How does green power work?

"Blue Sky" is a Pacific Power program to encourage customers to switch to energy sources that don't put emissions into the air. Renewable energy — such as that produced by wind turbines — costs more; so, folks who sign up for Blue Sky pay a little extra each month. The electricity they get is the same they would have received anyhow. The extra money goes to help buy more renewable energy and less thermal. Customers can go with Blue Sky in three ways:

Blue Sky Usage

The entire amount of power you use each month is replacedin the power system by a mix of 100 percent renewable power: 61 percent wind, 38 percent biomass (harvesting combustible gases from decomposing garbage) and 1 percent solar. The additional cost is $0.0078 per kilowatt-hour,which is about $7.80 more per month for an average customer using 1,000 kwh per month.

Blue Sky Habitat

As with Blue Sky Usage, all the power you use each monthis replaced by the same mix of renewable power for an extra $0.0078 per kwh, plus you pay an extra $2.50 monthly to the Nature Conservancy to restore native fish habitat.This adds about $10.30 to the average customer's monthly bill.

Blue Sky Block

You have the flexibility to buy 100 kwh increments (called blocks) of new wind power, for an additional $1.95 per block per month. You can buy as much, or as little, wind power as you'd like. The company says that purchasing one block offsets the carbon dioxide created by an average clothes dryer each month and purchasing seven blocks offsets the carbon dioxide emissions the average light truck or SUV creates each month.

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