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Letter: Avon’s wind power overstated

Ted Rose
Renewable Choice Energy

Your story “Avon now powered by real wind” on January 17 misrepresents the way organizations and individuals support wind power today.

Unless a wind farm is installed on your private property, no one ” even a local utility ” can control the flow of electrons once they are delivered to the grid. The laws of physics dictate that. While no one can change the electricity you receive, you can have a say in what energy gets on the electric grid.

That’s why thousands of individuals and businesses across the country choose to pay a little extra every month to support wind-power generation. The extra amount ” normally captured in the form of Renewable Energy Credits or RECs ” guarantees the generation of a specific amount of wind energy to the electric grid.

That’s how Vail Resorts and the town of Vail have supported wind power for almost two years. And that’s how the town of Avon has joined their ranks. The suggestion that this latest purchase is more “real” is inaccurate and misleading.

If you want to make sure your money is going to wind farms, look for the Green-e certification. Green-e, run by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, audits and verifies REC transactions to avoid fraud and double-counting.

We hope that all Colorado customers will educate themselves about their clean power options. Western Resource Advocates offers a well-researched online guide at http://www.westernresourceadvocates.org/greenpower.

Editor’s note: The Vail Daily ran a correction in Tuesday’s paper.

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