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Wind Powered Balitmore Week wraps up with a Bang!

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Last week, Clean Currents hosted the first ever Wind Powered Baltimore Week to celebrate Baltimore’s dedication to renewable energy. We hosted events like mixers and happy hours, wind powered businesses offered up deals and discounts, and we rounded everything out with an ice cream social the likes of which have never been seen before.

We kicked off the week in style, with a mixer at the Black Olive, overlooking the beautiful Baltimore Harbor. The following evening, we were joined by Abigail Hopper, MEA Acting Director, Maryland Senator Catherine Pugh, and many more to acknowledge Baltimore’s commitment to a clean energy future.  Hosted at Woodberry Kitchen, attendees heard inspiring messages from Ms. Hopper, Senator Pugh and Spike Gjerde, co-owner of Woodberry Kitchen.

Abigail Hopper shared, “Wind energy brings numerous benefits to the State, including homegrown clean energy, sustainable jobs, reduced public health costs, lowered greenhouse gas emissions and significant progress towards meeting our renewable energy portfolio standard.  Wind Powered Baltimore Week recognizes Baltimore businesses that are committed to Maryland’s renewable energy future.”

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Jodi’s Climb for Hope

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When my sister, Jodi, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer I couldn’t sit still. I went to Mexico and climbed an 18,500 foot mountain – Pico de Orizaba. On the descent with my friend Eric Kronthal, I came up with the idea of raising money through mountaineering to fund important breast cancer research. And so, Climb for Hope was born.

Six years later, over 100 beginner climbers summited mountains on 4 continents, and CFH has donated over $600,000 to Johns Hopkins University for a vaccine under development. This vaccine addresses some of the most aggressive and lethal forms of breast cancer, and CFH has helped speed up Dr. Leisha Emens work by more than 6 months, potentially saving thousands of lives. One day, this vaccine could be used preventatively in high-risk women.

My sister lost her long battle to breast cancer at age 45. To ensure Jodi Buerger’s name would live on, we changed the organization’s name to Jodi’s Climb for Hope. Now, she will be synonymous with great work because in Jodi’s words, “I want my daughter to grow up in a world without that disease.”

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Clean Currents is donating $25 to Jodi’s Climb for Hope for each household that switches to wind power. Learn more about Jodi’s Climb for Hope and what you can do to support the fight against breast cancer.

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Wind Powered Baltimore Week Kicks Off

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Join the fun, hon! Today we’re launching Wind Powered Baltimore Week to celebrate the vibrant wind powered community in Charm City. With events scheduled at wind powered businesses throughout the week, discounts and deals, and an ice cream social grand finale, there’s no better way to experience Baltimore this week.

Starting today, the following deals and events last all week:

  • Bambeco: 10% off entire site with code WINDWEEK
  • Michele’s Granola’s Autumn Breeze Special: Retail sized package of Apple Quinoa for only $5. Visit Michele’s Granola at the Catonsville, 32nd Street, or Baltimore Farmer’s Markets
  • Village Learning Place & Woodberry Kitchen: Donate to kick start the Little Free Library project in Charles Village and receive a gift certificate to Woodberry Kitchen.
  • All Star Pest Management: $50 off new service for customers that sign up with a reoccuring service plan.

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Eighteen Area Non-Profits Join Forces to Support Wind Power and Save on Electricity

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Clean Currents Assembles Local Non-Profits in Sixth Round of Successful Wind Power Purchase

Clean Currents, a leading green energy provider in the Mid-Atlantic, announced the successful execution of the sixth Nonprofit Energy Alliance purchase, a green electricity purchasing cooperative arranged by The Nonprofit Roundtable, Nonprofit Montgomery, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

By working with Clean Currents, the eighteen area nonprofits in the energy alliance were able to leverage collective buying power to take advantage of lower electricity rates.  Collectively, the eighteen nonprofits purchased 3.9 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of wind power, with an aggregate savings compared to standard rates through their local utilities of approximately $25,000 per year.  The fourteen participants renewed their commitment from past rounds: CentroNía; Latino Economic Development Corporation;  Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care; Metro TeenAids; DC Scores; Vesta, Inc.; A Wider Circle; Joe’s Movement Emporium; Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church; Emmanuel United Methodist Church; Great Hope Homes; Montgomery Housing Partnership; Washington Revels, Inc. and Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, MD. In addition, four new organizations joined NPEA VI: Advocates for Justice and Education; First Baptist Church of Ken-Gar; Washington School of Photography; Whitman-Walker Health.

