For members wishing to help in the development of renewable energies, New-Mac Electric offers green power.
What is green power?
Green power is power generated from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal.
Through this voluntary program, participating members collectively affect the ratio of New-Mac Electric’s power purchasing in favor of green power as opposed to fossil-fuel generated power. The more participants, the higher the percentage of renewable energy being supplied to New-Mac Electric.
Since greater costs are involved in utilizing renewable energy sources, this program is beneficial because it allows those who would like to support renewable energies to do so without affecting the rates of other cooperative members. It is a program that supports renewable energies while gauging the interest of the membership as a whole.
Through this program, members can purchase 100 kilowatt-hour blocks of green power at a set cost. There is no limit to the number of blocks that can be purchased; however, a one-year commitment is required. For most homes, the purchase of just one or two of these blocks would mean at least 10 percent of their energy purchase is going toward green power.
Purchasing green power gives participants the satisfaction that they are advancing renewable energies, even though it is not possible to guarantee the electrons that left a wind farm, for example, are the same electrons traveling into their homes. Since all types of generating plants (including those using renewable energy sources as well as fossil fuels) continuously feed the same electric power network (a.k.a. “the grid”) that basically serves the nation, tracking which electricity flows down which line is not feasible. However, through green power programs, the grid will be fed with more energy generated from renewable energy sources and less from fossil fuels.
In order for green power sources to become a more viable option for power generation, they must be further developed. Until that time, renewable energies will have a number of added costs. For example: Optimum locations for wind farms are few and require building extensive transmission lines; biomass presents handling, transporting, and storage issues; and solar power requires acres of photovoltaic panels as well as measures to continue generation when the sun goes down. Those participating in green power programs can know that they are doing their part in overcoming those added costs.
For more information or to purchase green power, call New-Mac at 417-451-1515 or (800) 322-3849.