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Changing to clean electricity is one of the easiest ways for your business to reduce fossil fuel consumption, cut down on air pollution, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Let your customers know your commitment to the environment

You can use renewable energy credits (RECs) to market that your company is using locally sourced Clean Power. Our RECs come from local, renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, waste, and more. In addition, Shipley Energy will ensure that the electricity your business uses is replaced on the grid with clean sources, all local to Pennsylvania. Your company will be a local business supporting other local businesses.

How it works

  • Although the traditional power you are buying is generated by "dirty" methods (fossil fuels, coal, etc), you can buy Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset your traditional power with clean power such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, waste, and more
  • For a monthly subscription, we purchase and manage your entire REC compliance to meet your desired level of Clean Power use
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We want to work with you

We will work with you to create a customized clean energy plan that meets your business’ needs and sustainability goals, such as:

  • “Powered by 100% Clean Energy”
  • “Made from a mix of local renewable energy sources”
  • “Packaged with 50% renewable energy sources”
  • “Assembled using Clean Power”

What if I already purchase my power from the utility or another supplier?

  • REC compliance for marketing purposes is handled separately
  • We use your monthly usage to purchase the appropriate RECs for your compliance

Have your own generation?

We can bundle that in with the program and manage your entire book of RECs.

Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)

Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)

As Americans become increasingly aware of greenhouse gas emissions, there is more demand today than ever before for renewable energy. Reflecting these concerns, businesses across the country are taking steps to reduce their reliance on coal energy, turning instead toward alternate forms of energy sourced from water, wind, biomass, and solar heat.

The United States is currently responsible for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide generated by fossil fuels accounts for 65% of this problem. Clearly, American businesses need options to reduce and eventually eliminate this reliance. The problem has spurred the current trend of renewable energy certificates, which businesses purchase for credits toward cleaner options. So what is a renewable energy credit?

What Are Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)?

Renewable energy credits are credits that energy consumers can purchase in exchange for pure, unfiltered allocations of renewable energy. The credits represent green energy on the electrical grid. An increasing number of business owners are purchasing RECs as part of an effort to offset emissions.

What Are Renewable Energy Credits?

How Do RECs Work?

The electricity grid is full of energy from a variety of sources. Some of these sources are on the green end of the spectrum, such as wind power, solar power, hydropower, and biomass, all of which are generally touted as clean and environmentally friendly. At the same time, the grid contains energy drawn from sources that are often cited as greenhouse-gas emitting, such as coal. Companies purchase renewable energy credits to offset traditional energy sources. In this way, companies can market themselves as being powered by clean energy.

Why Would a Business Buy Renewable Energy Credits?

Renewable energy credits offer numerous benefits to businesses large and small. With renewable energy, you can offset your company’s reliance on fossil fuels and boost the image of your brand name in the eyes of the public. Best of all, you will not have to install your own solar panels or be situated near a windmill to reap the benefits of renewable energy.

1. Support the Renewable Energy Market

When you purchase renewable energy credits for your business, your company contributes to the proliferation of the REC market. By doing so, your company will help add to the growth and spread of the renewable energy sector across the country and throughout the world. The money that your company allocates toward renewable energy through the purchase of RECs helps further the cause by giving green energy developers more capital to expand their range throughout the U.S.

As more businesses buy renewable energy credits, green energy organizations will have the funds to develop their infrastructure in untapped markets. Over time, these organizations will build more windmills and solar panels, providing increased amounts of green energy to businesses that purchase RECs while expanding the market into more remote territories. In the years to come, the renewable energy market could overtake conventional energy and significantly lower the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.

2. Reduced Carbon Footprint

By investing in renewable energy credits, your business can reduce its carbon footprint on the environment. For each megawatt hour of energy that your company derives from green sources, that is one less hour of energy taken from fossil fuels. Over a typical year, this can have a significant effect on the environment, especially as your fellow businesses also take part and purchase renewable energy credits of their own. As more and more companies go this route, the nation’s business sector could seriously reduce its collective level of carbon emissions.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

By purchasing renewable energy credits on a reoccurring basis, your company can achieve sustainability goals.

3. Reach Environmental Goals

Renewable energy credits can help your business reach its environmental goals on a long-term basis. If your goal is to reduce your company’s reliance on fossil fuels over the coming year, RECs could help you cut that reliance down by large percentages in the months ahead. In its place, you will have an incoming stream of green energy to light your office spaces, power your HVAC system and keep your outlets connected to the electrical grid. Best of all, you will know that your energy is predominantly green.

RECs make it possible for a business to embark on a new green-energy plan without having to invest in solar panels or private windmills. Instead, you can simply earmark funds toward renewable energy credits.

