Paying to be green: Customers pony up for renewable energy
The trend is upward elsewhere, too. Utilities in 36 states offer some form of green pricing, and last year 430,000 households bought green power - up 20 percent from a year earlier, the U.S. Energy Department reported.
July 29, 2006
by Gregg Aamot, Associated Press
in Duluth Times Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS - The Rev. Francis Galles lives on a retired priest's income, but he doesn't mind paying an extra 60 bucks a year to make sure some of the energy he uses comes from the wind turbines churning across southern Minnesota.
"It's not much. I'd pay more," he said.
Galles is part of a small but growing group of consumers who, despite an era of high energy costs, are willing to pay a premium to support renewable energy.
"I think we need to have a vision when it comes to energy, and at the present time our government... [continue via Web link]