Green Mountain Energy’s Wind Energy Certified in Texas

Green Mountain Energy’s Wind Energy Certified in Texas

a href=http://www.greenbiz.com/frame/1.cfm?targetsite=http://www.greenmountain.... Mountain Energy Company, a provider of renewable electricity generated from wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and cleaner burning natural gas, has received Green-e certification from the Center for Resource Solutions for its new renewable-energy product now offered in Texas.

Green Mountain Energy’s electricity in Texas is generated from newly built wind turbines in the western part of the state. The product, which is 100% pollution free, is the first green-power product to be certified by the Green-e Program in Texas.

"We're proud to bring the first Green-e certified product to Texas and lead the way in promoting clean electricity in the State,” said Gillan Taddune, Texas region president for Green Mountain Energy Company. “It's a really powerful message when consumers learn that by switching their electric provider they can help clean the air we all breathe.”

Taddune estimates that each household that purchases Green Mountain Energy electricity avoids more than 20,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Green Mountain Energy Company currently offers Green-e certified products in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as well, with about 163,000 customers. To receive Green-e certification, a product's energy supply must come from at least 50% eligible new renewable resources such as wind, solar, small or low-impact hydro, geothermal, biogas, or biofuels. The company will undergo an annual verification process to document that the company purchased enough quantity and type of renewable electricity to meet customer demand and marketing claims.

"Green Mountain Energy Company has set the bar high for other providers in Texas. Buyers of Green Mountain Energy electricity support over 50 times the amount of renewable energy required by law," said Karl R. Rabago, former Texas PUC commissioner and chair of the National Green Power Board, which governs the Green-e program. "Texans have been demanding an opportunity to change the way electricity is made for years. Now they have the chance to really make a positive difference."

Texas electricity deregulation began with a pilot program in 2001 and the full market opening in January of 2002, giving consumers the option to choose their power provider including providers offering renewable energy. According to Green-e, consumer choice, combined with a strong Renewable Portfolio Standard has lead to a significant increase in demand for clean energy in the state.

Texas ranks number one in the U.S. in tons of the climate-changing pollutant, carbon dioxide (CO2), emitted from its power plants. By law, all competitive electricity providers in Texas must use at least 5% new renewables in their energy supply mix increasing to 3% in 2010.