GREENSBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allegheny Power, the electric delivery subsidiary of Allegheny Energy, Inc. (NYSE:AYE), announced today that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved Allegheny's request to offer a voluntary wind energy program to its electric customers in the state.
In conjunction with its Watt Watchers campaign, Allegheny has partnered with Community Energy, Inc., a leading wind energy developer, to implement and market the program. The program allows residential, commercial and industrial customers the option to pay an additional charge to purchase wind energy credits. The credits can be purchased in blocks of 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh), which will begin at $2.50 per block. Each block purchased represents an equal amount of wind energy that was generated and placed onto the power grid. It is estimated that signing up at the $5 per month level for 200 kWhs of renewable energy has the same environmental benefits as planting 181 trees or not driving 2,310 miles.
"Renewable energy plays an important role in meeting our growing energy demands," said Paul Evanson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allegheny Energy. "Our Pennsylvania customers now have the opportunity to support the development of electricity from wind farms located here and in other areas of the country."
Customers will receive informational inserts and enrollment forms with their electric bills. Customers who are interested in participating in or have questions regarding this optional program can call Allegheny's customer service center at 1-800-255-3443 Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.alleghenypower.com/EngConserv/EngConservHome.asp for more information about the Watt Watchers program.
Headquartered in Greensburg, Pa., Allegheny Energy is an investor-owned electric utility with total annual revenues of over $3 billion and more than 4,000 employees. The company owns and operates generating facilities and delivers low-cost, reliable electric service to approximately 1.6 million customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. For more information, visit our Web site at www.alleghenyenergy.com
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