Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Clean Energy News Quick Clicks

  • American Electric Power Company Inc. is on the market for two long-term wind energy purchase agreements to serve Ohio and six other states.
  • AEP said it is planning to build wind farms in Michigan, Indiana, Virginia or West Virginia to deliver wind-generated electricity to customers in those states and in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio.
  • Prices for wind energy are competitive to traditional gas- or coal-fired energy, AEP said. (via Bizjournals.com)

  • North Dakota's Public Service Commission rejected Xcel Energy Inc.'s request to charge a special rate for wind power, saying it was too expensive and could mislead customers about the cost of wind-generated electricity.
  • "Why should people who really support wind have to pay significantly more for that resource than others?" asked Susan Wefald, the PSC's president.
  • "The problem with this tariff is, it treats wind as if it's some sort of boutique fuel that's set aside from the rest of the generation grid," Clark said. "It sends the message that (wind energy) is more expensive to bring online than any other form of power." (via BusinessWeek.com)

  • The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual ranking of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as solar and wind. More than 600 utilities across the United States offer these programs.
  • Using information provided by utilities, NREL develops “Top 10” rankings of utility programs in the following categories: total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of customer participants, customer participation rate and the lowest price premium charged for a green pricing service using new renewable resources.
  • Ranked by renewable energy sales, the green power program of Austin (Texas) Energy is first in the nation, followed by Portland General Electric, Florida Power and Light, PacifiCorp and Xcel Energy. (To view charts of utility rankings, visit Top Ten Utility Green Power Programs ). (via nrel.gov)

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