A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) is the environmental attributes a megawatt hour (mWh) of green power injected into the grid.
When green power generators inject green power into the grid, they have the rights to sell their certificates.
The certificates purchased by Green Alberta Energy are ECOLOGO certified by UL which provides certification oversight covering a broad range of environmentally friendly products.
When buying green power certificates there is an audit guaranteed provided, asserting that green power is being exported onto the grid to help offset the conventional power you use.
This is done by investing in the purchase of and retiring enough RECs to offset your electricity consumption.
1 REC = 1 MWh of green, renewable energy when paired with the equivalent amount of electricity.
Using RECs to offset your electricity use from conventional resources guarantees that the volume purchased has been placed onto the power grid.
Biomass RECs are purchased by Green Alberta Energy from:
- Whitecourt Power Limited Partnership, Whitecourt Alberta.
- Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Corporation, Port Mellon BC.
"Product certified for reduced environmental impact.
View specific attributes evaluated: ul.com/el
Founded in 1988 by the Government of Canada EcoLogo is an environmental standard and certification mark recognized throughout North America and the world.
This certification provides customers with assurance that the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standards of environmental leadership.
Before electricity can be sold as ECOLOGO certified, it must undergo a strict evaluation process.
This involves a site visit ensuring the generation facility meets strict environmental guidelines.
Some of these guidelines include ensuring the electricity is:
Generated in a manner which meets the Fisheries Act and Canadian Environmental Protection Act
Produced with air pollution falling under certain guidelines - emissions from carbon monoxide, particulate matter,
nitrogen oxides, and sulphur oxides do not exceed certain thresholds
Generated in the same calendar year, the first three months of the following calendar year and the last six months
of the previous calendar year in which the Green Power is sold