Why you need a Green-e® Energy certified electricity plan

Did you know that wind and solar are powering 45% of power plants that came online in the last 10 years1? Renewable energy is growing quickly in the United States, and we’re committed to providing our customers with high-quality renewable energy products. That’s why we now offer a plan with Green-e® Energy certification – a plan that meets the most stringent environmental and consumer protection standards in North America.

What is Green-e® Energy certification?

Green-e® Energy is the nation’s leading certification program for renewable energy. It’s administered by the Center for Resource Solutions – a nongovernmental organization founded in 1997 that creates policy and markets solutions advancing sustainable energy. Products certified under the Green-e® Energy program must meet Green-e® Energy standards, which are developed with the input of leading experts in the renewable energy industry.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that customers interested in green energy buy third-party certified products2, and the Green-e® Energy program provides that certification for renewable energy products. The program has seen a big increase in the retail energy market, with over 1.6 million retail customers purchasing Green-e® Energy certified products in 20193.

Why should you buy a Green-e® Energy certified renewable electricity plan?

Green your lifestyle and benefit from:

Higher quality – Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy is guaranteed to meet the highest standards in North America. It must come from new facilities built to serve the voluntary market – not just to satisfy a state or federal requirement – ensuring the highest quality possible.
Verified products – The renewable energy is independently audited by a third party. Since Green Mountain Energy uses this verification process, you can rest assured that the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) aren’t claimed by other parties.
Transparency – You’ll get additional, accurate information about the renewable energy you’re choosing, like renewable content disclosures that meet Green-e® Energy standards.

 

What is our Green-e® Energy certified plan?

The Go Local Solar plan is Green-e® Energy certified. It offers Texas customers 100% solar energy from local solar farms in the Lone Star State – without the need to install solar panels. With our Go Local Solar plan, Green Mountain purchases RECs on your behalf. They come from solar parks in Texas that meet Green-e® Energy quality standards. The RECs purchased over the course of a year match your annual energy usage, which means that 100% of your home’s electricity use is matched with energy produced at solar parks in Texas.

Ready to switch to clean energy?

Sign up for the Go Local Solar plan today. You’ll power your life with a 100% solar certified electricity plan and help support renewable energy in Texas.

Not ready to make the switch? You can still help the planet by purchasing Green-e® Climate certified carbon offsets.

 

Sources:

1 EIA 2019 Form EIA-860 Data: Schedule 3, ‘Generator Data’ (Operable Units Only), power plants beginning operations from 2010-2019 – https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/eia860/

2 EPA Green Power Partnership: Buy Certified-Verified Green Power – https://www.epa.gov/greenpower/buy-certified-verified-green-power

3 2020 Green-e Verification Report (2019 Data) – https://resource-solutions.org/g2020/