Originally posted by uzless
This idea of distributive generation sounds more like political pandering. Talk. Where is the action? Where are the programs to get distributive running? Small gen facilities will likely not be able to compete without guaranteed rates of return per kilowatt hour. In the absence of a publicly run facility, private companies will shy away from this type of ...[text shortened]... corporations.
In short, it sounded to me like a pandering to the greenies to keep them happy.
Did you do any fact checking before reacting to how it "sounds?"
Chesapeake Green (C-Green) is a new carbon neutral electricity option for people in the Chesapeake region. C-Green combines standard electricity from the Mid Atlantic grid (the PJM grid) with Renewable Energy Credits (“RECs” or “green tags&rdquo
from wind farms situated across the United States, bundled together and supplied by Washington Gas Energy Services, a licensed retail energy supplier in MD and DC. This bundled product helps fight global warming by offsetting the carbon emissions from your electricity use with clean, renewable wind power.
Clean Currents rates cover all Generation and Transmission charges. The rate is the same at all times for the length of your contract. Distribution is still a regulated market (you do not have a choice). Your Distribution charges will stay with the utility in your area (Pepco or BGE). Your utility is still responsible for the reliability of your power, power line maintenance, and billing.
Chesapeake Green current rates are lower than Pepco AND BGE's Summer rates!
If one elects to use 50% of one's electricity needs using Clean Currents wind power as a provider, Maryland BGE customers and Maryland and DC Pepco customers pay 11.1¢ per kWh and 11.7¢ per kWh for 100%.
SPECIAL FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD RESIDENTS (where I live)
The Montgomery County Clean Energy Rewards Program gives county residents a reward of a 1/2 cent per kWh (.5¢ or $.005) for up to 20,000 kWh of clean energy purchased. Clean Currents was a founding member of the program with RECs and C-Green.
100% wind power will be 0.5¢ less, 50% wind power will be 0.25¢ less per kWh during the duration of the program's funding.