The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual lists of utility companies that are leading the way in renewable energy programs. The DOE compiled lists in these categories: total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of participants, percentage of customer participation, green power sales percentage, and lowest price premium for green power. Unsurprisingly, utilities in Texas, Oregon and California topped most of the rankings.
You can click here for the complete top ten lists.
During their analysis, the DOE uncovered some positive trends. As of the end of 2008, more than 850 utilities now offer renewable energy programs and renewable energy sales increased by 20 percent over 2007.
Renewable energy sales reached over 5 billion kWh in 2008 and more than 600,000 customers are participating in these programs. Wind makes up the largest amount of renewable energy generated in these programs.
While progress of any kind is good, we need these numbers to be even higher. All of the programs that made the DOE's list are voluntary programs, so, whether you live in one of the winning utility's service areas or elsewhere, call your power company and sign up for its renewable energy program. If it doesn't offer one, ask why not. The easiest way to get these numbers up and even more utilities on board is to ask for it.
written by Fred, July 27, 2009
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