Electricity comes from a variety of sources: natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear, hydropower, biomass, wind, solar, and solid waste. Green Power is electricity generated from renewable energy sources that are environmentally friendly such as solar, wind, biomass, and hydropower.
The New York State Public Service Commission supports the development of renewable energy service programs in utility service territories across New York State. These programs are spurring the development of new sources of renewable energy and the sale of Green Power to New York consumers. As a result, most New York consumers now have the opportunity to choose Green Power for a variety of renewable energy options.
- Produces fewer environmental impacts than fossil fuel energy
- Helps to diversify the fuel supply, increasing the reliability of the New York State electric system and contributing to more stable energy price
- Reduces use of imported fossil fuels, keeping dollars spent on energy in the State’s economy
- Creates jobs and helps the economy by spurring investments in environmentally friendly facilities
- Creates healthier air quality and helps to reduce respiratory illness
If just 10% of New York's households choose Green Power for their electricity supply, it would prevent nearly 3 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, 10 million pounds of sulfur dioxide, and nearly 4 million pounds of nitrogen oxides from getting into our air each year. Green Power helps us all breathe a little easier.