Project Development, Utility Scale, Wind Power

Green Power Provider Secures Wind Resources

PG&E National Energy Group’s Madison Wind power facility near Hamilton in Madison County, will now be supplying Green Mountain Energy power for their green tags program through 2004.

Syracuse, New York – April 11, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The seven wind turbines, located on farmland east of Syracuse, have a capacity of 11.5 MW and will generate 100 percent pollution-free wind output to meet the demand of Green Mountain Energy electricity customers. The wind generation from the facility will be used to help meet the demand for customers purchasing Green Mountain Energy electricity through the Niagara Mohawk Renewable Energy Program. “Green Mountain Energy Company’s mission is to change the way power is made,” said Clifton Payne Jr., eastern region president for Green Mountain Energy Company. “Our Niagara Mohawk Renewable Energy Program customers are already helping support new renewable electricity generation in New York State. Thanks to their demand for pollution-free electricity, Green Mountain Energy Company will support the Madison Windpower facility with wind purchases for the next two years.” Payne explained that under the new program, approved by the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC), Niagara Mohawk utility customers can elect to have their electricity produced from cleaner and renewable resources — without switching electric providers. As a result, residential and commercial customers from Albany to Buffalo can now choose 100 percent pollution-free Green Mountain Energy electricity. Green Mountain Energy electricity consists of 50 percent new wind and 50 percent water (hydro generation sources), and is available to Niagara Mohawk customers for 1.3 cents per kW hour in addition to their base rate charged by Niagara Mohawk. The 100 percent pollution free electric service costs just about $7 more per month than customers currently pay for more polluting electricity — the cost of a gourmet cup of coffee a week. Further, the price is guaranteed not to change through December 31, 2004. Green Mountain Energy Company is a pioneer in supporting the development of wind power facilities by creating consumer demand for renewable electricity. The 10.5 megawatt Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm in southwestern Pennsylvania was the first utility-scale wind power project in Pennsylvania and largest such facility on the East Coast at the time it began commercial operation in 2000.