The same reason that our parents and grandparents signed up for electric service approximately 70 years ago – To ensure a better way of life for future generations.
The cost? Well, that depends on the amount a member wants to contribute. Under the program, a member may purchase 100 kilowatt-hours of green power for $5 or other blocks up to 2,000 kilowatt-hours for $100.
Skeptics may feel that $5 is too much. What if our parents and grandparents felt that way? Needless to say, we would not enjoy the lifestyle that we, as Arkansans, have come to enjoy. It might surprise you to know that $5 in 1937 equals approximately $72.55 in 2008.
What were the first cooperative members promised by their local electric cooperative? They were promised safe, reliable, reasonably priced electricity.
Today, members are still promised safe, reliable, reasonably priced electricity. However, they have the opportunity to assist in increasing the use of renewable energy, which is very costly to develop. The GreenPower program allows members to further invest in protecting the environment and ensuring that Arkansas' natural resources are preserved.
Was the $5 worth it to our parents and grandparents? Are you willing to make this type of investment for your children and grandchildren?