About Renewable Energy…
You have heard all the buzzwords… Green, Renewable, Carbon Neutral… regardless of the words selected, the path is clear. Consumers want to know that they are being environmentally and socially responsible with the choices they make surrounding energy consumption and the planet.
But what does it really mean to make your electricity plan “Green”?
Consumers believe that if they choose a “green” plan, then they are getting that power source directly from the renewable energy of their choice. That is a misconception that needs some clarification.
Energy is driven by electrons, and those electrons are not distinguishable from fossil fuels, wind, solar, hydro, biomass, or geothermal. An electron is an electron. As electrons are generated, they are uploaded to the energy grid and from that point they become indistinguishable from each other as they are used to generate power. Therefore, is it not realistic for an energy provider to promise the energy sources that supply your company are entirely Green or Renewable.
However, supporting renewable energy and green power in general DOES support the alternative Energy Industries, and here is how!
The purchase of Renewable Energy Credits– also known as REC’s, Green Tags, Renewable Electricity Certificates, or Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs), are tradable, non-tangible energy commodities in the United States that represent proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource and was fed into the shared system of power lines which transport energy. Renewable Energy Credits provide a mechanism for the purchase of renewable energy that is added to and pulled from the electrical grid.
These certificates can be sold and traded or bartered, and the owner of the REC can claim to have purchased renewable energy which looks great for your organizations commitment to Green Incentives.