Renewable Energy Certificates: Bridge to a Renewable Future

Michael Hartofilis

There has been much confusion in the energy industry and among consumers as to the exact meaning and benefits of renewable energy certificates (RECs). Frankly, my colleagues and I recently spoke to a specialist on RECs, and there was still apparent ambiguity, if not outright contradiction, communicated as to what these certificates represent. That is   …Continue Reading

Wind Powers 35% of Washington DC Government

Linda Hardesty

The District of Columbia signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Iberdrola Renewables that will supply 35 percent of the government’s electricity with wind power. Under the PPA, the Department of General Services (DGS), which manages the District’s portfolio of government buildings, will purchase the entire output of Iberdrola’s South Chestnut 46 MW wind   …Continue Reading

Wholesaler and Retailer Team to Deliver Renewable Power to Businesses

Cheryl Kaften

Renewable Power Direct and Xoom Energy announced they have formed an alliance to provide commercial and industrial customers in a number of markets that are open for retail access – among them, the Texas, New England, and Mid Atlantic markets – with delivery options for up to 100 percent renewable electricity. Business customers in these   …Continue Reading

The Evolution of Customer Renewable Energy Choice

Bryce Smith

Customer access to clean energy has increased dramatically in the past 15 years, as technology cost reductions, electricity market deregulation and financial creativity have combined to produce more accessible renewable products for end-users. Energy managers now have a wealth of tools at their disposal. The most recent product class is the offsite solar PPA. This   …Continue Reading

Are Apple and Google Disrupting America’s Century-Old Energy Market?

Gavin Purchas

Apple made news earlier this year when it signed an $848-million “direct access” deal to bypass Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and buy clean energy directly from a third-party solar provider. For Apple, the big win was a contract that locked in affordable energy for the next 25 years. But the deal also set a historical   …Continue Reading

EPA Explains How RECs Work

Linda Hardesty

Renewable Energy Certificates, also known as RECs, represent the environmental and other non-power attributes of renewable electricity generation and are a component of all renewable electricity products. RECs are measured in single megawatt–hour increments and are created at the point of electric generation. Each REC represents a specific amount of electricity produced and delivered to   …Continue Reading

Solar Array Generates 15% of Campbell Bakery Energy Needs

Linda Hardesty

Campbell Soup Company says a 1 MW solar array at its Pepperidge Farm bakery in Bloomfield, Connecticut, is generating the equivalent of 15 percent of the bakery’s annual energy demand since the array began operating on Dec. 26, 2014. The ground-mounted, fixed-tilt array comprises 2,720 SunPower solar panels and sits on five acres of land   …Continue Reading

Geothermal System Saves Colorado State Capitol $95,000 in One Year

Karen Henry

The Colorado State Capitol building in Denver achieved $95,000 in first-year utility bill savings after undergoing an HVAC system retrofit, HPAC Engineering reports. The Colorado Capitol Complex was slated for a major renovation and restoration by the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA) in 2003. Under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), Colorado is required to   …Continue Reading

Earth Source Organics Buys RECs from Arcadia Power

Linda Hardesty

Earth Source Organics, a certified organic food manufacturing company in California, announced that it is now running on 100 percent clean electricity through a partnership with Arcadia Power. As an Arcadia partner, Earth Source Organics now meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership requirements. By partnering with wind and solar projects, Arcadia Power provides homes   …Continue Reading

Illinois Community Solar Plan Proposed

Karen Henry

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have proposed Illinois’ first-ever Community Solar plan, which would allow entire neighborhoods to enjoy the financial benefits of renewable energy. Currently, Illinois utility customers with rooftop solar panels can receive compensation credits on their electric bills by sending excess renewable energy back to the power grid—a   …Continue Reading