Terex Utilities announced that all the electricity powering its South Dakota facilities is now derived from renewable resources.
Eric Moore, the Facilities Manager, attributes this success to their strategic purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) from local utilities.
When one megawatt-hour of renewable energy is generated and available for consumption, a REC is generated.
These RECs are meticulously verified and tracked by the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, serving as tangible evidence of renewable energy generation.
By utilizing RECs, utilities meet state environmental standards and goals and offer their customers the opportunity to offset any fossil fuels present in their power supply mix.
The application of RECs also encourages investments in additional carbon-free energy production, driving further advancements in sustainable energy solutions.
100% Renewable Energy Consumption Achieved in Watertown
“Not only is Terex Utilities committed to producing sustainable products like our HyPower SmartPTO by Viatec powered equipment and the industry’s first all-electric bucket truck, but we are also committed to engaging in sustainable initiatives,” said Moore. “As one of the Top 10 energy consumers in Watertown, we were interested in purchasing RECs to support green power programs locally,” he added.
The members of the wholesale power supplier, Missouri River Energy Services, which includes Watertown Municipal Utilities, primarily source most of their electricity from clean and renewable hydropower generated by dams along the Missouri River.
By purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates, Terex Utilities achieved a 100% renewable energy consumption milestone in Watertown.
“Watertown Municipal Utilities has a great environmental story to tell because it provides customers with 79% carbon-free energy (3-year average). MRES is happy to offer RECs as a way for Watertown customers to offset the portion of their electricity that comes from fossil fuels, making the electric usage, in effect, net-zero carbon,” said Tim Blodgett, MRES Vice President of Member Services and Communications.