The use of renewable energy not only improves the availability of future fossil fuel supply, but it also further diversifies our generation mix. Greater generation diversity provides a more reliable power supply and a small hedge against increasing coal and natural gas prices.
Helping the environment today is vital to protecting our environment for tomorrow, and PowerSouth views an investment in green power as an investment in the future of our communities.
The Green Power Choice program empowers consumers to support renewable energy and technology development through the purchase of green power in 100-kilowatt-hour increments. To participate, contact your local electric cooperative.
Consuming 400 kWhs of electricity generated from methane gas for one year prevents 3.6 tons of emissions. That's the environmental equivalent of planting 1.2 acres of trees or not driving 9,600 miles in the family car.
Through a partnership among your local electric cooperative, PowerSouth and Waste Management, methane gas from Springhill Regional Landfill in Campbellton, Fla., is extracted and burned to generate 4.8 megawatts of green energy. The electricity produced is then added to generation resources already being used to generate power for cooperative customers within their local service territory.
The process begins with the disposal of organic-rich solid waste material into sanitary landfills. As the waste decomposes, methane gas is produced and recovered by a series of wells drilled into the landfill. The wells are interconnected by a common collection system that transports the gas to a compression facility. There, the gas is compressed, dried and filtered before being sent through turbines or engines to produce electricity.
The result - clean, green energy - is enough to power 4,000 homes per year.
Consumers may participate in Green Power Choice for as little as $2 per month in addition to your normal energy bill. Members purchase green power in 100-kilowatt-hour blocks – the equivalent of about 8 percent of a typical household’s monthly energy usage. You may purchase as many blocks as you wish.
The minimum participation period is one year.
Buying two blocks of green power per month for a year equals recycling 480 lbs. of aluminum or recycling 1,766 lbs. of newspaper.