If installation of on-site renewable energy isn't in the cards for your organization right now, you can still support renewable energy production through your purchasing power. This table lists green power retailers in Maryland as well as providers of renewable energy certificates, or RECs. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you explore your options: 1) if you are purchasing green power, make sure that it's certified by Green-e, which provides a third party audit of suppliers, 2) take a close look at the contract period so that you aren't taken by surprise with a rate hike down the line and 3) when buying RECs, make sure they're certified to ensure that every REC represents 1 megawatt hour (1,000 kilowatt hours) of renewable energy placed on the grid.
Webinar April 15, 1-2 p.m.: EPA's Green Power Partnership offers information, support and recognition to organizations purchasing green power and is hosting a free webinar on
Understanding RECs and the Procurement Process. Register here.
Don't forget that the cleanest and cheapest kilowatt is the one not used so be sure to explore your energy reduction options as a first priority.