What is Renewable Electricity?
Why Should I Get Renewable Electricity
With soaring electricity prices and the inevitability of global warming due to the use of fossil fuels to create power, there has never been a time better than the present to get renewable electricity. Consumers are taking charge and responsibility for their impact on the environment and making educated decisions about electrical providers. With the rise of government programs and tax incentives supporting the switch to renewable electricity, making the decision to “go green” has never been easier.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2009 the renewable energy’s market share reached 8 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, as total consumption decreased nearly 5 percent while renewable energy consumption rose 5 percent. Also in 2009, renewable electricity provided 413 billion kilowatthours of electricity out of a U.S. total of 3,953 billion kilowatthours. While U.S. total net generation declined 4 percent, renewable generation was up by 8 percent. Usage of wind electricity provided the majority of the increase while usage of geothermal and solar electricity closely followed. Improvements in renewable electricity technology, in combination with the signing in of the American Recovery and Investment Act in February 2009, have led to the continuous increase and usage of renewable electricity throughout the country.
How Do I Get Renewable Electricity?
There are a number of resources currently available to consumers about how to get renewable electricity. While each state is different, many have adopted regulations that require the increased production of electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. About 600 of the US’s 6,000 power utilities offer a green power option of some kind. In this sort of program, the local utility buys renewable energy (wind, solar, etc.) and then passes it along to you, the customer to support the industry for clean, green power.
Type in your zip code at the top of the page to search for renewable electricity options in your area. Most providers are offering a switch program. You can sign up for the program, and buy-in through kilowatt-hour blocks that are the equivalent of a certain percentage of the average electricity use of homes in your area. If your provider is not participating in a green option yet, still contact them and express interest as more and more distributors are participating in green electricity programs every year.