St. Louis, Missouri [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Ameren has teamed with 3 Phases Energy, a national renewable energy marketing and development company, to provide a voluntary renewable energy program for Ameren’s 1.2 million Missouri electric customers.
The Pure Power program became effective June 4, 2007, in accordance with the May 22 Missouri Public Service Commission order approving it. 3 Phases Energy will develop and manage the program over the next five years.
Residential and small business customers participating in the program will choose to pay an additional 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the electricity they use. AmerenUE medium and large business customers will be able to participate by purchasing 1,000 kWh “blocks” of Pure Power for $15 per block.
Ameren will use Pure Power funds to purchase Green-e Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) from new regional wind farms and other renewable energy resources, equivalent to Pure Power customer demand. AmerenUE does not profit from this program, and customers can stop participating at any time with no penalty. Pure Power is applying for third party certification by Green-e—the independent national quality standard for renewable energy offerings.
At least half of the Pure Power demand will be met by renewable generators located within Missouri and Illinois. Pure Power supports only renewable energy capacity installed in the year 2002 and later; 75 percent or more of customer demand will support wind farms with the balance supporting other forms of renewable generation.
“Working with Ameren represents a powerful opportunity to deliver the environmental, economic and community benefits of renewable energy to customers in Missouri,” said Gabe Petlin, 3 Phases Energy’s Director of Regulatory Affairs and Carbon Markets.