February 2005 - On January 24, the Newark (DE) City Council unanimously approved a resolution to increase the city's purchase of renewable energy to 2% of total electricity use by 2006 or approximately 7.5 million kWh annually. The vote followed a recommendation made by the City's Conservation Advisory Commission to increase renewable energy purchases from the current level of 0.1%, to 0.5% in 2005 and 2.0% in 2006. It is estimated that the purchase will increase the average household electric bill by 14¢ per month in 2006. The City, which operates its own electric utility and purchases power on the wholesale power market, currently uses about 373 million kWh of electricity annually.
As of March 2007, Newark was purchasing green power for 0.17% of its electricity needs.
Newark Contact: Steve Dentel (302) 831-8129 (Chair of the Conservation Advisory Commission)