SOMERSET, Pa., Oct. 24, 2001 — Green Mountain Energy Company today welcomed new wind power facilities at Somerset and Mill Run to its western Pennsylvania “neighborhood.” The Company, Pennsylvania’s provider of less-polluting electricity, credited consumers for the development of the Green Mountain Wind Farm nearly two years ago, and for spurring new renewable energy generation projects in the region.
The Green Mountain Wind Farm in the town of Garrett, Pa., located in Somerset County, was the first utility-scale wind power generating facility built in the state. The Green Mountain Wind Farm began operating in May 2000. At the time, it was the largest wind project on the East Coast.
“The winds of change are blowing through Pennsylvania’s electricity industry, and Green Mountain Energy Company is proud to be the way,” said A. Clifton Payne, president of Green Mountain Energy Company’s Eastern region. “The Green Mountain Wind Farm was built by customer demand for cleaner, less-polluting electricity.”
However, he added a note of caution.
“While energy competition in Pennsylvania created one of the strongest green power markets in the nation, activity in the retail electric market has slowed significantly. We need public officials to be proactive in taking the steps necessary to protect and re-energize electric competition which has led to the development of these clean sources of electricity,” Payne said.
Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s largest residential provider of less-polluting electricity generated from sources including wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass, and natural gas. The Company provides customers with electricity — marketed under the Green Mountain Energy(SM) brand — that is dramatically cleaner than typical regional system power.
For more information on the company’s efforts to change the way power is made, please visit www.greenmountain.com .