In order to encourage the development of cleaner energy for North Carolina, NC GreenPower launched a program to power North Carolina’s homes, businesses and communities at kick-off events held in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina. While 31 other states have programs in place, North Carolina’s is the first to receive support from the state’s utility companies, environmental leaders, technology suppliers, consumers and state energy agencies for this independent, nonprofit organization.Raleigh, North Carolina – October 2, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] NC GreenPower will tap into technology that transforms renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass sources into safe and environmentally sustainable power, giving North Carolinians cleaner options for their energy sources. “We are giving the state’s businesses and residents the opportunity to do what’s right today to ensure the quality of life for future generations,” said Carl Wilkins, program manager for NC GreenPower. “This program is voluntary and is an easy and affordable way for everyone in North Carolina to increase the use of renewable energy. We have such an abundant supply of these resources, it’s only natural to invest in them to help protect our environment and to improve air quality.” The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved the NC GreenPower program plan in January 2003. NC GreenPower is an independent nonprofit organization administered by Advanced Energy, a Raleigh-based nonprofit organization that helps utility, industrial and residential customers improve the return on their energy investment. Residential and business customers may voluntarily contribute funds that NC GreenPower will use to encourage the development of power from renewable energy sources in the state. A typical residential customer would contribute a minimum of US$4 per month. That $4 will add a block of 100 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy to North Carolina’s power supply. Businesses and large-volume power users can volunteer to support NC GreenPower. They may contribute toward 100 or more blocks of green power at $2.50 per block. Those blocks of green power will also be added to North Carolina’s power supply. NC GreenPower recognized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a founding sponsor. “For EPA, aggressive energy conservation and green power work hand in hand. EPA is committed to green power,” said Bill Laxton, director of EPA’s Office of Administration and Resource Management in Research Triangle Park, N.C. “This year, EPA will buy at least eight percent of its electricity through NC GreenPower. By supporting NC GreenPower, EPA is helping to build a renewable energy future right here in North Carolina.” Customers may sign up for the program by contacting their electric utilities, including Dominion North Carolina Power, Duke Power and Progress Energy, or members of the North Carolina ElectriCities and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives. All contributions are tax-deductible and will be used for NC GreenPower. No funds will be used by the utilities.