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Harness the Power of Wind

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Buy green power from your utility and cut back on your coal habit.

Why You Should Do It

It’s an easy and cheap way to support renewable energy in Minnesota!  Buying green power doesn’t mean that your home is individually powered by wind power, but it does mean that your utility will purchase that much more energy from a turbine rather than a coal burning plant.  You can show your utility that you think renewable energy is an important resource and help reduce your carbon footprint.

What It Costs

Buying green power is a very affordable way to support renewable energy in Minnesota.  For example, in 2013, the average cost for Xcel Energy’s Windsource ® program was $0.53 per 100 kilowatt hours (kWh) block of power.  Based on this, the average residential customer signed up for 100% Windsource ® coverage should expect an average increase of less than $10 on their monthly electricity bill.

How to Do It

  1. Select “Add to My Challenge” and pledge to purchase green power from your utility.
  2. Call your utility or visit their website to learn about their green power options.
  3. Sign up to receive green power for part or 100% of your home’s electricity use.
  4. Congratulate yourself for cutting back on your coal habit and making a difference for Minnesota!

Make It a Group Activity

Hold a Wind Party

Get some friends and family together to talk about renewable energy and tell them about your experience with wind power!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.

    Does this mean that wind energy is going straight to my home?

    No.  Electricity generated by renewable sources AND electricity generated by burning coal goes right into the state’s electric system or the grid.  Once in the grid, you can’t distinguish which electron was generated by wind or by coal.  However, the green power you purchase will replace electricity that otherwise would have been generated by burning coal.

RECENT COMMENTS

  • tosarahashley says:

    We have been buying wind power for 2 years now and feel great about it!

  • ydoc_yrennalf says:

    i think that the quality of energy the wind blades are giving us is more efficient then burning coal and causing pollution, wind generated energy is a much more productive way to stop from ruining our enviroment!

  • sandeen says:

    An added benefit is that when energy costs just a little bit more, you pay just a little bit more attention to how much you're using. :) I've found Windsource to be very affordable; we've subscribed for probably 8 years now... long enough ago that I don't remember for sure!

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