Maine PUC launches green power program


Thomas Welch,
Chair, Maine PUC
Augusta, ME, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 13, 2013 – The Maine Public Utilities Commission, in partnership with renewable energy provider 3Degrees, recently launched a statewide green power offering to customers of Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Maine Public Service Company.

Maine Green Power is available to both residential and business customers and ensures that the electricity they use is matched by electricity generated by solar, hydro, wind, biomass or other renewable energy projects located in Maine.
“Maine has abundant hydro, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources,” said Commission chairman Thomas Welch. “Maine Green Power enables 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.”

Under the Maine Green Power program, participants are able to choose the amount of renewable energy they want to purchase in the form of 500 kWh “blocks” – 500 kWh representing approximately the average amount of electricity used by a Maine household in a month – at a cost of $7.50 per block per month in addition to the cost of electricity supply. Residential customers may purchase either 1/2, 1, 2, 3 or 4 blocks of renewable energy per month. Commercial customers may participate for $7.50 per 500 kWh block.