While the restructuring of Maine’s electric supply business didn’t generate the kind of competition that the proposal’s supporters had hoped, it has given people options.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light, a nonprofit company, offers two so-called “green” electricity products that compete with the standard offer.

MRE Green Supply 2 and MRE Green Supply Plus were brought to market this year. They replace an earlier green power product sold by MeIPL that had been available since January 2003 at 6.5 cents per kwh.

It costs 8.2 cents per kwh for Green Supply 2 and 8.7 per kwh for Green Supply Plus, or roughly a penny to a penny and a half more than the standard offer, according to Maine’s Public Advocate’s Office.

Green Supply 2 power is generated entirely by the Worumbo Dam in Lisbon Falls, the only certified low-impact hydro dam in Maine. When the dam isn’t generating due to maintenance or repairs, power comes from other hydro facilities in the state.

Green Supply Plus consists of 80 percent power from the Worumbo Dam and 20 percent from wind generators.

More information can be obtained from the Public Utilities Commission, the Public Advocate’s Office or Brunswick-based MeIPL.


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