A notice I’m proud to receive

I just received my annual Electricity Fact Label (EFL) from TXU Energy.  This yearly notice offers a review of my pricing, where my service comes from, and what kind of environmental impact my energy consumption has.

Despite the slightly higher costs, I proudly dove into 100% renewable energy just last April.

With that in mind, here are the facts from my use of the TXU Energy 100% EarthWise plan.

Projected Sources of Power Generation:

  • Coal and lignite: 0%
  • Natural gas: 0%
  • Nuclear: 0%
  • Renewable energy: 100%
  • Other: 0%

Projected Emissions and Waste per 1,000 kWh Generated:

  • Carbon dioxides: 0
  • Nitrogen oxides: 0
  • Particulates: 0
  • Sulfur dioxide: 0
  • Nuclear waste: 0

My home is entirely powered by wind.  Texas happens to be the place to invest for such things, having become the U.S. capital for wind energy.

Sure, there are other considerations, such as the impact to birds, but I’d rather go this route for now given the climactic devastation other sources cause.

Don’t worry.  I’m keeping my options open, keeping my eyes on the routes available.

When a zero-footprint choice presents itself, I’ll be one of the first to grab it.

2 thoughts on “A notice I’m proud to receive”

  1. Jason, I am worried that you are being mislead. The entire state of Texas’ current capacity for renewable power is also only two percent, and though Texas recently became the leading state for wind power, renewable sources continue to play a very small role in meeting our state’s power demand. You may be "paying" for 100 % renewable, but you aren’t "receiving" that in your home. Wind generation remains sporadic, and more consistent, reliable sources of power (such as natural gas and coal) must be used to fill the huge gaps that renewable sources leave to meet demand for power. Wind power is unavailable during our summer peak times (i.e., the wind does not typically blow during hiot summer afternoons), and a like amount of fossil fuel generation is required to back up wind resources and provide power during peak times.

    Most electric companies that offer a renewable rate post a disclaimer similar to Green Mountain’s: mmission) the highest rates in the North Texas “Buying renewable energy does not mean that electricity is coming directly from wind farms or other clean energy sources to your home — it is impossible to specifically direct an electron that travels through the electric grid.” With this in mind, it would seem that Green Mountain and other electric consumers are paying increased rates for power that is not actually generated from renewable sources (since the vast majority of Texas’ electricity is generated from natural gas and coal). I hope this information is helpful to you and I wondered if you would be open to asking TXU some questions. I could be mistaken, and I am certainly open to feedback. But, I think that all of us should be wary of being charged more for something that is truly not controlable or traceable.
    Kat

  2. I appreciate the information and concern, Kat. That’s the same notice on this facts label. To wit: It shows renewable energy is only 2% of the total power consumption in the state (coal and lignite being 27%, natural gas being 59%, nuclear being 9%, and other being 3%).

    It also clarifies that it means 100% of the power I use will be generated and/or purchased from renewable sources. Once it’s in the power grid, however, where it goes is anyone’s guess (you’re right in that electrons, as yet, can’t be directed in that manner).

    The net result–the environmental impact–is still the same. If 100% of Texans choose this plan, then 100% of all power going into the local grid would be from renewable sources. If 50% choose it, then 50% of the whole comes from renewable sources.

    While it’s a semantic game to say my home is powered by renewable energy (as it’s undoubtedly powered by all those sources), it’s truthful to say that my energy consumption is equal to the same amount of renewable energy–no matter where it goes.

    Now that you bring that up, I realize I should have said as much for those who don’t understand how electrical transmission works. You get what you pay for…just not direct to your outlets.

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