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Clean Currents Offers Green Energy Option

PHOTO CAP: CHOOSE CLEAN, GREEN POWER - Members and guests of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force heard an informative presentation recently about how to use only wind-generated electricity in their homes. Amanda Duzak (left) of Clean Currents explained why and how residents can choose green power over electricity generated by coal-powered plants. BRTF members Sean Haardt (center) and Janeen Solberg, chair, hold signs which are displayed at participating homes. Haardt and his wife Leslie were the first Boonsboro family to make the switch to Clean Currents, a clean energy company based in Rockville. "Signing up was easy," says Haardt.


Clean Currents Offers Green Energy Option

Boonsboro: When electricity deregulation was approved in Maryland a decade ago, power company customers were told they could shop around for a power company. Problem was, alternative suppliers were far and few between.
That has changed, thanks to a Rockville company which finds clean wind energy at competitive prices for its customers.
As a broker licensed to do business in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland and Pennsylvania, Clean Currents offers residents and businesses the ability to purchase as much as 100 percent of their electricity from wind. The power is primarily generated on wind turbine farms across the United States, according to Amanda Duzak, the company's residential green power outreach coordinator.
Duzak presented a program to the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force on March 17. She was invited to the task force's regular meeting by members Sean and Leslie Haardt, the first family in Boonsboro to switch to Clean Currents.
Duzak explained how to purchase wind power through her company by filling out a simple on-line form (www.cleancurrents.com) or making a phone call (301-754-0430). "You just need information from your current utility bill," she said. Customers will continue to receive their bill from Allegheny Power, she explained, but the bill will indicate that Clean Currents will receive payment for generation and transmission charges, which could comprise as much as 80 per cent or more of each electric bill.
The company's rates are competitive and sometimes even lower, said Duzak. There is no cost to switch and Allegheny Power would remain the customer's utility provider, she said, adding that nothing about the electricity service would change. Customers can lock in rates for either one or two years and may choose 100 or 50 percent wind power.
Clean Currents will donate $10 to the task force for each household that switches to wind energy. Applicants should type in "Boonsboro" where the form asks how the applicant heard about the company. In addition, the company will donate an extra $500 when 100 households sign up under the Boonsboro name.
An all-electric home could virtually eliminate its carbon footprint by converting to clean, renewable energy such as wind for its electrical power instead of coal and nuclear, according to Duzak. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, she said, each home in the country generates an average of 16,290 pounds, or 7.4 metric tons, of carbon dioxide each year.
Allegheny Power currently uses coal exclusively to generate its power, she noted. Its pending merger with another utility would bring nuclear into the mix for Allegheny customers, she said.
The BRTF sponsors special speakers and programs on a variety of subjects at its regular meetings, at 7pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Topics have included recycling, waste management, food safety and reducing your carbon footprint.
The task force is also the sponsor of the annual Boonsboro Green Fest, which will be held this year on Saturday, May 8, from 10am to 5pm at Shafer Park in Boonsboro. The vendor sign-up deadline is March 31. There were 85 vendors at the inaugural festival Visit www.boonsborogreenfest.com for more information, including vendor and volunteer registration forms.

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