I just received in the mail a form, sent by the Sierra Club, which would allow me to sign up with my electric company to choose "green energy" at the small cost of just $8 more per month added to my utility bill.
It does not say if such "green" energy includes nuclear power (of which PA does have some), or just wind mills, water, solar. It tells me that each house using green energy will save 11,000 tons of greenhouse gasses each year.
Since PP&L probably has a couple of million customers, if 10% of them sign up, that's $800,000/month or a cool $9,6 million a year.
However, I don't know that PP&L has enough "green energy" sources to supply such green energy to each household that might sign up. Then where does the extra $ go? Does it go directly to my utility company to build such capacity? Or does the Sierra Club get a cut from that $8 to pursue it's green energy agenda? (which presumably include sending out more solicitations like this one).
Since PA has "electric choice" (allowing consumers to choose there own "generator" and "transmitter") for electricity), each electric company is required by law to share its customer list with any potential vendor for those services.
Looks like an unintended consequence to me ... a law that may be allowing the Sierra Club to lobby for its own agenda. BTW, the utility company already allows a customer to choose "green energy" on its bill each month, though I can't remember the amount/month that requires on the electric charge. So, I'm also wondering if this is, indeed, a way for those green energy subsidies to go to the Sierra Club instead of the utility company directly.
The Sierra Club may not realize that electric users in PA already saw a 30% increase in their electric costs as soon as electric choice came into being; and that $8/mo is about 10% additional for the user of 1000 KW a month. And they present this proposal at a time when real income for a lot of people has decreased in that same period of time.