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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Thursday, July 08, 2010

    Texas Focus: Green Power Switch

    Here are a couple of programs to help Texas residents make the switch to green energy. The cost is generally less than 3 cents per kilowatt-hour more than you currently pay for energy. By participating you contribute to reducing carbon emissions, cleaning up Texas's environment, and stimulating Texas's economy. Three important ways of helping your local community, local environment and local economy, all for less than 2 cents per kilowatt-hour of energy you use. When my wife and I made a similar switch in New York, we barely noticed the difference in our energy bill. We also switched to compact fluorescent bulbs at the same time and the energy savings reduced our bill by one-third even with the small increase from buying green energy. Together, we reduced our carbon footprint by about 30% while overall saving money. I highly recommend the switch.

    Austin Energy's Green Choice:

    At almost 800 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) in subscriptions and growing, Austin Energy's GreenChoice® is the nation's most successful utility-sponsored green energy program. Our GreenChoice customers support electric generation from clean, renewable sources.

    GreenChoice subscriptions are again available to the public. Austin Energy customers can subscribe for five years at a GreenChoice charge of 5.7 cents per kWh. This charge will replace Austin Energy's fuel charge of 3.65 cents per kWh. An average residential customer using about 1,000 kWh per month will pay about $20.50 per month more by subscribing to GreenChoice.

    (Note: Austin Energy will automatically upgrade all customers who enrolled after January 2009 to this new five-year subscription.)

    How to Subscribe
    New residential subscribers can sign up for Greenchoice via the Web or by calling (512) 972-7548. There is no waiting list.

    Small business and commercial customers can learn more by completing this form. An Austin Energy representative will contact you to discuss your needs.

    CPS Energy Windtricity:

    Imagine a breeze from the Texas coast or a gust from the West Texas plains generating electricity for your home or business. It’s real and we call it Windtricity®. It’s clean and green energy, it’s practically home grown, and you have the freedom to decide just how much is right for you.

    When you sign up for Windtricity, you join thousands of fellow CPS Energy customers who care about their environment and want to support the revolution in the development of renewable energy. Yes, Windtricity has a price. Like water, it must be captured and distributed to customers. However, Windtricity costs only slightly more than electricity generated with conventional fuels like coal or natural gas. You also can reduce your bill by locking in a portion of your monthly fuel and regulatory charges based on your level of participation. In the end, every kilowatt of wind you pay for reduces the need to use less environmentally friendly resources.

    Be unconventional. We encourage you to learn more about wind energy and hope you will bring the benefits of Windtricity to your home or business, or both, today.
    Windtricity for Your Home

    Sign up with Windtricity

    Calculate the Cost of Wind for Your Home

    College Station Wind Watts:

    College Station Utilities will begin offering residential electric customers renewable energy by January 2009! Wind energy will be received from the South Trent Mesa Wind Project located west of Abilene. The City's new wind energy program will allow residents to opt for varying levels of participation in renewable energy in their power supply.

    SIGN UP HERE for clean energy in College Station

    El Paso Electric Renewable Energy:

    El Paso Electric’s Renewable Energy Tariff Program enables EPE customers to partner with EPE in promoting the use of electric energy that is generated from renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric or biomass.

    Renewable energy sources are those which are naturally generated over a short time.

    Through its Renewable Energy Tariff Program, EPE is providing its customers the opportunity to contribute to the development of power generated by a renewable resource. The wind power is generated at the El Paso Electric Hueco Mountain Wind Ranch located near the Hueco Mountains, east of Horizon City, Texas.

    To enroll in EPE’s Renewable Energy Program you can:
    * Call El Paso Electric’s Customer Services Department at (915) 543-5970.
    * Click on the Renewable Energy Application below, fill it out and mail it or fax it in to the address or fax number indicated in the form.

    Texas Sign Up Forms


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