As per a proposal before the State Utilities Commission of North Carolina, USA, consumers can now choose to buy 'green' electricity. Customers willing to pay a few extra dollars will now be able to buy electricity generated from renewable sources ranging from windmills to pig farms. Renewable energy produces about three per cent of the state's electricity. With electricity demand growing at the rate of 3-4 per cent per year, the state's Utilities Commission plans to make recommendations on a proposal to let customers contribute to a 'green-check off' fund which will aid small scale renewable energy producers ( The Charlotte Observer , June 16, 2001).
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