In the United States, the utility grid combines both renewable and non-renewable sources of generated power, resulting in shared electricity. Consumers utilize energy from the grid when they power day-to-day necessities such as lights, electronics, appliances and electric vehicles.

As a consumer, it can be challenging to monitor your energy use and determine the source of the power. However, you can choose to use renewable attributes by obtaining a renewable energy certificate (REC).

These certificates enable institutions, companies, and municipalities to support the use of clean energy and offset their carbon emissions. At Freedom Energy, we offer professional advice and guidance to help you acquire these certificates and work towards your sustainability goals.

What Are Renewable Energy Certificates?

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are certificates of credits that are issued each time a renewable energy source generates and delivers a megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity to the power grid.

RECs are an instrument in the market that includes social, environmental, and non-power attributes. Certificates contain comprehensive data, including:

  • Project information: The document has a tracking ID and unique identification number in the system. Other details include the project name, build date and nameplate capacity.
  • Source information: The document identifies the facility location and the utility interconnected to the project. Additional details include the renewable fuel type and rate of emissions from the resource.

Benefits of Renewable Energy Certificates

A REC provides clarity and transparency about the type and amount of renewable energy used. RECs allow companies, institutions, and municipalities to track and understand the type and amount of renewable energy used. Other advantages include:

  • Promotion of green energy: A company that buys RECs can promote or advertise its use of green energy. The environmentally friendly sources of power appeal to many consumers who want to lower their own carbon footprints.
  • Growth of green initiatives: The decision to buy RECs can encourage dialogue about renewable resources. The increase in interest can persuade others to use clean sources of energy as well.
  • Reduced carbon footprint: Purchasing RECs supports the renewable energy market, which contributes to lower carbon emissions over time. By supporting renewable energy, companies and institutions can help reduce their carbon footprint and promote sustainable practices.

Get in Touch With the Experts at Freedom Energy

Knowledgeable advisors at Freedom Energy can provide recommendations and help you procure RECs aligned with your business objectives. To learn more or to purchase renewables, contact our team today!