Green Switch is a renewable energy initiative that offers consumers in the Tennessee Valley a choice of the type of power they buy. MTE and TVA, working with the environmental community, developed the program to bring green power — electricity generated by cleaner, renewable resources such as solar, wind, and methane gases — to Valley consumers.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does it cost?
- Green Switch is sold to residential consumers in 200-kilowatt-hour blocks (about 12 percent of a typical household's monthly energy use). Each block adds $2 to the customer's monthly power bill. Consumers can buy as many blocks as they want. Green Switch is also marketed to commercial and industrial consumers, who are asked to buy blocks based on the amount of energy they use.
- Does it benefit the environment?
- The environmental impacts of energy sources such as coal and natural gas can be significant. Although no source of energy is impact-free, renewable resources create less waste and pollution. In fact, an investment of an additional $8 per month on your power bill buys enough Green Power to equal the environmental benefits of planting an acre of trees in the Tennessee Valley.
- How green power is produced?
- TVA built the first commercial wind-powered turbines in the southeastern U.S. on Buffalo Mountain in Anderson County, TN. Solar generation sites are located across the Valley and growing in size to some solar farms being 200MW! Methane gas is providing power at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, where a methane waste by-product from the city's wastewater treatment plant is used for co-firing. The current mix of green power in Green Switch is 70% solar, 20% wind, and 10% biomass.
- How does the green power get to its subscribers?
- Physical laws determine where electricity is consumed, so power from these sources will go into TVA's electric system as part of the Valley's total power mix, rather than to individual homes or businesses.
- How many consumers does Green Switch serve?
- Approximately 9,000 residential consumers and about 400 businesses have signed up for green power in the Tennessee Valley.
Contact our distributed energy resources coordinator to learn more or to sign up.
More information about the program is also available on TVA's website: https://www.tva.com/energy/valley-renewable-energy/green-switch
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