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  •  One key thing to find out is whether they ... (2+ / 0-)
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    conchita, A Siegel

    ... promise that the amount of green power bought will be met by green power, or by additional green power.

    You do not want to be paying premium rates for existing hydropower capacity which is, in effect, just about the lowest cost power to produce.

    •  Good point ... (0+ / 0-)

      that should not be discounted. I fear that green power programs are open to questionable practices, like is the case with carbon neutral.  There is not a clear standard, from what I can tell.

      Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

      by A Siegel on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 08:34:52 PM PDT

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    •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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      began looking at the websites last night and am taking apart the pieces of the puzzle.  the questions you raise are the same that came up in my mind.  plus you have to look very carefully at their wording.  for example, they may quote what looks like a competitive rate for wind power alone, but you have to look at the fine print to see which part of your current bill you should compare the wind power rate with.  when i have something substantive to share i will report back.

      •  I drew this on my experience in Australia ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... where they tended to use the "sustainable portfolio to serve Green Power" accounts, which had exactly the problem that you were not buying an increment of Green Power unless they had already signed up customers for their existing renewable resources. It was roundly criticized by the Green Party there.

        I have not actually had my own power bill since I returned, so I've never looked in any detail at the local offers in Ohio.

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