Massachusetts Utility Files for Green Power

The investor-owned electric and gas utility, NSTAR, has filed with the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE) to offer customers a new, environmentally-sound energy option for their homes or businesses. If approved, NSTAR Green would meet 25 percent of a customer’s electricity needs from renewable energy resources including wind, solar and hydro, which would reduces reliance on fossil fuels to meet the region’s power needs.

Boston, Massachusetts – October 27, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “NSTAR Green is a significant step forward in promoting renewable energy options,” said Joseph R. Nolan, NSTAR’s Senior Vice President of Customer Care & Corporate Relations. “NSTAR is committed to offering our customers an increasing number of choices to meet their electricity and customer service needs.” NSTAR responded to customer requests for a green power offering and has worked to make NSTAR Green a one-stop shopping option. Once approved by the DTE, participation will be as easy as calling NSTAR to enroll. NSTAR is administering NSTAR Green by partnering with regional green power providers. Customers can continue to contact NSTAR for all their customer service needs. NSTAR Green is available to NSTAR residential and small commercial customers who receive either Standard Offer Service or Default Service. NSTAR is currently negotiating with green electricity suppliers for the best possible price for this premium service. As with current Standard Offer and Default Service rates, NSTAR will make no profit on the NSTAR Green option. To further promote renewable resources, NSTAR also announced plans to install 2,000 watts of solar panels on the roof of their Westwood office building. This commitment to promoting green power technology will also provide a training site for the solar power industry, as well as opportunities for future technology development.
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