Green Tag Programs
In much of the United States, electricity markets have not yet been deregulated and therefore consumers do not yet have the option to purchase green power. Green Tags are designed to provide an option to corporations and organizations that wish to support the development of renewable sources of energy, but are not located in a deregulated market where they can directly purchase green power.
How it works: According to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), in a Green Tag sale "the power from the new renewable energy facility is not physically delivered to the customer, but the environmental benefits created by the facility are attributed to the customer, directly offsetting the customer's conventional energy use." The customer pays a small premium, typically between one and 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, to the Green Tag supplier, thus purchasing the environmental benefit derived from the renewable power source. The customer continues to pay its existing utility for electricity use--the utility bill and payment process is unchanged.
To find out more about BEF's Green Tags program visit the Green Tags web site.
Also, visit NativeEnergy to find out how you can purchase green tags and help build the first large-scale Native American-owned and operated wind turbine in the US through NativeEnergy’s WindBuilderssm program.
Green Labeling Programs
To ensure customer understanding of commercial claims, non-profit green power groups have developed labeling programs.