Green Power and Carbon Offsets Expand to Kentucky
Duke Energy customers in Kentucky can now advance the development of renewable energy sources and offset their carbon footprints through two new programs launched in 2010.
GoGreen Kentucky offers customers a convenient way to support renewable energy. Customers can purchase a minimum of two 100-kilowatt-hour blocks of green power for only $4 a month, added to their energy bill. Duke Energy uses these funds to obtain energy from renewable generating sources like wind, solar, biomass or hydroelectric, or to purchase renewable energy certificates from third parties.
GoGreen joins similar programs in Duke Energy’s four other service territories. Combined, Duke Energy customers purchased the equivalent of more than 1.5 gigawatt-hours (that’s 1.5 million kilowatt-hours) of green energy each month in 2010. For comparison, a typical household uses about 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month.
This program helps customers calculate and then offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced from everyday activities. Offsets are available in blocks costing $4 each and equating to 500 pounds of CO2 reduction.
Duke Energy offers similar carbon offset programs in Indiana, North Carolina and South Carolina. Collectively, customers enrolled in the company’s carbon offset programs contribute to the removal of 136 tons of CO2 per month. To honor customers who participate, Duke Energy partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in several of our service areas.
Customer participation in these premium programs has held steady, but is still less than 1 percent. We are planning campaigns in 2011 to raise awareness of these optional programs.