Why buy green power with
People's Power & Light?
People's Power & Light serves as a strong advocate for consumers and the environment. As a non-profit, our goal is to build a better world – not just a better bottom line.
Participation in People's Power & Light's renewable energy program contributes to the public good. As such, 100% of your payments are recognized as a tax-deductible charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes.
All of our resources are located in New England, mostly in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Your payments support local projects.
The graph below is a summary of National Grid's power mix for 2011. The mixes for other New England electric utilities are similar. As you can see, we just don't have enough zero-emission sources such as wind and solar. But we can change that with New England Wind and New England GreenStart.
Reasons we need green power - especially wind power
Wind power is the most affordable zero-emission source of electricity. In contrast to fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas, wind power emits no: carbon dioxide, which causes climate change; sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain and soot; Nitrogen dioxide, which causes smog; mercury, which causes severe neurological disorders in people, animals, and fish (electricity generated from coal is a major source of mercury pollution); or radioactive waste.
Most of New England’s electricity supply comes from sources that are imported from outside the region or outside the country. As a result, when we import power, we export dollars and jobs. Wind power represents an opportunity to create jobs here in New England and to keep rate-payer dollars here as well. That is why People's Power & Light is focused on supporting wind projects in New England.
Any disruption of oil or natural gas supplies would hit this region hard. However, wind power offers New Englanders the opportunity to harness a local resource. Generating wind power is an essential step, among many, towards achieving energy independence.