Sep
07
2006

Farming the Wind: photo by Dirk Ingo Franke.   licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 1.0
Farming the Wind: photo by Dirk Ingo Franke. licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 1.0

Want to make a difference?

Did you know that you can insist that the amount of electricity you use be produced without generating carbon dioxide emissions or other forms of pollution (mercury, sulfer). Windsource electricity is produced without air emissions, such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, both considered to contribute to greenhouse gases. Wind-generated electricity also uses no water and therefore requires no water treatment during production. I am doing this by joining the Windsource program.

Xcel Energy will be held accountable for using Windsource funds appropriately: it must file annual reports with the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, accounting for program revenues and expenses and wind generation and sales. In addition, all wind facilities supplying the Windsource program will be certified by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Sierraclub

What does it cost?

I have agreed to pay $2 per 100 kWh extra on my electric bill. This month I used 304 kWh so I was billed an extra $6.08. Since my electricity is pollution free I was rebated the Fuel Cost Adjustment that I otherwise would have paid ($2.76). So I paid an extra $3.32 last month know that I am helping rather than hurting our future environment. When fuel cost rise enough the rebate can become greater than what you pay for Windsource. You can sign up for Windsource here or call 1-800-895-4999 anytime.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

SolarKismet's picture

I did a similar analysis for Xcel and its FCA Here is a bit more data on the real cost of Xcel's Windsource in Minnesota:.

posted on Mon, 10/09/2006 - 8:54am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Excellent post. SolarKismet's comment above links us to his post, "The Real Cost of Xcel Energy Windsource". He has a chart showing the "fuel cost adjustment" rebate each month since June 2005 and subtracts it from the 2 cents/kWh Windsource cost. The result is an average net cost of only 1.2 cents/kWh. In August, because the FCA rebate equalled the Windsource fee, the net cost was zero.
I am getting all kinds of ideas from your blog. I might even try to start the "Ithica Hours" idea in my Como Park neighborhood.

posted on Mon, 10/09/2006 - 10:41am

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