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January 29, 2003

Maine Renewable Energy Brings Green Power to the State

Maine Renewable Energy, an affiliate of Competitive Energy Services, LLC, launched a new green power service for the state on January 23rd. Sold at a premium of about 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, the power will come mainly from small hydroelectric plants (less than 30 megawatts in capacity) as well as wood-fired biomass power plants. The company will use 10 percent of its profits to fund new zero-emission energy projects in the state. See the Maine Renewable Energy press release.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (MeIPL), a non-profit organization, is working in partnership with Maine Renewable Energy to sell green power in the state. In addition to informing Mainers about the Maine Renewable Energy option, the organization offers them the option of buying green tags that support wind and solar energy developments in the western United States. At least 20 percent of MeIPL's revenues will go toward new renewable energy facilities in Maine. See the MeIPL Web site.