Customers of Michigan’s largest electric utility, Consumers Energy, now can fund the development of green power in the state through the utility’s new Green Power Pilot Program.JACKSON, Michigan, US, 2001-10-10 [SolarAccess.com] The program was announced in July and has been approved by the Public Service Commission. “If you want to see wind, solar and other types of renewable energy developed in Michigan, this is an excellent way to show your support and help fund its growth,” says Dennis DaPra of the MPSC. Customers can choose to buy 10, 50 or 100 percent of their electricity from certified green power generators, and will pay a surcharge of 0.32 cents, 1.6 cents or 3.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, respectively. Almost all of the surcharge will be passed directly to certified generators for power delivered to the Consumers Energy electric system; the remainder will cover the utility’s cost of administering the program. An electric customer using 600 kWh of electricity a month would pay an additional $19.20 for all green power, and $1.92 for 10 percent green power. “Green power producers need this revenue because the cost of their power is significantly higher than conventional power sources,” says Scott Brockett of Consumers Energy’s Green Power Program. “We are not including any existing hydro dams, waste-to-energy plants or other generators now serving our customers. Participation by our customers is very important to their success.” The pilot program is limited to a maximum generating capacity sufficient to meet the needs of about 18,000 homes. Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, is Michigan’s largest utility and provides natural gas and electricity to six million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.