The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual ranking of leading utility green power programs. Basin Electric ranked among the “Top 10” in two categories: total sales of renewable energy to program participants and green power sales as a percentage of total retail electricity sales.
Using information provided by utilities, NREL develops “Top 10” rankings of utility programs in a total of five categories. The others include: total number of customer participants, customer participation rate, and the lowest price premium charged for a green power program using new renewable resources.
Ranked by renewable energy sales, the green power program of Austin (Texas) Energy is first in the nation, followed by Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp, Florida Power & Light, and Xcel Energy. Basin Electric ranked eighth with its wind resources.
“The market for green tags is rising rapidly, and increasing the value of these assets. The revenue from these sales provides significant support for the development of our green resources,” said Ron Rebenitsch, Basin Electric’s manager of alternative technologies.
In the category of green power sales as a percentage of total retail electricity sales, Basin Electric ranked seventh with the cooperative’s PrairieWinds program. The top three utilities in that category include: Edmund Electric with its program, Pure & Simple; Austin Energy with GreenChoice and the City of Palo Alto Utilities with PaloAltoGreen.
NREL is funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and is the DOE’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. It performs analyses of green power market trends.
Visit NREL online at www.nrel.gov. View all category rankings at http://www.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/resources/tables/topten.shtml.