Vermont Regulators Approve "Cow Power™" Program
The Vermont Public Service Board approved a new green pricing program on August 3 to be offered by Central Vermont Public Services (CVPS) that will tap farm-based methane systems. The CVPS Cow Power program will offer customers the option of receiving 25%, 50% or 100% of their electricity as green power at an extra cost of $0.04/kWh.
If farm-based generation proves insufficient to supply the program, the utility will first attempt to acquire and retire renewable energy certificates from other regionally based renewable generation sources or, as a last resort, deposit customer payments into the CVPS Renewable Development Fund to provide incentives for farm-based generation projects. CVPS serves more than 150,000 customers in nearly three-quarters of the towns, villages, and cities in Vermont.