Utility Offers Green Option

Customers of NSTAR Electric, a Massachusetts electric utility, who want to support renewable energy and reduce their impact on the environment have a new option: NSTAR Green. The program is the result of a collaborative effort between the company and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Conservation Law Foundation and Environment Massachusetts.

NSTAR Green allows customers to purchase half or all of their electric supply directly from wind farms in the Northeast. Power purchased through NSTAR Green would reduce reliance on fossil fuels that are traditionally used to meet the region’s electricity demand.

“Now more than ever, our customers are looking for ways to meet their energy needs in a sustainable way that has minimal impact on the environment,” said Thomas J. May, NSTAR chairman, president and CEO.

NSTAR has signed two 10-year contracts, one with PPM Energy to receive 30 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity from the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in upstate New York, and another with TransCanada Corp. for 30 MW from the Kibby Wind Power Project currently under development in Maine. Customers who opt to enroll in NSTAR Green will pay a premium of either 1.75 cents or 3 cents/kWh more than the active basic service price, depending on which option they choose.

NSTAR has worked to make NSTAR Green a one-stop-shopping option. Pending approval from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, NSTAR will begin enrolling customers in the fall, with service beginning in January. EC


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