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green tag
 n.— «Businesses or individuals who are enrolling in the green energy program, aren’t actually switching their electricity providers. Instead, they’re buying what the alternative energy industry calls “green tags.” A green tag basically allows a business or individual to place an order with a green energy company to produce a certain amount of energy that is produced in an environmentally friendly manner. The green energy companies produce the power, but it doesn’t get shipped directly to the people who bought the green tags. Instead, the electricity gets funneled into the overall power grid where it becomes indistinguishable from traditionally produced energy.» —“Power plant hopes ‘green tags’ will help it and the environment” by Chad Lawhorn Lawrence World-Journal (Kansas) Apr. 22, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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