Re: Paying Extra for Green Power, and Getting Ads Instead
I think I have commented on the likes of this before, and the plans are fooling. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone unless you have some guarentees.
Any power company providing such power at a direct increased cost to the consumer should have to do the following...
1. Designate generations sites as belonging to the plan
2. Tell the consumer what site(s) represents "their" power
3. Reimburse the consumer for power not generated at their site(s)
4. Not take additional monies/credits from other sources for that power (i.e. no gov dollars)
5. Report the power provided this way seperately from other power
6. Not claim the power against any local/state/fed requirements for % of green power.
7. Give an option to lock into a plan which could provide cheaper power if other sources go up in price.
In short, if the consumers believe they are paying for the green power, then they should be getting green power paid entirely by themselves and not by others. That generations shouldn't give benefits to anyone except the consumers who are paying for it. No power company or government should be able to claim it against any requirements.
This is why I won't buy such power, because I can't get such promises. I prefer to invest my money in companies building and operating such systems. That helps them get the stuff built and may provide me with a reasonable return in the future.
If you were paying for such a plan, would you expect it to be any other way?
Eagles may fly, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines (with 1 known exception)