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B Corps Take Over the World!

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Last week, Gary and I had the opportunity to attend the 3rd Annual B Corp Champions Retreat in Half Moon Bay, California. B Corp certification is a voluntary certification socially minded companies can use to report on and improve their impact on employees, their community and the environment. We became a B Corp in 2010. We went out to this year’s retreat, our second, with our friends from Nana Design, another MD socially responsible business who we recruited to join the B Corp movement this year.

The community of B Corps has grown in the last year (630 companies and counting) and the retreat was a much larger group than last year. It is incredible to spend a few days among such an inspiring group of businesses. We all share the belief in the power of the private sector to do good not only because we can but because it is our responsibility to our communities and the world. The retreat is not like another conference, where you sit in over-air-conditioned rooms and struggle to stay awake. In fact, we spent most of the retreat in a big tent outside with a nice ocean breeze talking, listening to stories, brainstorming, and doodling with scented markers. There was even an impromptu song at the end there…
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We all Scream for Taharka Brothers

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Taharka Brothers makes handmade ice cream with a mission. Creating change and connecting with the community is at the heart of the company’s soul as Taharka Brothers was one of the companies to file for Benefit Corporation status in Maryland.

Switching to wind power was a natural choice. As Darius Wilmore with Taharka Bros. explained to us, “Sustainability is important to our business because it’s important to the overall health of our economy, society and planet – it’s the responsible thing to do.” The company uses their purchasing power to create change. Taharka Brothers has built personal relationships with the farmers in Haiti where they source ingredients and uses Facebook to educate consumers about the lives of those behind the ingredients. You will also find local ingredients in their ice cream as they are strong believers in supporting the local economy. On a recent visit, we discovered a large bag of Michele’s Granola waiting to be combined into the next magical creation.

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Green Neighborhood Challenge BLAST OFF!

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On October 1st, 2012 a diverse range of community groups in Maryland and Washington, D.C. launched their 60-day Green Neighborhood Challenge (GNEC) campaigns to educate and inspire members of their communities to switch to wind power at home. Participating groups receive a $30 donation from Clean Currents for every associated household that switches to wind power. The donations earned through GNEC fund local greening initiatives that directly benefit participating communities.

The Silver Spring YMCA launched their GNEC campaign October 1st at a Healthy Living Workshop for Latino mothers and their children. “Part of healthy living is living in a way that keeps our community and planet healthy” Says Patricia Coronado, Director of Membership for the Silver Spring YMCA.

Other groups that launched their GNEC campaigns this week include the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, MD, Seaward Academy in Washington, D.C., the Calvert Hills Neighborhood in College Park, MD, and The Zenith Apartments managed by Bozzuto in Baltimore City.

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An Educated Consumer is our Best Customer

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Growing up in the New York area, I remember a certain clothing store’s commercial that had the tag-line, “an educated consumer is our best customer.” Exelon/Constellation’s recent foray into the anti-wind camp makes this point especially true in the green energy world. For Clean Currents, and other truly green companies, an educated consumer is indeed our best customer.

Exelon/Constellation is “publicly leading an organized campaign against the (wind) industry’s #1 priority,” according to the spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the premier wind power group. Exelon/Constellation is apparently leading efforts to abolish the Production Tax Credit (PTC), set to expire this year.  The PTC is a huge driver in getting wind farms built, along with consumer demand through voluntary purchases and state Renewable Portfolio Standards. In fact, uncertainty surrounding the renewal of the PTC is already negatively affecting the wind industry, causing the loss of domestic manufacturing jobs. Exelon/Constellation’s efforts against the PTC is a serious enough issue that AWEA has expelled Exelon/Constellation from the group. As the AWEA spokesman notes, this is not just a “difference of opinion,” but rather the fact that Exelon/Constellation is leading the efforts to kill the PTC, thereby curtailing the development of wind power.
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Golden West Cafe – #2 Best Bar in Hampden

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It is easy to see why Golden West Cafe was just name #2 Best Bar in Hampden by City Paper’s Best of Baltimore. The menu is an eclectic mix of organic grass-fed beef, vegan BBQ riblet sandwich, Thai chicken and mint salad and their famous green chile sauce. What really sets Golden West apart is their focus on sustainability.

