The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) and renewable energy provider 3Degrees have announced the launch of Maine Green Power, a new program that gives Maine residents the option to purchased locally produced renewable energy.
Residents and businesses that participate in Maine Green Power will be able to ensure that the electricity they use at their home or business is matched by electricity generated by wind, solar, hydro, biomass or other renewable energy projects located in Maine. The program will be available to customers of Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro Electric Co. and Maine Public Service Co.
Maine Green Power participants can choose the amount of renewable energy they want to purchase in the form of 500 kWh blocks. 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, one, two, three or four blocks of renewable energy per month.
Commercial customers will be able to participate in the program starting at the $7.50/kWh block level.
‘Maine has abundant hydro, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources,’ says MPUC Chairman Thomas Welch. ‘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.’
More information on the program is available here.