- Demonstrating civic leadership
- Generating positive publicity
- Improving employee morale
- Differentiating products, services and brands
- Attracting new customers and employees
- Providing a hedge against risks posed by electricity price instability, fuel supply disruptions and environmental regulation
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Virtually every business activity, from powering a fleet of vehicles to manufacturing products to flying employees to meetings, emits greenhouse gases (GHG), including CO2 which are negatively impacting the environment. The environmental impact of an organization is referred to as its carbon footprint, which measures the total GHG emitted directly and indirectly by that organization. Direct emissions result from activities that the organization controls, like operating a facility and producing a product, and from using electricity for things like lighting, heating, and powering equipment. Indirect emissions are those that the organization is responsible for but does not control, like the carbon emitted by suppliers who deliver raw materials for the manufacturing operations.
- Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) represent the environmental, social or other positive attributes of power generated by renewable resources like sun, wind, moving water, geothermal, or other natural sources. For example, RECs represent the reduced emissions of renewable generation compared with those of conventional generation. RECs are purchased separately from, and in addition to, your conventional commodity energy supply. 1 MWh of power generated from renewable resources = 1 REC.
- Green Power is conventionally-produced energy bundled with RECs. Green power can be purchased from power suppliers as a single premium product.
- Emissions Allowances and Credits can be purchased to offset your facility’s carbon footprint or reach other environmental goals such as acid rain or smog mitigation. Emissions Allowances represent rights to emit carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) or other pollutants. Emissions Credits represent reductions in these emissions relative to an established baseline. Examples are carbon credits, SO2 allowances and NOx allowances.
- Renewable Energy Power
- Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
- California Carbon Markets
- Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
- CAIR NOx and SO2
- California RECLAIM Credits (RTCs)
- Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) NOx Allowances
- Verified Emission Reductions (VERs)
- Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) – for facility expansion