More GMP customers generate own renewable energy

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,(Vermont Biz April 6, 2010) The number of Green Mountain Power customers using small-scale renewable energy sources to generate their own electricity has more than doubled since 2008, with the largest growth coming from customers who generate electricity with solar. Currently, close to 300 GMP customers have applied for and received state permission for net metering. Since net metering began in 1998, GMP customers’ projects account for nearly 3 megawatts (or 3 million watts) of renewable power.”Clearly many of our customers are taking advantage of technologies that have increased the amount of renewable energy on Vermont’s power grid,” said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power president and chief executive officer. “We have a strong commitment to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels during times of peak demand. Net metering allows customers to produce renewable energy, which has long-term environmental benefits for all of us.”Customers who want to generate their own solar, wind biomass, hydro or other renewable energy can participate in “net metering” — a process established by Vermont law that allows electric utility customers to generate electricity using renewable resources for personal use and “bank” any excess with the utility for limited periods of time.Through this process, customers can install renewable energy technologies such as solar panels or wind turbines. They pay their utility regular monthly service charges, but are billed for electricity only when they consume more power than they generate. If they generate more power than they need, they can “bank” that power with the utility until they need it, for up to 12 months.The bulk of GMP’s net metering customers, nearly 75 percent, use solar energy. GMP provides financial incentives for customers to install solar panels through its SolarGMP program, paying customers nearly 50 percent more than the net metering benefit. With SolarGMP, GMP also pays for the excess power generated, so there is no need for “banking” the excess. In turn, solar power generation helps reduce the utility’s need to purchase expensive market power and increases the amount of renewable power on the state’s power grid.John Pacht and Andrea Bayer, Green Mountain Power customers, recently installed solar panels at their home in Hinesburg. “Our new solar panels have significantly reduced our electric bills, thanks to the financial incentives of net metering and SolarGMP. We expect our investment in the panels to be paid back over time, and meanwhile we love knowing that the electricity we are using comes directly from the sun,” Mr. Pacht and Ms. Bayer said.”The increase in net metering is a sign of the significant interest and increasing use of solar generation in our service area,” Ms. Powell said. “We are pleased to see Vermonters take advantage of the growing number of opportunities to support sustainable energy practices that protect the natural environment of our state.”About Net MeteringNet metering — adopted by the Vermont legislature in 1998 — enables electric utilities to allow customers to generate their own power using small-scale renewable energy sources. Those interested in net metering must first obtain a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board. For more information, visit: www.publicservice.vermont.gov/energy-efficiency/ee_netmetering.html(link is external)About Solar GMPSolarGMP is a program created by Green Mountain Power to give residential and commercial customers financial incentives to install solar panels. Through this program, GMP pays customers a higher rate per kilowatt hour for the solar power they generate. For more information, visit: www.choose2bgreen.com/about-choose2bgreen/solargmp.html(link is external)About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.Source: Green Mountain Power. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – April 06, 2010) –last_img read more

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Cabella inspired by Toon greats

first_img The 24-year-old France international was drafted in from Montpellier during the summer to add the kind of invention which the Magpies had been lacking since Yohan Cabaye’s departure for Paris St Germain in January last year. He found the going tough during his opening few months on Tyneside, but has gradually started to find his feet, and part of that process has involved studying footage of one of the club’s most celebrated sons. Press Association Cabella said: “I have watched YouTube a lot to watch Peter Beardsley over again. When I arrived at Newcastle, every player here told me to check what he did on YouTube. “Peter was a top-class player. I looked and ‘Woah!’. He was brilliant. More than that, he is a great human being and a very nice guy. I like him and I hope to learn more from him.” Beardsley, currently the club’s football development manager, has been assisting caretaker manager John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone since Alan Pardew’s departure as manager earlier this month. He is one of a long line of talented players to have lit up St James’ Park over the last two decades or so, and Cabella is desperate to emulate the thrills he and the likes of Paul Gascoigne and David Ginola provided for the Toon Army. The Frenchman said: “I know about the famous names that have played for the club like Gascoigne, David Ginola and Peter Beardsley. “I know Peter very well now. I see him every day and he’s a top man, top-class. I want to be like him because he was a good player for Newcastle, like Ginola, and some other players. “I want to be like them, of course.” center_img Remy Cabella is spending his spare time watching videos of Peter Beardsley as he attempts to make his way in English football. last_img read more

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