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CHEYENNE - Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power has asked the state to allow its customers to get their share of electricity from renewable sources.

Under the proposed program, customers would pay $3.50 more per month for the option of getting electricity from renewable sources. The money would help pay for developing renewable energy.

"We have had inquiries," Cheyenne Light vice president Rick Kaysen said.

The utility has teamed up with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a nonprofit supplier of renewable energy to utilities. Tom Starrs, chief operating officer for Bonneville, said the money goes to projects such as the wind farms in Carbon County. "It's a great deal," he said.

Cheyenne Light's parent company, Black Hills Corp., reached a green-power agreement last fall with the Office of Consumer Advocate at the Wyoming Public Service Commission.

"We think it's appropriate to offer that option," said Denise Parrish, deputy administrator of the Office of Consumer Advocate. "There hasn't been a great hue and cry by customers, but it's nice to allow them to have the option if their convictions are such that they are willing to pay a premium to help the technology."

She said the program is voluntary and a handful of Wyoming utilities, including PacifiCorp, offer the option.

Green power programs have been in place for years in Colorado, where a law requires renewable energy as part of the energy supply.

One Cheyenne resident, Allan Espinoza, said he might be interested in such a program, but would like more information before he signs up. "I've seen the wind turbines in Colorado and at (F.E. Warren Air Force Base) and I think that helps out," he said.

Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power has asked that the program begin July 1.

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