Anyone have any comments regarding PGE's renewable energy programs? I've been meaning to look into this for some time and only recently got around to it. They buy from Green Mountain Energy Company. See http://www.portlandgeneral.com/home/products/renewable_power/default.asp
But then I found this website: http://www.boycottgreenmountain.com/
It raises many red flags for me, but it hasn't been updated in four years. It says things like: the folks running/owning the company are well-connected folks from the oil industry that are major Bush supporters, that Green Mountain uses arbitrary and misleading definitions of 'renewable' power to include things such as incinerators, and that the company is partially owned by BP Amoco and other major polluters.
The company is headquartered in Austin, TX, but something tells me they have some friends in Houston. http://www.greenmountain.com/
Of course the best thing to do is to reduce our electric bill. We've replaced maybe two thirds of our lights with fluorescents, and have purchased the most efficient appliances we can find. Still, we're not off the grid at all. We want to change that ... but for now, is it worth it to go for green power? Or is it just another green scam, like FDA organic labeling requirements, to get you to pay more for the same lousy product in different packaging?