Frequently Asked Questions
Evergreen is an opportunity for electric cooperative members to voluntarily contribute to the increased use of renewable energy sources. Private ownership of renewable energy does not work for everyone. A member’s property may not support it or the upfront costs and maintenance may be too great. Evergreen is an easy way for any cooperative member to do their part to “be green.” Participation in Evergreen is separate from any federal or state requirements.
There are many ways to power a home, farm, or business through Evergreen. In addition to supporting renewable energy, members can choose which opportunity is best for their lifestyle:
- Evergreen Everyone: Members can support renewable energy in increments of 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks for just $1 per block per month ($0.01 per kWh).
- Evergreen Everyday: Members who enroll in a storage strategy for their electric water heater will receive up to four Evergreen blocks to help keep their water hot.
- Evergreen Everywhere: Members who charge an electric vehicle during off-peak hours can receive up to four Evergreen blocks.
- Evergreen Everything: Through Evergreen Everything, members can choose to have 100 percent of their electricity use generated by renewable energy for $1 per 100 kWh block. The average cooperative home uses around 1,000 kWh per month, which equals $10 per month.
Each Evergreen block is tracked by our wholesale power provider Dairyland Power Cooperative. Dairyland’s renewable energy comes from regional solar, wind, hydroelectric, and biogas generation resources.
Some states require a specific percentage of a utility’s energy sales come from renewable energy sources. Dairyland is exceeding those directives. The Evergreen blocks members are assigned are above and beyond those requirements.
It is affordable. Evergreen is voluntary and designed to fit any lifestyle. With blocks starting at just $1 per 100 kWh per month, it allows members an opportunity to be “green” and support renewable energy to the extent their budget allows.
It is easy. Private ownership of renewable energy generation equipment can be limited by cost and location. Evergreen doesn’t require any upfront costs for equipment or future maintenance. It provides an option for your home, farm or business to be “green” without solar panels or wind turbines physically on the property.
Dairyland’s own generation facilities and other generation resources within its service territory send their power onto the power grid. The actual electricity that serves your home, farm, or business may or may not come from renewable sources. However, when members enroll in Evergreen, each member increases the amount of renewable energy flowing onto the grid. Dairyland must match the demand for renewable energy from the Evergreen program.
Renewable energy from regional renewable energy resources is procured to meet Evergreen subscriptions.