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Go Green, for $13.75 per month.

 Written By: Kim Graff
 “Going green” is the new trend that is sweeping the nation. We all have the opportunity to get on board, Madison’s own (MGE) Madison Gas and Electric has received national recognition for doing their part in going green.
Now let’s do ours. The program is called Green Power Tomorrow (GPT). We can all make this choice to go green. The cost of this is around $13.75 more per month more than electricity that creates carbon dioxide emissions.
Green power costs money to generate. There is a cost which lies in building the infrastructure to generate the power. The cost to build and install the power costs a bit more today to convert. For us it is important to build this into our power source for the future.
MG&E is required to offer a Green solution. So we can choose on our MG&E bill to use green wind milled power or electric generated power as our choice. Instead of making everyone share the cost, they make it optional for those who want to support this form of energy.
By participating in this, the benefits of this can reduce the climate change, reduce our dependency on scarce resources, and foreign resources.
There are a few forms of green power utilized by and generated at MG&E. The first is called Biomass. It is solar energy that gets stored in organic matter which gets burned. Landfills are a great source of biomass energy. When it rots it releases methane gas which generates power and that power is purchased by MG&E. The energy is transferred by generators. Also the fuel can be created by burning paper and plastic waste.
Then there is  Solar power which converts sunlight into electricity and can heat your water. There are many solar projects in Madison from Fires stations to the zoo. You can actually log-on and see the power being used on MG&E web site to see the power being generated at these solar project locations. But when the sun is not out the solar power does not get generated. At night the solar power does not work due to the sunlight being gone so it is not a perfect yet.
Wind power is the other green power. MGE has their own wind power. The windmills are located in about four different counties. I have seen these myself and they are majestic looking. They are so large that it its hard to even describe. This power is used to offset carbon dioxide emissions.
Today electricity gets generated by burning fossil fuels which are coal and natural gas and in turn that creates the bad “Greenhouse gases” CO2. If we choose wind farms, natural resources are kept intact and untouched by using wind power instead.
These wind farms are normally located on actual working farms and use very little space. They leave about 7.4 acres unavailable on the farm for their turbines, and access roads. Windmills are installed high in the air where the winds are most steady. The windmills run mostefficiently at 25-30 mph wind speeds. When the wind speed reaches between 35-40 mps the windmills shut down because it poses a danger to run them at that speed and it can cause structural damage. They are at the mercy of mother nature.
The more renewable energy we generate the more we can improve the environment. As our need for electricity keeps growing, so does our need for more renewable energy. Each day the wind renews itself when the earth heats and cools. No need for us to restore any resources because we are not depleting them. As part of a natural process plants and trees absorb CO2, we would need a forest of 3,776 acres to remove the CO2 that the wind farm prevents. The future holds plans to expand this technology into the future.
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