Categories: Uncategorized | July 22nd, 2013 | by admin | no comments
Renewable energy credits (RECs) are one of the fundamental parts of the carbon market in Texas as well as a few other states. A REC is an abstract unit like a piece of stock. It represents a certain amount of energy production in the state that comes exclusively from renewable sources. Each REC represents an average of a single megawatt-hour of renewable energy. The credits can be earned by renewable retail electric providers (REPs) in the state who meet the standards under the program. Businesses or other power providers can buy RECs in order to offset non-renewable energy use or production. The number of RECs available at any one time is limited by the renewable energy production capacity of the state.
Not all electricity providers in Texas choose to use RECs or offer them to customers. Some resources, such as www.texasenergycompanies.net, do provide comparisons and listings of the power companies in the state so that consumers and businesses can choose a REP offering RECs for sale. The website also shows a number of other features that are important when choosing a power provider. It is even possible to choose a provider that actually generates renewable energy and receives new RECs each year as production expands.
Purchasing RECs is something that can help the state of Texas, the environment and the brand of a business. Even concerned homeowners with large properties could buy a REC to offset carbon usage. The purchase of a REC to cover non-renewable energy use means that the same amount will be produced and placed into circulation in the state by a renewable provider. This is useful for businesses because it lets customers and clients see that the company is committed to the environment and to maintaining a neutral or negative carbon footprint. This can be especially helpful for manufacturing companies who use heavy equipment every day.
The other benefit of using power companies that offer RECs and that provide them to customers is economic. Purchasing a REC takes it out of circulation in Texas unless the owner trades or sells it to another party. This means that companies and REPs relying to RECs to offset non-renewable energy usage will create a demand for more renewable electricity providers. This creates jobs and keeps the environment clean. It also helps to create a solid renewable energy infrastructure that includes everything from wind power to biomass to solar. This ultimately provides more RECs for businesses and more energy options for Texans.
Categories: Uncategorized | June 23rd, 2013 | by admin | no comments
Deregulation results in consumers being allowed to choose their own energy provider. The competition between energy providers lowers the cost of energy. Most energy providers will bill you a certain amount per kilowatt. It is important that you keep up with your kilowatt usage to avoid paying too much for your energy bills. Learn how to monitor your meter to stay ahead of your energy bill. Some energy providers will email you with weekly updates on your energy usage. This is a great way to stay aware of your kilowatt usage. Appliances and your HVAC system Continue Reading »
Categories: Uncategorized | May 4th, 2013 | by admin | no comments
Interim solutions to the growing energy crisis that are able to provide a more effective and viable transition from conventional fuels and methods of industry to more sustainable options may prove to be of great worth. Carbon trading, while not able to address issues of emissions and energy consumption directly, create an economic tool that may be able to curb pollution and reduce demand for fossil fuels until cleaner next-generation energy solutions can be made more cost-effective and widely available for manufactures and other industrial end-line consumers.
While the cap and trade system that has Continue Reading »
Categories: Uncategorized | March 18th, 2013 | by admin | no comments
Carbon trading, the energies market and the other efforts and resources that are being used in the hopes of creating a more efficient and sustainable method of power production and distribution may all play an important role in determining the future of sustainable energy use. While new technologies that are able to provide a cleaner source of power may offer the best hope for a long-term solution to the looming environmental and energy crisis we are faced with, trading options and market resources may have an important role to play as well. Ignoring the potential benefit of Continue Reading »
Categories: Uncategorized | March 16th, 2013 | by admin | no comments
While energy trading and marketing may certainly have an important role to play in efforts to curb pollution and create more sustainable industrial and commercial practices, the limited success that this approach has been able to create has made clear that trading efforts alone may not be sufficient to solve the current energy crisis. Carbon trading is a premise where nations and industries are given a limit to the amount of emissions they produce, and may trade for or purchase the rights to exceed their quota. In practice, this theory finds that the largest polluters are also in a Continue Reading »
Categories: Uncategorized | March 15th, 2013 | by admin | no comments
The marketing, advertising and educational campaigns that will be required to foster greater demand for renewable energy solutions may play an important role in shaping the energy policies and practices of the 21st century. Making use of more conventional non-renewable resources, like coal and oil, to provide power has resulted in a number of serious economic and environmental issues. Shifting away from such practices and ensuring that the future will be powered by cleaner alternatives like renewable solar and wind power is an essential concern. Averting the worst consequences of the current energy crisis may require Continue Reading »
Categories: Uncategorized | March 10th, 2013 | by admin | no comments
Efforts to promote and market more sustainable energy and power resources can be an essential part of any effort to address the issues caused by the current energy crisis. Spreading awareness about the environmental impact that conventional fuel sources have been responsible for, as well as the economic issues stemming from overuse of non-renewable resources, can be an important way to increase the demand for cleaner alternatives. Renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind power, have the potential to be key resources in the development and implementation of a more sustainable energy Continue Reading »
Categories: Uncategorized | March 9th, 2013 | by admin | no comments
The equipment and resources needed to power your home or business directly, and without reliance on the conventional power grid or a utility supplier, can make for a very important investment. With the means to power your property, appliances and devices without any external assistance, it may be possible to enjoy greater energy-independence, as well as ensuring you are able to enjoy a cost-effective and environmentally sound household or workplace. The opportunity to sell excess electricity back to your utility supplier for a profit is also a potential benefit Continue Reading »