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Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
Green Neighborhood Challenge/Wind Power
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  • 1. By Kelly Richmond Green Neighborhood Challenge Leader – Cathedral Heights D.C. Libraries November 2011
  • 2. Overview
    • D.C., a green city?
    • Freedom of Choice
    • Understanding Your Power
    • Why Wind?
    • D.C. Wind Power Providers
    • The Green Neighborhood Challenge
    • It’s SO Easy to Sign Up
    • Don’t BLOW IT!
  • 3. D.C., a green city?
    • YES
    • D.C. government ranked 4 th in Oct. 2011 on EPA’s list of Local Government using green energy sources
      • 50% of power comes from wind or a total of 244,267,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh)
    • Also, in Oct. 2011 the EPA ranked the entire city of D.C. FIRST in the nation for most green power used annually.
      • D.C. businesses, residents, and City Government use 772 million kWh of green power or 8.5 % of total electricity use
    • Are YOU doing your part?
  • 4. Freedom of Choice
    • D.C. is a competitive electricity market
    • D.C. is one of 16 open competition states
    • Anyone who pays an electricity bill to PEPCO each month can choose a competitive supplier
      • Yes! Even apt/condo residents can switch as long as units are individually metered and utilities are not bundled into your rent (But I am lobbying buildings like this in the area too!)
    • YOU are emPOWERed to choose your preferred source!
  • 5. Understanding Your Power
  • 6. Why Wind?
    • The operation of wind farms emits no CO2 and on average can payback the emissions used during manufacturing in three to ten months
    • Wind energy production requires no water!
    • A 20 turbine wind farm in a square kilometer area will only use 1% of the surface area— the other 99% can be used for things like farming!
    • The average annual CO2 emissions of a single coal plant is equivalent to cutting down 161 million trees
    • A 500-megawatt coal plant draws an annual average of 2.2 billion gallons of water— enough water to supply a city of 250,000 people
    • Surface coal mining in West Virginia has destroyed forested areas equivalent to half the size of Rhode Island
    Thanks to the Union of Concerned Scientists and RenewableUK for helping us with such great facts.
  • 7. Why Wind? Example of destruction caused by Mountain Top Removal By changing to wind power, you as a consumer no longer support harmful practices. Go to www.ilovemountains.org to see how your power is sourced now to Pepco.
  • 8. D.C. Wind Power Providers
    • For residential customers in the District your three provider options are:
    • Clean Currents
    • Next Era Energy Services
    • Washington Gas Energy Services
    You can visit this dc.gov site for more info http://green.dc.gov/green/cwp/view,a,1244,q,463844.asp
  • 9. Wind Power Options
    • Nearby Wind Sources
    • National Wind RECs
      • Combine national wind certificates with local electricity to give you a green power option that is very affordable and still has a positive impact.
    • Visit www.aweawindworks.com
    • for a national wind farm map
  • 10. Green Neighborhood Challenge It’s makes sense to switch to wind power, but what’s the Green Neighborhood Challenge? No more polluting coal, when you switch on the lights…What do you think?
  • 11. Green Neighborhood Challenge
    • Challenge runs from October 1, 2011 to April 22, 2012 (Earth Day!)
    • I’m the Leader of the Green Neighborhood effort for Cathedral Heights, but all neighbors in the area can sign up!
    • To participate:
      • Sign up to wind power via Clean Currents
      • Mention “Cathedral Heights” when signing up
      • Clean Currents will make a $25 donation per sign up (SPECIAL FOR NOV: $50 given for all new sign ups)
      • Donations go to the Rock Creek Conservancy
  • 12. Seamless Sign Up
    • Free to switch providers
      • No equipment to install
      • No need to contact the utility company either
      • No, you don’t need to install a wind turbine on your roof!
    • Same flow of power
    • Continue to receive one bill
    • Depending on the provider you select, you can lock-in a competitive, fixed-rate for generation & transmission for up to 2 years
  • 13. Don’t BLOW IT!
    • Act today to make this simple, but significant decision for yourself, your community, and for the environment
      • If you change to Clean Currents, you just need your PEPCO account number and five minutes to make the change
    • Go green, go local
    • Support domestic industry & innovation
    • Secure your energy rate over time
    • Help your community become a Green Neighborhood!
  • 14. A Final Thought
    • “ The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind”
      • ~Bob Dylan
      • I say Bob was close to being right, but really….
      • “ The answer, my friend, IS the blowing wind!”
      • Thank You
    • Any questions?

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