Reduce your Carbon Footprint. Go Green. As more and more people, small businesses and large companies become hip to the idea of a carbon-neutral lifestyle, the popularity of “offsetting” has taken off. To offset means “neutralize,” “balance,” or “cancel out” the carbon emissions that are associated with certain activities. Having a party, holding a meeting, or staging an event requires electricity which emits carbon dioxide. Offsetting your event’s electrical consumption counteracts these emissions by funding renewable energy projects which are clean and emission-free.
Therefore, when you offset with renewable energy offset, you are supporting a clean source of power which displaces the emissions produced from traditional sources of electricity. Offsetting your impact with renewable energy is an easy and affordable way to compensate for our contribution to climate change. They are a critical piece of the solution to global warming because they increase investments in green technologies and programs that make a difference today.
With Pure Power, we help you offset your home’s traditional electricity with clean, renewable power sources. Types of renewable energy commonly used include: wind power, solar power, low-impact hydroelectric power and biomass. Offsetting emissions from traditional power sources is accomplished by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) in an amount equal to the electricity used at an event. The Renewable Energy Certificate allows you, the buyer, to claim credit for the environmental benefit of each Megawatt-hour (MWh) of renewable energy you support. One REC represents enough renewable energy to offset a typical home for a month with clean wind and solar power, and is equal to 1,000 kilowatt-hours (1 MWh) of renewable energy put into the local power grid.
Renewable Energy Certificates also represent a green premium paid to renewable generators to help them overcome the barrier of competing against less expensive fossil fuel generated power. RECs reduce the cost differential between renewable and conventional energy production, increasing the commercial viability of renewable energy production. At the end of the day, the more Renewable Energy Certificates are sold the more renewable electricity is made. So, be proud of your power!
To guarantee that the RECS you purchase are generating additional funds that improve renewable energy project economics, it is important to make sure that the RECs are verified and audited. Green-e Energy Certified RECs are audited by an independent third-party to ensure that the renewable energy meets the Green-e Energy program’s strict consumer protection and environmental standards. When you purchase a Green-e Energy certified REC, the REC is retired on your behalf to ensure that only one customer claims credit for each MWh of renewable electricity.
As an Ameren Missouri customer supporting the Pure Power program, you can purchase 1 MWh of clean, local renewable energy for your event for only $15.00. Each MWh you purchase prevents 1,583 lbs of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. It’s easy for your event to make a difference – click the link below to get started.