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Carbon Solutions

Carbon Solutions logoCarbon Solutions supports the production of clean energy with Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). Every REC purchased certifies that 1,000 kWh of energy generated by a renewable source has been sent to the electrical grid in the Western U.S. 

Directly Support Renewable Energy Production

  • Carbon Solutions offers Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for $4.50 per REC to Snohomish PUD customers
  • PUD's electricity is already 98% carbon-free. However, each REC certifies that 1,000 kWh of carbon-free energy generated by a renewable source has been sent to the grid in the Western U.S. 

What are Renewable Energy Certificates?


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It's easy to support renewable energy. Click here to enroll in Carbon Solutions today.

FAQs

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What are the advantages of enrolling in the Carbon Solutions program?

By purchasing a unit – or renewable energy credit – of Carbon Solutions, customers help ensure 1,000 kWh of renewable energy is delivered to the grid, which increases the competitiveness of clean energy resources compared to fossil fuels. The program is an easy solution for businesses or residents who are interested in supporting renewable energy development in the Pacific Northwest.

Are there other clean energy sources Carbon Solutions supports?

The sources of RECs purchased through Carbon Solutions are primarily from solar and wind generators.  RECs from geothermal and biogas generators may also be included depending on the level of customer participation and product availability.

Why would I want to purchase RECs if 98% of the PUD’s energy supply is carbon-free?

Yes, 98% of the PUD’s energy supply is carbon-free. However, throughout the Pacific Northwest there still are other carbon-based energy resources that generate electricity. People may want to help move the region away from these resources by supporting the growing renewable energy industry through Carbon Solutions. Businesses also may have sustainability goals that Carbon Solutions can help them achieve.

Based on data received from the state of Washington on 10/31/17. Coal, Natural Gas and Nuclear resources come through BPA purchases. For more information, click here.

Since the renewable energy sites are outside the PUD’s service area how does the utility and its customers benefit?

While the projects aren’t located in Snohomish County, this program benefits the entire region. Carbon Solutions gives customers a way of helping the Pacific Northwest move away from carbon-based energy by supporting wind and solar projects.

 

Are the RECs certified?

Yes, the Carbon Solutions RECs are certified consistent with requirements set by Green-e® Energy Certification. This certification ensures that each REC is only issued once for the megawatt-hour of electricity generated by the specified facility. The supplier of the REC also has an annual audit of its REC transactions performed by a qualified, independent auditor, based on the criteria set forth by the Green-e® Energy Certification Program.

What’s the difference between Carbon Solutions and the Planet Power program?

Carbon Solutions encourages the regional growth of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, through the sale of RECs. Planet Power is a program that provides grants toward the installation of solar arrays on schools and other non-profit or public buildings throughout the PUD service territory.

If I sign up, will it be difficult to cancel my participation in Carbon Solutions if I decide to do that later?

No, it is easy. Simply call the PUD Customer Service Department at 425-783-1000.


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