Green Power is the name given to electricity generated
by using a renewable resource, such as solar, wind...and even decomposing
garbage in landfills. Blachly-Lane is one of a dozen electric cooperatives
who joined forces and built just such a generation facility near
Corvallis, Oregon, called Coffin Butte Resource Project.
Since the biomass in the landfill creates methane gas as it decomposes,
that gas is used to fuel large Caterpillar engines that drive
generators producing over 5 megawatts of electricity...24 hours a
day, 7 days a week. The electricity, which serves approximately
4,000 homes, is equal to that created with 24,000 tons of coal
each year. Obviously, methane gas is much more friendly to the
environment than coal is, and burning the gas keeps it from adding
noxious emissions into the atmosphere.
The Coffin Butte generating plant will continue expanding
and here is your opportunity to help support this expansion.
How can YOU support “Green Power?”
Your Co-op helps fund current operations, but the
cost of generating this type of clean power is slightly higher
than the present market. We are offering members of the Co-op an
opportunity to subscribe to a fixed number of kilowatt-hours, in
blocks of 100, at a monthly cost of $2.00 per 100 kWh. In addition
to your normal monthly electricity bill, you will see a separate
line item charge for “Green Power” on your statement.
How much is strictly up to you as it depends on how many blocks
of 100 kWh you wish to support. If you are not currently a green
power supporter, here is an opportunity to sign up and help support
the co-op’s investment in the Coffin Butte expansion. Just
fill out and mail in the coupon on the Green