Green Choices Program

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Ames residents can contribute to the development of additional alternate green energy resources through this new easy option. The City of Ames Electric Services is offering a voluntary monthly contribution program, which will accrue donated monies for the development of future green energy resources.

A voluntary contribution check off will be available to each customer via their monthly bill in the amounts of $2, $5, $10, or a designated amount, per month. A one time donation will also be accepted with a minimum of $5.00 required. In addition, walk-in and mail-in contributions will be accepted at the City of Ames Utility Customer Service, 515 Clark Ave., Ames, IA 50010 and an online sign-up is available here.

Alternate green energy resources include solar, wind, waste management, resource recovery, refuse-derived fuel, agricultural crops and residues, and wood burning.

What Green Choices is doing for Ames

Donald Kom, Ames Electric Services Director, is proud of the efforts the City has made so far, "I am very impressed with the City of Ames' alternate energy efforts. Ames has one of the most aggressive programs in the state waste-to-energy at the Arnold O. Chantland Resource Recovery Plant, anticipated future wind energy purchases, the burning of biofuels, and the ability to broker renewable energy credits (REC's) from Texas. Electric Services is staged to be a major player in alternate energy now, and into the future."

All Iowa electric utilities were required to offer an alternate green energy purchase program to their customers by Jan. 1, 2004. The program must be based on energy produced by newly created alternate green energy production facilities in Iowa. According to Iowa Code 476.47 "The program is intended to promote the development of new alternate energy resources in Iowa, and to be a supplement to other existing renewable resources."

Electric Services has commissioned Sergeant and Lundy, an engineering consulting firm based out of Chicago, to develop an integrated resource plan that will aid in the identification of appropriate renewable resources.

"Green energy is a good thing," Kom said. "It cleans our environment and reduces our dependence on nonrenewable energy sources."

Electric Services customers may contact Steve Wilson, Energy Services Coordinator, at 515-239-5177, with questions and comments.