GREEN ENERGY

With just 4.5% of the world's population, the U.S. consumes 25% of the earth's resources. These precious resources can be conserved by supporting renewable energy sources – including wind, solar and geothermal power.

 

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Demonstrate your commitment to the environment by choosing alterative fuel vehicles for your restaurant and catering businesses, Alternative fuel vehicles reduce our dependence on imported oil, all while minimizing pollution.

 

Carbon Offsets – Renewable Energy Credits

Even if restaurants cannot access electricity directly from alternative energy sources, they can purchase and trade non-tangible RECs to support these technologies. By purchasing RECs, you can not only prevent harmful emissions that contribute to global warming, but also help to secure a future that is fueled by more sustainable energy sources.

 

A renewable energy credit (REC) represents the bundle of “green” attributes associated with the generation of a defined amount of electricity  (usually one megawatt-hour [MWh]) at a renewable energy facility. The best RECs, in terms of positive environmental benefits, are 100% wind or 100% solar.  RECs can be purchased in any amount to offset all or some of your petroleum based fuel consumption with renewable sources. 

 

When a restaurant purchases a REC, they are adding to the demand for renewable energy that will enter the electric grid.  After a restaurant purchases the REC, they “own” any claims related to that unit of renewable energy.  In other words, even if another customer receives the electricity from that facility, they are the only ones that can get credit for its carbon offset characteristics because they own the REC.  RECs are a great way to green the electricity grid, but conserving energy should remain the primary goal of any restaurant’s efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

Buying RECs helps the electric grid to receive more renewable energy in place of petroleum sources, making the overall energy mix cleaner and more sustainable.  As the purchase of RECs grows, more and more carbon-based, non-renewable electricity will be offset with renewable energy helping to minimize the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. 

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