Pennsylvania seeing low-cost wind power
Electricity deregulation was adopted in many states around the U.S. to help encourage competition and lower electricity rates. One of the unexpected advantages of this system turned out to be some very strong support for green energy.
Non-profit Citizen Power announced recently that it had joined with retail electricity provider TriEagle Energy to help create some new 100 percent renewable electricity plans using some of Pennsylvania's growing wind energy resources.
The new plans started out in the service area for Duquesne Light, the utility company for most of Allegheny and Beaver counties, but has since expanded to PECO and PPL in the eastern part of the state. What surprised the company, however, was that for many customers these renewable electricity rate plans were actually one of the more affordable options.
"Our mission is the promotion of renewable energy, and we believe that this is the most effective way to do so," said Citizen Power executive director Titus North. "People want to do something positive, but in this economy not many people can afford to purchase a hybrid car or put solar panels on their roof. However, this is something that helps the environment and saves consumers money at the same time."