In response to Rick Knight’s letter in the July 18 Landmark (“Just how green is FirstEnergy’s energy?”), I would like to clarify a couple of points.
Mr. Knight is correct that we should expect an accounting of the resources used to produce our electricity. As one of the authors of the Brookfield Cool Village Coalition’s June 26 letter, I regret if the phrase, “investing in 100-percent green energy” did not sufficiently clarify that the Brookfield aggregation contract will direct funds into renewable energy credits, not bring 100-percent renewably sourced electricity into our homes.
Brookfield electricity consumers need to understand that renewable energy credits are the financial seeds from which a sustainable energy future can grow, as they drive investment in the development of renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind power.
As consumers, we have the power to drive change. Two dirty coal-fired electricity generation plants in Chicago will close this year, the result of many years’ efforts to force the utility companies to change the way they produce our electricity.
As more renewable energy credits flow into the system, the likelihood increases that our electricity will be 100-percent renewably sourced in the foreseeable future.
Suzanne Williams is a member of the Brookfield Cool Village Coalition.