Green Tags Program Launched in Pennsylvania

Against the backdrop of a 115-foot fiberglass wind turbine blade and the city skyline, representatives from PECO Energy, wind energy supplier Community Energy, environmental groups, and business and residential customers launched PEPCO Wind, Pennsylvania’s first utility offered wind energy product, outside The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – May 27, 2004 [] PEPCO Wind is now available to residential and business customers in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York counties. Already more than 500 residential customers have signed up for PEPCO Wind. It is estimated that the purchase of 200 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of PEPCO Wind has the same environmental benefit as eliminating the emissions produced during 2,284 miles of driving or planting 179 trees. PEPCO Wind is offered in 100 kWh blocks for an additional monthly fee of about $2.50 per block, added directly to customers’ monthly PECO bill. “PEPCO Wind is about being responsible to the environment and providing our customers with additional choices in how the energy they use is produced,” said Denis O’Brien, PECO president. Customers who opt to pay this marginal extra charge are effectively voting for clean, renewable energy with their dollars. Renewable energy projects, especially wind farms, rely heavily on sales of their clean energy attributes, most often called Green Tags, or Renewable Energy Certificates. “By buying wind energy I hope I am encouraging the investment in electricity generated by renewable sources,” said Jane Golas of Wayne, Pennsylvania — one of the first residential customers to sign up for PEPCO Wind. “Wind energy may cost a bit more now, but the potential benefits to the environment make it an easy decision.” PECO and the Exelon family of companies said they are committed to the environment, and have demonstrated that commitment in a variety of ways over the years, including their recent $1 million contribution to The Nature Conservancy and their support of the state’s TreeVitalize program. “Customers who sign up for the PEPCO Wind product make a difference,” said Brent Alderfer, Community Energy president. “The more customers who sign up, the more wind energy comes on-line, and the greater the energy and environmental benefits here in Pennsylvania.”
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