Green Tags Programs

Happy Halloween Everyone!

In a previous blog post the suggestion of offsetting your emissions by joining a green tags program was introduced. But what are green tags and how do they relate to going green for you? Green tags are energy credits created by energy facilities; they are tradable, non-tangible energy commodities in the United States that represent proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource (renewable electricity).

Although there may not seem like much of an incentive to join a green tags program, because the consumer only receives a certificate while the energy associated with a REC is sold separately and is used by another party; if anything, the program can help facilitate a conscious change in the consumer’s mind to save more energy.

In reality, joining a green tags program to essentially trade or sell energy may not be the best solution to going green or for individual use but it is at least an attempt to reduce our carbon footprints. Our best recommendation, stick to simple steps like purchasing energy safe equipment, powering down items when not in use and recycling.