I'm on 100% Wind Power for electricity now!
When Baltimore Gas and Electric, the main supplier here in Maryland, increased their rates nearly 70% and virtually overnight, I sought alternatives and soon went with Washington Gas Energy Services. That was the bad and then the good news of deregulation (the bad being the Drastic increase, the good being the option to shop around instead of being stuck with the greediest monopoly, BGE). Then, Washington Gas, several months later, just today, sent me a letter offering to sell me either 50% or !00% of my electrical power from newly generated wind power at $9.38/mo. and $19.79 respectively. I chose 100%. I believe it is well worth it. If you knew the air quality around here, especially what drifts in from the Ohio River Valley, and all of the asthma and other respiratory illness it causes, if you knew how it affected my own son (who NEVER had asthma or anything like that) a couple years ago at Rehobeth Beach (he was close to needing emergency medical attention) on one of our many "Code Red" air quality days...
Now this is NOT a political issue in the usual sense, not at all. There are people fighting wind turbines from both the republican and democratic camps for different reasons. The republicans, rich folk who own oceanfront resort properties, are against wind turbines over a mile out at sea because they think they'll see them and it could reduce property values. They'd be eensy teensy specs on horizon only on clear days, invisible from the smog on most days. And they throw in that they care about the environment, about birds that might be killed, as if... Puhlease... Then there are democrats who truly care about the environment and are, I think, overly hyper about the chance of birds being killed. Neither side has considered how much better wind power is than the alternatives. There's no comparison! It's so much better they both sound like walking talking jokes when they go on about that. The biggest foes are actually the ones who have a financial interest (often with stock investments) in coal, oil and nuclear power. That's clear because the very same people stand against all other forms of renewable energy sources.
Well, at least I'm doing my part. I hope programs such as this come to all areas around the country and the people who care about our planet now, and it's future, will avail themselves of this opportunity. I think it is well worthwhile. Every time my air conditioner kicks on I'll know it's costing the same (other than the extra little flat monthly fee) and I won't be worried that I'm inside on code orange and code red air quality days only using the AC which is contributing to the bad air that I'm staying inside to avoid - what used to be a vicious downward spiral an which is no more, at least not here.