How can I participate?

To participate in the program, you first must be a member of one of Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives. For more information about signing up for Wellspring wind energy, contact your electric cooperative. Interested customers are asked to make a minimum one-year commitment to buy electricity from the Wellspring renewable wind energy program for a slight added cost.

Is the wind power supplied directly to my home?

No. The electricity generated by the wind turbines is fed into the state’s electric system, called the grid. It is like pouring a pitcher of water into a pond. You can’t get the water from the pitcher back out of the pond. The same holds true for recapturing wind-generated electricity from the grid. It is there, available to use, but to deliver the exact electron generated by the wind turbine is not possible. The wind power that you purchase will replace electricity that would have been generated by conventional fossil fuels.

Do customers still receive traditional sources of power?

Yes. Members are not able to distinguish whether the electrons flowing into their homes were generated by wind power or not. However, customers’ commitment to Wellspring wind energy helps to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels. Participation in the Wellspring wind energy program increases the percentage of renewable energy supplied to cooperative members over and above the state mandated renewable energy standard.

Is the power in members’ homes dependent upon the wind blowing?

No. A members’ power will continue as usual.

Do members get all of their electrical energy from the Wellspring renewable wind energy program?

Members can decide how much wind energy they want to buy (in 100-kilowatt hour blocks). Members can purchase an amount up to their normal monthly consumption. For example: if their normal usage is 800 kilowatt hours/month they can purchase up to eight blocks.

Does wind power cost more?

Yes. Wind energy is slightly more expensive than conventional electrical energy generating options. The extra cost of wind power is passed on to the consumer.

When will I be billed for the Wellspring blocks that I purchase?

Wellspring members are billed on a monthly basis.

How does this project affect people who do not subscribe?

This project has no impact on customers who do not want to participate. Many customers may be satisfied knowing their power is produced by efficient conventional power plants. This project is for customers who want to use renewable energy resources, and are willing to pay the extra costs associated with it.

Why is this program being offered?

Cooperative members have indicated a preference for renewable energy options.