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February 26, 2003

Report: More Than 300 Utilities Now Offer Green Power

DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released its annual ranking of utility-sponsored green power programs on February 21st, noting that more than 300 utilities in 32 states now offer such programs. To date, more than 425 megawatts of renewable generating capacity have been installed or are planned as a result of these programs. The utility-sponsored programs, referred to as "green pricing" programs, are just one aspect of the green power market, which has resulted in nearly 1,500 megawatts of new renewable power capacity either planned or installed. See the NREL press release.

NREL develops "top ten" rankings of these green pricing programs based on total sales, total number of participating customers, percentage of customers participating, and lowest price premium charged. The top-ranked utilities for each of these categories are Austin Energy (selling over 251 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy each year), the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water (selling green power to 71,732 customers), Moorhead Public Service in Minnesota (selling green power to 5.8 percent of its customers), and Washington's Clallum County Public Utility District (charging a premium of only 0.7 cents per kilowatt-hour for green power). See the complete top ten rankings on the EERE Green Power Network Web site.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E) is not currently on NREL's top ten list, but it hopes to be eventually: the company is requesting proposals for 50 megawatts of wind power, to be sold to its customers through a green pricing program. Proposals are due in March, and the company plans to choose one by May. See the OG&E press release.