Consumers can now choose locally produced renewable energy
May 07, 2012 | 390 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE - ST. JOHN VALLEY - The Maine Public Utilities Commission and 3Degrees, a renewable energy provider, introduced Maine Green Power, a new, statewide green power program at the end of April.

The voluntary program gives Mainers the opportunity to purchase locally produced renewable energy.

Residents and businesses that participate in Maine Green Power will be able to ensure that the electricity they use at their home or business is matched by electricity generated by solar, hydro, wind, biomass or other renewable energy projects located in Maine.

The Maine Green Power program will be available to customers of Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Maine Public Service Company.

"Maine has abundant hydro, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources," said Commission Chairman Thomas Welch. "Maine Green Power will enable our state's residents and businesses to encourage further local development of these resources by choosing to power their homes and businesses with renewable energy generated in Maine."

Maine Green Power participants can choose the amount of renewable energy they want to purchase in the form of 500 kilowatt hour "blocks" – 500 kilowatt hours represents approximately the average amount of electricity used by a Maine household in a month, according to a press release from the PUC.

The cost for each block will be $7.50 per month in addition to the cost of electricity supply, and residential customers will be able to purchase either 0.5, one, two, three or four blocks of renewable energy per month. Commercial customers will be able to participate in Maine Green Power starting at the $7.50 per 500 kilowatt-hour block. Customers signing up for Maine Green Power will continue to receive their electricity as they have in the past, with no interruption in service.

Customers interested in participating may pre-enroll by visiting the Maine Public Utility Commission’s website at http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/greenpower/.