Frequently Asked Questions
What are green tags?
Under this program the association’s power marketers purchase credits known as green tags for wind power and other energy produced by green power facilities that are owned by other utilities and independent power producers across the United States. While it doesn’t guarantee that all of the electrons that flow from outlets of the green power subscriber are derived from renewable sources, it does ensure that the premium per 100 kilowatt-hours that each customer pays for renewable energy flows back to the small hydro, photovoltaic, biomass, wind farm or other green power operation selling power on the grid.
How do I participate in my co-op's voluntary green power program?
You may participate in the green power program by contacting your local electric cooperative. Each consumer who chooses to participate in the program is committing to purchase at least one 100-kilowatt-hour block of electricity per month from renewable resources. Of course, you can choose to purchase more green power – up to your total monthly consumption.
How does this program affect people who do not choose to participate?
This program has no impact on members who do not participate. Many customers may be satisfied knowing that their power is produced by the most cost-effective and efficient means possible. This service is for consumers who want more from their power supplier and are willing to pay the extra costs associated with it.
How do I know that I am getting my electricity from renewable resources?
Electricity generated by the renewable program is fed into the region ’s transmission grid. Electrical energy to your home is drawn from that system. Of course, you cannot be sure that the electrons flowing into your home are actually generated by wind, small hydroelectric facilities and biomass production. But, your participation in the program supports the construction and operation of green power production.
Why do wind and other renewable resources cost more?
While the “fuel” for wind turbines is free, the cost of energy is determined by the expense of construction and maintenance. Other costs include the transmission and distribution paths required to bring the energy to the point of use. Although the cost of renewable generation is still somewhat higher than conventional resources such as coal-based generation, green power is significantly less expensive than it was just 10 years ago.