What are RECS?

  • Renewable Energy Certificates
  • A REC Represents proof that one megawatt-hour(MWh) of electricity was generated by an eligible renewable energy resource
  • Each REC embodies the renewable energy attributes energy attributes (Environmental and social) associated with the generation of power from that resource.

How do RECS work?

  • Electricity demand is met by a mix of fossil (e.g natural gas) and no fossil (e.g. solar) fuel sources all supplying into the national grid. Since the electricity generated is physically the same, it is impossible for the consumer to know what type of electricity is consumed.
  • Renewable electricity generation can be viewed as having 2 separate parts: 1. The commodity electricity 2. The environmental and other non-power attributes of generation represented by a REC
  • RECs were created to help convey the attributes of electricity generated from renewable resources to consumers.
  • The environmental attributes of electricity generation are represented by a REC.

Do you qualify?

Which technologies qualify for certification ?

Electricity generated from the following resources qualifies for certification

Why RECs?

For individuals and organizations who want to meet their
environmental goals while aligning with National Strategies

  • Utilities and load serving entities :
    So they can offer residential and commercial customers green power through voluntary programs.
  • Business and government agencies :
    In order to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their energy use and make their operations, products, and services more sustainable.
  • Green building professionals to mitigate the environmental impact of the electricity used in their buildings, helping them qualify for points under the LEED Green Power Credit
  • Because RECs are monitored and verified, individual and organizational buyers can buy RECs and be confident that electricity generated on their behalf was done so with renewable energy resources.