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April 13, 2005

Connecticut and New Jersey Launch New Green Power Programs

Both Connecticut and New Jersey are launching new programs to encourage customers throughout each state to buy green power—electricity generated from renewable energy sources. Connecticut's program, CTCleanEnergyOptions, went into effect in early April, and allows customers of the state's two regulated utilities—Connecticut Light and Power Company and The United Illuminating Company—to buy green power through their utility. The Connecticut Department of Utility Control competitively chose two suppliers for the program: Sterling Planet, Inc. and Community Energy Inc. See the Community Energy press release and the CTCleanEnergyOptions Web site.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utiities (BPU) approved the New Jersey program in late March. When it goes into effect later this year, the New Jersey Green Power Choice Program will allow multiple utilities and green power marketers to participate in a joint effort with the state to give consumers access to the regional market for renewable energy. See the New Jersey BPU press release.

Meanwhile, the federal government continues to be a major purchaser of green power. In recent solicitations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sought 18 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy certificates for two facilities over a three-year period, and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas sought 95 million kilowatt-hours of green power over a 15-month period. See the EPA and Dyess solicitations, offered through the Defense Energy Support Center.