Renewable Energy Certificates

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WORLD’s LEADER IN RENEWABLE ENERGY

We have more than 25 years of experience building and operating renewable energy facilities such as wind and solar. NextEra Energy Resources is the largest renewable energy operator in North America. The Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs, that we generate provide corporations and institutions with a convenient way to purchase renewable energy, offset carbon emissions and encourage new clean energy development.

Wind towers in California Golden Hill Wind Energy Center

What are RECs?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one REC avoids 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions (for comparison, the average U.S. home is responsible for 1,917 pounds of CO2 emissions per month). Renewable energy also avoids the emission of other pollutants such as oxides of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide, both of which contribute significantly to ozone pollution and human health concerns.

RECs provide for the transfer of the environmental benefits associated with renewable energy between parties and are an important value stream for renewable energy projects. RECs are used to meet certain state renewable energy requirements, but also allow stakeholders to meet corporate sustainability or greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Individuals who choose to mitigate their own impact on the environment can also benefit from RECs.

  • RECs enable anyone, in any geographic location, to claim the emission avoidance associated with energy production and support renewable energy development.
  • RECs provide green power options in areas that may not be suitable for renewable resources, allowing renewable facilities to be located where they are the most efficient.
  • A REC is created when one megawatt-hour of renewable energy is produced from a qualified renewable energy generation plant.
  • RECs represent the energy's avoided emissions benefit when compared to energy being produced from a facility burning fossil fuels.
  • Only the owner of the REC can claim the environmental benefits of the clean energy production.

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NextEra Energy Wind REC is Green-e Energy certified, and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

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Solar panels at the Paradise Solar Energy Center in New Jersey. It was built by contributions to the EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust.

EarthEra® Renewable Energy Trust

The EarthEra Renewable Energy Trust is the cornerstone of the innovative EarthEra program. The Trust acts as a lockbox for revenue from all EarthEra product sales. Overseen by an independent trustee, the Trust uses 100 percent of the funds it receives to build new renewable energy facilities for the ultimate in "Additionality" assurance.

  • The goal of our EarthEra program and its associated products is to accelerate the addition of clean renewable sources to America's energy future.
  • EarthEra's innovative Trust structure allows for a transparent and effective flow of funds to new renewable energy projects.
  • No other product or program in the market can guarantee a 100-percent connection to the construction of new renewable energy facilities.