Renewable with Affordable
While renewable energy is often
embraced as the answer to America’s energy crisis, the price tag
associated with its development — and how reliably renewable projects
operate — often leaves a lot to be desired. It’s clear developing
power generation resources like solar, wind, and biomass to meet
government renewable energy mandates will impact electric bills. The
amount of this increase may depend on how closely Congress is willing to
work with electric cooperatives.
Your electric cooperative is committed
to providing you with affordable and reliable power in an environmentally
responsible fashion. And we want to work with Congress to ensure that
rates for electricity don’t rise too much as a result of any federal
mandates requiring utilities to add a certain percentage of “clean and
green” power to their generation mix. Investments in renewable energy
must be made with the impact on electric bills in mind.
Co-ops are well ahead of the curve
when it comes to investing in renewable resources. In fact, 11 percent of
the power co-ops
deliver nationwide comes from
renewables, compared to 9 percent for the entire utility industry. In
years ahead, co-ops will bring much more renewable power on-line.
When it comes to meeting our
nation’s energy challenges, not-for-profit, locally owned and governed
electric co-ops are offering Congress our experience on how to make the
right choices on behalf of consumers. But we need your help.
Through the “Our Energy, Our
Future” grassroots campaign, hundreds of thousands of electric
cooperative members like you have sent more than 1.5 million messages to
Congress, asking lawmakers to focus on issues related to generation
capacity, new technologies, and keeping electric bills affordable when
developing energy and climate change policy.
If you haven’t already done so, get
involved in the campaign by asking your representatives on Capitol Hill
this important question: Are you willing to work with electric
cooperatives to ensure our nation has reliable power at a price consumers
can afford? To learn how to begin a dialogue with your elected officials,
visit the following Web site:
Affordable renewable energy is possible if we work