Contribute to a Hopeful Future Free from Smog, Acid Rain & Greenhouse Gases

The fastest growing energy source in the country is renewable energy and the Energy Cooperative of America is pleased to be able to offer our customers a 100% renewable energy supply option. This clean source of energy is comprised of wind and hydro. We are able to offer this green energy alternative to our New York customers in the National Grid, Rochester Gas & Electric, New York State Electric & Gas.

The cost of producing renewable energy is slightly higher than conventional electricity, aka “brown power.” As a result, there is an additional charge of 3.5 cents per kilowatt hour (Kwh) for the renewable energy supply option. For example, if conventional electricity is selling for $0.05 per Kwh then you would add 3.5 cents to that per Kwh price, making the total cost for renewable electricity supply $0.085 per Kwh.

For the average residential customer with an annual usage of 8,400 kilowatt hours per year, the added cost for exercising this option is approximately $294 per year. We applaud the many customers that are currently utilizing renewable electricity and their commitment to reducing their environmental impact.

Customers interested in learning more about programs and funding available for decreasing their carbon footprint may visit the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) website at

Only a 3.5 cents additional fee due to higher costs of providing Green Energy

The Advantages of Renewable Energy

For the first time in New York State history, as a result of energy deregulation, it is now possible to direct your “consumer vote” to support a 100% renewable source of energy that:

Does not damage people's health

The generation of conventional fossil fuel electricity results in the creation of NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) which are one of the key ingredients of Smog. Smog, Ozone, and small particulate particles associated with coal burning are credited for endangering human health especially to people with asthma and other lung diseases.

Supports our environment

Conventional electricity usually leads to the creation of SO2 (Sulfer Dioxide) which is one of the main ingredients of Acid Rain. Acid rain is credited for damaging the environment, in particular the lakes as well as the forests in the Adirondacks and New England.

Generates no climate-changing Greenhouse Gases

Fossil fueled electricity by definition creates CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) gas. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climatic change.

Creates no radioactive waste

Conventional nuclear power creates radioactive wastes that will remain dangerous and must be taken care of for thousands of years.

Spares the world’s resources

Fossil fuels are a finite resource that once used can never be used again. Renewable energy resources by definition do not burn nor deplete fossil fuels.

How the Program Works

The renewable electricity offered in this program are:

The Wind Power is generated at commercial wind farms in New York State.

The way this program works, you are still using the utility’s wires and the utility is still providing emergency service and meter read services (and in fact we are paying the utility to bill you). If you sign on to the renewable program, for every unit of electricity you use, the Cooperative is required to purchase that number of renewable units and place them into the utilities system. The “green electrons” don’t necessarily go directly to your house. However, if you or someone else is not buying them, there is no reason for the Cooperative to buy them and no reason for the generators to produce them. The New York State Public Service Commission will audit the total amount of renewable energy that our members bought and the Cooperative purchased and the renewable generators placed into the utilities system to make sure we are all getting the renewable power that we are paying for.

By casting your “consumer vote” in support of renewable energy, you will be:

  • Creating a market demand for cleaner energy.
  • Encouraging developers to build more renewable generation facilities in New York State.
  • Wind Power
  • Hydro
  • Biogas

Hydropower facilities in the United States can generate enough power to supply 28 million households with electricity, the equivalent of nearly 500 million barrels of oil. Wind PowerMechanical energy is derived by directing, harnessing, or channeling moving water. The amount of available energy in moving water is determined from its flow or fall. Hydropower produces no waste products, and it does not pollute the water or the air.

  • Windpower
  • Hydro
  • Biomass

The ECA purchases all of our renewable energy from distributors located in New York State.

How Much Does This Cost?

Normally you would expect to pay a little more for renewable energy. This is partly because most renewable energy facilities are relatively new and need to pay for their construction costs while most conventional electrical generation facilities are older and have already paid for their construction.

This program is selling the renewable electricity for 3.5 cents per Kwh more than the price of conventional electricity.

Those customers who leave National Grid, RG&E or NYSEG as their energy provider to join the Energy Cooperative will take advantage of the benefits from energy deregulation which will save around a third to a half a penny per Kwh. This will result in a net additional cost for the combination of renewable energy plus energy deregulation of just over half a penny to three quarters of a penny per Kwh more than conventional energy (for a residential account with the average usage of 600 Kwh a month, this should work out to around ten to fifteen cents a day more than the price of conventional power).


U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

EPA – Green Power Partnership

Union of Concerned Scientists

American Wind Energy Association

Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Tool to measure & reduce your household carbon footprint


US Department of Energy Wind Research Program

101 Terrific Site on Renewable Energy


Renewable commercial and residential electric services available. Please select ‘residential’ or ‘commercial’ below to sign up. Online sign up available for residential customers only.

NY Residential Renewable Electric Sign Up

If you would like to receive paper enrollment forms please contact us at 716-580-3506 or by using our online contact form.

We are currently taking electric enrollments for the following service areas:

National Grid provides an electrical distribution system in Central and Western New York and acts as a natural gas distribution system in Central and Northern New York.

New York State Electric & Gas provides an electrical distribution system in Central and portions of Western New York as well as a natural gas distribution system in Central and part of Western New York and parts of New York’s Southern Tier.

Rochester Gas & Electric provides an electrical and natural gas distribution system in Rochester and areas to the south of Rochester.

NY Commercial Renewable Electric Sign Up

Simple steps to enroll a NY commercial renewable electric account. Please read and download forms below.

Read Disclosure

Describes the specifics of the program as well as where to call if you have questions.

New York State Customer Discloser

Mail or Fax us

a) Enrollment Form
b) Billing and/or Payment History Release Form
c) Copy of a recent utility bill from the account(s) you want to enroll.

Mail to:
Energy Cooperative of America
1408 Sweet Home Road | Suite 8
Amherst, NY 14228

Fax to:
Fax: 716-932-7337

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