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Andy Sheehan Andy Sheehan
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Wind-powered electrical power could save you a lot of money.

A new energy cooperative is beginning to offer rates in our area that beat the competition.

Under deregulation in Pennsylvania, you can choose your own electrical supplier. Now, a new energy cooperative claims you can have 100 percent, clean and renewable wind power for far cheaper than power produced for coal.

Coal-fire power plants like the one in Shippingport have been cited as a primary reason that our region’s air is some of the dirtiest in the nation.

In Somerset County, wind turbines are producing power that environmentalists argue is both clean and renewable.

Under this new energy cooperative, customers in the Duquesne Light service area will be able to buy that wind power at a cost that is much cheaper than energy produced from coal.

The consumer environmental group, Citizen Power has formed a partnership with wind power generator, Tri-Eagle Energy to form Green Eagle.

Prospective customers can begin signing up on the Citizen Power website at what they claim are rates 24 percent cheaper than Duquesne Light and cheaper than all the other alternative power suppliers.

“They’ll be able to get 100 percent renewable energy at the lowest price for any kind of energy,” Titus North from Citizen Power said.

According to Citizen Power, Green Eagle’s rate will offer two-year contracts locking in a rate of $49.56 per 700 kilowatts.

Duquesne Light’s current rate is $65.31.

Duquesne Light, which is distributor of electricity and no longer a generator, had no comment except to say, “We encourage people to look at all the different offers and if they think they can save money with one supplier we think they should do so.”

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