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My Neighbours Are Bullfrog Powered
I noticed a sign beside my neighbours door yeseterday. I was a bit confused as I couldn't quickly think of what "Bullfrog Powered" meant. I guess I've not been paying close enough attention to something.
Anyway, Bullfrog Power is a clean/green energy retailer. They sell energy into the grid to supply your energy needs from either wind generation or low impact hyrdo (as opposed to high impact projects that flood valleys and such). Sounds pretty neat, and I'll probably consider it even if it is more expensive than traditional power. They retail electricity for 9.1 cents/kwh whereas I currently pay somewhere around 5.8 cents for 400 kwh a month. That's only $13.20/mth more, or less than $160 a year.
The first thing I wondered when I saw the website was how they could keep up with demand. They claim that they'll only sell what they can get cleanly generated; if they can't increase supply they'll stop admitting customers. Currently they are getting 80% of their power from low-impact hydro and 20% from wind generation. They've got a neat graphic on this page showing the difference in generation mix between them and the general market which gets less than 3% of their power from the same sources.
They note three providers on their site:
- Brookfield Power is their largest I would assume since they provide hydro electric (80% of the mix). They've got generation capability throught the Americas, including a number of plants in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Their two Quebec plants are on the Ottawa River (or its tributaries).
- Sky Generation, a small wind power generator which is located on the Bruce Peninsula.
- Schneider Power, another small wind power producer on Manitoulin island.