The Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD), a public utility outside of Eugene, Oregon, is negotiating with Green Mountain Energy Company, to offer Renewable Energy options under its new “green pricing” program.Eugene, Oregon – April 18, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Under the terms of the proposed agreement, EPUD’s 15,000 residential and 2,000 small business customers will be able to sign up for cleaner electricity made from renewable sources, including geothermal and wind energy. The program guarantees that up to 100 percent of a customer’s annual energy usage will be matched with an equal amount of energy from renewable sources. “We have been hearing from EPUD customers that they want to be able to purchase Renewable Energy and are delighted to offer our customers multiple Renewable Energy choices that meet their individual needs,” said Bob Mieger, EPUD communications manager. “This program is part of EPUD’s ongoing commitment to renewables and the environment. We look forward to helping grow the number of customers choosing reliable, cleaner power by partnering with Green Mountain Energy Company, a proven market leader.” EPUD chose Green Mountain Energy Company to provide a customized green pricing program with little or no cost and virtually no risk. Green Mountain Energy Company’s proven experience and turnkey solutions were factors in the EPUD decision. EPUD will also commit to community outreach efforts over the next three years to ensure the success of the program. As part of its proposal Green Mountain Energy Company has offered to provide a variety of sales and marketing tools, including consumer marketing material templates, a Web-based sign-up tool, and customer care training, to help EPUD develop an efficient and cost effective green pricing program. Additionally, Green Mountain Energy Company would be responsible for the energy supply and management for the program. Interested individuals can learn more about EPUD’s green pricing program at the Earth Day Celebration in downtown Eugene on Saturday, April 19 from 11-5. Just look for the EPUD booth near Willamette and Broadway Streets. For more information on the program, contact EPUD at 746-1583. Representatives from Green Mountain Energy Company will also be on hand to help educate members of the community on the benefits of choosing renewable electricity. The parties are currently negotiating a definitive agreement and hope to reach a final agreement and begin enrolling customers in May, at which time Product and pricing details will be announced as well.