A follow up on the Dominion Green Power’s REC program through a great dialogue with 3Degrees Management Partner.
So, we’ve filled you in on the chat that was held at the Green Drinks forum in the last post, and that sponsored a wonderful open dialogue with the contractors from 3Degrees, the company who help Dominion get the word out there about the Green Power program. Here are some of the details that weren’t necessarily mentioned in the last post, mostly because they weren’t common knowledge as shared by 3Degrees:
- The Dominion Green Power program started in January of 2009 and is one of more than 160 programs around the country run by utilities known as Green Pricing Programs. More information on the voluntary green pricing programs and market can be found in the attached document by NREL.
- Dominion Green Power’s of $0.013/kWh is among the most affordable among green pricing programs, where the average was $0.017 (based on the latest data).
- While we are working on including more Virginia based renewable facilities in the product mix, and have increased the amount of Virginia based renewables every year since 2010, there remains a continued need to include RECs from outside of Virginia as well to meet demand. It is important to note that we only source RECs from the PJM and SERC territories. Facilities within these regions deliver green electrons to the power pool that serves Virginia and power our homes, laptops, etc.
- The Dominion Green Power program delivers only Green-e certified RECs from new renewable facilities (began commercial operation on or after January 1, 1997). Green-e is the nation’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green-e offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products. www.green-e.org.renewable.
- Every customer that participates in the Dominion Green Power program and other utility pricing programs across the country sends a powerful message to the market that there is strong support for renewable energy.
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