Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative (GCEC) is proud to offer its Green Power Choice program. Through this program, GCEC members have the option of voluntarily purchasing blocks of “green” power. “Green power” is electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, including decomposing garbage. As organic waste decomposes, it produces methane as a natural by-product. To protect the environment, we use pipes to collect the gas to fuel Waste Management’s Springhill Regional Landfill gas-to-energy facility to generate 4.8 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 4,000 homes for a year.
Green power may be purchased in 100-kilowatt-hour blocks, equivalent to about 8% of a typical household’s monthly energy use, for only $2 per month. To put things in perspective, the environmental impact of buying just two blocks of green power per month for a year is equal to recycling 480 pounds of aluminum (15,322 cans) or recycling 1,766 pounds of newspaper. You can purchase as many blocks as you’d like. The minimum participation period is one year.
Helping the environment today is vital to protecting our resources for tomorrow.