|Received:||2/22/2008 1:43:03 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
|Rule:||Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims; Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates|
Comments:I am a customer of DTE Energy, also known as Detroit Edison. I received marketing material from DTE urging customers to support alternative energy by subscribing to their Green Currents program. THe materials indicated that DTE would be purchasing renewable energy as part of this program. I subscribed to the Green Currents program because I believed my money would be used to purchase alternative energy. I've since learned that Detroit Edison is not purchasing renewable energy. They are instead purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs). This is very different from using actual renewable energy. I urge the FTC to adopt guidelines (and the requisite enforcement of those guidelines) that require utilities disclose the type of product being sold (energy, RECs, or offsets) so customers are not misled.