Green-e Energy REC Important Information
Glacial Pure Wind RECs
Glacial Energy is pleased to offer Renewable Energy Certificates that are verified and certified by Green-e Energy. As a Glacial Pure Wind REC customer, you have the option to reduce the environmental impact of your electricity use.
Green-e Energy is the nation’s leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and sets consumer protection and environmental standards for renewable electricity products. The Green-e Energy National Standard identifies many criteria renewable energy must meet to be certified, and the Green-e Energy label certifies that the power is from an eligible renewable energy resource. All Green-e Energy requirements and auditing protocols are publicly available and can be found at www.green-e.org/energy.
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
A REC represents the environmental attributes of one megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity generated from renewable resources delivered somewhere on the power grid. They can be purchased from a variety of locations and energy sources, and the REC purchase can be based on any amount of electricity. The purchase of RECs make it easy for a Glacial Pure Wind REC customer to reduce the environmental impact of their electricity use and is one of the most effective tools to accomplish this goal.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was developed to act as a national benchmark in the design, construction and operation of environmentally friendly buildings and provides a framework and checklist for new and existing structures desiring to meet set benchmark standards. Under current LEED green building standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, points are awarded under the Green Power credit for purchases of RECs or renewable electricity that are Green-e Energy Certified or equivalent. For more information, please visit HERE
Your purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) is supporting electricity production in your region. You will continue to receive an electricity bill from your utility which includes the cost of Pure Wind RECs. For every unit of renewable electricity generated, an equivalent amount of RECs is produced. The purchase of RECs helps offset conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable electricity generator is located. The purchase also helps build a market for renewable electricity and may have other local and global environmental benefits such as reducing global climate change and regional air pollution. For more information about RECs, please visit www.green-e.org.
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When a renewable energy facility operates, it creates electricity that is delivered into a vast network of transmission wires, often referred to as “the grid.” The grid is segmented into regional power pools; in many cases these pools are not interconnected. To help facilitate the sale of renewable electricity nationally, a system was established that separates renewable electricity generation into two parts: the electricity or electrical energy produced by a renewable generator and the renewable “attributes” of that generation. The renewable attributes or “green” attributes are sold separately as renewable energy certificates (RECs). Only one certificate may be issued for each unit of renewable electricity produced. The electricity that was split from the REC is no longer considered "renewable" and cannot be counted as renewable or zero-emissions by whoever buys it.
This product is comprised of RECs. With the purchase of RECs, you are buying the renewable attributes (i.e. environmental benefits) of a specific amount and type of renewable energy generation. You will continue to receive an electricity bill from your utility which includes the cost of Pure Wind RECs. Your purchase of renewable certificates helps offset conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable generator is located. Your purchase also helps build a market for renewable electricity and may have other local and global environmental benefits such as reduced global climate change and regional air pollution.
The renewable certificates in this product are verified and certified by Green-e Energy. Each supplier of renewable certificates is required to disclose the quantity, type and geographic source of each certificate. Please see the Product Content Label for this information. Green-e Energy also verifies that the renewable certificates are not sold more than once or claimed by more than one party. For information on Green-e Energy please visit its Web site, www.green-e.org, or call them toll-free, 1-888-63-GREEN.