Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

By purchasing a portion of your electricity with renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar and biomass, you can gain RECs and show your commitment to sustainability.

Many governmental bodies, as well as a growing number of commercial institutions, have committed to purchasing RECs for a portion or all of their electricity needs. Along with your commodity purchase, GDF SUEZ Energy Resources sells Green-e certified and non-certified RECs, and can assist you in developing a strategy for purchasing RECs from a variety of sources.

Which renewable resources considered "green" vary by jurisdiction but generally include:

  • Wind
  • Low Impact Hydropower
  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Solid, liquid or gaseous biomass

What are RECs, exactly?
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are tradable environmental commodities which represent proof that the electricity you purchase is generated from an eligible renewable energy source.

RECs help build a market for renewable energy projects by providing a production subsidy, thus lowering the costs associated with such facilities, and providing emissions-free energy. One REC is issued for each megawatt-hour (MWh) unit of renewable electricity produced.

GDF SUEZ Energy Resources offers two types of RECs: certified and uncertified.

Certified RECs
These are certified by a third party and marketable under the Green-e® name and logo. Costs vary according to source, market conditions, and location.

Uncertified RECs
These do not have the rigor nor the audit trail associated with certified RECs. Costs vary according to source, market conditions, and location

For many organizations, RECs are an important part of their overall sustainability and corporate social responsibility strategy. To learn more about how GDF SUEZ Energy Sources can help support your renewable energy efforts, contact us today or email


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