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Green Power Faces Challenges in L.A. and Connecticut
The Los Angeles Department of Power and Water's Green Power Program is under fire after an audit released on August 28th by the City Controller found that the program needs new overall management and an improved marketing plan. The audit found that a microturbine project dedicated in August 2001 is still not operating, only 7 of 27 electric buses are currently running, and 80 percent of the energy-efficient refrigerators purchased by the program have not been distributed. The Controller maintained that the program is a good idea, but provided 24 recommendations to improve the program. See the Controller's press release (PDF 148 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.
Green power was also dealt a blow in Connecticut in late August, when the Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) announced that the Connecticut Energy Cooperative is ceasing operations. The cooperative's 11,000 customers will be returned to their traditional utility for electric power service. In November 2000, the cooperative was hailed as the first alternative power supplier in the state. Fortunately, other companies continue to offer green power to electric customers in the state. See the August 21st announcement on the DPUC Web site.
The news is sure to be a topic of discussion at the Seventh National Green Power Marketing Conference, to be held from September 30th through October 2nd in Washington, D.C. See the conference Web site.