Alla scoperta dei Certificati di Energia Rinnovabile

Pubblicato giovedì, 24 ottobre 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.

Produciamo il cambiamento, 1 MWh per volta

Noi di Enel Green Power gestiamo oltre cento impianti di energia rinnovabile in tutto il continente Nord americano, sfruttando il sole e il vento. I REC firmati Enel Green Power vantano numeri identificativi univoci e una serie di dati che rendono chiaro ad ogni acquirente che l’energia fornita è effettivamente proveniente da fonti rinnovabili. Successivamente all’acquisto, i proprietari dei REC sono liberi di scegliere come utilizzarli, per esempio, rendendo la città di Atlanta a impatto zero per una settimana o garantendo una fornitura di energia pulita per il Gillette Stadium, la casa dei New England Patriots, la più importante squadra del Football americano. Per il proprietario dei REC, questa è l’opportunità di comunicare al pubblico che le proprie attività sono alimentate da energia rinnovabile.

In Enel Green Power, la sostenibilità è parte integrante della catena di valore, dalla progettazione ex-novo di nuovi impianti alla gestione di lungo termine, merito soprattutto della nostra decisione di alimentare tutte le nostre attività statunitensi grazie ai REC.

EGP è fiera di posizionarsi sul mercato come leader nella fornitura di energia rinnovabile alle aziende e imprese del territorio americano. Questo è il nostro impegno per incentivare la rivoluzione energetica, smart e rinnovabile, un MW/h per volta.