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Green - Residential
Wind farms located primarily in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. More farms are currently under construction in these and other areas in the mid-Atlantic region.
Since the source of your wind is in the region, you’ll be helping to reduce regional smog, acid rain and air pollution. Other suppliers and brokers offer “national wind,” which is generated in areas outside of the mid-Atlantic. While this form of energy is “green,” it doesn’t have a direct impact on our local area.
You may buy a local wind product that contains either 50% or 100% wind power from the CleanSteps℠ Windpower program, offered by us through our agency arrangement with Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES). CleanSteps℠ Windpower is a service mark of WGES.
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Not directly, no. Here’s what actually happens:
* Electricity from regional wind farms is fed into the “power pool” supplying the regional electrical grid
* WGES buys Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from regional wind farms equal to the customer’s -- your -- energy demands, for its CleanSteps℠ Windpower program
* After you sign up with WGES through EA, you’ll receive a confirmation with the percentage of wind power you buy, after your WGES enrollment is submitted and your account is accepted
* Your utility bill will then show your WGES CleanSteps℠ Windpower purchase of 50% or 100% on a single line.
Even though you are not seeing it delivered directly to your home, you are absolutely buying wind power and having a direct, positive impact on your local environment.
In two other major ways:
* Renewable Energy Source: Wind is an unlimited resource with inexhaustible supply
* Improves Overall Fuel Mix and Promotes Energy Independence: Choosing wind displaces power generated from “conventional” sources of electricity such as coal and oil with a cleaner, domestic “renewable” energy source