Sometimes you need a demand met immediately, and sometimes you want to know the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the de facto standard in providing the service you need. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released its annual assessment of preeminent utility green power programs.
NREL developed a “Top 10” list of utility programs for 2009 according to information provided by utilities. The categories represented were “total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of customer participants, the percentage of customer participation, green power sales as a percentage of total utility retail electricity sales, and the lowest price premium charged for a green power program using new renewable resources,” according to the NREL. Based on KWh/year sold, the Austin, Texas-based Austin Energy sold more renewable energy than any other green energy provider in the nation.
Other top providers, ranked according to customer participation were City of Palo Alto Utilities in California, Portland General Electric, and Madison Gas and Electric Company, among others. The NREL was pleased to note that customers were supporting green energy via green utility providers despite rough economic conditions, and believed the phenomenal results were due to providers raising green awareness.