We recently had the opportunity to talk with Kris Gobeil the General Manager and learn more about Golden West’s efforts. Kris explained that being 100% wind powered is only one of the many steps that they are taking. Composting and purchasing produce and meat from local, organic farms are other key initiatives. They purchase natural eggs from Springfield Farms in Sparks, MD.

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Galway Bay: Live Green, Eat Irish

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On September 10th, Clean Currents own Lynn gardner hit the golf course as part of the 13th Annual Galway Bay Golf Tourament. The tournament worked to raise enough frunds to install 15 new water wells in the Holy Cross Parish Community of Nhkamenya, Malawi.

Galway Bay is part of the Irish Restaurant Company in Anne Arundel County, MD. All three of the company’s locations, Brian Boru, Galway Bay and Killarney House are 100% wind powered through Clean Currents. The Irish Restaurant Company also minimize their carbon footprint through recycling, rain barrels, earth friendly serving products, re-using materials for renovations, recycling cooking oil into biofuel, eliminating plastic, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, minimizing water usage, and much more. Galway Bay was the first restaurant in Maryland to be certified as a Maryland Green Travel Partner.

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Hello, Wind Powered Baltimore Week!

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We are THRILLED to announce Wind Powered Baltimore Week, October 16 – 21st. We have a week full of great events to celebrate the amazing wind powered community in Charm City.

Events range from happy hour co-hosted with Baltimore City Paper at Golden West Cafe to Not Your Mom’s Ice Cream Social at Taharka Bro. Ice Cream Factory. Don’t miss the Green Neighborhood Challenge kick off at Union Mill, and see the full schedule of events.

Congrats to our Clean Currents powered businesses that raked in the recognition from Baltimore City Paper’s Best Of Baltimore today! We can’t wait to celebrate with you during Wind Powered Baltimore Week. Here’s the round up of wind powered winners:

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Energy Efficiency 101 with TerraLogos Energy Group

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So, what is the deal with energy efficiency? The concept is easy enough – use less electricity, save on your bills. But how do you know which investments will give you the energy savings, and cost savings, you’re looking for?

Peter Van Buren of TerraLogos Energy Group helped the Clean Currents team answer these questions with ways to prioritize your energy efficiency investments.

  • Sealing ducts, air leaks and insulation gives you the best return on your investment. If you have leaky ducts and air leaks, you’re heating and air conditioning your neighborhood rather than your home. By sealing those holes, your furnace and air conditioner can use less energy to heat and cool your home. You’ll see the most return on your investment by taking this step first.

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Megan Barrett Joins Clean Currents

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This week, Megan Barrett joined Clean Currents as our new Communications Manager. Megan comes to Clean Currents after spending three years at Live Green, a grassroots organization working to make green living easy and affordable for people in the DC metro area. As Co-Director, she managed their communications strategy, cultivated partnerships, and organized community events. She helped grow the start up from its infancy to the organization it is today.

When not at work, Megan grows tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and other local fruits and veggies in her community garden, plays interior designer in her Cleveland Park apartment and is training for a half marathon. She’s been dedicated to the environment since a small child. Her parents often recount the trials of raising the young environmentalist who would make her family bring recycling home from vacation and ration water usage in the bathroom.

Megan has a M.A. in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a B.A. in Political Science from Kenyon College. Contact her at mbarrett@cleancurrents.com.

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Gettin GNECy With It

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While many of you are enjoying the last precious days of your summer vacation and area children prepare for the upcoming school year, here at Clean Currents we’re busy gearing up for the next round of the Green Neighborhood Challenge (GNEC), which officially begins on October 1st.

Armed with a new and improved program structure, new website, new promotional materials, new video, and a new staff member to lead the program, we are more excited than ever to help build more sustainable communities in the Mid-Atlantic through our hallmark community engagement program!

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Customer of the Month – August

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Clean Currents is happy to present our August Customer of the Month: Charlie Garlow.

