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Depending on where you live, it can be a relatively painless process to switch to a greener power company, or virtually impossible.

logo-gpnycNew York City residents can switch, if they choose, and now a new environmental collaboration is making the process easier than ever.

Consumers can follow the guidance of a new website, launched Monday and created by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Alliance for Clean Energy in New York.

“Three clicks and you can make the switch from fossil fuels to clean energy,” said Brandi Colander, attorney in the Air and Energy Program at NRDC. “This website gives New Yorkers a tool to lead the way in repowering America, starting with their own homes and small businesses.”

The website, GreenPowerNYC, allows residents and small busines owners to select the type of clean power they want to use and their energy provider. After simply filling out a form with their choices, they can make the switch to plans and providers that employ green energy, such as wind and hydro-generation.

The program,  made possible by a donation from the Wolfensohn Family Foundation, can help users lower their carbon footprint and support the economic development of alternative energy sources.

“This new project is exciting for energy providers, environmentalists and New York City residents alike,” said Carol Murphy Executive Director of ACE NY, in a statement.

Echoing that thought was Mel Jones, president and chief executive officer of Sterling Planet, one of the power providers: “With the launch of Green Power NYC, millions more New Yorkers can discover that clean, renewable energy is an easy, affordable option that’s good for the environment, good for the economy, and good for increased energy security and independence.”

Con Edison is also participating.