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May 15, 2002

New Jersey State Government Buys Green Power

The State of New Jersey made a commitment to renewable energy early in May when it signed an agreement to purchase enough green power to meet 12 percent of the state government's electricity needs. Over the next 15 months, the state will buy 113 million kilowatt-hours of Green Mountain Energy Company's "Enviro Blend," of which 50 percent is produced at large hydroelectric facilities and 50 percent comes from other renewable energy sources.

Green Mountain Energy Company has achieved a number of milestones recently, including the installation of a 58-kilowatt solar array in Dallas, Texas, and a 25-kilowatt solar array in Kirtland, Ohio. The company will receive an additional boost in September, when the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) will begin offering the company's green power product to the 60,000 small business customers within its 100 member communities.

Formed in November 2000, NOPEC is a public entity that aggregates the buying power of its member communities to purchase electricity and natural gas at low rates. See the NOPEC Web site.