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Overview: Renewable Energy Certificates

Type: Article
Categories: GHG Emissions, Solar, Wind
Date Published: 3/5/2024
Author: By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy
Primary Topic: GHG Emissions

A new guide, “Overview: Renewable Energy Certificates” provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Climate Challenge, presents information for the U.S. renewable energy market.

A renewable energy certificate (REC), also known as a renewable energy credit or a green tag, is a tradable, nonphysical commodity in the U.S. energy market that represents certain attributes associated with 1 MWh of generated renewable energy, including the type of renewable energy, the emissions rate associated with that energy, and the grid to which the energy was delivered.

This guide provides a look at:

  • What Are Renewable Energy Certificates?
  • REC Regional Tracking Systems
  • REC Procurement
  • RECs Accounting and Reporting

Download the document to learn more about the current state of RECs:



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