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Smart Connections: Green Power FAQs

Through our partnership with Green Power EMC, Jackson EMC members can support the generation of green energy through the Green Power Rider program. For $4.50 a month, members can purchase 150 kWh, about a tenth of their energy usage, from renewable resources. Members can choose to participate or withdraw from the program at any time. After a few years in the program, these are the questions that are asked most frequently.

What “green” energy sources does Green Power EMC use?
Green Power EMC obtains green power from renewable facilities all over the state, including low-impact hydroelectric, biomass from wood waste and solar power. However, most energy is collected as methane gas from landfills.

What is landfill gas-to-electricity generation?
The decomposition of organic matter in landfills produces landfill gas, or methane. It is normally disposed of by burning, but the burning methane gas can be harnessed to power electric generators. Landfill plants use otherwise wasted landfill byproducts to replace burning fossil fuels.

How do I know I’m really getting green power?
There’s no way to specifically send the electricity generated from renewable resources to your home. By subscribing to Green Power, you are encouraging investment in environmentally-friendly power generation. Every Green Power kilowatt-hour you purchase means that Jackson EMC is purchasing one fewer kilowatt-hour from other sources, such as coal-burning power plants. Members who subscribe to Green Power are not only helping the environment, but also helping develop programs to create awareness and educate students. Funding from this program pays for solar installations in 35 schools across the state participating in the Sun Power for Schools program.