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Green Power Switch

Make the Green Power Switch

Buy portions of your electricity from a TVA program that generates power from clean, renewable resources.

North Georgia EMC (NGEMC) is offering residential customers the choice to buy portions of their electricity from a program called Green Power Switch® offered through the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

With Green Power Switch, you may buy a portion of your TVA power generated from three renewable energy sources: wind, solar, and methane gas. What value is there for you in contributing to Green Power Switch? First, Green Power is generated with renewable resource technology that lowers the environmental impact. Second, your investment in Green Power Switch goes directly into developing new Green Power Switch technology. Third, all the Green Power TVA generates is added to the Valley's power mix.

Residential customers can buy one block (150 kilowatt-hours) of electricity for $4 per month added to your monthly bill or as many blocks as you like for $4 per block each. The cost per block won't change with your monthly usage. Commercial and industrial customers can purchase multiple block minimums based on their electric use as defined by the rate schedule under which they are served.

Why does green power cost more? Because while renewable resources like sunlight may be free, the technology used to capture the energy these resources produce is still more expensive than traditional power generation methods. By choosing to pay a little more for Green Power Switch, you help advance the technology and increase the amount of electricity generated from cleaner sources.

Currently, the amount of Green Power made available through Green Power Switch is approximately 33 megawatts (MW). This capacity is comprised of about 4 MW of methane gas, 28 megawatts of wind and 300 kilowatts (kW) of solar energy. In later years as demand for the product grows, wind and solar will be used to generate at least 50 percent of Green Power Switch.

TVA owns 33,000 MW of capacity, so Green Power Switch resources represent only a tiny fraction of that total. But that amount will grow, as customers demand cleaner energy.

 

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