Green Power? I Just Can’t Buy It

Now…I love Burbanmom. She is like my little blogspiration in a can. When she started her new challenge…I said sure sign me up. Laundry…yes I had already thrown in the towel on account of NYC mugginess…but out of love for her I did manage to smuggle all my sheets and blankets upstate for a dance in this neat thing they have up there called wind. Grass eating cows…not a beef eater…so sailed through that one. Compost…you all know my worms well. But her energy source switch challenge has got me in a pickle. Here’s the deal…my energy company is EEEEEEEEEEVIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLL. Seriously…ConEd has actually killed people and their dogs.

And their Green Power program is a little too wishy washy for me. Well…more like a joke. They say they use the extra money paid for green energy to “create a market for green energy.” WTF? Yes…they could use the extra money to create new wind or hydro powered grids. Yes…they could. I could also paint myself green and change my name to Super Pickle. I guess they just don’t want to bother customers with the pesky details of exactly where each nickel is going. I just pay the extra money and they will figure out how to handle it. I don’t need to worry my sweet pretty little self about it. Well…I’m the kinda gal who wants to know whose wasting my money…besides me.mean green
Actual Photo taken at Con Ed Meeting

Ummmmmm. So to summerize…I’m suppose to trust the company whose CEO gave himself a 24% raise and is about to raise NYC’s rates 22% to use my extra money to buy green “credits.” The same company that was responsible for a 9 day blackout that wiped out 1/2 the small businesses in Astoria and said they didn’t have enough money to actually pay for their mistake. (They offered businesses $7,000. 9 days of no business plus ruined inventory. Most businesses were out 10s of thousands and many more were just plain OUT.) Oh…and this is also the same company that blew someone up last year. Pick, pick, pick.

I don’t know Burbarino…I just don’t know if I can do this one. I would feel better donating money to a company that had a clear cut energy plan than to trust that my corrupt monopoly of a zapper is going to do anything but pay out lawsuits or stuff their little fat pants with it. How about I just promise not to buy each of my worms personal air conditioners? See…I can sacrifice too.

6 Responses to “Green Power? I Just Can’t Buy It”

  1. Added by Burbanmom on July 22nd, 2008 at 7:22 am

    How’s about this compromise:

    Take all the wads of extra money you have floating around and buy a couple shares of a publicly-held renewable-resource energy generating plant?

    You know, because with two toddlers and a work-from-home job, I’m sure you have spare cash falling out your pickle green ass….

    OR, write a letter to your local and state reps, as well as the PSC, and ask them why buying renewable energy in THE LARGEST CITY IN THE US IS IM-FUCKING-POSSIBLE.

    You go, girl!

    – Burbs

  2. Added by Jen on July 22nd, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I had no idea Con Ed Solutions Green Power wasn’t actually providing green power! Where did you see anything on this??? I’ve been so happy getting my little certificate each year telling me how much wind and hydro power has been donated to the grid!

  3. Added by organicneedle on July 22nd, 2008 at 11:42 am

    If you read the language carefully on their site…they never promise to add to a grid. They qualify everything with “if available” and “when possible.” When I spoke with them they said whenever possible they add to a grid and “create a market for green energy.” What percentage of money goes to which they couldn’t say. I’m glad to here they give you a certificate with exact numbers. Perhaps I will have to dig a little deeper to find some trust.

  4. Added by organicneedle on July 22nd, 2008 at 11:55 am

    That would be hear not here.

  5. Added by CindyW on July 22nd, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Is that because there is no competition in your area? We use PG&E here, totally monopoly. The only reason I trust them is because the state of California pays them a lot of $$$ and audits them frequently.

  6. Added by Lori in webster groves on July 24th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    We have a similar program here in St. Louis, and I’m nervous that Ameren UE (our local energy company) will not use the extra money for good. So I decided to offset our energy use through Terrapass instead. At least through their program, I know I’m supporting green energy until we can actually purchase it for our own direct use.

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