Green Power FAQ

What is green power?

Green power is electricity generated by sustainable resources such as solar, wind, and even decomposing garbage in selected landfills.  In all cases, green power minimizes harm to the environment.

Why is Edisto Electric offering this program to its members?

Edisto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper are working together on the Green Power Program in response to increased customer interest in renewable energy and concern for the environment.  By taking this initial step to meet and encourage the growing demand for renewable energy, we can help reduce reliance solely on limited generation resources while improving and preserving the environment for future generations.

Where does the electricity for the Green Power Program come from?

The renewable energy source is methane gas produced at the Horry County Solid Waste Authority Landfill.  The methane gas from the decomposing garbage powers three 1,400 horsepower engines that turn generators which produce 3.3 megawatts of electricity.  Because of the strong demand, more landfills are being constructed across the state.  Landfills in Lee, Anderson, and Richland Counties are projected to start generation during 2005.

How does the Green Power Program help better the environment?

Renewable resources replace themselves naturally so they produce little or no air pollutants or waste.  In using the methane emitted by decomposing garbage as fuel for generating power, we can significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gas that otherwise would go into the atmosphere.  Better yet, some of them actually reduce air pollution and benefit the environment.

At full capacity, our 3.3 megawatt plant reduces methane emissions from the landfill.  This is equivalent to planting more than 21,000 acres of trees, enough to cover an area of almost 33 square miles.

How does renewable energy differ from other energy sources?

Today, most electricity comes from limited generation resources.  Renewable resources, such as the sun, wind and decomposing garbage, provide a regenerating fuel source for electricity.  Using renewable resources to produce electricity will help reduce the need to use conventional generators powered by limited generation resources.

Why does renewable energy cost more?

Facilities that use renewable resources to generate electricity are currently expensive to build and operate.  Increased customer demand by people like you for renewable energy will lead to further development of renewable technologies.

If I purchase Green Power, will I notice a difference in my electric service?

No.  You will not notice any difference in your electric service when you sign-up for the Green Power Program.  The renewable energy purchased by participants will be pooled with energy from conventional sources and will be delivered through the same power lines.

In fact, you can’t really separate electrons on the electric lines to know which electricity you are getting to your home or business.  What you can be assured of is that less energy from conventional sources is being produced.

Where will my money go?

All revenues from the Green Power Program premiums will be reinvested in future development of additional renewable resources or facilities.

How much will my participation in the Green Power Program cost?

Your cost will vary depending on how many blocks you chose to buy.  Each block purchased will add an additional $3 to your monthly electric bill.  For residential members, rates are:

$3 per month for 1 block (100kWh)
$6 per month for 2 blocks (200 kWh)
$9 per month for 3 blocks (300 kWh)

You can choose to purchase any number of blocks for $3 each.
Your participation will show on your electric bill within one or two months. 

Participation in Green Power is voluntary by Edisto Electric members.  A member may discontinue participation in Green Power at any time.

How do I enroll?

Enrolling is easy:  Just call or visit your nearest Edisto Electric Cooperative customer service office.

For more information…

Contact Edisto Electric at 803-245-5141 or visit us online at www.edistoelectric.com.

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