Green-E Certified REC Green-E certifies the validity of the REC – Must be from approved source Solar electric Wind Geothermal Small scale hydropower Certain forms of biomass
Other Green-E Duties Verify that the certificates followed through upon Verify that used certificates are retired
Renewable Choice for Business “Let us help you measure and understand your environmental impact, so that you can reduce it, save money, engage stakeholders and gain a stronger competitive advantage.”
Options for Business Consulting Services – Energy Audit – Greenhouse gas inventory – Sustainability aid Helps to reduce environmental impact – Renewable Energy Credits – Carbon Offsets
Burt’s Bees & Renewable Energy Burt’s Bees decided in 2007 to embrace the renewable energy movement, and offset their use 100% Wanted to impact not only their company with this offset, but also wanted to help their employees better understand and get more involved with renewable energy. Created employee energy training
Performance & Renewable Choice Wanted to add to their services in order to differentiate themselves from competitors They are able to offer to their customers an experience fully offset by renewable energy.
Renewable Choice for Home “Be a leader. Reduce your environmental impact. Choose wind for yourself, your family and friends, and fight climate change!”
Making it Easy There is an online shop where you can purchase energy offsets. – “Individual Plan” - $5/Month for at least 12 months (3,000 kilowatt hours of wind power) – “Wind Power Plan” - $15/Month for at least 12 months (9,000 kilowatt hours of wind power) – Starter options on a buy per month basis
Green Your Phone? “Renewable Choice has teamed up with BestBuy to offer GREEN YOUR PHONE, a product which provides consumers with a simple and effective way to address the impact of mobile phone electricity on the environment. ”
So Many Options…. You can “follow” Renewable Source energy on – Twitter – Facebook – YouTube – Flickr – StumbeUpon – Technorati – Delicious – And, of course, Pandora
Summary This seems like a great idea – selling renewable offsets to individual consumers and businesses Working to make this concept easy to understand Using a third part to guarantee against fraud
Goose Island: Getting Chicago Involved Goose Island, a Chicago based brewery, is one of Renewable Choice’s clients They purchase enough renewable power to offset 100% of their energy use Employees also worked together to ensure 96% of the brewery waste is reduced, reused, or recycled.
Green Line Pale Ale They created a new ale, Green Line, to raise awareness of environmental issues. For each pint sold, a donation is made to the Nature Conservatory.