Benefits of Choosing a Renewable Electricity Provider
In more than a dozen states, residents and businesses are able to purchase their electric supply from renewable-derived sources. Due to government regulations as well as popular demand, there is now an abundance of retail electricity suppliers that offer partial or 100% green power plans at affordable prices.
Renewable energy has both economic and environmental benefits. By purchasing green power, you help to:
- Eliminate powerful greenhouse gases that negatively impact the environment, including the air you breathe and the water you drink
- Reduce the nation’s dependence on its own irreplaceable fossil fuels
- Reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign fuel and keep the nation’s dollars here
- Create economic development by supporting new renewable energy businesses across the energy industry
- Create new jobs in manufacturing, installation, and more
Affordability of Renewable Energy
Many people don’t realize how affordable renewable electricity has become. As more customers opt for green power, more must be generated. As more companies generate green power, prices are driven down by competition. Green power is offered by many retail electricity providers at rates only slightly above power generated from traditional sources, such as coal and natural gas.
You can use the tool located at the top of this page to view renewable electricity providers in your area. Just type in your zip code and select your utility to view a list.
Other Ways to Purchase Green Power
Even if you don’t live in a deregulated area, you can still purchase green power. Many utilities in regulated areas have renewable electricity plans, where you pay slightly more than what you would pay for your traditional electricity. You can call your local utility to inquire, or you can select your state on the EPA’s website to view utilities that offer green power programs.
If green power is not available in your area, Renewable Energy Credits (aka RE Certificates) are one more way that you can make an impact. An REC essentially represents 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity that is generated and delivered to the power grid. Businesses have been buying up RECs in order to comply with regulations as well as to grow their own cultures of sustainability, but homeowners can purchase these credits as well. The electricity is not necessarily delivered to your home, but the overall benefits are there. By purchasing just one credit, you help to eliminate powerful greenhouse gas emissions and other negative environmental impacts related to traditional power sources to the equivalent of one home for two months.