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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Enhancing energy independence and providing savings to Vermonters.

Mary Powell, CEO, will be on with us tomorrow.  Join us.

Vermont is a national leader in creating a model for our energy future. And here at Green Mountain Power we work day in and day out to find new innovative ways to help our customers save money and move to renewable energy sources, while also being an exemplary leader for the rest of the country by investing in a 21st century energy eco-system.
Through a new partnership with NRG Energy, we are able to offer a series of new clean energy products and services for Vermonters, helping customers manage energy use and save money. This partnership is part of our efforts to establish Rutland as the Energy City of the Future and helps position the state as a leader in the movement toward cost-effective sustainable energy solutions.

"Through this partnership, we hope to demonstrate that investing in a 21st century energy eco-system that is more sustainable, resilient, affordable and individually empowering for the people of Vermont is more sensible than pouring more investment into the creaky old grid infrastructure from the 20th century. In the course of doing so, we will also prove that the concepts of 'electric utility', 'renewables' and 'personal choice' are not mutually exclusive," said NGR President and CEO David Crane speaking alongside Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell announcing the new partnership. 

Beginning in 2015, Green Mountain Power will begin offering the following products and service offerings from the new project.

Personal Energy Management: GMP will offer Vermont customers a comprehensive personal energy management solution — a multilevel home control and convenience offering. Subscribing customers may be able to remotely manage energy consumption in their homes to increase comfort and save money. GMP may also offer NRG's web-based customer technology to provide Vermonters clear insight into electricity use, allowing them to make smarter choices.  Customers may also be able to participate in demand response, in which they voluntarily reduce their use of electricity for specific periods in return for payments or credits on their bill.   
NRG Portable Power: GMP will offer NRG’s Portable Power solution allowing customers to break free from the outlet and charge their smartphones with an NRG Power Pack. 

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: GMP will work with NRG’s eVgo division to develop and roll out an expanded, interconnected network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state, including several charging package options.  Both “Level 2” and DC Fast Chargers will be installed in commercial and workplace locations.  

Community Solar: In 2013, NRG Home Solar (formerly Residential Solar Solutions) built one of the first third party financed community solar arrays in the country. This array, in Rutland, VT, provides 50 residents and businesses a credit on their GMP bill for their portion of the solar energy produced by the array.  Customers pay a small monthly fee and are covered by a power production guarantee. NRG is currently working on additional projects in Vermont as part of the partnership with GMP.

Micro-power: GMP is working with NRG to offer micro generation solutions to Vermonters, including NRG’s Beacon 10. These units generate up to 10 kilowatts of electricity, provide heat for water and space heating, and offer battery storage and solar integration capability with onsite solar systems.

Microgrid: GMP has an ambitious vision for an energy future that takes Rutland and ultimately Vermont beyond the legacy grid system, supported by solar energy and new technology systems that ensure reliable power. Leveraging NRG’s microgrid capabilities, the two companies intend to transform the distribution grid system to a market-based platform designed to create efficiencies and distributed energy solutions.
"This partnership is a really big deal for our customers and for Vermont," said GMP President and CEO, Mary Powell. "Our partner NRG Energy is a cutting edge leader in green energy solutions, and they see in Vermont the same potential that we at GMP have recognized for years. Our customers consistently tell us they want tools to save money and move to renewable energy sources, and we can show the rest of the country how to get there. This is what our energy future looks like."

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