Bioenergy, Solar, Wind Power

Green Mountain Energy Starts Selling in Connecticut

A supplier of electricity from renewable energy facilities now is operating in Connecticut.

HARTFORD, Connecticut – Green Mountain Energy Company will offer its Green Mountain Energy(SM) brand to consumers in the state, effective immediately. “Making electricity causes more air pollution than any other industry in the U.S.,” says Dennis Kelly, the company’s CEO. “Now, the people of Connecticut can join over 100,000 households nationwide in helping us change that. They can do their part for cleaner air and join us in our effort to change the way power is made in Connecticut and all across the country.” Green Mountain Energy Company was founded in Vermont in 1997 and recently relocated to Austin, Texas. It has provided green power in California since 1998, in Pennsylvania since 1999 and in New Jersey since last year, and will soon offer its electricity in Texas. The company intends to offer its green power in other states as they open their markets to competition. The electrical output is certified under the Green-e program to ensure that it is cleaner than the regional system mix. To be certified under Green-e, at least half the energy supply must come from wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, small-scale hydro and other eligible renewable energy facilities. Currently, most of the power in Connecticut comes from oil and coal generation, as well as nuclear reactors. “When we see an organization like this entering the state, which is dedicated to providing power through green sources, we couldn’t be happier,” says Charlie Moret of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. “All of us know on a theoretical level how important alternative sources of power are, but many of us think renewable energy is something for tomorrow. By selling green electricity and helping educate consumers about the benefits of clean energy, Green Mountain Energy Company is leading us into the future — today.” In addition to the renewable energy power, customers in Connecticut are offered a switch-back guarantee and the Power Perks(TM) customer rewards program offered by Green Mountain Energy. The rewards program is designed to benefit customers and support the local community, and partnerships with organizations such as the Bridgeport Bluefish, Maritime Aquarium, Barnum Museum and Beardsley Zoo, as well as national companies like Orvis, Discovery.com and Stonyfield Farms, offer customers a wide array of discounts and offers. Membership in the rewards program is automatic for all consumers who select Green Mountain Energy as their supplier. The official opening in Connecticut featured Hartford mayor Michael Peters and Bishop Suffragan James Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. Grade three students from Wells Road School in Granby demonstrated how sun, water and wind make renewable electricity, and Kelly flipped the switch on a 5 foot model wind turbine. “Being able to choose how electricity is made is one of the most powerful benefits of electric choice,” says Kelly. “Green Mountain Energy customer demand has already brought about the development of a number of new renewable facilities, including one of the largest wind farms on the East coast and the largest solar array in the San Francisco Bay area.” “These are modest, but important, first steps in our fight against air pollution,” he adds. “Just as we are seeing nationwide, we know many people in Connecticut will want to join us and do their part for cleaner air.”