Top Ten Utility Green Pricing Programs

December 2005

Green Power Program Renewable Energy Sales
(as of December 2005)
Rank Utility Resources Used Sales (kWh/year) Sales (Avg. MWa)
1 Austin Energy Wind, landfill gas 435,140,739 49.7
2 Portland General Electricb Existing geothermal and hydro, wind 339,577,170 38.8
3 PacifiCorpcd Wind, biomass, solar 234,163,591 26.7
4 Florida Power & Light Biomass, wind, solar 224,574,530 25.6
5 Sacramento Municipal Utility Districte Wind, landfill gas, small hydro, solar 195,081,504 22.3
6 Xcel Energyef Wind 147,674,000 16.9
7 National Gridghi Biomass, wind, small hydro, solar 127,872,457 14.6
8 Basin Electric Power Cooperative Wind 113,957,000 13.0
9 Puget Sound Energy Wind, solar, biogas 71,341,000 8.1
10 OG&E Electric Services Wind 63,591,526 7.3

Source: NREL

Notes:

a An "average megawatt" (aMW) is a measure of continuous capacity equivalent (i.e., operating at a 100% capacity factor).

b Some products marketed in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company.

c Includes Pacific Power and Utah Power.

d Some Oregon products marketed in partnership with 3 Phases Energy Services.

e Product is Green-e certified (www.green-e.org). For Xcel Energy, only the Public Service Company of Colorado product is Green-e certified.

f Includes Northern States Power, Public Service Company of Colorado, and Southwestern Public Service.

g Includes Niagara Mohawk, Massachusetts Electric, Narragansett Electric, and Nantucket Electric.

h Marketed in partnership with Community Energy, EnviroGen, Green Mountain Energy Company, Mass Energy, People's Power & Light, and Sterling Planet.

i Some products are certified by Green-e (www.green-e.org) or Environmental Resources Trust (http://www.ert.net).



Total Number of Customer Participants
(as of December 2005)
Rank Utility Program Name(s) Participants
1 Xcel Energya WindSourceb
Renewable Energy Trust
49,354
2 PacifiCorpcd Blue Sky Block
Blue Sky Usage
Blue Sky Habitat
42,269
3 Portland General Electrice Clean Wind
Green Source
Healthy Habitat
40,570
4 Sacramento Municipal Utility District Greenergyb 31,229
5 Los Angeles Department of Water & Power Green Power for a Green L.A. 24,380
6 Florida Power and Lightf Sunshine Energy 23,066
7 PECOg PECO WIND 22,164
8 National Gridhi GreenUpj 20,986
9 Puget Sound Energy Green Power Program 15,500
10 We Energies Energy for Tomorrowb 12,458
10 Alliant Energyk Second Natureb 12,426

Source: NREL

Notes:

a Includes Northern States Power, Public Service Company of Colorado, and Southwestern Public Service.

b Product is Green-e certified (www.green-e.org). For Xcel Energy, only the Public Service Company of Colorado product is Green-e certified. For Alliant Energy, Iowa and Minnesota products are Green-e certified.

c Includes Pacific Power and Utah Power.

d Some Oregon products marketed in partnership with 3 Phases Energy Services.

e Some products marketed in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company.

f Marketed in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company.

g Marketed in partnership with Community Energy, Inc.

h Includes Niagara Mohawk, Massachusetts Electric, Narragansett Electric, and Nantucket Electric.

i Marketed in partnership with Community Energy, EnviroGen, Green Mountain Energy Company, Mass Energy, People's Power & Light, and Sterling Planet.

j Some products are certified by Green-e (www.green-e.org) or Environmental Resources Trust (www.ert.net).

k Includes Interstate Power and Light and Wisconsin Power and Light.



Customer Participation Rate
(as of December 2005)
Rank Utility Participation Rate Program Name(s) Start Date
1 City of Palo Alto Utilitiesa 13.6% Palo Alto Greenb 2003
2 Lenox Municipal Utilitiesc 12.6% Green City Energy 2003
3 Montezuma Municipal Light and Powerc 6.3% Green City Energy 2003
4 Holy Cross Energy 6.0% Wind Power Pioneer
Local Renewable Energy Pool
1998
2002
5 Sacramento Municipal Utility District 5.5% Greenergyb 1997
6 Portland General Electricd 5.3% Clean Wind
Green Source
Healthy Habitat
2002
7 City of Fairbankc 4.9% Green City Energy 2003
8 Silicon Valley Powera 4.8% Santa Clara Green Power 2004
9 Moorhead Public Service 4.7% Capture the Wind 1998
10 Central Electric Cooperativee 4.6% Green Power 1999

Source: NREL

Notes:

a Marketed in partnership with 3 Phases Energy Services

b Product is Green-e certified (www.green-e.org).

c Program offered in association with the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.

d Some products marketed in partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company.

e Power supplied by PNGC Power.



Price Premium Charged for New, Customer-Driven
Renewable Power
a

(as of December 2005)
Rank Utility Resources Used Premium (¢/kWh)
1 Xcel Energybc Wind -0.67
2 Edmond Electricbd Wind -0.45
3 OG&E Electric Servicesb Wind -0.25
4 Avista Utilities Wind 0.33
5 Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Wind 0.50
6 Austin Energyb Wind, landfill gas 0.70
6 Clallam County Public Utility Districtb Landfill gas 0.70
8 PacifiCorpe Wind, biomass, solar 0.78
9 Wabash Valley Power Associationf Landfill gas 0.90
10 Eugene Water and Electric Boardb Wind 0.91

Source: NREL

Notes:

a Includes only programs that have installed or announced firm plans to install or purchase power from 100% new renewable resources.

b Premium is variable; customers in these programs are exempt or otherwise protected from changes in utility fuel charges.

c Public Service Company of Colorado only. Product is Green-e certified (www.green-e.org).

d Power supplied by Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.

e Pacific Power Blue Sky Usage product; only available in Oregon. Product marketed in partnership with 3 Phases Energy Services.

f The premium charged by participating member distribution utilities varies from 0.9¢/kWh to 1.0¢/kWh.


For More Information -

Online Report: Utility Green Pricing Programs: What Defines Success? (PDF Report: 1.1 MB) NREL/TP-620-29831, August 2001.


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