RPU's Renewable Energy Credit Program is available to RPU customers to help offset their "carbon footprint" and to support renewable energy by purchasing renewable energy credits (REC).
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that is emitted into the atmosphere through natural processes as well as through human activities such as burning fossil fuels for electricity generation, industrial uses, and transportation. The amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases we emit as individuals is called our "carbon footprint".
Burning fossil fuels such as coal is what produces a majority of the electricity that we use every day. One way to reduce the reliance on burning coal and other fossil fuels for electricity is to produce the electricity through renewable means such as wind, solar, and hydro power. Renewable energy utilizes natural resources to fuel the production of energy, but can be an expensive and time consuming venture. Another option is to purchase RECs through RPU's Renewable Energy Credit Program.
A renewable energy credit (REC, pronounced "rek") is a trackable, serialized credit that is attached to a megawatt of energy from a qualifying resource, such as the Lake Zumbro hydro or the Olmsted Waste to Energy Facility. For each megawatt generated by the qualifying resource, one REC is made available.
Through RPU's current standing power sales agreement, a majority of RPU's load is served by purchased power from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA). RPU generates more renewable energy than is required by the Renewable Energy Standard (RES), which gives RPU an excess of RECs. The remaining RECs can be purchased by RPU customers to offset their carbon use.
The purchase of one REC will equal the offset of one metric ton of carbon dioxide (one REC equals one MWh, equivalent to 1,000 kWh, of renewable energy). RECs will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information or to sign up, contact us at 507.280.1500.