|Received:||1/24/2008 10:33:30 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims; Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates|
Comments:I am a DTE Energy customer who signed up for the "GreenCurrents" program. I assumed that the extra fees were going to be used to purchase and develop alternative energy in the state of Michigan. The advertisements for the program are festooned with modern wind generators, photo votalic cells etc... The brochure starts with these words "Congratulations on particpating in Detroit Edison's GreenCurrents voluntary renewable energy program", and goes to make statemnet such as "...while supporting the development of renewable energy alternatives for Michigan..." Statements such as these clearly imply that the extra money being given to this energy company are going to be used for, to use their words, "development of renewable energy in Michigan." I would like the FTC to use all the power it posses to force DTE to use the monies it collects from the GreenCurrents program to invest directly in the development of renewable energy in Michigan. If that is not in the power of the FTC, then DTE should be forced to tell the truth about how and where the monies will be used.