Union County Electric Cooperative members now have the opportunity to power your home or business with 100% renewable energy.
The energy we use to power the homes and businesses of our members comes from a diversified mix of coal, hydro, natural gas, wind, waste heat and nuclear. There’s no specific way to know which source energy comes from once it’s created and sent out on the grid.
However, when renewable energy is produced, a renewable energy credit (REC) is created and that REC represents the valuable renewable attributes of that energy form. One REC is equivalent to 1 megawatt hour (MWh) produced by a renewable energy source.
Union County Electric has RECs available for purchase to offset your current usage with 100% renewable energy through our REC program.
The electricity you receive will still be the same reliable, affordable energy you’ve always received but, by going 100% renewable, you’ll be supporting current and future renewable projects in our area.
Q: How Much Does it Cost?
A: The cost is $1.00 per REC, which equals 1 MWh (or 1,000 kWhs).
If your monthly usage is 1,200 kWhs, your cost is $1.20 plus tax, in addition to your regular electric bill.
Q: Do I Need to purchase any special equipment?
A: No. Union County Electric will continue to fulfill all your electric needs, and you can enjoy the benefits of renewable energy.
Q: Where do the RECs come from?
A: The RECs come from several wind farms in the region that supply renewable energy to our power providers. These include, but are not limited to the following:
North Dakota: PrairieWinds 1, Wilton 1 & 2, Baldwin Wind Project and Minot Wind Project; and
South Dakota: Crow Lake Wind, the Chamberlain turbines, Day County Wind Farm and South Dakota Wind Project.
Additional RECs will soon be generated by the Wild Springs Solar Project to be located in South Dakota.
Q: Who is eligible?
A: This program is only available to members of Union County Electric Cooperative.