BEF Renewable Option Program: Receive the benefits of clean, renewable wind energy for your home or business
Through our partnership with BEF’s Renewable Option Program, you can affordably purchase the environmental benefits of wind power generated throughout the Pacific Northwest. BEF’s Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Option RECs represent renewable energy sources from Pacific Northwest projects where clean zero-emission wind energy has been delivered to the North American power grid to replace fossil fuel based electricity.
Each block of Renewable Option RECs represents the environmental attributes of 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity generated from wind energy facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
After you make your purchase, you will still receive a separate power bill from the City of Ashland. BEF will charge you a modest fee for your Renewable Option REC purchase and will deliver you proof of purchase identifying your specific product supply by email.
Renewable Energy Certificates and Carbon Offset Programs
The City of Ashland has two custom programs designed to help Ashlanders mitigate their emissions. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) ensure that you are getting the environmental benefits of clean energy. Carbon Offsets (COs) reduce greenhouse gas emissions from other activities, such as vehicle travel or natural gas use.
The City of Ashland has partnered with BEF on several successful projects. BEF contributed about $60,000 to fund and build Solar Ashland, which encompasses the solar installations at the Civic Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and SOU. At the time of its construction, Solar Ashland was the largest solar plant in the Pacific Northwest.
The City also received guidance from BEF to create, market and implement the Solar Pioneer program. In 2003, BEF provided funding to Ashland for the solar project at the Wilderness Charter School, which will provide on-site renewable electricity for the school and be used in hands-on academic projects.