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The electricity is blowin' in the wind

Summertime, with its heat waves, monster electric bills and crippling blackouts, may not seem like the best time for Con Ed to try to sell you on pricier power. But marketers at ConEdison Solutions, a subsidiary of the giant utility, are betting that, if they ask the right people, they'll find some willing to pay an average of $10 more a month to switch to wind power. "Despite the fact that everybody would like to pay less for their electricity, there are growing numbers of New Yorkers who are deeply passionate about the environment and want to do something about climate change," said Peter Blom, a ConEd Solutions manager.

Summertime, with its heat waves, monster electric bills and crippling blackouts, may not seem like the best time for Con Ed to try to sell you on pricier power.

But marketers at ConEdison Solutions, a subsidiary of the giant utility, are betting that, if they ask the right people, they'll find some willing to pay an average of $10 more a month to switch to wind power.

"Despite the fact that everybody would like to pay less for their electricity, there are growing numbers of New Yorkers who are deeply passionate about the environment and want to do something about climate change," said Peter Blom, a ConEd Solutions manager.

He just sent letters to 120,000 homes in the five boroughs and Westchester urging customers to switch to its wind power program.

ConEd Solutions is one of a half-dozen businesses that offer city residents environmentally friendlier power options. A change in state law allows consumers to choose which company supplies their electricity, though it's still delivered through Con Ed's power grid.

Users get a small discount for buying electricity from an independent provider. So far, 55,000 homes and businesses statewide have switched.

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Summertime, with its heat waves, monster electric bills and crippling blackouts, may not seem like the best time for Con Ed to try to sell you on pricier power.

But marketers at ConEdison Solutions, a subsidiary of the giant utility, are betting that, if they ask the right people, they'll find some willing to pay an average of $10 more a month to switch to wind power.

"Despite the fact that everybody would like to pay less for their electricity, there are growing numbers of New Yorkers who are deeply passionate about the environment and want to do something about climate change," said Peter Blom, a ConEd Solutions manager.

He just sent letters to 120,000 homes in the five boroughs and Westchester urging customers to switch to its wind power program.

ConEd Solutions is one of a half-dozen businesses that offer city residents environmentally friendlier power options. A change in state law allows consumers to choose which company supplies their electricity, though it's still delivered through Con Ed's power grid.

Users get a small discount for buying electricity from an independent provider. So far, 55,000 homes and businesses statewide have switched.

ConEd Solutions wind power is supplied by Community Energy, part of Spanish firm Iberdrola. Most of it comes from two places - Fenner Wind Power Facility in upstate Madison County and northeast Pennsylvania's Waymart Wind Farm.

Despite its clean image, wind power does generate controversy. For example, a proposed Community Energy wind farm in upstate Jordanville has riled some who say its turbines, tall as 40-story buildings, would ruin the scenic views in the Mohawk Valley and along Otsego Lake.

Blom countered that "there is no energy source that has no impact. Overall, the impact of wind power is infinitely less than fossil or nuclear-based alternatives."

Some city residents agree - like Bernice DeLeo, a ConEd Solutions customer.

The 42-year-old made the switch for her Upper West Side apartment last fall after a wind-power promoter handed out brochures at an organic food-buying group she runs. Since then, her electric bills haven't spiked.

"But if they [did], I wouldn't care," she said. "I am making a simple choice that I know makes a difference."



Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/...

JUL 24 2007
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