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Renewable Option RECs—100% Pacific Northwest Wind

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Through BEF’s Renewable Option program, your household can affordably purchase the environmental benefits of wind power generated throughout the Pacific Northwest.

What it is:

  • Green-e Certified Renewable Option RECs represent wind energy from Pacific Northwest projects.
  • 1 block of Renewable Option RECs = 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
  • Renewable Option RECs are priced at $1.50 per block (1 block = 100 kilowatt-hours).

How it works:

  • You will need access to your electricity usage for one year to determine this figure, which you should be able to find on your electricity bill.
  • Your total fee is determined by estimating the quantity of electricity your business uses annually, thereby determining how many blocks you need to purchase.
  • You can use the following formula to figure out how many blocks to purchase annually:
  •  Annual kilowatt-hours divided by 100 = Number of Blocks
  • After your purchase, you will still receive a separate power bill from its utility.
  • BEF will deliver your Renewable Energy Certificate by email.
  • You can pay in a single payment, 12 monthly payments, or 4 quarterly payments.
where we get it

This product contains 100% wind RECs from wind facilities within the Pacific Northwest.

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more on how it works

While you can’t literally plug into a power outlet and receive electrons from a wind turbine located far from your home, you can own the environmental benefits of a specific quantity of power produced from a zero-emissions wind energy facility. When you enroll in the BEF Renewable Option program, you are purchasing the environmental attributes of electricity generated from wind facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Your dollar helps support the development of renewable energy facilities in your region.

A robust accounting system ensures that only you own the specific wind energy attributes you’ve purchased. BEF provides proof of your purchase by delivering you a certificate by email.

Your purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) is supporting electricity production in the Pacific Northwest. You will continue to receive a separate electricity bill from your utility. For every unit of renewable electricity generated, an equivalent amount of RECs is produced. The purchase of RECs helps reduce conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable electricity generator is located.

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additional information about renewable energy certificates (RECs)

When a renewable energy facility operates, it creates electricity that is delivered into a vast network of transmission wires, often referred to as “the grid.” The grid is segmented into regional power pools; in many cases these pools are not interconnected. To help facilitate the sale of renewable electricity nationally, a system was established that separates renewable electricity generation into two parts: the electricity or electrical energy produced by a renewable generator and the renewable “attributes” of that generation. The renewable attributes or “green” attributes can be sold separately as renewable energy certificates (RECs). Only one certificate may be issued for each unit of renewable electricity produced. The electricity that was split from the REC is no longer considered "renewable" and cannot be counted as renewable or zero-emissions by whomever buys it.

Your purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) supports renewable electricity production in the region of generation. For every unit of renewable electricity generated, an equivalent amount of RECs is produced, and by purchasing and pairing RECs with your electricity service you are using and receiving the benefits of that renewable electricity. You will continue to receive a separate electricity bill from your utility for electricity service. Your REC purchase also helps build a market for renewable electricity. Increased demand for and generation of renewable electricity helps reduce conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable electricity generator is located. It also has other local and global environmental benefits which may include emitting little or no regional air pollution or carbon dioxide.

BEF Green Wind REC is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org. Bonneville Environmental Foundation is required to disclose the quantity, type and geographic source of each certificate. Please see the Prospective Product Content Label and Historical Product Content Label for this information. Green-e Energy also verifies that the renewable certificates are not sold more than once or claimed by more than one party. For information on Green-e Energy please visit its website, www.green-e.org..

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types of REC projects

The project types described below represent the diversity of projects that could make up BEF's REC portfolio. They are provided as information only to help inform our customers about where and how RECs are generated. View our current wind project portfolio online now ::

WIND ENERGY—Also called “wind power,” wind energy is electrical power generated from a wind turbine.

SOLAR ENERGY—The conversion of light into an electric current.

BIOGAS—Biogas is an energy resource produced by capturing methane through a process called anaerobic digestion. Methane can come from any facility in which plant or animal matter is decomposing. Biogas renewable energy projects are most commonly operated on dairy farms that capture methane and convert it into energy that can be used to replace other fuels such as natural gas (commonly used for heating buildings).

LANDFILL GAS—Landfill-gas-to-energy (LFGTE) projects capture methane gas for electricity and heat, turning a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) into a beneficial source of renewable energy.

GEOTHERMAL ENERGY—Geothermal energy is the natural thermal energy that is generated and stored in the Earth.

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quick facts about the Renewable Option RECs program

Q: What is “clean, renewable energy,” anyway?

A: Renewable energy is energy derived from natural resources (such as sunlight, wind, geothermal heat, etc.) and which supply is naturally replenished. “Clean” energy is energy that doesn’t pollute the atmosphere, unlike fossil fuel-based energy that releases carbon dioxide. Investments in clean, renewable energy support energy independence, create jobs and reduce human impact on the environment.

Q: Do I have to sign a contract?

A: No. Absolutely not. You can sign up or cancel at any time at ShrinkYourFoot.org/renewableoption.

Q: What does it cost?

A: Less than $15.00 per month for the average household* (or $1.50 per block in addition to your regular electricity bill from the utility). Customers with larger-than-average energy needs will have the option to purchase additional blocks at $1.50 each. *The average sized U.S. household uses approximately 900 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Q: Will I receive a bill?

A: No. The Renewable Option program is separate from your utility power bill and is run entirely through the BEF website. Once you’ve signed up for BEF’s Renewable Option program at ShrinkYourFoot.org/renewableoption, BEF will charge your credit card monthly, quarterly, or one single payment depending on your payment selection.

Q: Will I receive a notification to renew at the end of the year?

A:You will start getting renewal notices three months in advance to sign up for another year.

Q: How does my purchase benefit the environment?

A: Your purchase helps support renewable energy, which displaces electricity generated from fossil-fuel resources.

Q: How else can I reduce my home energy use?

A: BEF advises you to maximize the energy efficiency of home wherever possible. After all, the greenest energy is the energy you don’t use.