Why Is GreenChoice No. 1?

RECEIVED Thu., Nov. 1, 2007

Dear Editor,
    Austin Energy's GreenChoice program is, according to AE's website, the No. 1 Green Power Program in America. How can their program be No. 1 if it's not even available to all customers? Green Mountain Energy provides renewable energy to all of its customers. In fact, they only provide renewable energy. Why aren't they the No. 1 green program in America? Through Austin Energy a customer can opt to be placed on a "wait list" for their renewable energy program but only after certain criteria are met. And once (if) accepted there are extra fees for the customer, as usual. This seems rather absurd for a city whose mayor boasts about it being a green community. And since Austin Energy holds a monopoly over city of Austin utilities by refusing to deregulate, consumers don't even have the option to use a true green provider such as Green Mountain Energy. Monopolies are illegal. Austin consumers have a right to choose their utility service provider. Currently, we have no choice but to put up with AE's outrageous rates, numerous fees, and lack of customer service. Let us not forget America's No. 1 GreenChoice provider's reputation for flagrantly chopping down trees throughout the city. They do so without customer knowledge, approval, or presence. Austin Energy's website is a facade disguising the truth of their possessorship over the city. It's time to deregulate the city of Austin. A little competition would be in everyone's (and the environment's) best interest. And consumers should always have the right to choose.
Colette Michalec
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