IM Green FAQs

What is Indiana Michigan Power doing to support the environment?

More than two-thirds of the energy I&M generates comes from emission-free sources, including four solar plants (with a fifth under construction); three Hoosier wind generation plants; six hydro-electric plants; and Cook Nuclear Plant, which generates enough emission-free energy to power more than 1.5 million homes. IM Green offers customers an opportunity to support emission-free energy.

What is IM Green?

IM Green is a voluntary renewable energy program that provides eligible Hoosier customers the opportunity to support wind and solar energy at a level beyond the renewable energy all customers receive from I&M’s generation fleet. Energy included in IM Green is 100% generated in Indiana and Michigan.

Why should I consider participating?

IM Green makes it easy for Indiana customers to support renewable energy. For less than $1 per month, you can help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and support green energy. By enrolling in IM Green, you can support the environment and help advance the use of solar and wind power without installing solar panels or wind turbines.

Indiana customers can participate by attributing as little as 10 percent of their monthly energy use to renewable, green energy. At less than 1 cent per kilowatt hour, a typical residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours per month can attribute 10 percent of their energy use to renewables for just 60 cents, or $6 per month to attribute 100 percent of their use.

What percent of my energy use should I subscribe to?

This is a voluntary program, and if you choose to participate, the level of participation is your choice. Participation can be from 10 percent to 100 percent of your monthly energy use. Participation levels are in increments of 10 percent.

This table, based on a typical household using 1,000 kilowatt hours of energy per month, shows examples:

10% 60 cents
20% $1.20
30% $1.80
50% $3.00
70% $4.20
100% $6.00
Why is I&M offering this voluntary energy option?

I&M is pleased to offer choices to our customers, and this program gives our Hoosier customers the opportunity to opt-in to renewable wind and solar energy.

How is the cost to me calculated?

The cost is based on your monthly kilowatt hours of energy use, multiplied by the percentage participation level you choose, and multiplied again by six-tenths of 1 cent ($0.006) per kilowatt hour (kWh).

For example:

Average energy use: 1,000 kWh

Level of participation: 50 percent (.50)

1,000 x .50 = 500

500 x .006 =$3

Where does the energy come from?

The energy attributed to your use is generated at I&M’s four company owned-and-operated solar generation plants in the two states we serve and from three Indiana wind generation plants. I&M is also building a new solar plant near South Bend.

If I participate in IM Green, does that mean my home will be powered from electricity directly from solar panels and wind turbines?

Your participation will directly support solar and wind energy. Due to the nature of the power grid, it is impossible to say exactly which electrons entering your home were generated by wind; solar; the Cook nuclear plant in Bridgman; or from I&M’s only coal-fueled plant in southern Indiana. But the dollars from your subscription to IM Green will go directly to supporting renewable wind and solar energy.

Will choosing IM Green reduce my monthly electric bill?

No. An additional line item will be placed on your bill to recover the optional payments.

Has the cost of participating in IM Green gone down?

Yes, significantly. The new and improve IM Green program is more than 80 percent less than the previous program.

Where exactly will my 0.006 cents per kilowatt hour go?

All money received, minus program costs, will go toward the costs of generating solar and wind energy.

To help understand how Renewable Energy Certificates help support green power, see this video from the U.S. EPA.

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