Green Mountain Energy is the nation's longest serving renewable energy retailer. We were founded in 1997 with the mission to change the way power is made, and we are still 100% committed to this mission. Every single product offered by our company has an environmental benefit.
Since 1997, our customers have helped avoid more than 45.7 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by choosing renewable energy, which is like taking over 4.9 million cars off the road for a year. Our customers' demand has also helped spur the development of more than 85 new wind and solar facilities across the nation. Now that's making a difference!
We currently provide clean energy products to residential and commercial customers under the Green Mountain Energy brand in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Find out if Green Mountain Energy® electricity is available in your area.
We also market clean energy products through a local utility in Oregon.
The leading cause of industrial air pollution in the country is the production of electricity. While the majority of electricity generated in the U.S. is made by burning pollution-causing fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, our Pollution Free™ electricity products are produced using 100% clean, renewable energy.
Energy sources that are either inexhaustible (solar, wind) or replenished over a short period of time (hydro, biomass, geothermal) are considered renewable. Most renewable energy ultimately comes from the sun - indirectly in the case of wind, water, and biomass; directly in the case of solar (PV) generation. Natural gas and coal, for example, are not renewable because their use consumes gas and coal reserves at a much quicker rate than they can be replenished. Nuclear is not derived from fossil fuels but has negative environmental impacts like harmful radioactive waste byproducts.
Most people aren’t aware that the traditional generation of electricity is the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the U.S.
“Cleaner electricity” is from generation sources that produce little to no air pollution (carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides) and/or radioactive waste, especially when compared to traditional sources of electric generation (i.e., coal and nuclear). Sources of cleaner electricity include wind, solar power, biomass, landfill gas, geothermal and hydropower.
Even though a lot of the calculations you might read are based on the "typical" or "average" customer in a state, it is pretty simple to calculate for yourself. To calculate the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions you avoid, we simply multiply your monthly electric usage (in kWh) times the percentage of new renewable generation in your product, times the CO2 emission rate of typical system power in your area. We can then figure the big picture from the number of customers we have in each service area.
Yes! We can look at this in a few ways. First, we can measure our progress one customer at a time. When a household selects Green Mountain Energy electricity, it is reducing the amount of pollution that the household would otherwise emit.
Second, that customer is supporting the development of new wind and solar facilities. In fact, the demand from Green Mountain customers has been responsible for the development of more than 80 new renewable facilities across the U.S.