Alternative Energy On U Street

The New York Times visits Ben's Chili Bowl and eight other small businesses on U Street to report on their effort to join the "green power" movement by taking advantage of wind power credits.

The story explains: "Despite their name, the 'wind certificates'; that the U Street merchants bought do not guarantee that their power comes from wind farms that generate electricity. The more formal name is 'renewable energy certificates,' or RECs, and they cover a combination of renewable energy sources including wind, solar and geothermal power.

"Through the certificates, Washington Gas Energy Services will get credit for the amount of electricity it buys that does not come from plants that burn coal, oil or natural gas under a new District of Columbia law requiring utilities to increase their use of renewable energy."

By Dan Beyers  |  August 15, 2007; 6:34 AM ET  | Category:  Energy
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