Green Energy Frequently Asked Questions
Though Green Energy isn’t a new concept, there is a lot of conflicting information out there. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that might make your decision to go green a little easier.
Is renewable energy reliable?
Yes. Renewable energy is reliable because there is no shortage of it on the planet. Though it may be cloudy outside, or the wind turbine might not be spinning, grid operators draw on reserves from other sources, like hydroelectric power and quick-starting natural gas plants to fill the gap. Additionally, just because the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing outside your window, the broad geographic area of renewable energy helps ensure a steady supply of power.
Is renewable energy clean?
Yes. Renewable energy creates low or no emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Generating electricity from renewable sources prevents emissions that would otherwise be released from fossil fuel generation.
How can I be sure I am supporting renewable energy?
IGS Energy purchases what are called voluntary Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from one or more U.S. generators. These RECs are evaluated by a nationally-recognized REC tracking system to ensure the validity of each transaction.
What is a renewable energy certificate (REC)?
A renewable energy certificate is a tradeable commodity that represents proof that one mWh of electricity was produced from a renewable energy resource. RECs encourage a larger and more efficient national market for renewable energy. Purchasing RECs benefits the environment, the economy, and energy independence.
What types of renewable resources does go green™ support?
IGS Energy always seeks to purchase the most cost-effective renewable energy certificates to ensure you receive the best rate while contributing to a greener environment. Currently, IGS Energy’s go green products source from wind power. However, depending on market fluctuations and availability of alternative energy resources, you may be supporting renewable energy from a variety of sources including solar, wind, hydroelectric, and biomass.