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DOE Ranks Greenest Utility Companies, Spots Positive Trends

The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual lists of utility companies that are leading the way in renewable energy programs. The DOE compiled lists in these categories: total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of participants, percentage of customer participation, green power sales percentage, and lowest price premium for green power. Unsurprisingly, utilities in Texas, Oregon and wow it's great generic levitra soft tabs California topped most of the rankings.

You can click here for the complete top ten lists.

During their analysis, the DOE uncovered some positive trends. As of the end of http://www.grantontrailers.com/cheap-cialis-50mg 2008, more than 850 utilities now offer renewable energy programs and renewable energy sales increased by 20 percent over 2007.

Renewable energy sales reached over 5 billion kWh in 2008 and more than 600,000 customers are participating in these programs. Wind makes up the largest amount of renewable energy generated in these programs.

While progress of any kind is good, we need these numbers to be even higher. All of the programs that made the www.bsd-berlin.de DOE's list are voluntary programs, so, whether you live in one of the winning utility's service areas or elsewhere, call your power company and sign up for its renewable energy program. If it doesn't offer one, ask why not. The easiest way to get these numbers up and even more utilities on board is to ask for it.

via NREL

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impact of renewable energy programs?
written by Jeff, April 21, 2009
Could someone please comment on only now levitra now online the actual impact of signing up for a renewable energy program through your utility? Is there actually going to viagra cheap price be a measurable increase in renewable energy produced? Or does it just increase demand on existing renewable sources, thus increasing the profitability of renewable energy providers (e.g., a wind farm operator), which will (in the long-run) lead to more renewable energy projects being developed and more renewable energy being provided?

In the Chicago area, the power company (ComEd) has a program with a company called PECO where you can pay an extra $0.0254/kWh to "purchase" "Pennsylvania wind" power.

"The wind energy you support is delivered directly into the Pennsylvania electric grid, reducing the need for energy from fossil fuel sources like oil and coal. Although buying wind does not mean that electricity is being delivered straight from the windmill to your home, it does mean that more of buy viagra online the electricity being put into the grid comes from wind, rather than other generation sources."

But that's not really true, is it? Whether or not ComEd pays PECO an extra $10,000 a month, it's not going to affect how much energy the viagra official website existing wind turbines are putting into the grid, right?

Any clarification would be appreciated. :)
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re: impact of renewable energy programs?
written by Jeff, April 21, 2009
Nevermind the stuff about ComEd in Chicago buying energy from Peco in Pennsylvania. They're both owned by Exelon and I was looking at the wrong site. (dumb)

But the general premise of the question stands.
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re: impact of renewable energy programs?
written by Marcel, May 01, 2009
@Jeff

I don't know how things are in the US, but over here in the Netherlands, an operator should generate or buy at least as much "green kWhs" as was consumed by their customers who chose for "green contracts". So if you all chose for wind power from pennsylvania and www.hasselaar.nl the actual annual wind generation doesn't meet the demand, then they should build additional generation capacity. It's likely that they're allowed to produce or buy energy from other sustainable sources, but that depends on whatever contract construction they've devised...
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written by Fred, July 27, 2009
All these companies are making a great impact

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