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The product is sold in blocks of 100 kilowatt hours (kWh). The product will be made up of the following renewable resources.

South Carolina’s first renewable power generation program – The Green Power Program – has arrived. Sign up here »

Generated byGreen Power Santee Cooper and distributed by York Electric Cooperative, South Carolina’s Green Power plant collects methane gas that would normally be released into the atmosphere – gases that possibly contribute to global warming – will be used as “green power” fuel.

There are currently 6 landfill methane gas facilities in South Carolina at Horry Solid Waste Authority, Lee County Landfill SC, LLC, Richland County Landfill, Anderson Regional Landfill SC, LLC, Georgetown County Landfill and Berkeley County Landfill. The landfills have a combined total installed capacity of 30 MW.

Also, there are 3 Green Power Solar demonstration projects in the state at Grand Strand Solar Station in Myrtle Beach, SC, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, and The Technical College of the Lowcountry in Bluffton, SC. With 28 school-based, solar power sites throughout the state, we’re doing more than spearheading the effort to convert sunlight into clean, pollution-free electricity for all of our customers. We’re educating tomorrow’s leaders about the opportunities and limitations of solar power.

Santee Cooper is also exploring applications for smaller wind turbines on shore, and in November 2010 they made history as the first utility to install a wind turbine and connect it to the grid. The 2.4 kW Skystream wind turbine is located oceanfront in North Myrtle Beach.

Green Power is something we can all live with.

How participating in Green Power will affect your electric bill

Green Power facilities are, in general, more expensive to install. Each block will add an extra $3 to your monthly electric bill. You can sign up for as many blocks as you like. All revenues from every block of Green Power you buy will be reinvested in future development of additional renewable resources or facilities.

 

Green Power FAQ

What is Green Power?

Green Power is electricity generated by renewable resources like the sun and methane gas that is found in landfills. These resources are replenished naturally. Green Power is generated by Santee Cooper and distributed by electric cooperatives across the state.

Why does York Electric offer Green Power?

Green Power provides you a direct opportunity to help our environment by supporting electricity generated from renewable power sources. By voluntarily participating in the Green Power program, you and York Electric are proving your commitment to community by helping improve the environment.

Where does my money go?

All revenue from the sale of Green Power is reinvested in future development of renewable energy resources such as solar energy, and educational projects such as Solar Schools.

How will I know that this Green Power is actually being run into my home?

The renewable energy that you will be purchasing is not directly routed to your home, but by subscribing you are helping to support the purchase of additional clean energy and encouraging more investment statewide in environmentally friendly ways to generate power. For every environmentally friendly kilowatt hour purchased by cooperative members, one less kilowatt hour is being purchased from other less environmentally friendly sources such as coal-based energy.

Does Green Power really make a difference?

By trapping methane gas and turning it into useful energy, your electric cooperative is helping to rid the environment of a dangerous greenhouse gas. Fortunately, as fuel, the gas is a renewable energy and has no waste. What’s more, for just 2 dimes a day Green Power has the environmental impact of not driving a car for almost 3 months. (Source: EPA greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator using 200 kWh/month for the state of South Carolina.)

Whom should I contact for more information?

Member Services Department: 803-684-4248
Email
York Electric Cooperative, Inc.
P.O. Box 150, York, SC 29745
Drop by: Any local member services office

How much does Green Power cost?

Each 100 kilowatt-hour block will add a mere $3 to your monthly electric bill. One block (100 kWh) is approximately 10 percent of a typical household’s monthly energy use. There is no equipment to buy, and you won’t have to change your lifestyle one bit. You can sign up for as many blocks as you like, knowing that you are doing your part in helping the environment and making renewable resources and facilities a reality.

How will my electricity bill be calculated?

Usage rate: Your residential rate plus $3 for each 100kWh block of Green Power.

Taxes and Fees: You must also pay all applicable federal, state, and local taxes as well as any applicable fees.

  • $86.50 2004 monthly electricity cost
  • $ 3.00 Green Power premium
  • $89.50 Total

How will I be billed?

Your Green Power charge will be listed on your monthly electric bill as an additional line item.

Will my electricity rates change over time?

Rates are set by York Electric’s Board of Directors and are subject to change.

What fuel sources will be used to generate my power?

York Electric Cooperative purchases power for our member-owners from Santee Cooper. The Power Content Label shows the resource mix projected for this year from Santee Cooper.

What length of agreement/contract is required?

The Green Power Program is voluntary. You can cancel or change your participation in Green Power at anytime. There is no contract length.

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

There are currently 6 landfill methane gas facilities in South Carolina at Horry Solid Waste Authority, Lee County Landfill SC, LLC, Richland County Landfill, Anderson Regional Landfill SC, LLC, Georgetown County Landfill and Berkeley County Landfill. The landfills have a combined total installed capacity of 30 MW. Also, there are 3 Green Power Solar demonstration projects in the state at Grand Strand Solar Station in Myrtle Beach, SC, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, and The Technical College of the Lowcountry in Bluffton, SC. With 28 school-based, solar power sites throughout the state, we’re doing more to than spearheading the effort to convert sunlight into clean, pollution-free electricity for all of our customers. We’re educating tomorrow’s leaders about the opportunities and limitations of solar power. We are also exploring applications for smaller wind turbines on shore, and in November 2010 Santee Cooper made history as the first utility to install a wind turbine and connect it to the grid. The 2.4 kW Skystream wind turbine is located oceanfront in North Myrtle Beach.

How does the Green Power help improve the environment?

South Carolina’s Green Power plant collects methane gas that would normally be released into the atmosphere – gases that possibly contribute to global warming – will be used as “green power” fuel.

Renewable resources produce little or no air pollution or waste. Better yet, some of them actually reduce air pollution and benefit the environment.

 

 

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