Top Ten Utility Green Pricing Programs

June 2001

Customer Participants
(as of June 2001)
Rank Utility Program # of Participants
1 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Green Power for a Green L.A. 80,000*
2 Public Service Company of Colorado WindSource 14,110
3 Sacramento Municipal Utility District Greenergy - All Renewables 11,850
4 Public Service Company of Colorado Renewable Energy Trust 10,900
5 Wisconsin Electric Power Company Energy for Tomorrow 10,500
6 Austin Energy GreenChoice 8,680
7 PacifiCorp Blue Sky 6,000
8 Wisconsin Public Service SolarWise for Schools 5,400
9 Portland General Electric Company Salmon Friendly and Clean Wind Power 4,540
10 Madison Gas and Electric Wind Power Program 4,480
Source: NREL

Notes:

* About half of the total are low-income customers that receive existing renewables at no extra cost.


Customer Participation Rates
(as of August 2001)
Rank Utility Program Participation Rate
1 Moorhead Public Service Capture the Wind 7.4%
2 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Green Power for a Green L.A. 6.2%*
3 Holy Cross Energy Wind Power Pioneers 4.1%
3 Madison Gas and Electric Wind Power Program 4.1%
5 Cedar Falls Utilities Wind Energy Electric Project 4.0%
6 Orcas Power & Light Cooperative Green Power 3.8%
7 Eugene Water and Electric Board EWEB Wind Power 3.7%
8 Central Electric Cooperative Green Power 3.5%
9 City of Bowling Green Green Power 3.4%
10 Consumers Power Green Power Pilot Program 3.1%
Source: NREL

* About half of the total are low-income customers that receive existing renewables at no extra cost.


New Renewable Resources Supported
through Green Pricing

(as of June 2001)
Rank Utility Resources Installed New Capacity
1 Los Angeles Department of Power and Water Wind/various 25.0 MW1
2 Austin Energy Wind/PV 23.2 MW
3 Public Service Company of Colorado Wind 15.8 MW2
4 Sacramento Municipal Utility District Landfill gas/PV 10.2 MW3
5 Madison Gas and Electric Wind 8.2 MW4
6 Wisconsin Electric Wind/hydro/landfill gas 7.2 MW5
7 Eugene Water and Electric Board Wind 6.5 MW
8 Wisconsin Public Power Inc. Hydro 6.0 MW
9 Platte River Power Authority Wind 5.3 MW6
10 Alliant Energy Wind/landfill gas 4.6 MW
Source: NREL

Notes: Austin Energy plans to install another 53 MW of wind and landfill methane by the end of 2001; PSCo plans to add 36 MW by the end of 2001.

1 LADWP purchases wind power equivalent to approximately 25 MW from Enron and PacifiCorp.

2 PSCo sells 4.3 MW from its 20-MW wind project at wholesale to other Colorado utilities. Includes capacity installed for the WindSource and Renewable Energy Trust programs.

3 Includes capacity installed for the Greenergy and PV Pioneers I programs.

4 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.

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

6 Platte River supplies the power for programs offered by Fort Collins, Estes Park, Longmont, and Loveland. It also provides the output of one 660-kW wind turbine to Tri-State.


Premium Charged for New, Customer-Driven
Renewable Power
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(as of June 2001)
Rank Utility Resources Premium
1 Austin Energy2 Wind/landfill gas/solar 0.17¢/kWh
2 Roseville Electric Geothermal/PV 1.00¢/kWh
2 Sacramento Municipal Utility District Landfill gas 1.00¢/kWh
2 Texas New Mexico Power Company Wind 1.00¢/kWh
5 Dakota Electric Association Wind 1.28¢/kWh
6 City of Bowling Green (Ohio) Landfill gas/PV 1.38¢/kWh
7 Great River Energy3 Wind 1.50¢/kWh
7 Moorhead Public Service4 Wind 1.50¢/kWh
9 Traverse City Light & Power Wind 1.58¢/kWh
10 El Paso Electric Company5 Wind 1.92¢/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 Price for customers who sign up for phase two of program. Customers subscribed for first phase of program are obtaining green power at a price 0.98¢/kWh below regular retail rates. Customers are exempt from fuel charges.

3 Suggested retail price for member distribution cooperatives.

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

5 Price premium is for residential customers; commercial customers pay a premium of 3.04¢/kWh.


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