Description: Petition to Federal Trade Commission to investigate deceptive trade practices of Green Mountain Power Company in the marketing of renewable energy to Vermont consumers.
Petition to Investigate Deceptive Trade Practices of Green Mountain Power Co.
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 02/05/2015 Letter Download Letter sent by FTC to Green Mountain Power. On February 5, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent a letter to counsel for GMP expressing concern that GMP might have created confusion for its customers about the renewable attributes of the power they purchased because GMP might not have “clearly and consistently communicated” that GMP sells renewable energy certificates (RECs) for most of its renewable energy-generating facilities to entities outside Vermont. In the February 5 letter, the FTC said that no findings had been made that any GMP statements violated the Federal Trade Commission Act, but urged that GMP prevent future confusion by clearly communicating the implications of its REC sales—namely, that when GMP sells RECs tied to a particular renewable energy facility, it may no longer characterize the power delivered from that facility as renewable. 09/15/2014 Petition Download Petition to investigate deceptive practices submitted to FTC. Four Vermont residents filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission asking for a determination that Green Mountain Power Corporation (GMP) had engaged in deceptive practices by representing to Vermont electricity customers that GMP was providing them with electricity from renewable sources when, in fact, GMP was selling the Renewable Energy Credits generated by renewable sources to out-of-state utilities. Citing the FTC’s 2012 Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (known as the Green Guides), the petitioners contended that GMP had misled Vermont residents concerned about their carbon footprint, the segment of consumers at which GMP targets its marketing efforts.