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Renewable Energy Price Lowered for NHU Customers

The cost of "going green" will soon drop by one-half for customers participating in NHU's Renewable Energy Program.

New Holstein's power supplier, Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI), recently filed a plan with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to double the amount of green power provided for each $3 block of green energy customers purchase. Through NHU's Renewable Energy Program, customers voluntarily purchase monthly blocks of power from sustainable sources such as wind, biomass and water. Under the new pricing structure, effective in January of 2008, the blocks will double from 150 kilowatt-hours (kWh) to 300 kWh. The change cuts in half the program's original $.02 per kWh price. Program costs have gone down and the savings are being passed along to participants.

When the Renewable Energy Program was established in 2001, WPPI's members locked in the needed green power resources at stable, long-term prices. In subsequent years, as the cost for energy from traditional sources has gone up, the incremental cost of WPPI's renewables has decreased. WPPI also added a lower-cost landfill gas generation project to its renewable energy portfolio in 2007.

The savings allowed WPPI's member utilities to lower the Renewable Energy Program's per kWh price, putting the nonprofit municipal power supplier on the leading edge for competitive green power pricing. At $.01 per kWh, WPPI's green power price will be among the lowest in the state.

NHU's customers who are already participating in the Renewable Energy Program do not need to take any action in order to take advantage of the new pricing. Participating customers will automatically be upgraded to the larger-sized blocks in January.

New Holstein Utilities' customers who wish to support the use of renewable energy can choose to participate in the program at any time. Simply contact the NHU office to sign up to participate.

Five fast facts about the WPPI Renewable Energy Program:

  • Forty WPPI members, including New Holstein, offer the program.
  • More than 3,300 customers of member utilities participate.
  • Since the program's inception in 2001, customers have purchased well over 52 million kWh of clean, renewable power.
  • Participants have achieved environmental impacts equivalent to almost 31,000 tons of coal not burned and more than 58,000 tons of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere.
  • Resources power the program include wind turbines in Worthington, Minnesota, a hydroelectric power plant near Black River Falls, and a landfill biogas project in Outagamie County.