MOORHEAD — People who get their electricity through Moorhead Public Service will have the option to use 100% renewable energy next year as part of the Bright Energy Choices program.

The utility reports that 63% of its power is already renewable, including energy from resources like wind, solar and hydro-electric dams through wholesale power supplier Missouri River Energy Services.

Customers who go renewable will see their premium go up by one-half-cent per kilowatt-hour. For an average home running on 900 kilowatt-hours per month, that's an extra $1.67 per month.

Utility staff said going 100% renewable has been a popular request among its 20,000 customers, 16,000 of whom are residential.

"We want to make sure they have the opportunity to be 100% renewable, and this is the best option for Moorhead Public Service to allow that for their customers," explained engineering manager Travis Schmidt.