A Renewable Energy Certificate, or REC for short, is the ideal way for you to be environmentally conscious even when you live in an area where it seems out of reach. Maybe you live in a downtown apartment where you can’t put up your own solar panels or install a wind turbine to start generating your own renewable energy. Or maybe you really want to be doing more to help the environment but you don’t have any idea where to start. Well, with a Renewable Energy Certificate is a way that you can guarantee that you are purchasing renewable and environmentally conscious energy for use in your home.
Anytime a company or an individual is creating electricity from a renewable resource, they are creating their own RECs. In fact, whenever renewable energy is being produced, RECs are involved. RECs are completely tradable certificates that represent one Megawatt-hour, or MWh for short, of renewable energy on the electrical grid. That’s about as much energy as the average home uses in a single month. This essentially means that you are buying the rights to claim the renewable energy that has been created and that you have every right to claim you are using 100% renewable energy in your home or business.
Because all of our energy is put on the Electric Power Grid, by buying a REC you are ensuring that 1 MWh is being added into the power grid, and it is then up to you to make sure you are only using that amount of electricity to match your RECs with your personal usage. When you use a REC, it means that you are contributing to the creation of environmentally conscious energy and are supporting companies, like Kiwi Energy, that offer such energy. Buying a REC, in this sense, is like casting a vote to show that you want your energy to be from a renewable resource and that you want the renewable energy market to grow.
RECs are an effective way to do your part to reduce carbon emissions and to support environmentally conscious energy. If you want to learn more about RECs, here are two videos, one from Centresol and another from the US Environmental Protection Agency, to explain more about them and what they are used for.