How can I switch my home to wind power?
Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, and Pennsylvania are de-regulated energy states. This means that as a resident of one of these states you can choose your electric supplier. Clean Currents allows you to go carbon-neutral at home. We do this by bundling national wind power produced by wind farms situated across the country with your home’s electricity use. This bundled product is delivered through the Mid-Atlantic grid (also known as the PJM grid) and supplied by Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES). By choosing wind power for your home through Clean Currents you are helping to decrease your carbon footprint by offsetting the emissions from your electricity use with clean renewable wind power.
If I switch to Clean Currents, does my electric utility no longer serve me?
Your local utility will always be your electric distributor, regardless of which company you choose as your electric supplier. Even if you switch to Clean Currents, your local utility will continue to service your home as your electric distributor.
What seperates Clean Currents from other competitive suppliers?
At Clean Currents, we pride ourselves on our accomplishments. We were founded in 2005 by three individuals who had a vision of creating a top-flight turnkey green energy company. Since then, Clean Currents has grown into the Mid-Atlantic’s leading, independent green energy company. We have won numerous awards, including the Maryland Green Energy Company of the Year (2010) , Washington Business Journal Green Company of the Year (2010), and Washington DC Environmental Excellence Award (2009). We are also a certified green business by the Montgomery County Green Business Certification Program and a certified B Corporation .
Clean Currents lives by the moniker of “A For Profit Company with a Non-Profit Mission”. By this we mean that we live and breathe green. We have built a vibrant green community in the area (numbering over 7,000), of which our “Green Neighborhood Challenge ” is the keystone. We are very active in local and regional politics; lobbying for tougher environmental standards and improved climate and renewable energy legislation. We only offer green products (50% wind or 100% wind power) whereas other suppliers simply dabble in clean energy while still selling carbon-sourced, polluting power. Our residential wind power rate is also fixed rather than variable. All you have to do is look at the home mortgage crisis to learn that fixed rates are much safer and easier to account for than variable rates. In short, Clean Currents strives to provide the best quality and value for our customers. We are more than a clean energy company – we are a leader in the green revolution.
Will I lose power if the wind turbines stop spinning?
No! When you switch your electric supply to Clean Currents, the electricity that powers your home will still come through the grid. This means that there is NO change to the dependability of power to your house.
Who will bill me?
You will continue to receive one bill from your local utility. But instead of being charged your local utility’s electric rate, you will be charged Clean Currents rate.
What happens if I move in the middle of my contract?
If you move in the middle of the contract, you will NOT face any penalty. You cannot, however, re-enroll at your new property under your old plan. If you choose to enroll at your new property, you will be required to sign up as a new customer.
What is the penalty if I cancel my contract?
There will be an early termination fee of the greater of $150 -or- $20 per month for each month remaining in contract term. Fee is waived if cancellation is due to customer change of residence. Contact WGES to if you must cancel your contract mid-term.
Where are the wind farms that Clean Currents gets its wind energy from?
Clean Currents purchases RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) on the wholesale market from wind farms across the United States.
What are RECs?
A REC stands for “Renewable Energy Credit”. RECs were created by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as tools to track clean energy being placed on the grid. One REC is equal to the amount of 1,000 KWh of renewable energy produced. When a clean energy generator such as a wind farm produces electricity, it places that electricity onto the regional electric grid. The electric grid collects electricity from all power producing sources (coal, oil, natural gas, wind, nuclear, hydro, solar, geothermal, etc.) Once power is placed onto the grid it becomes indistinguishable from power from other sources. This aggregated electricity is then transmitted through wires to homes and businesses.
“REC purchasing is the simplest way for organizations and institutions to affect the United States’ electricity generation mix at a national scale.” – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
How can I be assured that switching to Clean Currents wind power will really make a difference?
When you purchase power through Clean Currents, you are making a direct contribution to helping the environment. Clean Currents purchases national wind energy RECs and bundles them with your home’s electricity use. This is a one-for-one increase in demand for more domestic wind power. The aggregate demand of all Clean Currents customers promotes further wind power development across the nation. The Clean Currents wind power product is certified by the Maryland, District, Delaware, and Pennsylvania public service commissions.
Is switching to Clean Currents all I need to do to help the environment?
While switching to wind power through Clean Currents is a good first step, there are many other actions you can take to decrease your impact on the earth. You can start by reducing your total carbon footprint by driving less/getting a more fuel efficient vehicle, buying locally grown food, and reducing your home’s energy use. It’s also important to contact your elected officials and urge them to support progressive pro-environment legislation. We are not going to solve global warming by small deeds alone. We need to change our laws at all levels of government and adopt a workable international agreement. Finally, encourage the businesses where you work or shop to use clean energy and be a part of the solution.