South Carolina Offers Green Energy

Yet another state has joined the ranks of those offering customers the right to vote for Renewable Energy with their utility dollars.

San Francisco, California – December 13, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility, has achieved national Green Power Accreditation for its Green Power program. Santee Cooper’s Green Power electricity is generated from methane gas at a landfill, and meets the national and state Accreditation standards for environmental and consumer protection. The newly accredited Green Power program is available to Santee Cooper’s nearly 135,000 residential and commercial retail customers. Santee Cooper, with headquarters located in Moncks Corner, S.C., is also the primary source of power distributed by the state’s 20 electric cooperatives to approximately 615,000 customers located in all of the state’s 46 counties and plans to make green power available to all of their electric cooperative customers. Horry Electric Cooperative and Santee Electric Cooperative now market Green Power to their customers. “The Green Pricing Accreditation Initiative is part of efforts by consumer and environmental protection groups across the country to help use the power of customer choice to promote Renewable Energy and protect the environment,” said Jan Hamrin, CRS Executive Director. The program gained national Green Pricing Accreditation status by meeting or exceeding a series of stringent guidelines that include the use of renewable resources, appropriate product pricing and marketing, and customer education. Accredited utility programs also undergo an annual independent verification process to document that they have delivered the green power promised to their customers. “Santee Cooper is a pioneer in green power pricing in South Carolina,” said Stephen Smith, Executive Director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “Santee Cooper is offering the first green power product in the state and the second product to be accredited in the Southeast. Customer demand for clean electricity is turning the Southeast into a regional Renewable Energy powerhouse. We believe accreditation is the best way to ensure that electricity customers get the Renewable Energy they are promised.” Santee Cooper’s green electricity is offered in blocks of 100 kWh each to residential customers who pay a monthly premium of US$3 per block. Commercial customers are offered Green Power in 200 kWh blocks at US$6 per block. All the premiums collected will be used to fund future Renewable Energy projects. Santee Cooper’s Green Power Program product is generated from a project located at the Horry County Solid Waste Authority landfill near Conway, South Carolina which began operation on September 4, 2001.
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