4. Cost-Effective Green Energy

Renewable energy can be a costly undertaking for any business that tries to set up its own green infrastructure. With renewable energy credits, you can avoid such costly efforts because the supplying company does all the work. The utility company sets up all the green energy sources and assigns megawatt hours to the owner of a given certificate. Therefore, you will not need to install your own solar panels to reap the benefits of solar-derived energy for your business.

RECs Are Cost Effective

When it comes to new energy plans, cost issues can be a prohibitive factor, especially for smaller companies or those looking to cut their overhead expenses. With so many things to earmark funds for on a monthly or quarterly basis, it can be challenging to accommodate a renewable energy plan if the only option requires a huge investment and a renovation of your premises. Thankfully, renewable energy credits make it possible to skip those difficult steps and instead focus on the core strengths of your company, all while reducing your carbon footprint.

5. Flexible Renewable Energy Options

Without the support of a renewable energy supplier, it can be challenging to implement green energy at a single location, let alone across an entire company. With renewable energy credits, you could more easily get the whole of your company up and running on green energy, even if you operate from multiple sites. If your offices are spread across considerable distances, you can purchase certificates to cover those areas and have all of your locations or storefront branches powered with renewable energy.

RECs are also flexible in that they will accommodate businesses of any size. If left to your own devices, it might be a wise investment to connect your main company headquarters with solar panels or other means of green energy. However, such investments might seem cumbersome if your company operates from a multitude of smaller offices in far-off places. When you purchase renewable energy credits for your company, you could opt to have all of your locations covered without having to install a single solar panel.

6. Improved Brand Image

In this day and age, embracing renewable energy is one of the best things you can do for your brand in the eyes of the public at large. As increasing numbers of consumers develop an environmental conscience, more people are seeking products and services from companies that engage in eco-friendly practices. With renewable energy credits, your business can project an eco-friendly image.

Some companies are more public than others regarding energy practices, and you can choose whether to make this a part of your brand image. Depending on your market and the demographics you serve, your company’s use of renewable energy could be a deciding factor in the average customer’s willingness to do business with you. If your company has suffered PR fallouts in the past, a switch to renewable energy could be a golden opportunity to restore your brand image, make amends with the public, and attract new customers.

How RECs Can Help Your Business Meet Its Sustainability Goals

When you rely on a shared energy grid, it is impossible to track the sources of incoming energy unless you have a system in place that will credit select energy types to your account. After all, the power grids draw from a variety of sources, some that are known as eco-friendly and others that emit greenhouse gases. With renewable energy credits, you can offset traditional power with clean power such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, waste, and more.

How RECs Can Help Your Business Meet Its Sustainability Goals

1. Wind Energy

Alternately known as wind power, this is the energy produced by tall wind turbines, which turn natural wind into a source of energy. Given that wind is one of the purest and most natural phenomenons on the planet, wind turbines are a drastic improvement over nuclear plants as sources of power.

Granted, wind turbines do not work as well in areas with low winds or where obstructions prevent wind flow. However, with renewable energy credits, your business could receive power from grids connected to wind turbines, allowing you to benefit even if your headquarters are in a low-wind area.

2. Solar Energy

One of the most fascinating developments in recent years has been the spread of solar panels as an alternative source of energy on everything from office buildings and rec centers to luxury apartments and tiny homes. Basically, solar panels convert sunlight into electricity.

On warm and sunny days, a panel of sufficient size could fully energize a large building. With renewable energy credits, a business that lacks the space or money to set up solar panels can benefit from the solar energy that gets distributed through the local power grid.

3. Hydropower

Hydropower is sourced from water spun at high speeds. The process is applied at hydroelectric power plants, typically located at river dams, where water is routed into a reservoir and spun through a turbine, creating energy in the process.

4. Biogas

Biogas is a type of energy sourced at facilities where methane is extracted from decomposing organic mass. Biogas is often generated at dairy farms, where anaerobic digestion converts methane into energy for use as an alternative fuel.

Other forms of alternative energy that get distributed to REC certificate owners include landfill-gas-to-energy (LFGTE), where methane generated at landfills is converted into a source of heat and electricity, thereby making good on what would otherwise be a greenhouse gas.

Shipley Energy Can Help You Get Started Using RECs

As concerns over gas emissions become ever more urgent, any possible steps toward cleaner energy would be beneficial for the environment as a whole. Shipley Energy offers renewable energy credits for clean forms of energy sourced from the Pennsylvania power grid. When you buy RECS from Shipley Energy, you will get renewable energy credit management that eliminates confusion over this area of your business, allowing you to focus on the regular operations of your company.

With Shipley Energy’s renewable energy certificates, you could significantly offset the level of carbon monoxide emitted from your business operations. Contact Shipley Energy to learn more about renewable energy credits (RECs) and how they can help power your business.

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