Renewables Hit by Suspension Of Customer Choice in Electricity

Extreme disappointment is the reaction by one of the larger suppliers of electricity from renewable energy, to a vote by the Public Utilities Commission to suspend the rights of Californians to choose their energy provider.

SAN FRANCISCO, California, US, 2001-10-03 [] “This action affects more than the business community,” says Rick Counihan of Green Mountain Energy Company. “It prevents small customers from choosing cleaner energy products.” Hundreds of thousands of individual Californians have chosen renewable energy in the past and GME expects hundreds of thousands more would make this choice if given the opportunity, he explains. “Nonetheless, Green Mountain Energy is not giving up its mission to change the way power is made and will continue to serve the thousands of our customers in California with energy from cleaner and renewable energy sources,” he adds. Recently, GME launched a new Home Solar product in California that offers consumers one-stop shopping for home solar energy systems. The marketing objective was to help residential consumers reduce their dependence on the utility while generating their own pollution-free energy. The systems are made by BP Solar and come in three sizes, ranging from 1 to 4 kW. After incentives from the California Energy Commission Buydown Program, the cost would range from $7,000 to $22,000. A back-up battery system is available at an additional cost of $3,000.
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