Today in dirt-worshiping, granola-eating, tree-hugging news...

Today we watched An Inconvenient Truth for the first time. I actu­ally bought the used DVD from Netflix last month for a few bucks, but just now got around to watch­ing it. We are now, offi­cially, on 100% renew­able power. I signed us up for the PGE Renewable Future plan. This means our power bills will be slightly more, as our power will be com­ing from the semi-local Klondike II wind farm, but our power usage will be entirely from renew­able resources. This also means that our power rate will be fixed until 2012. In the­ory, as fos­sil fuels become more scarce and prices rise for every­one else, ours will stay fixed. In prac­tice, I guess we will see how that works out.

In related news, my web host (Dreamhost) is now carbon-neutral:

We’ve cal­cu­lated the impact of every­thing that DreamHost uses and leaves behind in the course of our daily work. All of the resources that we use — paper in the office, elec­tric­ity for our servers, even the gas in our cars that bring us to the office — leaves behind some kind of soul-sucking residue in the world.

When we learned that run­ning DreamHost gen­er­ated as much car­bon diox­ide as 545 average-size homes we real­ized we had to do some­thing....

It only took us three days to go from “Hey let’s do this” sta­tus to “Hey it’s done!” sta­tus. Three days and sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars, but that’s another story. You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to appre­ci­ate the value of renew­able energy and you don’t have to charge a pre­mium for your ser­vices to afford it, either.

More infor­ma­tion is avail­able at their blog post on the mat­ter.

Green Web Hosting! This site hosted by DreamHost.

Posted in: Dear Diary Portland

2 thoughts on “Today in dirt-worshiping, granola-eating, tree-hugging news...”

  1. Ah nice! I wish I had that option. Our energy provider was one of the last in the state to even rec­og­nize net meter­ing so I doubt they’re look­ing into pro­duc­ing their own renew­able energy any time soon. Back in ’99 they said this —

    NIPSCO cus­tomers have also expressed this inter­est and we are work­ing dili­gently to offer our cus­tomers a “Green” choice from NIPSCO in the near future,” said Don Babcock, direc­tor of prod­uct line man­age­ment. “The intro­duc­tion of wood as a fuel source is the most cost-effective way to pro­vide these envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits because it uti­lizes exist­ing gen­er­a­tion equip­ment,” added Babcock.

    Their green solu­tion is wood!

    My emails have gone unan­swered on the mat­ter. If they do have any type of green energy, they sure don’t adver­tise it so that the cus­tomers know about it. Maybe it’s time to pay them a visit?

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