Energy that is “green” or “clean” simply means it is produced from renewable, non-polluting sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, tidal power or hydro-electric. This is very different from the traditional methods of energy produced from limited, polluting sources such as coal or other fossil fuels. Green energy is 100% pollution-free and is produced from sources that are naturally renewable, meaning they will not run out some day like coal or oil. Green energy is produced without any significant negative impact to the environment. It is also often sustainable in that it meets the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Currently, Renaissance sources close to 7% of all of the energy we buy for customers from clean sources like the ones listed above. In the future, we aim to bring that total up to 100%. However, we do offset 100% of the carbon output generated by the energy we supply to our customers through the purchase of carbon credits.
Purchasing renewable energy does not mean that your electricity comes directly from the wind farm or solar plant to your house – it is not possible to direct specific electrons over a shared system of utility lines. Rather, energy from all sources, green and dirty, feed into the same distribution system. It does mean however that the green electricity added to the system on your behalf comes from clean, renewable sources rather than polluting sources like coal and oil. As more and more customers choose renewable energy, the percentage of green energy in the system goes up and the percentage of dirty power goes down.