Charlie lives in the Woodmoor Neighborhood in Silver Spring, MD.  He is a lawyer and co-owner of The Green Commuter bike shop located in Takoma Park.

 

When asked what his favorite Clean Currents wind powered business was, he couldn’t help but say his own, The Green Commuter, which sells standard and electrically powered bicycles.

Charlie was selected the our August Customer of the Month because of his commitment to minimizing his impact on the environment and spreading knowledge and information on sustainability to others.

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Sailing into the Sunset

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It seems as though we were just planning our Memorial Day getaways, but alas, the end of summer is nigh — and as we sail into summer’s sunset, let’s take a look at what’s occured during the past few months …

On all counts, the summer of 2012 was the hottest on record, setting new high temperature benchmarks across the country, exacerbating one of the worst wildfire seasons in history, and causing the worst drought in the United States since that of the mid 1930′s dust bowl.  In fact, the full economic consequences of this summer’s drought have not yet hit, as experts are predicting prices for grains–and in turn, prices for meat–to soar as farmers prepare for record low harvests.

It was also a cruel (cruel) summer for the globe’s usually ice-clad regions.  Climatologists are expecting a record low for Arctic sea ice this season, beating even the most aggresive warming trends and forecasts.

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Apples to Oranges

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We’re entering the final stretch of Presidential campaigning and energy is one of the top issues that continue to be brought up by both President Obama and Governor Romney.  Both men have reiterated their support of “homegrown” sources of energy in order to provide greater energy security for the country, but differences arise when it comes to their overall energy policies.

To cut through the cable news punditry that’s proliferating on the subject of each’s energy policy, here’s a quick reference guide:

Governor Romney

Mitt Romney’s proposed energy policy focuses on decreasing environmental regulation of energy while increasing production of domestic carbon-based energy resources in the hopes of creating jobs and bolstering the economy with lower prices for energy.

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Too Hot, Too Dry

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Have you been scratching your head at the seemingly endless barrage of “weather anomalies” we’ve been subjected to, wondering what role human-induced climate change is playing?

A new scientific study out this week may help fill in some of the blanks for you.  NASA’s senior climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen and two co-authors published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about extreme heat waves and droughts.  Their main finding: The percentage of Earth’s land surface hit by extreme heat during summer has expanded from less than 1% in the years 1951-1980, to as much as 13% from 1980 to now.

The authors use the metaphor of “climate dice” to explain what we are doing to our planet by burning fossil fuels and destroying forests.  A normal set of dice gives a standard set of outcomes based on statistical likelihood of hitting a certain number.  For example, the odds of rolling a “7″ with two dice are about one in six.  However, if you “load” the dice in such a way that makes them almost always land with a “4″ on one dice and a “3″ on the other dice, you are substantially increasing the odds of rolling a 7; likewise with climate.  By significantly increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, we are in essence loading the climate dice to land more frequently on “extreme weather”.

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Production Tax Credit – Time to Get Serious

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Domestic wind power has been the fastest growing source of energy in the U.S. for the past several years, adding over 1/4 of all new electric generating capacity in 2010.  And just yesterday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar presided over the opening of the country’s latest wind farm in Nevada, pushing the total installed wind power capacity in the U.S. over 50 Mega Watts – or enough to power over 10 million homes.  But we’re not breaking out our party hats quite yet.  This is because the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), which reduces the federal income taxes of a qualified tax-paying owner of renewable energy projects based upon the electrical output of its grid-connected renewable energy facilities, is set to expire at the end of this year.  The credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour (KWh) of electricity generated has been a critical source of financing for wind farm owners, and the uncertain state of its future is causing havoc in the industry.

With the Presidential election only three months away, we’re nearing the zenith of political and partisan fanaticism.  And of course, the state of the domestic economy–specifically the persistent high unemployment rate and the mounting deficit–is top of mind.  Understandably, this has made many lawmakers skeptical about extending or proposing any new tax breaks for business in general.  The basic argument being: if a business or industry can’t float on its own then perhaps it should sink.  Add in the fresh memory of Solyndra, a bankrupt maker of solar modules that defaulted on a federal loan, and the image of America’s renewable energy industry begins to look a little sullied.

