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Clean Energy Group Unveils New Electricity Program that Saves Money While Adding Green Power for Maryland Businesses
May 22, 2006
Clean Energy Partnership Teams Up with Washington Gas Energy Services to Offer Green Electricity at Below Standard Rates
Media Contact: Gary Skulnik
Executive Director, Clean Energy Partnership
240-514-0189 or 202-413-8534 (cell)
- The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) announced a new electricity offer for Maryland businesses today that will save money and help the environment at the same time. The offer, made in partnership with Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) will provide Maryland businesses the opportunity to buy electricity with 50% or 100% wind content at below Standard Offer Service (SOS) rates. Businesses that sign up for the 100% offer will get a free membership in the CEP.
"Now Maryland businesses can save money while helping the environment," said Gary Skulnik, CEP Executive Director. "We are going to reach out to Maryland businesses of all stripes to urge them to join the Clean Energy movement that is creating so much excitement in this area."
"CEP and its members are leaders in the effort to increase renewable energy use by area businesses, and Washington Gas Energy Services is proud to be a CEP member and share the dedication to that mission," said Harry Warren, president of WGES. "WGES has been a leading supplier of electricity generated by regional wind power projects to businesses, institutions, governments and residential customers. We are very happy that CEP has allowed us to work with them on this special offer that supports wind power projects nationally, and helps to avoid climate change globally."
Businesses can go to cleanpowerinmaryland.com
to sign up for the program. There are two options to choose from - 50% wind power or 100% wind power. The 50% option provides electricity at 7% below BGE or Pepco SOS Summer rates and 2% below their SOS Winter rates. The 100% option provides electricity at 2% below BGE or Pepco SOS Summer rates and 1% below their SOS Winter rates.
The Renewable Energy Credits for the wind power are being supplied by Sterling Planet, which procures wind from generators across the nation. The program may be expanded to DC soon. There are no plans for Virginia yet, though businesses in that state can purchase Renewable Energy Credits through CEP now.
CEP was founded in 2004 and has grown to 50 business members and hundreds of supporters. It is a non profit, non partisan business group dedicated to promoting solutions to global warming and air pollution through advocacy, clean energy sales, energy efficiency and education.