Top Ten Utility Green Pricing Programs

December 2001

Customer Participants
(as of December 2001)
Rank Utility Program # of Participants
1 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Green Power for a Green L.A. 87,0001
2 Xcel Energy (Colorado) WindSource 18,600
3 Sacramento Municipal Utility District Greenergy - All Renewables 14,200
4 Xcel Energy (Colorado) Renewable Energy Trust 10,900
5 Wisconsin Electric Power Company Energy for Tomorrow 10,700
6 PacifiCorp Blue Sky 7,300
7 Austin Energy GreenChoice 6,600
8 Portland General Electric Company Salmon Friendly
Clean Wind Power
5,700
9 Wisconsin Public Service SolarWise for Schools 5,200
10 Tennessee Valley Authority Green Power Switch 4,9002
Source: NREL

Notes:

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

2 TVA supplies the power for programs offered by 12 distribution utilities.


Customer Participation Rates
(as of December 2001)
Rank Utility Program Participation Rate
1 Moorhead Public Service Capture the Wind 7.0%
2 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Green Power for a Green L.A. 6.7%1
3 Orcas Power & Light Cooperative Green Power 5.1%
3 Holy Cross Energy Wind Power Pioneers 5.1%
5 Madison Gas and Electric Wind Power Program 4.1%
6 Cedar Falls Utilities Wind Energy Electric Project 4.0%
7 Central Electric Cooperative Green Power 3.7%
8 Eugene Water and Electric Board EWEB Wind Power 3.3%
9 Consumers Power Green Power 3.1%
10 Sacramento Municipal Utility District Greenergy - All Renewables 3.0%
Source: NREL

1 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 December 2001)
Rank Utility Resources Installed New Capacity
1 Austin Energy Wind/PV 76.9 MW
2 Xcel Energy (Colorado) Wind 46.7 MW1
3 Los Angeles Department of Power and Water Wind/landfill methane 27.0 MW2
4 Sacramento Municipal Utility District Landfill methane/PV 10.2 MW3
5 Madison Gas and Electric Wind 8.2 MW4
6 Wisconsin Electric Wind/hydro/landfill methane 7.2 MW5
7 Eugene Water and Electric Board Wind 6.5 MW
8 Tennessee Valley Authority Wind/landfill methane/PV 6.2 MW6
9 Wisconsin Public Power Inc. Hydro 6.0 MW
10 Platte River Power Authority Wind 5.3 MW7
Source: NREL

Notes:

1 Xcel Energy sells approximately 6.3 MW from its wind projects as wholesale power to other Colorado utilities.

2 LADWP purchases the wind energy equivalent of about 25 MW from PacifiCorp and APX.

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

4 MGE uses 3 MW of its 11.2-MW wind project to satisfy a state renewable energy mandate. The remaining capacity is supported through green pricing.

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

6 TVA supplies the power for programs offered by 12 distribution utilities.

7 Platte River supplies the power for programs offered by Fort Collins, Estes Park, Longmont, and Loveland (Colorado). It also supplies 660 kW of wind power to Tri-State G&T.


Premium Charged for New, Customer-Driven
Renewable Power
1

(as of December 2001)
Rank Utility Resources Premium
1 Roseville Electric Geothermal/PV 1.00¢/kWh
1 Sacramento Municipal Utility District Landfill methane 1.00¢/kWh
1 Texas New Mexico Power Company Wind 1.00¢/kWh
4 Austin Energy2 Wind/PV 1.08¢/kWh
5 Dakota Electric Association Wind 1.28¢/kWh
6 Eugene Water and Electric Board3 Wind 1.32¢/kWh
7 City of Bowling Green (Ohio) Landfill methane/PV 1.38¢/kWh
8 Clark Public Utilities Wind/PV 1.50¢/kWh
8 Great River Energy4 Wind 1.50¢/kWh
8 Moorhead Public Service5 Wind 1.50¢/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 in second phase of program. Price is adjusted when fuel prices change.

3 Price is adjusted when fuel prices change.

4 Suggested retail price for member distribution cooperatives.

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


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