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Neighborhood Wind Gets More Neighborly

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Clean Currents Neighborhood Wind™ Now Sourced from Pennsylvania Wind Farm

For the past two years, Clean Currents has offered customers the choice between being powered by National Wind RECs or Neighborhood Wind™.  The main difference between the two product offers is the location of the energy generating wind farms.

Both our National Wind RECs and Neighborhood Wind™ products are Green-e Energy certified; the highest standard of renewable energy certification and verification.  Whereas our National Wind RECs product is sourced from domestic wind farms located in the continental United States (specifically Elkhorn Ridge Wind Farm in Bloomfield, Nebraska, Adair County Wind Farm in Adair, Iowa, Benton County Wind Farm in Fowler, Indiana, Turkey Track Wind Farm in Blackwell, Texas, and the Heartland Consumers Power District in Wessington Springs, South Dakota), our Neighborhood Wind™ product was sourced from a regional wind farm called the Big Sky Wind Farm in Bureau & Lee Counties, Illinois.  But we are happy to annonuce that our Neighborhood Wind™ product is now sourced from the Highland North Wind Farm in Cambria County, Pennsylvania (pictured below).

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Sustainable Style at Boundary Road

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Commercial Customer Spotlight: Boundary Road  

Things have been heating up on H Street NE for a little while now.  This bustling neighborhood’s streetscape is almost unrecognizable compared to its worn look just a few years ago.  Bars and late night clubs like Rock and Roll Hotel and Biergarten Haus have clustered towards the eastern end of the strip at 14th St. and H NE, just a few doors down from neighborhood anchor Atlas Performing Arts Center.  But Clean Currents wind powered customer Boundary Road, which bills itself as a true “neighborhood restaurant”, chose to open on the less raucous–if more accessible–end of H Street between 4th and 5th streets NE.

Clean Currents staff member Eric Vermeiren had a chance to chat with Karlos Leopold, general manager and owner of the relatively new (circa Feb. 2012) Boundary Road, about opening a restaurant that’s focused on seasonal ingredients and sustainable operations.

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Understanding Your Bill

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As a resident of Maryland, Washington, DC, or Pennsylvania you can choose your electric supplier – but what does that mean exactly?  Deciphering your electric bill can be confusing!

Below is a brief explanation of the different components of electricity delivery and what to look for when reviewing your monthly utility bill:

Charges

Overview

There are three main components that comprise your monthly utility bill: GenerationTransmission, and Distribution.  When you choose to switch electric suppliers, your new supplier is responsible for the Generation & Transmission portion of your bill. These two sections are often referred to as “Supply Charges”. The Clean Currents rate which you select upon enrollment will replace both the Generation & Transmission charges from your utility. There are no other charges or fees associated with making the switch to Clean Currents. The Distribution portion will not change and will continue to go directly to the utility.

On average, the Generation section of your utility bill constitutes about 75% of the total monthly cost. Your local utility remains responsible for Distribution, which includes billing, maintenance, and service issues.  (Below is a scanned Pepco bill, showing the three components)

Generation

This is the cost of energy produced by a facility (power plant/wind farm) before being delivered to the “grid.”  This cost is dependent upon the type of power, time of year, and the length of the contract, and how these variables are impacted by commodity markets. When you switch your electric supplier from your local utility to a competitive electricity supplier (like Clean Currents), this section will be replaced by the Clean Currents rate you select upon enrollment.

Transmission

This is the cost to bring high-voltage electricity from power plants to distribution points near to you and includes the cost of high-voltage power lines and towers, as well as monitoring equipment. This section will also be replaced by Clean Currents rate you select upon enrollment.

Distribution

This charge is the cost to deliver electricity through power lines strung on utility poles, across transformers, to where you use it. This charge also includes repair crews and emergency services.  Regardless of what company you choose to supply you with electricity, your local utility will continue to charge you this portion of your bill.  

Service Options

Standard Offer

Maryland, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania have deregulated electricity markets.  Residential and commercial customers in deregulated electricity markets can elect to switch to a competitive electricity supplier (like Clean Currents).  But if you do not select a competitive electricity supplier, your local utility will supply you with their “standard offer service”.  These standard offers are seasonally adjusted unlike Clean Currents wind power rates, which are fixed for one or two years.

