Green Mountain Energy Co. begins service to thousands in NOPEC area

CLEVELAND, Nov. 13, 2001 – Green Mountain Energy Company is now serving thousands of former Cleveland Electric Illuminating (C.E.I.) customers.

New customers are being added throughout November until service is completed to hundreds of thousands of residents in Northeast Ohio. The customers are included in the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) territory. Service to thousands of former Ohio Edison Customers was completed last month.

Earlier this year, NOPEC, a council of governments representing 100 communities, selected Green Mountain Energy Company to be its electricity provider. Under the terms of a groundbreaking, six-year agreement with NOPEC, Green Mountain Energy Company customers now are purchasing electricity that is 70 percent cleaner than what typical Ohio customers had been buying.

Green Mountain Energy Company Midwest region president Paul Markovich said residents will not notice any changes in their homes.

“Customers are getting a new electricity supplier but their service remains the same,” said Markovich. “The biggest change is that people are buying less polluting electricity and helping to clean the air we breathe.”

Customers buying electricity from Green Mountain Energy Company also have the added benefit of Power Perksà¢â€ž-, an exclusive customer rewards program that provides savings on a variety of products and services in the NOPEC area. People with questions about Power Perksà¢â€ž- or any Green Mountain Energy Company service are encouraged to call a customer service representative – toll free – at (877) 682-7794 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday (Eastern Time).

Green Mountain Energy Company also is conducting a wind study in Ohio to determine the feasibility of generating electricity with giant wind turbines. Plans call for wind testing towers to be erected before the end of the year to measure wind speed and direction for one year. The company also plans to install a 25-kilowatt solar array this year at Lake Farmpark in Kirtland, 25 miles east of Cleveland.

Green Mountain Energy Company is a residential provider of less polluting electricity generated from sources including wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and natural gas. For more information on the company’s efforts to change the way power is made, please visit www.greenmountain.com .

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