The Maine Public Utilities Commission and 3Degrees, a leading renewable energy provider, announced the launch of Maine Green Power, a new, statewide, green power program. Maine Green Power provides residential and commercial customers the opportunity to support Maine-produced renewable energy by ensuring that electricity consumed in their homes and businesses is matched by electricity generated through renewable resources located in Maine. This program effectively allows Maine consumers to purchase locally produced, renewable energy.
MPUC Chairman Welch explained that “Maine has abundant hydro, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources” and that “Maine Green Power will enable our state’s residents and businesses to encourage further local development of these resources by choosing to power their homes and businesses with renewable energy generated in Maine.”
According to the MPUC, Maine Green Power participants will be able to ensure that the electricity they use at their homes or businesses is matched, in whole or in part, by electricity generated through Maine renewable resources. Qualifying renewable resources include solar, hydro, wind, biomass, tidal, geothermal and fuels cells that utilize landfill gas or agricultural biogas. Maine Green Power will be available to Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Maine Public Service Company customers.
Maine Green Power participants may choose the amount of renewable energy they want to purchase in the form of 500 kilowatt hour “blocks” – 500 kilowatt hours represents approximately the average amount of electricity used by a Maine household in a month.
The cost for each block will be $7.50 per month in addition to the cost of electricity supply, and residential customers will be able to purchase either 0.5, 1, 2, 3 or 4 blocks of renewable energy per month. Commercial customers will be able to participate in Maine Green Power starting at the $7.50 per 500 kilowatt-hour block. Customers signing up for Maine Green Power will continue to receive their electricity as they have in the past, with no interruption in their service.
All Maine Green Power purchases are voluntary and represent green power generation “above and beyond” Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). As a result, none of the renewable energy purchased by Maine Green Power participants may be used by Maine’s electricity suppliers to fulfill their RPS requirements.
To learn more about the Maine Green Power or pre-enroll, visit the MPUC Green Power Program website.