Edina residents encouraged to use renewable energy

One of the low-cost, easy ways to add renewable energy is to subscribe to Windsource through Xcel Energy. Residents and business owners can pay a little extra every month to get some or all of their energy from wind.

“The Energy & Environment Commissioners and other residents have been working hard to get the message out to their neighbors,” said city of Edina Sustainability Coordinator Tara Brown. “From a film series, to hosting ‘Energy House Parties,’ to the Home Energy Fair coming this October, residents want to empower each other to help Edina become a leader in subscribing to renewable energy.”

Residents can select how much energy they’d like to purchase through Windsource each month. For an average home using 800 kWh in a month, it would cost about $6.80 per month to be 100 percent wind energy powered.
To make it easy, the Windsource subscription is added to the Xcel Energy bill. The program is certified by Green-e Energy and regulated by the Public Utility Commission so participants are able to claim they’re using renewable energy.

“You don’t have to be a homeowner or invest in expensive equipment to be carbon free,” said Brown. “Anyone with an electricity bill – renters and businesses included – can sign up to source their electricity through renewable energy subscriptions such as Windsource.”

There are currently close to 900 Windsource subscribers in Edina. With resident and business contributions, the city hopes to have 675 additional subscribers by March 2018.

For more information, visitxcelenergy.com/windsource or call Brown at 952-826-1621.