Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Green Power Consumers Exceed 1.1 Million

Electricity customers buying renewable energy were 1,123,778 in 2009, up 6% from 2008, according to the Energy Information Administration.  There were 680 sellers of renewable electricity in 2009 that include electric utilities, competitive electricity suppliers, renewable energy credit companies.

Texas with 316, 585 renewable energy customers led the nation. Oregon with 127,290 and California with 85,000 were second and third. 

In 2009 Pennsylvania was 8th with 35,335.  Today Pennsylvania is probably second, as substantial shopping for electricity has taken place in Pennsylvania in 2010 and the first half of 2011.  Green power products are available in all markets.

I am purchasing a 100% wind product from Washington Gas for my home in the PPL electric service territory.  I chose the product, because the wind is generated in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Purchasing wind from your state or local area will benefit your local economy and your local air quality, while buying Texas wind when in Pennsylvania will export many of the benefits of your purchase.

Buying green power for your home or business is the single biggest step one can take in most cases to reduce your personal environmental footprint.  The family home is responsible for twice the pollution than the family car.  I strongly recommend buying green power and local or home-state green power.

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