Does Your Electric Utility Offer a Green Power Option?

| 9/1/2009 10:45:03 AM

Green electric plugMany of our readers are interested in renewable energy, and for some of you there’s a simple and easy way to get your electricity from renewable sources — many utilities offer a green power option.

If you’re looking for more information on green power in the United States, the U.S. Department of Energy has some helpful information about green power programs, including a map and chart showing where they’re offered.

We’d like to hear more about your experiences with green power. Is it available where you live? How does the price compare to what you would otherwise pay for electricity? Why have you — or haven’t you — chosen this option? You can share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

Photo by Istockphoto/Nicholas Homrich 

5/19/2014 4:55:06 AM

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Brenda Colpetzer
9/8/2009 7:57:24 AM

I live in Central Pennsylvania and our power company has a renewable energy program for $2.00 per 100 kWh that is only .02 cents a kwh extra. My husband and I signed up to buy 500 kwh per month. And are thinking of doing another 100kwh, to match our usage. We use about 650 kwh per month. We live in a 2112 sq ft home and pay attention to our usage. But dont go without lights. When the green option came to our area all I heard from others is, another increase no thank you and how their light bill is all ready high enough. They cant afford to live as it is. They enjoy dining out several times a week, their cigarettes and alcohol, Because they say they deserve a break. Just one less take out a month would more than pay for buying some green power. And they also are the same people who leave their outside lights on 24 hours a day. Leaves lights on in every room day and night. And don't even try to cut back on their usage. We all need to set our priorities and cut back where we can and buy renewable when available. We all need to stop justifying our spending endlessly on lazy creature comforts and start doing our part on necessities (power)

Darren Mehler
9/7/2009 7:49:00 PM

In south-west Wyoming we can buy renewable energy but at 3 times the price we are already paying, so what is the point in buying green? Why pay more for something that is free to begin with. If someone has real honest answers to this, I would like to hear from you. I am sure many people like myself would like to use clean and renewable energy, but with the economy the way it has been who can afford $100k or more for a wind generator or solar power or both? I believe going green would benefit everyone, but if it means I have to take out a second mortgage where is the savings? I would like to hear from anyone who has a solution to this problem at

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