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Envirowatts

REMC consumers can plug into 'green power'

Harrison REMC consumers now have the power to help the environment - in more ways than one.

Enviro-Watts, energy produced from renewable resources in environmentally friendly methods, is now being offered by Harrison REMC and other participating electric cooperatives across Indiana.

"We've worked with our power supplier Hoosier Energy to provide a renewable energy option for our electric cooperative consumers," says David Lett, CEO of Harrison REMC. Hoosier Energy is the power supply cooperative that generates and transmits electricity to the REMC and 15 other cooperatives in central and southern Indiana.

Lett explained that Enviro-Watts is Indiana’s electric cooperatives trademarked name for "green power" - energy generated from renewable energy resources as biomass, sun, wind and water. Currently the program’s energy is produced in central Indiana.

Enviro-Watts program electricity is available in 100 kilowatt hour blocks.

The Enviro-Watts program is the latest in a series of environmental initiatives from the REMC and Hoosier Energy. The Environmental Education Center at Turtle Creek and a multi-media lending library of environmental and energy education software and videotapes for teachers has been developed in recent years.

Consumers interested in participating in the Enviro-Watts program should contact their local electric cooperative or EnviroWatts form.
 

Frequently Asked Questions
 

  1. Frequently Asked Questions
    Enviro-Watts is Indiana’s electric cooperatives’ name for renewable energy that is generated from preferred sources.
  2. Where does the Enviro-Watts green power come from?
    Renewable energy comes from different sources. A few examples are biomass, sun, wind, water and geothermal springs. The current renewable energy is from biomass and is being purchased from Waste Management of Indiana. Biomass power is a renewable energy that is created by using gases produced by landfill decay.
  3. How can I enroll in this program?
    You can download an enrollment application. Or you can sign up over the phone. You would be mailed a member registration sheet to confirm program enrollment at the requested participation level. If the registration data is correct, you keep the registration sheet for your records. That’s it. Or, you can stop by your local participating cooperative office to enroll in the program.
  4. How will I know that green power is actually being provided to my home?
    The renewable energy that you are purchasing directly displaces Indiana coal fired generation. Your investment into renewable energy helps drive environmental responsibility. All cooperative members benefit when even one member participates in the Enviro-Watts Renewable Energy Program.
  5. How can I get more information about Enviro-Watts?
    Call your local electric cooperative and ask to speak with the Enviro-Watts member services representative to request a brochure, ask questions and to secure assistance in completing the Enviro-Watts Member Registration Form.
  6. Why are Indiana’s Electric Cooperatives selling green power?
    Indiana’s electric cooperatives, a part of local communities for more than 60 years, share a commitment to the community including the environment with their members. With the Enviro-Watts program, members have an alternative to traditional power sources, and it’s another means to improve the environment in Indiana.
  7. What's being planned for future protection of the environment?
    Hoosier Energy, the power supplier for central and southern Indiana electric cooperatives, has a longstanding record of environmental stewardship and is investing more than $60 million in additional environmental protection equipment over the next three years.
  8. How are landfills used for energy?
    Organic matter, such as that buried in landfills, breaks down to produce methane gas. Capturing and burning this gas enables generation of electricity. This generation method prevents methane escaping into the atmosphere as well. The energy displaces the need to burn non-renewable fossil fuels.
  9. Why does green power cost more than other power?
    Renewable energy is still not widely used and is more expensive to produce than traditional sources. As technology improves, and development costs are driven down, access to renewable fuels becomes economically more attractive. Only recently with the increased cost of fossil fuels has renewable energy become a more viable resource.

 

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