Alternative Power

Now, you can make a difference through the EnviroWatts® program. EnviroWatts is an earth-friendly way to support the use of renewable energy and promote research and development of new, renewable energy sources in Ohio. With each 100-kilowatt hour block of EnviroWatts you purchase, you can be assured that 100-kilowatt hours of electricity were produced from renewable energy sources. In addition, a portion of your purchase helps fund research and development of new renewable energy sources in Ohio.

Why is my Cooperative offering EnviroWatts?

It’s everyone’s responsibility to care for our resources and use them wisely. The Energy Cooperative cares about the environment and renewable energy. Consumer members of Ohio’s electric cooperatives are able to support the production of electricity from renewable energy sources through the EnviroWatts program. This voluntary program is available to residential and business members of participating cooperatives.

What renewable energy source is used to produce EnviroWatts?

Electricity generated for EnviroWatts is produced from landfill methane gas and wind. As organic waste decays, it produces methane gas. Rather than release this gas into the atmosphere, it is collected and used to generate electricity. It is also This not only helps improve the environment, but also decreases our dependence on fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and foreign oil.

In further detail: RECs (renewable energy certificates) for the EnviroWatts program come from Buckeye Power’s portfolio of renewable energy resources which include a wind farm in Story County, Iowa, and two bio-mass generation projects. Buckeye Power contracted to purchase all the output from the Bridgewater Dairy (1.2 megawatts) and Wenning Poultry (1.8 megawatts) manure-to-methane digester systems, the first of their kind in Ohio. These large-scale agricultural operations constructed anaerobic manure digesters to accept the waste produced by cows and laying hens. Bacteria break down the manure and produce methane gas, which is captured and used to run engine and generator sets which produce electricity. In addition, wind generation from the Story County, IA wind farm is also used as source energy for the program through a purchase power agreement. Depending upon the monthly production variance, these three sources can produce nearly 70 times the energy required for current sales of EnviroWatts.

  • Generation sources for power produced from renewable energy for the EnviroWatts program are shown below.
    RECs associated with this production were retired.
Generation Source 100-kWh Blocks Percentage
Bridgewater Dairy, Williams County, OH 562.3 4.7%
Wenning Poultry, Mercer County, OH 205.2 1.5%
Story County Wind Energy Center, IA 10,207.2 93.7%
TOTALS 100%(2)
Story County Wind Energy Center, IA – special bulk purchase 10,000 100%

(2) NOTE:  Percentages do not total to 100% due to rounding.

 

YOU can make a difference!

You can participate in the EnviroWatts program for as little as $2 a month. That’s about the cost of a cup of coffee! By purchasing just one block of EnviroWatts each month for a year, you can have the same environmental impact as not driving your car for three months or not using 2½ barrels of oil. To learn how you can support renewable energy, contact a Member Services Representative at 1-800-255-6815. Together, we can make a difference!