Viridian Energy to Launch Green Power in Massachusetts

March 30, 2012 by  
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Viridian Energy will launch its green energy services for Massachusetts customers beginning June 1, 2012. Viridian plans to offer energy services to National Grid and NStar customers, which comprise over 90 percent of Massachusetts’s electric consumers. Massachusetts will become the 7th state to be provided with energy services from Viridian. The company offers a 20 percent locally produced renewable energy option, Everyday Green, and a 100 percent renewable wind energy option, Pure Green.

Washington D.C. Community Groups Unite to Purchase Green Power

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More than 100 community and religious groups in the Washington D.C. area have joined forces to reduce their electricity costs and increase renewable energy usage, through group electricity purchasing. The community power efforts were organized by Groundswell, a Washington-based non-profit organization, who facilitated the collective buying power of the organizations to purchase electricity at reduced rates.

NativeEnergy and 25 Organizations Provide Upfront Funding

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Energy and twenty-five organizations are collaborating to help build the 3.2 megawatt (MW) Iowa Farms Wind Project. Through the purchase of Energy’s Help Build carbon offsets, the companies provide upfront funding for construction and development of projects. Organizations purchase the carbon credits that a project is estimated to generate over a fixed period, typically 10 years, and receive a share of the project’s long-term verified carbon reductions after they are generated. The organizations are also sponsoring the Wewoka Biogas Project, located in Oklahoma, and the Northeast Farm Separation Project, located in Pennsylvania.

Illinois Communities Opt for Community Choice Aggregation

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More than 200 northern Illinois communities now have the option to select an electricity supplier other than the current electricity supplier, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), after voting to approve community choice aggregation (CCA) referendums. CCA allows local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining existing transmission and distribution services. While not all of the communities will select a renewable energy supplier, there is interest among some communities.

DOE Announces Startup of Biomass Cogeneration Facility

March 13, 2012 by  
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the operational startup of the Savannah River Site (SRS) Biomass Cogeneration Facility, a new 20 megawatt renewable energy facility located in South Carolina. The facility will primarily use local forest residue, wood chips, and bio-derived fuels. The facility replaces coal and oil-fired burners; the replacement will generate about $944 million savings in energy, operation and maintenance costs over the duration of the contract.

IKEA Continues Renewable Energy Efforts

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IKEA has installed a 1,196 kilowatt solar system that is expected to generate nearly 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity each year in College Park, Maryland. The College Park installation is the 15th completed solar energy project for IKEA in the U.S., with 22 additional solar projects underway. IKEA’s renewable energy progress was further detailed with the release of the company’s 2011 Sustainability Report, which highlighted the company’s green power efforts.

Marin Energy Authority (CA) Expands Renewable Content of Offer

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Marin Energy Authority (MEA), a community choice aggregation program, has nearly doubled the renewable energy content of its Light Green power option. Marin Clean Energy (MCE), overseen by MEA, increased the renewable energy content of its Light Green power product from 27 to 50 percent. In addition to the Light Green power option, MCE customers may also opt for Deep Green, MCE’s 100 percent renewable energy product.

Solar Garden Planned for Poudre Valley REA (CO)

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Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA) and the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) of Carbondale, Colorado entered a power purchase agreement (PPA) that will launch PVREA’s community solar program with a solar garden at the PVREA headquarters located near Windsor, Colorado. Construction of the solar garden is scheduled to begin in late spring 2012 and will be funded by CEC.