RECs FAQ's

How Are Green Choice Blocks Calculated?
  • Take your KWH used (found on your monthly bill) and multiply it by 55%.
  • Then multiply that number by $0.006.
  • This will give you the additional amount you will be charged that month to be a 100% renewable energy consumer.
How much does it cost to participate in Green Choice?

Sample Green Choice Monthly Additional Charge

  • If your monthly usage is 900 kWh per month x 55% non-renewable energy x $0.006= $2.97 additional Green Choice charge
  • If your monthly usage is 1300 kWh per month x 55% non-renewable energy x $.006 = $4.29 additional Green Choice charge
  • If your monthly usage is 2500 kWh per month x 55% non-renewable energy x $.006 = $8.25 additional Green Choice charge
What is a REC?

A REC (Renewable Energy Certificate) represents proof that one megawatt-hour (1000 kilowatt hours) of electricity was generated from a renewable energy resource. These can be sold separately from the physical electricity associated with the renewable generation source.

How does a program like this get more renewable energy on the grid?

For a very affordable price, Green Choice allows you to participate in the renewable energy market. YVEA is mandated to have a certain percentage of renewable energy certificates. If enough of our members purchase them from us, it could require YVEA to purchase more RECs, thus creating more demand for renewable power generation.

Where does YVEA get its RECs?

A majority of our RECs come from Xcel, our wholesale power provider. Some additional RECs come from the local Stagecoach hydroelectric dam.

Are YVEA’s RECs certified?

All the RECs YVEA has are certified and registered with the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS).