New Jersey Completes Largest U.S. Green Power Purchase

August 02, 2002

Wind turbine on a hill in Pennsylvania.

On May 5, 2002, Green Mountain Energy Company dedicated one of their 200-foot tall wind turbines in western Pennsylvania to the State of New Jersey to commemorate Governor James E. McGreevey's commitment to purchase 12% of the state government's electricity from renewable energy sources.

New Jersey has surged to the forefront of states with green power purchases. As of May 5, a total of 196 state facilities are purchasing electricity produced from renewable energy resources equivalent to 12% of the total consumption of all state agencies. Thus New Jersey tops Maryland, which has committed to purchases of six percent of its consumption from green power sources. Said New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey, "Choosing renewable sources of energy is a way to help clean the air we breathe."

The state purchased 113 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) over the 13-month term of the contract with Green Mountain Energy Company. Green Mountain is one of the suppliers of green power to New Jersey customers that choose this provider. (New Jersey's electricity markets operate under an open, competitive market structure.) Teaming up to announce the purchase were the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) President Jeanne M. Fox, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell, and State Treasurer John E. McCormac. For more information, see the press release dated May 3 from Green Mountain Energy Company.