In the spirit of conservation, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative announces it is offering the option of purchasing Green Power to its 63,000 customers in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg counties.
Green power is electricity generated from a renewable resource, in this case landfill projects that convert methane gas into electric power. Using methane gas as a fuel has positive environmental benefits because it has been identified as a greenhouse gas.
“Offering Green Power to our customers is consistent with our commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve,” says Charles Dalton, President and CEO of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. “I encourage homes and business owners to invest in the future by purchasing some Green Power.”
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Under this voluntary program, Green Power is sold to residential customers in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks. Each block will add an additional $3 to one’s monthly electric bill. Customers can purchase as many blocks as they like. Commercial accounts are offered Green Power in 200-kWh blocks for a $6 monthly premium.
All revenue from every block sold will be reinvested in future development of renewable resources or facilities.
An additional investment of $6 per month for one year on one's electric bill would buy enough Green Power to equal the environmental benefits of not driving a vehicle for three months, planting 1/3 acre of trees, recycling 10,215 aluminum cans, or recycling half a ton of newspapers. "Voluntary purchases of Green Power make a real environmental difference by supporting the development of cleaner electricity and reducing environmental impact," said Matt Clouse from the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a federal program that promotes Green Power products like the one sold by Blue Ridge.
Green Power is generated by Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility that provides power to the state’s electric cooperatives, including Blue Ridge Electric Co-op.
Santee Cooper has achieved national Green Pricing Accreditation for its Green Power Program. The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), based in California, announced that Santee Cooper’s Green Power meets the national and the South Carolina accreditation standards for environmental and consumer protection.
Accredited utility programs undergo an annual independent verification process to document that they have delivered the green power promised to their customers.