Well friends, I have been looking over Bullfrog Power, is what they are doing legal, yes it is legal, is it ethical? Not in my opinion.
What we have here is a company that charges you extra money for what you are already receiving, they claim by you paying a premium you will be helping green the planet, but from what I gather they are greening their pockets...
Here in BC the first thing to consider is this, Bullfrog power claims to have access to windmills in Alberta, here are a couple of things to consider,what if the wind isn`t blowing,where will that expensive premium going to come from?...And here is the one I like, Gordon Campbell has been feeding us this line of "bull#%$#" about us BCers being a net importer of Power,well first off we are net exporter of power but that argument is for another day, but think about this, if thousands of people signed up to BullFrog power and they actually did input power into the grid from Alberta wouldn`t we be adding to the import equation of the debate, wouldn`t Gordon Campbell use this importation argument against the public will and demand more private for profit IPPs?
Another issue with bullfrog is with accounting, how do we know they are actually buying Green power? Because here in BC all the Green projects,such as the Dokie wind farm,Toba run of river and others,these companies aren`t building anything without a power buying contract from BC Hydro backstopped by the BC taxpayer and ratepayer,the other issue is we are already using BC Hydro heritage power,is doesn`t get any greener than that.
But from what I have read, what Bull frog Power does is this, they came from Ontario, what they do is this, the green power projects in Ontario,if their price is 7 cents a kilowatt hour Bullfrog charges a premium for you to buy the power, in Ontario they weren`t actually putting more power into the grid,they were merely charging a premium to provide you with a fuzzy green feeling, they claim that some monies collected goes towards green energy production but does it really?
here`s the deal, it would be very difficult to determine how much of the monies Bullfrog collects actually goes towards green energy renewal, consider this,they have to pay for all their advertising, they have to pay for all the staff, the shareholders need money,the top enchilada`s need to make a fistful of dollars, so what percentage of premium`s over and above the going rate of electricity that you are being charged will really end up producing or investing in Green power?
The other issue is this, instead of paying 30% to 40% more for the same power you would be getting without the premium, why not take that money and invest in double glazed windows, better insulation, newer door draft blockers, a more efficient furnace,LED light bulbs.
Because you see folks, the greenest power of all, it`s not run of river,it`s not wind power, not solar power, not thermal power, no siree Bob, the greenest power of all is the power you don`t use, the power you save by conservation,that my friends is the greenest,cleanest power.(read about how they did business in Ontario here)http://www.thestar.com/article/429893
So now you know the deal, is it legal, well it isn`t illegal, I don`t think it`s ethical, laying a guilt trip on the public, all for the fuzzy green feeling, well friends, my best advice to you is this.
If you feel the need for a fuzzy green feeling, put on your wife`s slippers!
(Back in couple of days,mind the store for me)
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