Green Mountain Energy Company has been selected to serve 450,000 Ohio electricity customers in the largest energy aggregation contract in the United States.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The selection was made by the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC), a public electricity buying group formed to serve 100 communities near Cleveland. The selection will make GME the largest green electricity service provider in the country, with 500,000 customers in the deregulated markets of California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. It has received approval to enter the Texas market later this year. GME is the first green power provider to sell in Ohio and will foster the development of new renewable generation facilities from wind turbines and solar PV arrays in the state. In addition to supplying electricity, it will provide natural gas to NOPEC customers. The contract takes effect this September. “Not only will the contract we hope to sign offer savings to the people we represent, it also would provide them with green power, something which many environmentally conscious consumers in other states have been willing to pay a premium for,” says NOPEC chairman Dan DiLiberto, who is also the mayor of Eastlake. The Ohio electricity will come 98 percent from natural gas facilities and 2 percent from wind, solar and geothermal facilities. GME will designate one school in each of the eight counties covered by NOPEC as recipients of ‘Solar On Schools’ facilities, offering students the opportunity for hands-on study of solar power. “We look forward to providing the residential customers represented by NOPEC with cleaner and renewable electricity at affordable prices,” GME’s CEO Dennis Kelly. “This decision not only means continued business momentum for Green Mountain Energy Company, but it also validates the viability of, and mainstream demand for, cleaner and renewable power on a mass scale,” he adds. “Making electricity causes more air pollution than any other industry, and Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about these health and environmental impacts,” he adds. “With today’s ground breaking agreement, Northeastern Ohio now leads the nation in terms of its commitment to providing cleaner and renewable energy to its citizens and commercial enterprises.” GME will support its entry into the Ohio market with a direct ad and public education campaign that will explain the cost and benefits of renewable energy. GME has promoted the use of green power and has developed several new renewable generation facilities, including one of the largest wind farms on the east coast, the first new wind turbines to be built as a result of customer demand in California, and the largest solar array in the San Francisco Bay area. Total savings over the six year contract would range from $12 to $36 million, depending on a number of variables. GME and AEPOhio Retail Services were the only two suppliers to respond to NOPEC’s Request for Proposals last month.