The ABCs of renewable energy RECs and greenhouse gas offsets

Rob Harmon

Bonneville Environmental Foundation

There is much discussion in this book about how RECs should or should not interact with the GHG market. The overarching question in the RECs vs carbon offsets debate is: when customers buy renewable energy certificates, under what circumstances should those purchases be considered GHG offsets?

It is useful to approach this question by carefully breaking it down into three questions: Does renewable energy reduce GHG emissions? When customers buy RECs as CO2 reductions, under what circumstances are those purchases meaningful? How can customers use RECs to offset their organizations' CO2 emissions?

Solar Panel Basics

Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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