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February 18, 2004

Florida Power & Light Launches Green Power Program

Florida's largest utility began offering green power to its 8 million customers on February 12th. Florida Power & Light (FPL)—a subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc.—will generate power from wind, solar, and bioenergy through its new Sunshine Energy program. Customers will pay a premium of $9.75 per month for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of green power. FPL has also committed to add 150 kilowatts of solar energy capacity for every 10,000 customers who sign up for the program. See the FPL press release and the Sunshine Energy program Web page.

Green power continues to progress in the United States, as the Green-e certification program, administered by the Center for Resource Solution (CRS), continues to expand. CRS announced in late January that it has set Green-e standards for the Pacific Northwest, and it has also crossed the border to certify its first Canadian "green tags" product for sale in the United States. "Green tags" provide a mechanism for people and companies to support and take credit for renewable energy projects, even if they are located far from the projects. CRS also recently released its audit report for 2002, which showed a two-fold increase in Green-e-certified green power sales over 2001. More than 1.9 million megawatt-hours of certified green power were sold in 2002. See the CRS press releases on the Green-e Web site.