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?

Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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