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The electricity generated from the renewable resources is put into the power-supply grid along with electricity from all of our other resources. Much like water or natural gas, it isn't possible to differentiate the sources at your business. By choosing Renewable Advantage, you are supporting the environment and helping to increase the proportion of renewable energy that is available to the entire system.
Energy usage varies from season to season. In North Carolina, electricity usage is typically highest in the coldest and warmest months (January, February, July, and August) and lowest in the mildest months (April, May, October and November). If your business averages about 3,000 kWh of electricity use each month, you could support the same amount of renewable energy by purchasing twelve blocks of Renewable Advantage each month. Simply look at the average kWh on your monthly bill in your MyAccount Portal and divide by 250 to calculate how many blocks you need to match your small- to medium-sized business's electric needs.
No, the program fee is not tax deductible for income tax purposes. The money is used to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) on your behalf that match your participation level. Also, 50 cents per block will be donated to the NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools program. Click here to learn more about NCGreenPower and their Solar+ Schools program.
Renewable Advantage is available in blocks of 250 kWh for $3 per block. There is no limit to the number of blocks a residential customer can purchase and the additional cost will be conveniently added to your monthly bill.
At Duke Energy, we recognize the importance of sustainability. While our generation mix includes some renewable energy, we want to offer our customers a convenient, accessible and affordable choice to support as much renewable energy as they would like.
Not a problem. You can participate in both programs.
50 cents per block will be donated to support the NC GreenPower Solar+ Schools program. Your participation in both programs is a perfect way to supplement your energy use with renewable energy and help local schools go solar at the same time. Click here to learn more about NCGreenPower and their Solar+ Schools program.
Whether you’re a homeowner, renter, apartment dweller or small- to medium-sized business owner, anyone in North Carolina who pays a Duke Energy electric bill can participate in Renewable Advantage. You do need to have good financial standing, such as not having a currently past due bill.
When you sign up for Renewable Advantage, you are reducing your electricity-based carbon footprint. The generation of the renewable energy you choose has a greenhouse benefit that is similar to removing cars off the road or planting acres of U.S. forest, depending on your monthly purchase size.
Green-e Energy is a program of the Center for Resource Solutions, a national nonprofit organization working to build policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency. Learn more about Green-e certification.