February 26, 2009
There is a lot of debate about the use and development of renewable energy sources and cutting our dependence on imported fuels, but now you can help bring renewable energy right into your home.
Dominion Power provides electricity to more than two million customers in Virginia, but now, that electricity is a little bit greener. David Green, Dominion's senior vice president of customer service, said, "One of the things that we heard from our customers was a desire to participate directly in the purchase of renewable energy sources."
Any Dominion customer can participate in a program that provides green power directly to the grid, from sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric. "Their participation allows for the continued expansion and development of renewable energy resources as well as the marketplace for those."
When you enroll in the Green Power Program, Dominion Power purchases Green-e Energy certificates, guaranteeing that renewable power is delivered to the regional power pool. "We will report to our customers periodically how much energy they have supported the generation of and how much we have delivered to the power grid on their behalf," said Green.
Enrollment in this program will cost you a bit more on your electric bills but is strictly voluntary. Green added: "As we see with most new technologies, over time, those costs come down, and as they are adopted more widespread across the region, we fully expect that to happen as well with these technologies."
Officials at Dominion Power said they already have almost 1,000 customers enrolled in the program since the start of the year.
If you are interested in joining the Green Power program, there are two options. You can purchase "green power" equal to 100% of their monthly electric usage for an additional penny and a half per kWh. The second option, called the $2 block option, means customers can purchase "green power" in $2 blocks that represent 133 kWh per block.
To sign up or for more information, visit www.dom.com or call 1-888-667-3000.