wind energy from Community Energy, Inc., with half of the wind energy supplied from a wind project located in southeast Colorado and the other half from the upper Midwest.
News Release - Renewable Energy Powers CU-Boulder (PDF 72 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
News Article - WindSource losing gusto
CU Boulder Contact: Ghita Carroll (303) 492-8308
April 2000 - By a margin of nearly 5 to 1, students at the University of Colorado voted to increase student fees by $1.00 per semester so that several campus buildings can be powered with wind energy. The wind purchase measure was placed on the ballot following a petition drive that garnered 1,300 student signatures. The affirmative vote for wind energy represented the largest margin of victory of any measure on the ballot.
The student voter turnout of nearly 30% was also the highest in University of Colorado history, far eclipsing the previous high of 12%. According to college officials, the record turnout can be directly attributed to student campaigning in support of the wind energy measure.
The amount of wind energy that will be purchased is roughly equivalent to the entire annual output of one large, 750-kW wind turbine. The wind energy will be purchased from Public Service Company of Colorado, which operates the WindSource green pricing program.
News Release - University of Colorado Students Vote "Yes" for Wind Power
News Article - CU vote OKs wind power (Denver Post
CU contacts: Ghita Levenstein, (303) 492-3229 or Wendy Hunter, (303) 492-8308