The annual environmental reports have hit mailboxes, and the same factors that caused confusion last year are again at play. The mailing contains:
|1. Cover page|
|2. NYS Fuel and Emissions Report|
|3. Green-e Prospective Content Label|
People have noticed that New York State report is not describing a renewable energy product, and this is at odds with the participation in the Westchester Power renewable energy supply. There are actually two reasons for this apparent discrepency:
- The report represents the profile for Constellation (our supplier) for their entire New York portfolio, not just our renewable product, and
- The Green-e renewable energy certificates (RECs) are not registered through the NY Generating Asset Tracking System (NYGATS). Only NYGATS registered products are reflected on the NY Emissions report.
The 100% renewable product for our new contracts in both the Con Ed (begun January 1) and NYSEG (to begin May 1) utility are based on NY hydro power RECs, registered through NYGATs. The associated NYS Fuel & Emissions report will accordingly show zero emissions. We will no longer have to rely on Green-e to document our purchase of renewable energy and the associated environmental benefit.
Note also, the two documents are looking at different time frames. The NYS Fuel and Emissions report is looking backwards at 2017 (there is significant lag between the energy usage and the issuance of the report, which supposedly will be reduced in the future). The Green-e document is forward looking, telling you that you will be getting Green-e RECs for upcoming usage. For NYSEG territory that would be for January 1 through your first meter read after April 30 since the new contract starts after that. In Con Ed territory there should be only a very small period covered by Green-e RECS – from January 1 to your first meter read in January (after which the new contract kicks in).
In a nutshell, residential and small commercial accounts in the Westchester Power renewable energy supply can be assured that they are having the positive environmental impact that was intended and should be proud of that. We are achieving significant CO2 mitigation, equivalent to almost a car off the road for every account.