100% of the electricity that powers Terex Utilities’ facilities in South Dakota comes from renewable resources—and has since January 1, 2022.
“This was made possible through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from our local utilities,” said Eric Moore, facilities manager, Terex Utilities.Read more: Terex Utilities Service School provides derrick and aerial training
A REC is created each time one megawatt-hour of renewable energy is generated and made available for consumption. The RECs are verified and tracked by the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS) as proof of the renewable generation. Utilities use RECs to comply with state environmental standards and goals and can offer RECs to customers to offset any fossil fuels in their power supply mix. The use of RECs supports investments in additional carbon-free energy production.
“As one of the Top 10 energy consumers in Watertown, we were interested in purchasing RECs to support green power programs locally,” Moore noted.
As it turns out, members of wholesale power supplier Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), including Watertown Municipal Utilities, get most of their electricity from clean, renewable hydropower from dams on the Missouri River. The purchase of RECs enabled Terex Utilities to reach 100% renewable energy consumption in Watertown.
“Our customers—municipalities, rural co-ops, and investor-owned utilities—have been on a journey to reach net-zero carbon emissions goals in the coming years. Purchasing RECs is one way we stand in support of their efforts locally,” said Moore.
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