FirstEnergy and Rubber City Radio Group -- the parent company of WAKR -- teaming up to become one of the first all-alternative electric broadcast operations in the midwest through the utility's "Switch Is On" program. 100 percent of the electricity used by 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE-FM and 94.9 WQMX will come from a western Ohio wind farm located near Van Wert, Ohio west of Toledo. The power generated by the advanced wind turbines at the Blue Creek Wind Farm is used by FirstEnergy, American Municipal Power and The Ohio State University, according to the company's website.
Dennis Chack, Senior Vice-President of the utility, says FirstEnergy has close to 1,700 megawatts of renewable energy available to it's system. FirstEnergy controls nearly 17,000 megawatts with more than a third from carbon-free sources including wind, solar and hydroelectric.
When the wind farm reaches full capacity, Chack notes, it allows for development of additional renewable resources to meet the growing need for "green" energy. The electricity generated though the program helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is certified as part of the Green-e Energy verification program.
FirstEnergy is also making the same green energy choice available to homeowners. The utility says it costs an extra four dollars a month, on average.
Additional information is available at TheSwitchIsOn.com.