Hydropower, Project Development, Wind Power

Texas Consumers Can Buy Green Energy

A U.S. supplier of renewable energy will offer fixed-rate pricing in the state of Texas, when it starts to sell wind energy in June.

AUSTIN, Texas, US, 2001-04-05 <SolarAccess.com> Green Mountain Energy Company will offer electricity that is generated exclusively from wind turbines located within the state. Its fixed-rate pricing will protect customers from monthly rate fluctuations, and will cost 9.2 c/kWh for customers in the TXU Electric & Gas and Texas-New Mexico Power service territories; and 9.8 c/kWh for customers in the Reliant Energy territory. The deal also involves a $4.95 monthly service fee. TXU and TNMP territories are near Dallas and Fort Worth; Reliant includes the Houston area. “We are excited about offering Texans a simple way to purchase clean electricity and help support cleaner air,” says general manager Gillan Taddune. “As Texans flip the switch on their lights, we hope they will consider that making electricity causes more air pollution than any other industry in the U.S.” The Texas-based company is encouraged by the number of calls it has received from people wanting to sign up for service, explains Taddune. Consumer research from utilities throughout the state show a consistent demand for renewable power, as opposed to the current electricity mix in Texas which comes from coal-fired plants and nuclear reactors. Green Mountain claims to be the largest retailer of power generated from wind, solar, hydro and natural gas. The Austin company provides residential customers in Connecticut, California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with green power marketed under the Green Mountain Energy(SM) brand. It also holds the largest energy aggregation contract in the U.S. for 400,000 customers in Ohio. Demand for GME’s electricity has prompted the construction of a number of new renewable generation facilities, including one of the largest wind farms on the east coast in Pennsylvania and one of the largest solar facilities in northern California.