Green Power

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Once you have finished switching your light bulbs, why not consider powering those light bulbs with some “green” power (that comes from environmentally-friendly renewable resources such as the wind, sun and water)? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “more than 50% of retail customers in the United States now have an option of purchasing a green power product directly from their electricity supplier.”

Personally speaking, we are enrolled in the Green Power Option from Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL). We are signed up at the 100% level and so far, it has yet to cost us more than $2.00 on our monthly bill.

Interested in powering your home or business with some green electricity? See if it’s available in your state and contact your provider with any questions you may have.

Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on October 17, 2007 | Permalink | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “Green Power

  1. Kevin says:

    I participate in this program as well, but unfortunately we are not actually getting green power. Here’s a quote from a recent article in the IBJ:

    “While such offerings fall under the renewable-energy umbrella, they have their limits. Neither Duke nor IPL are actually delivering wind-generated power to their customers. Nor is that power offsetting generation at the utilities’ Indiana coal plants or reducing pollution here. Rather, the utilities buy renewable-energy credits–-a commodity of sorts representing the environmental attributes of the power generated from renewable sources.

    Such credits fund the development of renewable projects, which, as Protogere noted, tend to be more expensive than traditional sources of power. “At this time, there are not a lot of renewable projects in Indiana, so sometimes we have to look elsewhere.””

    Despite this, I still believe this is a good program to enroll in as it shows the power companies there is a demand for cleaner energy.

  2. Rhaya says:

    Kevin, thanks for the comment. I missed that article in the IBJ, and agree that it definitely brings up some disappointing facts. When I spoke to the IPL rep way back when I signed up, I should have been more pressing with some of my questions.

    However, like you said, hopefully by enrolling in the the plan, IPL will see that there is a consumer demand and react accordingly.

  3. Kevin says:

    No problem. I admire your “eating local for a week” experiment. If there’s one thing Indiana is known for, it’s farms, so you’d think it’d be easier. Sadly it’s a challenge.

  4. Emily says:

    Thanks for the link… I applied for enrollment online through Duke. I also agree with the comments above… every little bit helps, now and hopefully in the long run.

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