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August 13, 2003

New Jersey Agencies Buy 11 Megawatts of Wind Power as Green Power Market Grows

Nearly 180 public agencies in New Jersey have banded together to buy 11 megawatts of wind power from Pepco Energy Services. Starting in July, such notable entities as Rutgers University, the New Jersey Highway Authority, New Jersey Transit, and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority began drawing on wind energy for half of the electricity they use. Starting in December, Pepco expects to draw on a new 20-megawatt wind farm in Pennsylvania for its wind power supply. Called the Bear Creek Wind Energy Project, the new facility is currently under development by Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) and PPL Corporation. See the press releases from Pepco Energy Services and CEI.

Among other recent "big spenders" in the green power world are the Audubon Society of Portland and the Austin Grill—a restaurant with six locations in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland area— both of which are buying 100 percent green power (provided, respectively, by Green Mountain Energy Company and CEI). Luzenac America, Inc. demonstrated a similar level of commitment, offsetting all the greenhouse gas emissions produced through electricity use at its Yellowstone Talc Mine by buying green tags from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). And the American Psychological Association (APA) and its property manager, Trammel Crow Company, purchased more than 20 million kilowatt-hours of green power for APA's two office buildings in Washington, D.C.—a move brokered and applauded by one of APA's tenants, the World Resources Institute (WRI) See the press releases from Green Mountain Energy Company, CEI, BEF, and WRI.

Green power continues to advance throughout the country. Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, began offering a Green Energy Rate in July, with service to begin in January 2004. Georgia Power expects to draw on landfill gas projects for 83 percent of its green power supply, with another 16 percent coming from wind power and solar power providing about 1 percent. In North Carolina, the NC GreenPower program began offering green power to the state's residents in late July. The program is also seeking green power providers, with responses due by the end of August. In Montana, NorthWestern Energy is selling green power through green tags purchased from BEF. And in Maine, 1,000 customers and 750 state agencies have signed up for green power. Maine Renewable Energy, the in-state supplier for the program, is now delivering one million kilowatt-hours of renewable power each month. See the announcements from Southern Company, NC GreenPower, NorthWestern Energy, and Maine Interfaith Power and Light (PDF 92 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.