The March 16 article about the decision by the city of Frederick to purchase “green power” for all its buildings was very welcome news. Actions like this from governments at all levels, businesses and other organizations, and private citizens will be needed to prevent severe climate events across our nation and around the globe.

In Frederick County, the Climate Emergency Mobilization Working Group (CEMWG) has issued its mid-point progress report and has begun drafting its final report containing recommendations to Frederick city and county governments concerning actions these local governments should take. High on the list includes acceleration of past and on-going actions that 1) “reduce the use” by installing energy efficiency measures, such as LED lamp replacement, HVAC system upgrades, installation of controls that slow pumps and fans during the 90 plus percent of the hours when full-speed is not needed, and 2) generate electricity from renewable sources and purchase “green power“ for use in all schools, government buildings and vehicle fleets.

There is some disagreement on exactly which energy sources used to generate electricity should be considered “green.” Currently, the Maryland House and Senate are considering a bill that will eliminate two sources that are considered more brown than green. To effectively address the challenges of our changing climate, we hope our representatives will pass a strong bill during the current session (a similar bill failed to pass last year). In the meantime, we are very grateful to the city of Frederick for purchasing its energy from clean sources. Individuals can do the same for household and business energy by contacting your electric utility.

Bill Steigelmann is a member of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Workgroup in Frederick County.

(4) comments

gjthuro

Bill, in the first place there is NOT enough to go around and further do you remember the attempt by Gardner and others to give us the $3 Billion poison maker trash incinerator....most expensive and dirtiest form of energy generation...be careful of what you ask for

mrnatural1

Renewable energy can be less expensive than Potomac Edison's standard offering. If it costs more it generally is not much more.

I had found a webpage that listed all of the various wind and/or solar energy providers, but I can't find it right now. It was very handy because it listed everything in a chart -- provider; contract (yes/no); duration; cost per kWh, etc.

As for the crazy electrons being averse to being herded -- what we were told when buying wind power (from West Texas) was that they sell "shares" (or a similar term). So, for example, if a wind or soalr farm can supply 1,000 homes, they sell 1,000 "shares". That prevents renewable energy from being oversold -- some guy with a wind turbine selling "wind power" to tens of thousands of unsuspecting people.

So while the chances of those electrons from the wind turbines in Texas making their way here to our home in FredCo are slim to none, we are still supporting the generation of wind power.

Guy T. Ashton

Once the power from a green source enters the grid it’s just like any other energy source. Your “buying” green energy is a fallacy, your house can’t tell the difference.

HappySeller2014

As long as my potential purchase of electricty coming from "green sources" costs 30% to 50% more per kilowatt hour, a big green movement is a pipe dream. For business and home consumption. People's wallets and economics control decisionmaking. Make green energy more economical and I can see things changing.

But in this current environment, nope. And if county spending more on green energy, well, that is our taxpayer money.

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