What are the benefits of participating in this program?
Your participation directly supports the ongoing development of renewable energy in our region and offsets your overall carbon footprint.
Other benefits include:
- Ability to vote on local renewable energy grant applications for nonprofits
- Email newsletter updates about Tacoma Power’s activities
- Window clings to display and show your commitment to renewable energy
Will renewable energy be delivered directly to my home or business?
The electricity from the renewable energy projects that are part of the Evergreen Options program are put into the electric grid along with electricity from all of our other resources. Like water or natural gas, it’s not possible to differentiate the electricity from those projects from other electricity in the grid before it’s delivered to where you will use it. However, by enrolling in Tacoma Power’s Evergreen Options program and purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from renewable projects, you are directly supporting the regional development of renewable energy that is available to the entire system.
Why should I pay extra for renewable energy when Tacoma Power’s electricity is already clean and mostly carbon-free?
It’s true that Tacoma Power’s electricity comes from mostly clean, renewable hydro, but your participation in our Evergreen Options program can offset the small amount of your electricity use that comes from fossil fuels. It can also offset your overall carbon footprint beyond your electricity use. For example, emissions from your personal vehicle or natural gas home heating can be offset.
How is my contribution used?
Your contribution goes to the purchase of RECs based on your selected level of participation, funds our local renewable energy grant program for nonprofits, and covers minimal communications costs of the program.
What is a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC)?