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Public power utilities make NREL top 10 lists for green pricing programs

Several public power utilities are included on top 10 lists compiled by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for utility green pricing programs. The recently released rankings are for 2017.

Using information provided by utilities, NREL has developed "Top 10" rankings of utility green pricing programs for 2017 in the following categories: total sales, total number of customer participants, and participation rate (the percentage of utility customers that participated in green pricing programs).

In terms of the top green power sales, investor-owned Portland General Electric remained in the top spot by selling over 1.8 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy through its voluntary green power program.

California-based public power utility SMUD was ranked second on the top 10 list for green power sales (848,623 MWh). SMUD was in the number two spot for 2016 as well.

Texas-based Austin Energy came in at the number four spot with sales of 708,326 MWh. Austin Energy was in the number four spot for the 2016 top 10 list.

The Tennessee Valley Authority and California’s Silicon Valley Power also made the top 10 list for green power sales. TVA landed in the number five spot with sales of 504,227 MWh, while Silicon Valley Power came in at the number eight spot with sales of 423,808 MWh.

In the green power sales rankings for 2016, TVA was ranked in the eighth spot (232,127 MWh) and Silicon Valley Power came in at number nine with 206,692 MWh.

Meanwhile, Austin Energy and SMUD were also on the top 10 list for green power program participants. SMUD came in at number four with 71,873 participants, while Austin Energy came in at number eight with 17,557 participants.  For 2016, SMUD was also in the number four spot, while Austin Energy was in the number 10 spot.

Public power was well represented on the top green power participation rate top 10 list as well as follows:

  • SMUD (ranked #2, with a participation rate of 11.61 percent);
  • Wellesley Municipal Light Plant in Massachusetts (#4, with a participation rate of 10.56 percent)
  • River Falls Municipal Utilities in Wisconsin (#5, with a participation rate of 10  percent)
  • Silicon Valley Power (#6, with a participation rate of 9.35 percent)
  • California’s Alameda Municipal Power (#7, with a participation rate of 8.91 percent)
  • Muscoda Utilities in Wisconsin (#9, with a participation rate of 6 percent); and
  • Naperville Public Utilities-Electric in Illinois (#10, with a participation rate of 5.43 percent)

Five of these public power utilities (SMUD, River Falls, Silicon Valley Power, Alameda Municipal Power and Naperville) were on the top 10 green power participation rate list for 2016.

With respect to the top 10 list of green power sales rates, seven public power utilities were represented on the list as follows:

  • Silicon Valley Power (ranked #2, sales rate of 12.15 percent);
  • SMUD (ranked #3, sales rate of 7.87 percent);
  • (TVA) Oak Ridge Electric Department (#4, sales rate of 7.09 percent);
  • Austin Energy (#6, sales rate of 5.48 percent);
  • River Falls Municipal Utilities (#7, sales rate of 3.95 percent);
  • Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (#8, sales rate of 3.35 percent);
  • Alameda Municipal Power (#9, sales rate of 3.25 percent)

Alameda Municipal Power, Silicon Valley Power highlight programs

In related news releases, Alameda Municipal Power and Silicon Valley Power highlighted their respective green power programs.

Alameda Municipal Power said that for the third year in a row, it has been recognized as a national industry leader for its voluntary green power program, Alameda Green.

Alameda Green gives residents and businesses the option to match up to 100 percent of their monthly electricity use with renewable energy sourced from wind, biogas and solar projects. To date, the program’s participants include more than 3,400 residents and 75 businesses.

Silicon Valley Power highlighted its Santa Clara Green Power program and noted that its continued commitment to the program has earned the utility its place on three of the Top 10 Green Power lists for the third year in a row.

In response to customer interest, Silicon Valley Power is now supplying its voluntary green power program entirely from solar, mainly from within California. About 9.1 percent of the Santa Clara, California, public power utility’s residential and business customers subscribe to SVP’s voluntary green power program, up from 8.1 percent in 2016, Mary Medeiros McEnroe, SVP public benefits program manager, recently told Public Power Daily.