Help the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher go green and clean. A new initiative lights the way for more wind power availability and offsets traditional energy use with the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits.
The Aquarium works daily to help visitors make real and personal connections to marine environments. Part of connecting is understanding the collective impact of actions we all can take to have a healthy ocean.
This summer the Aquarium offers guests an easy way to help the ocean and support clean, renewable energy. Visitors may purchase Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset the carbon produced by fossil fuel use at home and by driving.
Each purchased REC provides an environmental benefit and represents one megawatt-hour of electricity generated from wind power. The wind power is generated and delivered to the national power grid. Purchasing the RECs offers direct support for renewable energy projects.
In addition, for every kilowatt hour(kWh) a visitor purchases, the Aquarium will receive a wind credit for an equal amount. The goal is to balance 100 percent of the electricity used at the Aquarium with an equal amount of wind energy, for a total of 3,037,000 kWh of electricity per year.
Reaching the wind energy goal packs a big impact for ocean health and animal habitats, keeping 2,143 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Reducing of our carbon footprint can slow the impacts of climate change, including ocean acidification.
Visitors to the Aquarium throughout the summer will learn about this initiative during education programs, such as daily dive shows. Guests may choose to purchase the RECs by using their cell phones for as little as $5 for 333 kilowatt hours.
A grant from The Ocean Project funds a partnership with the N.C. Aquariums, Jeannette’s Pier and Greenlight Energy. Greenlight Energy is a certified independent green-power marketing company that purchases RECs for individuals and organizations, connecting producers with consumers.
Nearly 30 U.S. states are required to produce a minimum amount of green energy. Electric utilities in these states demonstrate compliance with the requirements by purchasing RECs. In North Carolina, the minimum amount of renewable energy is 12.5 percent by 2021.
There is also a voluntary renewable energy market for individuals, businesses and aquariums. In these markets, consumers voluntarily purchase renewable energy to match their electricity needs. Voluntary action provides a revenue stream for renewable energy projects and raises consumer awareness of the benefits of renewable energy.
To learn more about this initiative visit the Aquarium or http://ncaff.supportgreenpower.com