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What is the UPPCO Green program?
UPPCO Green offers you a choice about how your electricity is produced! It’s a smart new choice for clean energy. This voluntary program allows you to bring more clean, renewable energy to our region. These new renewable resources will replace some of the electricity generated from other fuels, including coal and natural gas. UPPCO Green is an easy way to make a difference for the environment.


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Why did UPPCO implement the UPPCO Green program?
Our customers have told us that they want to protect the environment and use more renewable energy. UPPCO shares these concerns, so we implemented UPPCO Green. UPPCO Green offers you a choice about how your electricity is produced. Every household or business that joins the UPPCO Green program helps reduce the reliance on limited resources like coal and natural gas while improving the environment for future generations.


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What renewable energy sources provide the energy for the UPPCO Green program?
UPPCO Green is a blend of energy from wind, solar and biomass.


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Will other renewable energy sources be added to the UPPCO Green program?
As UPPCO customers’ demand for renewable energy increases, UPPCO will add more renewable electricity to the UPPCO Green mix of resources. Facilities located in Michigan will be considered for this additional energy.


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What are the environmental benefits of UPPCO Green?
UPPCO Green energy uses wind and biomass to produce cleaner electricity. Wind power does not pollute the air or water, does not create any waste products, and does not produce any greenhouse gases. Biomass energy converts waste from farms and landfills to produce valuable green electricity. This benefits the environment because using the methane from waste products as a fuel is better than releasing the methane into the air or burning it off. In addition, UPPCO Green saves resources for the future. Over a year, each block (100 kilowatt-hours per month) of UPPCO Green energy that you purchase saves 1,000 pounds of coal.


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Will my electricity still be just as reliable?
The reliability of your electricity service is not affected by your UPPCO Green purchase. Even if the wind is not blowing, you will have reliable electricity because you are connected to the regional electricity grid.


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Why does renewable energy cost more?
Renewable energy facilities are currently more costly to build and operate. Wind and biomass – the “fuels” for these facilities – are free, but the equipment and maintenance cost more per unit of electricity than conventional power plants. The cost of renewable energy is decreasing. Wind energy, for example, has fallen dramatically in recent years, from about 38 cents per kilowatt-hour in the early 1980’s to about 7 cents per kilowatt-hour today. That’s still more expensive than the electricity from conventional energy sources. The cost of wind and other renewable energy will likely decrease over time as developers build more projects to meet rising demand.


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Where does my money go?
Your UPPCO Green payments are used to purchase the more expensive renewable energy and to cover the administrative costs of providing the program.


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Are my UPPCO Green payments tax-deductible?
No, the extra charges are not considered a donation. They are charges for a “premium” grade of electricity.


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Does UPPCO make any money from the UPPCO Green program?
The UPPCO Green price is set to recover the costs of purchasing the more expensive renewable energy and administering the program. The Michigan Public Service Commission approves the final price for UPPCO Green.


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Why don’t all customers help pay for the added costs of renewable energy?
Not all customers have the same interests and needs. Some are concerned about the environmental impacts of electricity generation and are willing and able to pay more for cleaner electricity. Others are interested only in paying the lowest possible price for electricity. UPPCO Green gives you the choice. People who prefer renewable energy can purchase UPPCO Green voluntarily in the amount they choose. Customers who choose not to purchase UPPCO Green do not pay any of the extra costs.


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Is UPPCO required to obtain certain amount of electricity from renewable energy sources?
Yes. Upper Peninsula Power Company is required by state law to have 10 percent of its energy come from renewable energy sources by 2015. Additionally, UPPCO also voluntarily offers UPPCO Green in order to give customers a choice to receive all of their electricity from renewable energy sources. When you sign up for UPPCO Green, you are making a real difference!


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When I purchase UPPCO Green, does the renewable energy come to my home or business?
No. UPPCO Green energy is delivered to the electrical grid in our communities, not to individual facilities The renewable resources become part of the supply mixture that UPPCO uses to provide electricity. By buying UPPCO Green energy, you are saying, “I want my share to be renewable.” UPPCO matches your payments with electricity produced from renewable energy. This is monitored by the Michigan Public Service Commission.


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I signed up for several blocks of UPPCO Green energy, and that’s more electricity than I used in the month.
Your UPPCO Green purchase is a fixed amount of energy, regardless of the amount of electricity that you use. If you purchase several blocks of UPPCO Green energy, the total UPPCO Green amount may exceed the amount you use during months when your electrical use is lower.

Example:

  • Electrical use: 525 kWh
  • UPPCO Green purchase: 6 blocks of 100 kWh = 600 kWh

This customer will be billed for 600 kWh of UPPCO Green even though only 525 kWh is used.


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How do I cancel my UPPCO Green purchase?
Contact us with a detailed request.


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