Power Options

Renewable Power vs. Standard Power

The beauty of a deregulated electricity market is customer choice.  In Maryland, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania you have a choice when it comes to not only what company supplies your electricity, but also the source of that power.

Standard power produced in the Mid-Atlantic region comes primarily from fossil fuel sources – mainly coal.  With Clean Currents, you can choose to be powered by clean, renewable wind power at your home or business.  To learn how you can switch to Clean Currents wind power.

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Clean Currents and SolarCity Pioneer New Way for Homeowners to Adopt Solar Power

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Partnership allows Maryland and DC homeowners to install solar panels for free while paying for their solar electricity and utility power on a single bill

Clean Currents, a leading supplier of green electricity, today unveiled a new clean energy purchasing program that allows Maryland and Washington DC homeowners to pay for electricity from solar panels at a discount to utility rates on a single, consolidated electric bill. Rockville’s Clean Currents is partnering with SolarCity—a national leader in clean energy products and services with local offices in Jessup, MD and Washington, DC—to create the program.

Under the new program, homeowners sign a fixed-price Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Clean Currents and get a free solar panel installation on their roofs from SolarCity. The pricing of the PPA will be available at rates lower than current utility rates, saving homeowners money in the short-term, while allowing them to protect their family budgets in the long term. SolarCity also insures and monitors the systems, guarantees their performance and provides necessary repairs for no additional cost.

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What is the Green Neighborhood Challenge?

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The Green Neighborhood Challenge (GNEC) is Clean Currents’ hallmark community engagement program for groups to get involved in clean energy, fundraise, and help build a more sustainable community!

GNEC GOALS:

  • Educate Friends and neighbors about clean energy and living sustainably
  • Encourage Community members to adopt eco-friendly habits
  • Inspire Individuals to get involved in the clean energy movement!

TIMELINE:
Program Runs October 1st – Earth Day (April 22nd) Annually

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Solar Thermal

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With Clean Currents Thermal, Installing a money-saving Solar Hot Water System at Home is Easy and Affordable

A Solar Hot Water system is the most energy efficient way to heat water – and hot water is the second biggest energy hog in your home.  That equates to a potential savings of hundreds of dollars a year!

Clean Currents Thermal uses the latest technology in solar hot water systems, exclusive to our partner Sunnovations.

Why Solar Hot Water?

An average American household spends up to 25% of its total energy use on heating water (second only to space heating and cooling). For most homes in the Mid-Atlantic, a solar hot water system will provide anywhere between 65% to 80% of a home’s hot water needs from the sun’s rays.

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Business Spotlight Community Forklift

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Clean Currents staff member Nicole Dvorak had a chance to sit with Ruthie Mundell at Community Forklift to chat all things sustainable interior design.

Community Forklift is the area’s leading thrift store for new and reclaimed flooring, cabinets, lumber, appliances, paint, doors, windows, bricks, lighting, radiators, hardware, insulation, sinks, tubs, toilets and more.

Here’s what Nicole learned about the ins and outs of shopping for reclaimed furniture and decor:

The Scoop

Everyone is looking for a great piece of furniture, filing cabinet, sink, something to re-purpose for our living space while not dropping a wad of cash on it.  And while we’re out there desperately trying to find a coffee table that *might* fit our style and not break the bank, if we could be eco-savvy AND help the community at the same time, we’d feel even groovier about it.  Enter Community Forklift.

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Shoot for the Stars

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What do jet engines, computers, transistors, the internet, and the Global Positioning System (GPS) have in common?  They all owe their existence to early stage investment by the U.S. Government.

When it comes to emerging technologies and industries, very often the barriers to market entry can be prohibitively high for purely private sector investment.

Government funding can mitigate the high costs and risks of initial research and development (R&D) and through its huge power of procurement, government funding allows private industry to take bigger gambles on R&D.  With early stage investment, government funding aims to bring embryonic technologies to commercially viable products and services.  The experimentation that accompanies these new technologies can be very costly and entail considerable risks.  If private enterprise can imagine commercial promise in a radically new technical idea then it will gamble.  But there are limits to a firm’s willingness to gamble – and this is where government funding can step in.

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