Advancing Green Energy
Gibson EMC strives to be environmentally responsible and do our part to advance "green" energy. As part of our effort and in partnership with TVA, we offer two programs - Green Power Providers and Green Power Switch. We also are partnering with TVA in the study of an Extended Range Electric Vehicle in a rural setting.
Extended Range Electric Vehicle Study
This pilot project will help us understand how a plug-in electric vehicle is typically driven and charged, and how it performs in a rural Northwest Tennessee setting. Moreover, it will help TVA and cooperatives understand the potential impacts plug-in electric vehicles have on electric utilities, and by extension, our membership.
Green Power Providers
The Green Power Providers program provides technical support and incentives for the installation of renewable generation systems. The program makes more green power available for Green Power Switch subscribers. Click here for additional information.
Green Power Switch
Green Power Switch is a renewable energy initiative that offers consumers in the Tennessee Valley a choice in the type of power they buy. TVA and local power distributors, working in cooperation with the environmental community, developed Green Power Switch, as a way to bring power that's generated by cleaner renewable resources to Valley consumers.
Making the Green Power Switch is as easy as flipping a light switch. You can buy green power in 150-kilowatt-hour blocks (about 12 percent of a typical household's monthly energy use). Each block you sign up to purchase will add $4 to your monthly power bill. You can buy just one block or as many as you like. The green power you purchase will be added to TVA's electric system as part of the Valley's total power mix.
Why does green power cost more? Because while renewable resources like sunlight may be free, the technology used to capture the energy these resources produce is still more expensive than traditional power generation methods. By choosing to pay a little more for Green Power Switch, you help advance the technology and increase the amount of electricity generated from cleaner sources.
In the spirit of renewability, the dollars from every block of green power you buy go directly back into Green Power Switch.
How do I sign up for Green Power Switch? If you are a Gibson EMC member you may sign up online or contact any Gibson EMC member service center.