To the Editor:
Solar and wind-generation of electricity is hoped to reduce emissions as well as the price of power. “Clean Choice Energy,” certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission, offers ComEd customers the opportunity of pairing home energy use with “renewable energy certificates from Illinois wind farms”. Because “...supporting new renewable energy development costs more than delivering polluting energy.” The contract offered in a recent mailing is 9.5 per kilowatt hour. My ComEd billing for “electricity supply charge” is 5.844 per kilowatt hour. A home using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month would pay $95 per month instead of $58.44, 60 percent more. Other ComEd charges still apply.
This is despite wind (and solar) receiving 2.4 cents per kilowatt hour from the government, plus possible construction aid. If pollution from fossil fuels is so important to eliminate, we should make sure existing nuclear plants run flat out – the 12th Edition of Mark's Mechanical Engineer's Handbook gives 1.3 cents per kilowatt hours as the marginal cost, and 10 cent per kilowatt hours as a possible price for new construction nuclear power.
If global warming is catastrophic instead of a mixed blessing, and caused by increased CO2 in the atmosphere instead of the same events which caused the ice ages, how much more should be paid for energy? CO2 is only 0.04 percent of the atmosphere now, up from 0.028 percent in the 1850s. Maybe we should learn more before signing up with “Clean Choice Energy”.
Alphonse I. Johnson