Many communities aggregate their energy needs while looking at the bottom line rather than long term value. This fiscally-minded approach tends to overlook the importance of green energy, focusing more on how many fractions of a cent per kilowatt-hour can be saved rather than the substantial benefits of clean energy. While it is true that at the moment, green energy may cost more per kWh than traditional fossil fuels, the cost has continually dropped and will continue to do so as technology advances. While the cost for renewable energy may be more than traditional commodity energy at first, its value over time has been well studied and well documented.
A case study performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently reviewed the opportunities and barriers of electrical aggregation in promoting green energy. While the benefits & opportunities were many, there were a few barriers that the researchers presented. The biggest barrier seems to be a lack of information and education on both governmental aggregation and green energy.
Generating green energy produces little-to-no greenhouse gas emissions, reduces the dependence we have on fossil fuels, and it even benefits the economy by providing an industry that creates jobs such as installation and manufacturing. Renewable resources won’t run out like coal or natural gas, save money over time on both generation and maintenance, and promotes energy independence— the ability to meet energy needs in the United States by producing energy in the United States, without relying on foreign nations for supplemental energy. Renewable energy prices tend to be very stable, unlike fossil fuel energy, which fluctuates constantly. The cost of renewable energy has dropped steadily and is projected to keep declining over time, as well.
In the United States, about 29% of global warming emissions come from the electricity sector. The air & water pollution caused by fossil fuels damages health so badly that it costs an estimated $74.6 billion in healthcare treatment per year. Renewable resources have a much smaller carbon footprint than traditional fossil fuels, and could save billions in global climate change damages over time. Green energy also produces little-to-no air or water pollution, which helps to reduce or even eliminate health and environmental damage caused by pollutants.
Sometimes, local officials may want green energy, but may not know how to request renewable resources from suppliers. Trebel is able to assist local governments with negotiating and securing renewable resources for their energy needs. We have the green energy expertise and networking to help a community reach 100% renewable energy (or a percentage of renewable energy) at a great price.
We have developed relationships with multiple suppliers, negotiate favorable energy contract terms & conditions, and present each community with custom-tailored options to best meet their renewable energy needs. We also provide excellent in-house customer service for the life of the program. If you are interested in reducing the carbon footprint and pollution of your community, reach out to us today!