A renewable energy supplier in the United States has applied to sell its green power in Ohio.
AUSTIN, Texas – Green Mountain Energy Company has submitted a proposal to the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) to supply renewable electricity to 400,000 consumers in the northeastern part of the state. It sells power under its Green Mountain Energy(SM) brand. “We are very excited about the prospect of bringing both cleaner electricity and savings to customers in Ohio,” says CEO Dennis Kelly. “Most people don’t realize that making electricity causes more air pollution than any other industry. The Council has a historic opportunity to become a part of the solution by choosing electricity that not only costs less, but includes cleaner, renewable sources like the wind and the sun.” “We are very encouraged to see that NOPEC is seriously considering providing their residents with electricity from cleaner power sources,” adds Kurt Waltzer of the Clean Air Program Manager of the Ohio Environmental Council, a state network of environmental and public health organizations. “Our current fleet of coal and nuclear power plants takes a serious toll on the health and environment of Ohioans.” Specific details of GME’s proposal are confidential during the review and selection process, but the company says its offering would bring electricity that is dramatically cleaner than the current Ohio system mix, customer savings, and the promise of new renewable facilities to be built in the state of Ohio. NOPEC, a non-profit buying group, was formed last year under Ohio’s new electricity deregulation law, which permits local governments to band together into aggregations for the purpose of maximizing their bargaining power. Comprised of 100 communities, it is the largest such public aggregation in the U.S. NOPEC will award separate contracts covering the CEI and Ohio Edison service areas. The NOPEC board of directors will be meeting later this month to approve the final contracts. GME sells green power in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut, and will soon begin business in its home state of Texas. The company has developed several renewable projects, including one of the largest wind farms on the east coast, the first new wind turbines to be built as a result of customer demand in California, and the largest solar array in the San Francisco Bay area. These new renewable facilities represent vital steps to begin to reduce air pollution caused by electricity generation.