MEP Encourages Maryland Neighborhoods to Switch To 100% Renewable Electric Energy
An Easy Roadmap for Switching Over to 100% Renewable Electric Energy
MEP is now encouraging residents of neighborhoods in Montgomery County, MD, to switch to 100% renewable electric energy. The Town of Somerset is the pilot program for this project. This switch costs nothing and your Pepco electric bill will be nearly the same! You also will receive a $25 check from you new power provider. This WIN-WIN opportunity to save money and the environment at the same time has been growing in popularity, and MEP hopes to expand this project to other neighborhoods in Maryland and Washington, DC.
The two-minute process is easy and fast and you even will receive a MEP t-shirt for your effort!
- Go to: www.clearviewenergy.com/#pricing Enter your zip code: (Example 20815). You will see the present rate that you pay your utility company at the top and various rate options below.
- Choose the second option: 8.09 cents/Kwh, fixed rate 12-month contract (The first option, which has an added $9.99/month fee, is more expensive.) Click Sign Up. (As of Jan. 30, 2018, Pepco average price is 7.73 cents/Kwh, which now means Clearview is slightly more, whereas those who signed up in 2017 are now paying slightly less, but this difference is very slight and the reward of having renewable energy coming into your home is priceless!)
- Enter Your Personal Information, including the 22-digit Service Number, which can be found on the top of page 2 of your Pepco bill (the long number below “Details of your Electric Charges”).
At the right, for “How did you hear about us?” go to near the bottom of the scroll down and choose “Friend.” If you insert “Barton Rubenstein,” you will receive a beautiful MEP t-shirt and a $25 check for adding this info.
Click Submit Enrollment and you are DONE! Congrats!
- After you complete this process, please email us at email@example.com and let us know what color and size you would like along with your name and address. View colors here: www.motherearthproject.org/t-shirts/
You are now an official member of MEP and are an environmental steward of our planet!
Q & A
• Why Clearview Energy? MEP independently researched and called over two dozen residential electricity providers, http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/ecm/web/Compare_new1.cfm, and has determined that only a few provide 100% renewable energy. Clearview Energy was the only company that offered prices less than what Pepco presently offers. (Since the above link is not updated daily, MEP called to get present prices.)
• Can you please tell me some basic information about Clearview Energy? Clearview Energy began in 2004, is based in Dallas, Texas, and presently has over 100,000 customers around the US. It sells 100% renewable energy from solar, wind, and hydropower plants.
• Is this plan a fixed rate plan? Yes, your 12-month contract will have the same rate each month.
• Does it cost anything to switch to Clearview? No, there is no cost for switching.
• Why should I choose the second option plan, when the first appears to be cheaper? The reason is that the first plan has an additional monthly $9.99 fee (click “Plan Benefits…” to see), so the second plan is better, unless you use a lot of electricity.
• How will my Pepco monthly electric bill change? It will be the same. You will still receive the same Pepco bill and at the bottom of the last page it will include a new section indicating that you are using power from Clearview. And you will see that the price is less than what Pepco charges.
• What if I previously signed up with another third-party energy provider? In this case, you must finish your existing contract, and only after it has ended can you switch to Clearview Energy.
• What happens if the power goes out, do I call Clearview? No, your present energy provider (Pepco for Montgomery County) is still responsible for your power lines and your service.
• What happens at the end of the 12-month period? Clearview will write and call you a month before the expiration of your contract to see if you want to renew. At that point, you can 1) choose from available fix-rate offers 2) cancel your contract and revert back to Pepco, or 3) not respond. In this last scenario, Clearview will continue to provide service to you on a month-to-month basis, offering a variable rate found on the open market. (As of Oct, 2017, the Clearview variable rate in Bethesda, MD, is 7.49cents/KwH, which is actually less than the above mentioned fixed-rate option.)
• How do I contact Clearview? The best way is by phone, (800) 746-4702, x4, x1. By the way, you can switch to Clearview on the phone, however, signing up on the internet is faster.
• What if a new Clearview contract is offered on their website that is cheaper than your existing contract? If so, you can call Clearview and they will change your contract to the cheaper one at no charge.
• Is there a penalty for canceling the contract before it expires? Yes, there is an Early Termination Fee of $150. Details and changes to this policy can be found on the webpage where you enter your personal information, entitled Energy Plan Disclosures.
• I saw there were some complaints about Clearview on the internet, are these true? Clearview had some issues with their door-to-door agents that were providing incorrect information and not acting in a professional manner. This problem has now been corrected.
• Do I receive a $25 check for referring a ‘Friend,’ Barton Rubenstein? Yes, both customers receive $25, you and Barton Rubenstein, a co-founder of MEP. The later check is used to offset the cost of distributing MEP t-shirts and promoting this project. Clearview sends the checks 90 days after you sign up.
• After I signup with Clearview, how do I receive confirmation? You will receive your first confirmation via snail mail. Apparently, they are working on also sending out an email confirmation.
• Does MEP have a relationship with Clearview Energy? No connection.
• How does the renewable energy actually come directly into our house? First of all, Pepco is responsible for creating an electric grid and buying power sources to provide power for all of us to use. Pepco doesn’t create power itself. Because of the energy deregulation laws, Pepco is required to provide us the opportunity to choose which power provider we want. And by choosing Clearview Energy, we are telling Pepco to purchase power from Clearview Energy and add its renewable energy to the grid. So, in the end, switching to to Clearview Energy adds more renewable energy to the grid, a portion of which we use.
• More Frequently Asked Questions? Please go to Clearview’s webpage: http://www.clearviewenergy.com/faq
MEP’s choice of Clearview Energy has been the result of much research. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the MEP team at firstname.lastname@example.org .