The Power of 21 Years: 5 Ways Our World Has Changed

Cheers to 21 years of Green Mountain Energy! In honor of this momentous occasion, we’re reflecting on how life has changed since we started selling squeaky-clean energy in 1997. Come join us on a fun-filled then-and-now journey.

1. Give Me Retail Therapy
Then: Malls
Clipping coupons. Frantically rushing from store to store. Leaving the mall with a big smile after finding the perfect outfit. Good times.
Now: Online Shopping
Get dressed? No way. Simply sit there in your PJs and fill up your shopping cart until you fall asleep.


2. Call Me, Maybe
Then: Landline Phones    
The landline telephone was your bestie. Voicemails made your heart skip a beat.
Now: Cell Phones
Nowadays, your cell phone is pretty much an extension of your right hand.


3. I’m Basically a Genius
Then: Encyclopedia  
Remember flipping through all of those pages of your fave encyclopedia? Us, too.
Now: Online Search Engines
Thank goodness for University of Google. It gets us through life.


4. That’s My Jam
Then: CDs
The amazing album art. The hours spent in your favorite music shop. Those were the days.
Now: Streaming Music
We’ll miss you, CDs. But having instant access to millions of songs isn’t so bad, after all.


5. Power My Place
Then: Coal Electricity
Back then, renewables accounted for only 7.1% of total energy consumption. Coal electricity was alive and well—powering the homes of many. Green Mountain wanted to change the game by offering our customers access to 100% clean electricity.
Now: Clean Electricity
According to the 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, “U.S. power sector greenhouse gas emissions fell 4.2% to the lowest annual level since at least 1990. Wind and solar capacity have increased over 471% since 2008.”



Over the past 21 years, we’ve seen a lot of things change—including the demand for clean electricity. We’re excited to see so many people doing what they can to protect the environment. With the help of our customers, we’ve saved the planet from 63 billion pounds of CO2 emissions. To everyone out there who has helped us take steps toward a cleaner world—thank you. We couldn’t have made it this far without you. Here’s to many, many more!

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