Wind Power Campaign for New England

In an effort that could greatly bolster use of wind energy in New England, Community Energy (CEI) unveiled a new campaign, “Catch the Wind”, aimed at mobilizing New England electric consumers in developing new, community-based wind projects that deliver clean, renewable energy to the regional electric grid.

Quincy, Massachusetts – September 17, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] CEI began its residential campaign in Massachusetts with the launch of the National Grid “GreenUp” program that allows residential and small business customers in Massachusetts Electric and Nantucket Electric service territories to choose renewable energy as part of their standard offer electric service. “With the highest percentage of new renewable energy content and the highest percentage of wind energy in any offering in the GreenUp program, CEI offers customers the chance to make a real impact in the development of new wind projects,” said Jeff Keeler, CEI’s New England director. CEI’s NewWind Energy electricity packages are now widely available to residential, commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout New England, allowing customers to support new wind projects in the Northeast U.S. “We’ve proven that customers who want to make a difference can make new wind projects happen,” said CEI President Brent Alderfer. “It’s great to see organizations and individuals in New England who are committed to new, fuel-free, homeland energy sources like wind power.” Ron and Nancy Fradkin of Holbrook, Massachusetts are CEI’s first GreenUp residential customers and cite many benefits to making more conscious energy choices. “We’ve been waiting quite a while for this,” said Nancy Fradkin. “We’ve been doing a lot of reading about the benefits of green power, and we’re happy to be able to now choose wind energy as part of our power supply. It’s great to be a part of a program that embraces technological innovation and social change.” CEI’s “Catch the Wind” campaign also includes significant purchases by larger organizations that are leading the way for the development of new wind projects in New England, including CEI’s three MW wind power project under development in Princeton, Massachusetts. CEI recently announced a long-term power purchase agreement with its project partner, Princeton Municipal Light Department as well as renewable energy certificate purchases by several New England organizations. Early leaders supporting CEI’s Princeton project include: – Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, Massachusetts — recently purchased 300 MWh of wind energy from the CEI Princeton project. – Yale University School of Forestry and Environment Studies, New Haven, Connecticut — 10 percent of its recent renewable energy purchase will come from the CEI Princeton project. CEI’s “Catch the Wind” campaign also includes partnerships with non-profit organizations like Maine Green Power Connection through which electric customers large and small can choose CEI’s NewWind Energy from a number of renewable energy options.
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