Top Ten Utility Green Pricing Programs

April 2000

Customer Participants
(as of April 2000)
Rank State Utility Program # of Participants
1 CA Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Green Power for a Green L.A. 31,000
2 CO Public Service Company of Colorado Windsource 14,500
3 WI Wisconsin Electric Energy for Tomorrow 12,000
3 CO Public Service Company of Colorado Renewable Energy Trust 12,000
5 CA Sacramento Municipal Utility District Greenergy 6,100
6 WI Madison Gas and Electric Wind Power 5,200
7 WI Wisconsin Public Service Solar Wise for Schools 4,000
8 OR Eugene Water and Electric Board EWEB Windpower 2,700
9 HI Hawaiian Electric Sun Power for School 2,600
10 OR Portland General Electric Salmon-Friendly Power 2,500
Source: NREL


Customer Participation Rates
(as of April 2000)
Rank State Utility Program Participation Rate
1 WI Madison Gas and Electric Wind Power 4.7%
2 CO Holy Cross Energy Wind Power 4.1%
3 WA Orcas Power & Light Green Power 3.8%
3 IA Cedar Falls Utilities Wind Energy 3.8%
5 OR Eugene Water and Electric Board EWEB Windpower 3.7%
6 MN Moorhead Public Service Capture the Wind 3.4%
7 OR Central Electric Cooperative Green Power 2.9%
8 OH City of Bowling Green Green Power 2.5%
9 CA Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Green Power for a Green L.A. 2.2%
10 CO Fort Collins Utilities Wind Power Program 2.1%
Source: NREL


New Renewable Resources Developed
through Green Pricing

(as of April 2000)
Rank State Utility Resources Installed New Capacity
1 CO Public Service Company of Colorado Wind 15.7 MW1
2 CA Sacramento Municipal Utility District - Greenergy Landfill gas 8.3 MW
3 WI Madison Gas and Electric Wind 8.2 MW2
4 WI Wisconsin Electric Wind/hydro/landfill gas 7.2 MW3
5 TX TXU Wind 6.6 MW
6 OR Eugene Water and Electric Board Wind 6.5 MW
7 CO Holy Cross Energy Wind 3.0 MW4
8 CO Fort Collins Utilities Wind 2.9 MW5
9 CA Sacramento Municipal Utility District - PV Pioneers PV 1.5 MW
9 KS Western Resources Wind 1.5 MW
Source: NREL

Notes:
1 PSCO sells 4 MW from its 20-MW wind project to Holy Cross Energy and Colorado Springs Utilities.

2 Madison Gas & Electric uses 3 MW of its 11.2-MW wind project to satisfy a state renewable energy mandate. The remainder of the project is supported through green pricing.

3 Wisconsin Electric purchases another 2.6 MW of existing landfill gas resources for its green pricing program.

4 Holy Cross Energy purchases its wind power from PSCO.

5 Fort Collins obtains its wind power from Platte River Power Authority's 4.6 MW Wyoming wind project.


Premium Charged for New, Customer-Driven
Renewable Power
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(as of April 2000)
Rank State Utility Resources Premium
1 TX Austin Energy Landfill gas/wind 0.4¢/kWh
2 CA Sacramento Municipal Utility District Landfill gas 1.0¢/kWh
3 MN Dakota Electric Association Wind 1.22¢/kWh
4 MN Great River Energy2 Wind 1.5¢/kWh
4 MN Moorhead Public Service3 Wind 1.5¢/kWh
5 MI Traverse City Light & Power Wind 1.6¢/kWh
6 WI Wisconsin Electric4 Landfill gas/small hydro/wind 2.0¢/kWh
7 CO Public Service Company of Colorado Wind 2.5¢/kWh
7 CO Holy Cross Energy Wind 2.5¢/kWh
7 CO Tri-State G&T Wind 2.5¢/kWh
7 CO Platte River Power Authority (Estes, Loveland, Fort Collins, Longmont) Wind 2.5¢/kWh
Source: NREL

Note: The premium charged in a green pricing program can be a function of any number of variables, including but not limited to the renewable energy technology utilized, the quality of the renewable energy resource, the size of the project(s), the project and company financials, the availability of subsidies or incentives, inclusion of administrative and marketing costs, the utility's avoided cost of energy, the amount of renewables already in the utility mix, and whether participating customers shoulder the full cost of the program.

1 Includes only programs that have installed or announced firm plans to install new renewable resources.

2 Suggested retail price for member distribution cooperatives.

3 Adjusted to reflect the cost of 100% new wind power.

4 Three-fourths of the power comes from new renewable resources.


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