GreenWise Electric Power is a program that allows you to buy some or all of your electricity from clean, renewable sources like wind, water and biomass energy. Greenwise Power produces fewer pollutants than traditional power sources, and can help keep our environment cleaner and greener for generations to come.
Yes. Because GreenWise Electric Power costs more to produce than traditional power, each block of 250 kilowatt-hours adds $7.50 to your monthly bill. Even with the additional cost, your rates could still be lower than those charged by Consumers Energy or Detroit Edison for regular electricity. Given the major environmental benefits, we hope you'll find GreenWise Power worth the cost.
Signing up is easy: Just contact the BWL or print out the GreenWise Power Agreement and send it in with your next bill. You'll start receiving GreenWise Electric Power on the first of the following month. There are no interruptions of service, no special hookups, and no start-up fees.
Because the BWL buys GreenWise Power in multi-year contracts, we ask that our customers sign up for an initial term of three years. If at the end of the three-year period you want to switch back, you can do so by notifying us. For more information, please see the Service Terms and Conditions below.
It's up to you. Each block of GreenWise Power provides 250 kilowatt-hours of green electricity, and you can buy as few or as many as you like. The average residential customer uses a little more than 500 kilowatt-hours per month - the equivalent of two blocks of GreenWise Power - and might choose to buy one or two blocks per month. To find out how many kilowatt-hours you use, check your monthly bill.
Electricity generated by the GreenWise program will be fed into the overall power supply system. The power to your home will then be drawn from the overall supply. Although GreenWise energy does not go directly from the source to your home or business, it does directly replace other power on the grid.
The subscriber contract period is three years beginning when GreenWise Electric Power delivery is available. Availability is subject to the ability of the Board of Water & Light (BWL) to match subscription levels to GreenWise production capacity. After the initial three-year term, subscription extensions will be automatic for one-year periods. Customers wishing to terminate at the conclusion of the contract term or contract term extension must provide 30 days advance written notice.