Descubriendo los Certificados de Energía Renovable

Publicado jueves, 24 de octubre 2019

Now more than ever, the market is realizing the value of purchasing renewable energy. But how can a company or consumer be sure the electricity they’re drawing from the power grid is from renewable resources? That’s where RECs come in.  Renewable Energy Certificates, also known as RECs, are a hot topic of conversation, and confusion. What are they? How are they produced? How are they tracked?  Now more than ever, consumers and companies are realizing the value of purchasing renewable energy. But without a solar or wind farm directly powering their home or business, how can these consumers and companies be sure the electricity they’re drawing from the power grid is from renewable resources? That’s where RECs come in.  Producing Energy in a Green Way  In most cases, utilities are not able to send renewable energy directly to a home or business. In fact, once energy is on the grid, you can’t distinguish its source. That makes RECs an important instrument in ensuring more green energy is flowing to the grid – sometimes referred to as “greening the grid.”    Each REC represents a specific amount of electricity – one megawatt-hour – produced by a renewable energy resource and delivered to the power grid. When an energy company produces power, they get certificates that can then be sold or given to other organizations.   RECs act as the currency of the renewable energy market. They allow buyers to choose clean energy and reduce their carbon footprints. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “RECs are the accepted legal instrument through which renewable energy generation and use claims are substantiated in the U.S. renewable energy market. RECs are supported by several different levels of government, regional electricity transmission authorities, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and trade associations.”   While RECs don’t directly deliver green energy to a physical destination, they do support the development of new renewable energy projects, adding even more sustainable power to the grid. This ripple effect underscores the impacts and benefits of buying renewable energy promoted by the Center for Resource Solutions, a national nonprofit that creates policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. By buying more, entering into long-term commitments, and supporting new facilities, consumers are sending a critically important signal across the energy market – they want easy, affordable access to reliable renewable energy sources.

Somos factor de cambio, 1 MWh tras otro

En Enel Green Power operamos más de cien centrales de energía renovable en todo el continente norteamericano, sacando partido de la fuerza del sol y del viento. Los REC de Enel Green Power están marcados por un número de identificación único y por una serie de datos que dejan claro a cada comprador que la energía suministrada proviene realmente de fuentes renovables. Después de la compra, los propietarios de los REC son libres de elegir cómo utilizarlos; por ejemplo, haciendo que la ciudad de Atlanta tenga cero emisiones durante una semana o garantizando un suministro de energía renovable para el Gillette Stadium, hogar de los New England Patriots, el equipo más importante del fútbol americano. El propietario de los REC cuenta de este modo con una magnífica oportunidad para informar al público de que abastece sus actividades con energías renovables.

En Enel Green Power, la sostenibilidad es una parte integral de la cadena de valor, que va desde el diseño de las nuevas centrales hasta la gestión a largo plazo, gracias, en particular, a nuestra decisión de abastecer todas nuestras operaciones en Estados Unidos con REC.

EGP se enorgullece de ser líder en el suministro de energía renovable a empresas y negocios en Estados Unidos. Este es nuestro compromiso para fomentar la revolución energética, inteligente y renovable, 1 MW/h tras otro.