SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 8, 2002 — The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced today that Wisconsin Public Service Corporation’s NatureWise product achieved national Green Pricing Accreditation.
NatureWise electricity is generated from a blend of new renewable energy resources, and meets the national and regional Accreditation standards for environmental and consumer protection.
The newly accredited NatureWise program is available to over 400,000 retail customers in the Wisconsin service territory. The program gained national Green Pricing Accreditation status by meeting or exceeding a series of stringent guidelines that include the use of renewable resources, appropriate product pricing and marketing, and customer education. Accredited utility programs also undergo an annual independent verification process to document that they have delivered the green power promised to their customers.
Environmental, consumer, and clean energy groups all collaborated through CRS to establish the Accreditation criteria. The national criteria were then applied through a local statewide process in which consumer and environmental protection organizations worked directly with utilities in Wisconsin. This strategic collaborative effort ensures high quality green energy programs.
“The Green Pricing Accreditation Initiative is part of efforts by consumer and environmental protection groups across the country to help use the power of customer choice to promote renewable energy and protect the environment,” said Jan Hamrin, CRS Executive Director.
The state of Wisconsin is a pioneer in Green Pricing achievement, featuring three of the first four programs in the nation to gain Accreditation. “Customer demand for clean electricity is turning renewable energy into a regional powerhouse here in the Midwest. We believe Accreditation is the best way to ensure that electricity customers get the renewable they are promised,” said Michael Vickerman, Executive Director of Renew Wisconsin.
The green electricity in NatureWise is offered in blocks of 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) each, and customers pay a monthly premium of $2.65 per block. Each block will consist of:
* 50 kWh of wind energy from Glenmore, WI
* 40 kWh of landfill gas generation from within WPSC territory
* 10 kWh of generation from methane from animal waste within WPSC territory
Wisconsin Public Service purchased the Glenmore wind facility in January 2002, and will be adding energy from the landfill and dairy facilities as they are constructed later this year.
“Our customers have been asking for some type of ‘green energy rate’ for some time,” said Chip Bircher, NatureWise product manager. “Through NatureWise, they can sign up for renewable energy in varying amounts and know that the portion of electricity they select is coming from clean, renewable sources right here in our area.”
More information on the Green Pricing Accreditation Initiative and its standards is available at www.resource-solutions.org. Information on the NatureWise energy program is available at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/.