Sunday, April 20, 2014
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A renewable energy solution for all

I just switched to Pear Energy, the go-between for people who can’t install solar panels on their houses or turbines in their yards, but want to stop using electricity from fossil fuels. Pear Energy buys electricity from wind farms at wholesale prices, you buy the electricity from them, and they pay your PG&E bill, replacing the electricity that would have come from fossil fuels.

You pay only slightly more, and it’s all clean energy. It works anywhere in the United States; you don’t have to be close to a wind farm yourself.

Does it seem too good to be true? Don’t worry. I invented a relative who is very cautious and skeptical and called Pear Energy on her behalf. I said I was trying to convince her to switch, but she asked, “How can I be sure they actually buy wind power? Maybe they just pocket the difference!”

Michael Krawitz, the CEO of Pear Energy, spoke with me himself. He took my email address and sent me piles of proof and information, including the link to the U.S. Department of Energy’s website listing National Renewable Energy Certificate sellers (which lists companies that sell remotely generated renewable energy), the link to the Better Business Bureau, the Green Business Bureau and Authorize.net, which have all certified their company.

I spoke sternly to my imaginary relative, telling her there are still good companies out there, and that Pear Energy is one of the best. They really are; check them out online.

Airy Krich-Brinton
Davis

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  • Larry DeemerNovember 20, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Did you verify: 1) How much of the local utility's portion of your bill goes to INCREASE the amount of 100% green energy purchased? 2) How much of the additional payment to Pear Energy goes to purchase 100% green energy? OR does anyone else out there know? Thanks, Larry in Spokane.

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