Dominion Green Power Surpasses 15,000 Participants

3Degrees In The News | April 8, 2013
  • Environmental savings equivalent to taking 65,000 cars off the road for a year
  • Dominion Green Power Program® still open to new customers
  • 'A way for all customers to have a positive impact on the planet'

Green Power Program ParticipantsRICHMOND, VA — More than 15,000 customers are now signed up for Dominion Virginia Power's Dominion Green Power® program and are supporting renewable energy produced in this region to meet some or all of their home's energy needs.

The participating customers have packed an impressive environmental punch, too.

Since the program's inception in 2009, participants have supported more than 480,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy. The generation of this "green" power has prevented the same amount of carbon dioxide from entering the air as removing 65,000 average cars from the road for one year, or the equivalent environmental impact of planting 8,700,000 trees that grow to maturity.

"This program is one way for all customers to have a positive impact on the planet," said Ken Barker, vice president – Customer Solutions and Energy Conservation. "It's a great program and part of our effort to offer customers different options to save energy, money and help the environment."

The Dominion Green Power Program® offers customers the option to match their home electricity use with renewable energy by either usage or in fixed monthly amounts. The fixed option starts at $2 and can be increased in $2 increments. Each $2 block supports 154 kilowatt-hours of green power.  The option based on usage adds 1.3 cents per...

3Degrees Sells Energy Credits in Chilly Climate

3Degrees In The News | November 1, 2012

San Francisco-based 3Degrees Group Inc. has landed new utility partnerships, even as the recession and public apathy about climate change have taken a toll on its business.

The firm manages utility programs that offer voluntary renewable energy certificates to utility customers. Generally, customers have to opt-in to these programs and pay a premium to offset their power use with renewably generated power like solar and wind. 3Degrees also sells renewable energy credits directly to 200 corporate customers including Safeway, Starbucks, Adobe and Autodesk.

With two new utility partners, including Alameda Municipal Power and Maine Public Utilities Commission, the firm now has 10 utility partnerships that account for 140,000 customers.

“Adoption is steady, but fairly slow,” said President Steve McDougal. “But each year we’re adding partnerships, so that’s really encouraging.”

3Degrees experienced explosive growth in 2008, more than doubling revenue and making it onto the Business Times’ list of the fastest-growing private companies in the Bay Area. But 3Degrees’ revenue fell from a peak of $26.7 million in 2008 to $20 million in 2009. It rebounded in 2010 to $22.5 million, the most recent data available.

The firm is down to 40 employees from a 2008 peak of 52.

Hundreds of utilities across the country don’t yet offer green power programs, and that’s an opportunity for growth, said Adam Capage, 3Degrees’ vice president of utility partnerships.

“There’s a whole country — we work with 10 utilties. There are hundreds of these and plenty of room” to land more contracts, Capage said....

3Degrees Launches New Utility Green Power Programs

Press Release | September 24, 2012

Strengthens Sector Leadership Position as Utilities Increasingly Realize Value from Providing Their Customers with Compelling Regional Renewable Energy Options

Washington, D.C., September 24, 2012 — At today’s Renewable Energy Markets Conference, 3Degrees announced that its industry-leading utility green power program services business has continued to grow in 2012.
In 2012, 3Degrees officially launched the Maine Green Power program and the Alameda Municipal Power Alameda Green program. These programs join 3Degrees’ portfolio of seven other utility partnerships.
Like all of 3Degrees' utility green power programs, these programs support green power projects by sourcing renewable energy generated from wind farms, solar power generating systems, and other regional renewable energy facilities on behalf of utility program participants.
“Utilities are increasingly realizing that their residential and commercial customers want to mitigate the environmental impact of their electricity use, either by becoming more energy efficient, installing solar panels or other renewable energy technologies at their offices or home, or matching their electricity use with renewable energy being generated at regional green power facilities,” said Adam Capage, Vice President of Utility Partnerships. “As this trend continues, we expect to see more and more utilities launching or expanding green power programs and turning to 3Degrees as an experienced and reliable partner who can support them in this effort."
Voluntary Green Power Program Leadership
These new and expanded partnerships, along with 3Degrees' existing partnerships with Ameren...