What is Green Power?
Green power refers to electricity generated from renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and biomass. Unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) refer to RECs that are sold, delivered, or purchased separately from electricity. RECs provide no physical delivery of electricity to members and as such the member is purchasing power from a separate entity than the one selling them the REC. GCEA purchases RECs from our power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. By supporting green power, you are showing your willingness to support renewable energy.
Below is a link to a video that will help explain RECs:
RECS: MAKING GREEN POWER POSSIBLE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_12VYXms6-c (link is external)
How Does the Green Power Program Work?
You can be a part of the Green Power Program for as little as $0.12 per month - the amount it costs to purchase one block of green power. One block of green power equals 100 kilowatt hours (kWh). Charges for Green Power are in addition to the regular monthly energy charge.
How Will this Affect My Monthly Electric Bill?
A member whose electric consumption is 700 kWh pays the monthly service availability charge of $29.00 plus 700 kWh times the residential rate of $0.12918 per kWh, or $90.43, for a total bill of $118.43 before tax. If this member wanted to purchase the 700 kWh as green power, they would need to sign up for 7 blocks of green power at $0.12 per block, adding $0.84 to the bill for a total of $119.27. If a member signed up for the 100% offset green power option and electric consumption was 762 kWh, they would be charged an additional $0.91 (762 kWh x $.0012918 per kWh, or 7.62 green power blocks x $0.12 per block) for green power, for a total bill of $127.35.
How Can I Sign Up?
Members can sign up to buy as many blocks of green power as they want, and may discontinue participation in the program at any time by contacting GCEA one month in advance. The additional cost to participate in the Green Power Program will appear as a line item on participating members' monthly electric bills. There are two ways for members to enroll in this program. To sign up for the Green Power Program now, please fill out the Green Power Signup Form below with the correct information and it will be automatically submitted.
Non-participating members can rest assured that the Green Power Program has no impact on the price they pay for electricity; their power is produced by the most cost-effective and efficient means possible.
What Businesses Support the Green Power Program?
More than fifty local businesses currently participate in the Green Power Program.
How successful is the Green Power Program?
GCEA's share of green power has grown to make us one of the larger green power distributors on the Tri-State Generation and Transmission System (link is external).
Please call GCEA at 970-641-3520 if you have any questions.