July 2022 CarbonBetter® Impact Update
Every month we share the positive impact our customers have made through their use of CarbonBetter-certified 100% energy, which is included in every Provision clean energy supply plan. Each customer on these plans receives an email with their personal impact for the month, and this blog post reflects the impact all of our customers have made together since we became CarbonBetter-certified in October 2020.
We’re honored to be able to provide affordable clean energy that makes a real difference. Check out all of our past Impact Updates here!
Our Customers’ CarbonBetter Impact – July 2022 Update
Provision customers have funded 78,868 mWh of clean energy generation, which could power 8,480 homes for a year.*
Provision customers have offset 48,249 tons of carbon, which is like avoiding over 119 million miles of driving.**
Provision customers have funded planting 55,630 trees, which may sequester 917 tons of carbon in their lifetime.***
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It’s easy to contribute to the positive impact we make each month. All Provision energy plans include CarbonBetter clean energy, which helps you make a difference automatically when 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.
July 2022 Impact Update: LaGeo Project
The LaGeo, S. A. de C. V., Berlin Geothermal Project Phase Two (LaGeo Project) is an extension of the Berlin Geothermal Power Plant in the city of Usulatán in El Salvador. The primary objective of the LaGeo Project is to supply El Salvador’s rising demand for energy due to economic growth and to improve the supply of electricity, while contributing to environmental, social and economic sustainability by increasing renewable energy. The project includes drilling additional geothermal wells and the installation of a new condensational power unit. The project will annually avoid roughly 190,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to the electricity use of 36,969 homes every year.
Picture of the LaGeo Project in El Salvador (Source: thinkgeoenergy.com)
Geothermal power generation is one of the most proven, reliable and environmentally safe alternative energy sources. It uses steam to produce electricity. Normally, a mixture of steam and water comes from reservoirs of hot water found below the earth’s surface. They are then separated, and the steam rotates a turbine that activates a generator, which produces electricity. The steam is condensed after leaving the turbine and evaporated and dispersed into the atmosphere.
The Berlin Geothermal Power Plant was initially developed in the 1990s in a partnership with Fuji Electric, a Japanese equipment company specializing in electrical and thermal energy. The units were officially put into commercial operation in November 1999. Geothermal power technologies to be employed by the project have been established in relatively few countries. El Salvador and its private sector have been researching and developing geothermal technologies for many years.
The project will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding generating renewable energy instead of utilizing imported fossil fuels. The project also includes a biodiversity inventory research project and a conservation and reforestation program in areas surrounding the plant. It will also result in a better income distribution in the Usulatán region with more income for the local municipalities.
As a Provision customer, you’re funding projects like these that not only help you offset your carbon footprint as individuals but also contribute to a growing effort to make climate action accessible to all. Progress must be made by businesses, organizations, and individuals because we are all stakeholders in protecting our environment to create a more sustainable planet as our home. With Provision, we make it easy to use your energy for good.
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*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.