Today, British Columbia is a whole lot greener thanks to Bullfrog Power announcing that it has entered the BC electricity marketplace to sell power from wind and low-impact water power generators who meet or exceed the federal government's EcoLogo standard for renewable electricity. Having enjoyed years of success in Ontario and Alberta, Bullfrog Power is now offering residents and businesses of British Columbia a new way to take a stand in support of low-impact renewable electricity and reduce their environmental impact.
Bullfrog Power was founded in 2005 as a way for consumers to purchase electricity from clean and renewable sources. To date, Bullfrog has over 8,000 residential and 900 business customers in Ontario and Alberta, providing demand for five new wind generation projects in Canada. Businesses in British Columbia that are already "Bullfrogpowered" include Walmart Canada, TD Bank Financial, BMO Financial Group, The Pembina Institute, The David Suzuki Foundation.
This sounds great, but how does this work? No special wiring is needed. Customer draws power from the BC grid as it always has and Bullfrog Power injects as much green power onto the grid as customer takes off. The green power comes from an EcoLogo certified low-impact renewable generation facility. For each megawatt of power generated by such a facility and is injected onto the grid, a corresponding Green Power Certificate is created to represent the positive environmental benefits associated with producing green power. Bullfrog Power then retires the associated Green Power Certificates, issued on your behalf. This entitles you to claim that you are using green electricity and that your environmental footprint has been reduced accordingly.
Deloitte conducts an annual audit to confirm, among other things, that as many Green Power Certificates have been retired on behalf of Bullfrog Power’s customers as Bullfrog Power has sold. The audit also ensures that these Green Power Certificates cannot be resold or double counted. Bullfrog will bill you monthly, in addition to your regular electricity provider, such as BC Hydro.
Here is a link to some frequently asked questions about Bullfrog Power in British Columbia as provided on its website.
I like this company and I like the idea that the customer is in control of its electricity choices. Congratulations Bullfrog Power and welcome to British Columbia! I have no doubt that you will be welcomed by all those who support low-impact renewable power.