COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 13, 2003 — American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio), the Ohio-based nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for municipal electric systems, has selected Green Mountain Energy Co. to be its renewable energy supplier for the new “green pricing” program it is offering to its 86 member communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan.
The agreement is part of a new, nationwide program between Green Mountain Energy Company and Hometown Connections International to offer renewable electricity programs designed specifically for public power utilities. A subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA), Hometown Connections partnered with Green Mountain Energy Company to develop customized green pricing electricity options for their customers.
How It Works
Under the agreement, 80 AMP-Ohio member communities in Ohio, three in Pennsylvania, two in West Virginia and one in Michigan — serving more than 380,000 total customers — can participate in the AMP-Ohio green pricing program. This will allow them to offer their residential and small business customers the opportunity to purchase renewable electricity called Nature’s Energy® electricity from Green Mountain Energy Company. Beginning today, AMP-Ohio representatives will start presenting information about the new, renewable program to public officials.
Renewable Energy Option
Consumers and small businesses in AMP-Ohio communities would be eligible to purchase renewable Nature’s Energy® electricity if their local utility participates in the program. Once an eligible community joins the program, the local municipal electric system will begin marketing and offering Nature’s Energy® electricity to its customers. Eligible customers will be able to sign up through the participating municipality. Customers purchasing the Nature’s Energy® product will be contributing to the planned development of renewable generation assets.
“This is a great opportunity for customers in our member communities to purchase electricity from renewable sources, providing additional diversity in their generation portfolio and contributing to the development of new renewable energy resources in the region in the near future,” said Marc Gerken, president of AMP-Ohio. “We are excited to join with Green Mountain Energy Company to grow the number of customers choosing reliable, renewable power and to expand the demand for renewables in the region.”
Nature’s Energy® electricity will cost approximately $8 to $10 more per month for the average customer and initially will be about 50 percent less polluting than typical regional system power(1). The renewable electricity service being offered to AMP-Ohio members will come from landfill gas and/or hydroelectric generators located in Ohio and neighboring states. Although the actual combination of renewables may vary from time to time, the electricity product is designed to ensure that it always will be less polluting than typical regional system power.
“By participating in this program, the average Ohio household can prevent more than 16,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2, a greenhouse gas) from entering the air each year — as much CO2 as a car makes in more than 18,000 miles of driving(2)” said Paul Markovich, president of Green Mountain Energy Company’s Midwest region. “Green Mountain Energy Company is excited to be selected as AMP-Ohio’s renewable energy provider and we look forward to offering hundreds of thousands of Ohioans the opportunity to purchase cleaner energy.”
AMP-Ohio is the Columbus, Ohio-based nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 80 member municipal electric systems in Ohio, three in Pennsylvania, two in West Virginia and one in Michigan. Formed in 1971, the organization is owned and governed by its member communities, dedicated to providing member assistance and low-cost power supply. In addition, AMP-Ohio serves as the project manager for groups of member municipal electric communities participating in joint ventures to share ownership of generation and transmission facilities.
About Green Mountain Energy Company
Founded in 1997 to “change the way power is made”, Green Mountain Energy Company sells cleaner electricity generated from sources such as wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and natural gas to residential, business, institutional and governmental customers. About six hundred thousand customers in California, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas have chosen Green Mountain Energy® electricity, which is dramatically less-polluting than typical system power in those states. The company is based in Austin, Texas and has a regional office in Dublin, Ohio. Green Mountain Energy Company has been supplying less-polluting electricity in Ohio since 2001.
About Hometown Connections International, LLC:
Hometown Connections is a majority-owned subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA), a Washington, D.C.-based national service organization representing the interests of the nation’s more than 2,000 community and state-owned electric utilities. Hometown Connections supports APPA members by securing national group pricing and service arrangements from leading industry suppliers. For more information, visit http://www.hometownconnections.com .
The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 40 million Americans. It was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Its purpose is to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment. For more information, visit www.appanet.org .