Wind Power – how much did it cost?

14 10 2008

We received this certificate from Con Ed the other day certifying that we purchased wind power for the year January – December 2007 (I can’t imagine why we are receiving this in October but I digress).

The first thing I did was log into Con Ed’s website to download our usage for the past 2 years so I could see how much the premium was but only Con Ed’s delivery charges were shown, not the actual cost of power so there is no real analysis possible.

However, I recall that I agreed to a premium of $.09/kWh for wind power so the premium for 450 kWh is $40.50. Not a bad price to pay to ensure clean emission-free power for the future.

If you want to sign up for green power, there are 2 options, hydro (65%) /wind (35%) and 100% wind which is what we signed up for. Both are eligible to avoid NYS sales tax, which offsets some of the premium. Be advised, though that the prices quoted do NOT include Con Ed’s delivery charges and other taxes and surcharges.  This is from Con Ed Solutions:

ConEdison Solutions is leading the way in promoting pollution-free electricity by offering WIND and GREEN Power – clean, 100% renewable power. Instead of drawing on traditional power sources, such as nuclear power and fossil fuel sources, GREEN Power is generated from regional wind and low-impact hydropower sources. GREEN Power is composed of 65% run-of-the-river hydro and 35% wind power. See content label WIND Power is composed of electricity exclusively generated from 100% wind power. The benefit of clean energy is that it produces none of the detrimental environmental effects associated with electricity production that results in air emissions..

If you are a NYS customer of Con Ed, go to Con Ed Solutions and sign up.

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