January 2022 CarbonBetter® Impact Update
Every month we share the impact our customers have made through their use of CarbonBetter-certified 100% energy, which is included in every Provision clean energy supply plan. This update reflects the impact our customers have made from October 2020 through December 2021. We’re honored to be able to provide affordable energy that makes a real difference. Check out all of our past Impact Updates here!
Our Customers’ CarbonBetter Impact – January 2022 Update
Provision customers funded 58,123 mWh of clean energy generation since 10/2020, which could power nearly 6,249 homes for a year.*
Provision customers offset 23,583 tons of carbon since 10/2020, which is like avoiding over 58 million miles of driving.**
Provision customers funded planting 33,981 trees since 10/2020, which may sequester 554 tons of carbon.***
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It’s easy to contribute to the positive impact we make each month. All Provision energy plans include CarbonBetter energy, which helps you make a difference while you use energy at home. Our customers help fund clean energy generation through renewable energy certificates, offset carbon through carbon credits, and plant trees to aid in reforestation and increase our natural carbon-capturing capabilities. It’s never too late to start using your energy for good.
Featured Provision Project: Hawk Mountain
The Hawk Mountain project is a carbon offset project at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in eastern Pennsylvania. The project contributes to conservation efforts by preserving forests and offsetting carbon emissions. The project is responsible for sequestering more than 47,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, and Provision customers contributed to conservation and sequestration efforts by funding the purchase of carbon credits at the Sanctuary using CarbonBetter-certified clean energy.
In the 1800s and early 1900s, much of the forest was burned and harvested for charcoal production, commercial blueberry farms, and building mines. In 1938, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was established as the world’s first refuge for birds and raptors with the mission of being an observatory, research, and education facility.
Even after it was established, heavy deforestation of the land surrounding the Sanctuary continued. To combat the destructive logging, the Hawk Mountain’s leadership joined a program called “Working Woodlands” created by the Nature Conservancy and Bluesource, the largest environmental project developer in the United States, to encourage conservation of forested lands by providing access to the carbon market. The project also sets aside the majority of the land in the Sanctuary to be a perpetual conservation easement, providing the area with expert forest management and regeneration projects while protecting it from being harvested.
Carbon dioxide is the most common greenhouse gas and one of the leading contributors to climate change. It is released into the air by the consumption of fossil fuels (e.g. coal, oil, natural gas). Trees are carbon-capturing superheroes because CO2 is consumed as “food,” which takes it out of the atmosphere. This process is called carbon sequestration, where the forest is capturing and storing carbon dioxide, mitigating its contribution to climate change.
The Sanctuary sells carbon credits from the Hawk Mountain Project each year through partnerships with Bluesource and Cool Effect, a non-profit crowdfunding platform that specializes in carbon emissions reduction projects. Participating in the carbon market is critical to advancing climate change solutions because carbon credits act as a key financing resource for developers like Hawk Mountain to achieve long-term preservation goals. Provision customers automatically make a positive impact every day through CarbonBetter-certified energy plans that include 100% clean energy and planting trees for reforestation.
Every Provision Customer Makes a Difference
About CarbonBetter Impact Calculations:
*The typical home in your area uses 9,300 kWh of electricity per year.
Impact is calculated based on our customers’ billings in the impact month, but planting, funding, and offsetting may not happen in that month. These activities must align with planting seasons and project life cycles to be effective. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.