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Oregon Utility Buys Wind Power for the Next 25 Years
The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon made a substantial commitment to renewable energy on May 13th with its purchase of 25 megawatts of wind power from the Stateline Wind Energy Center. EWEB signed a 25-year contract with PacifiCorp Power Marketing, Inc., owner of the entire output of the wind plant, which is located on the Washington-Oregon border. EWEB's purchase will equal the annual power needs of about 4,800 homes, or about 2.5 percent of the utility's retail electricity needs. The utility will sell the power to its customers through its green power program. See the EWEB press release.
A Vermont utility is also offering its customers a chance to support renewable energy sources. Green Mountain Power Corporation has teamed up with Clean Air - Cool Planet in a program that allows its customers to make tax-deductible donations for renewable energy developments. The donations will support a Vermont farm methane power system as well as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Wind Farm in South Dakota. See the Green Mountain Power press release.
The Rosebud Sioux wind project was covered in the May 15th edition of the EREN Network News.
Despite such signs of progress, a recent report by E Source Green Energy Service, part of Platts Research and Consulting, finds that green power marketing by utilities is still an immature and relatively unsophisticated effort. The report estimates that the total U.S. market size for green power is about 8,500,000 households, or approximately 8 percent of U.S. households. This largely untapped demand is equivalent to 28,000 megawatts of renewable energy generation. See the Platts press release.