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Massachusetts Launches $30 Million Green Power Project
The Massachusetts Technology Cooperative (MTC) launched in early June a new $30 million project to encourage renewable energy projects within the state. The project, called the Massachusetts Green Power Partnership, will begin with a competition for $20 million in price supports for renewable power projects, with the intent of helping such projects obtain financing. MTC hopes to enable the construction of 200 megawatts of renewable generating capacity through the project. Proposals for the initial competition are due in September. See the MTC press release.
Green power—electricity produced from renewable energy sources—has been steadily expanding in the United States in recent months. In April, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) expanded its Green Power Switch program to 12 additional local power companies in east Tennessee and north Georgia. In May, American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio) began offering green power to its 80 member communities in Ohio, as well as six additional communities in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Michigan. Green Mountain Energy Company won the AMP-Ohio contract, and also began offering green power to commercial customers in Texas. This month, Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is preparing to sell green power and has lowered its proposed premium to only 1.8 cents per kilowatt-hour above the usual cost of electricity. The proposal still needs regulatory approval. And for those of you in Rhode Island, the Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program has just launched a new campaign to let you know about your options for buying green power. See the press releases from TVA, AMP-Ohio, Green Mountain Energy Company, and PNM, as well as the Green-e Rhode Island Web site.