November 2023 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 – November 2023 Update
Provision customers have funded 109,434 mWh of clean energy generation, which could power 11,767 homes for a year.*
Provision customers have offset 76,106 tons of carbon, which is like avoiding over 195 million miles of driving.**
Provision customers have funded planting 82,759 trees, which may sequester 1365 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.
November 2023 Impact Update: Northfield Mountain 1 & 4 Hydroelectricity Project
Courtesy of usbr.gov.
About the Project
Northfield Mountain, operational since 1972, is a pumped-storage hydroelectric facility in Massachusetts. Managed by FirstLight Power Resources, this facility uses an underground power station and a 300-acre reservoir. It plays a crucial role in energy management and environmental conservation in the region.
The facility is involved in energy storage, hydroelectric power generation, and maintaining grid stability. It contributes to the local grid, supporting the region’s shift towards renewable energy.
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) Explained
100% renewable electricity is included automatically in every Provision electricity supply plan, and we use renewable energy certificates, or RECs, to deliver on our clean energy promise. Homes are connected to the power grid by transmission lines, and the electricity that’s supplied is derived from a variety of generation resources, both renewable and non-renewable. This is because when clean energy is generated and put on the grid, it’s mixed with other fuel sources, making it difficult for environmentally conscious consumers to supply their homes with 100% clean energy.
Provision ensures more clean energy is put on the grid by funding renewable generators by purchasing RECs. These certificates support electricity generation equal to the volume consumed by Provision customers, thus leading to a cleaner grid and delivering on pour 100% clean energy promise. So far, Provision customers have helped fund over 70,000 Megawatt-hours (mWh) of renewable electricity using RECs.
How It Works
Northfield Mountain stores energy during low-demand periods and generates hydroelectric power during peak times. With a capacity of 1,168 MW, it is an important source of renewable energy for homes and businesses.
Northfield Mountain provides several benefits:
- Energy Storage and Grid Stability: The facility helps manage energy supply and maintain grid reliability.
- Hydroelectric Power Generation: It supplies renewable power to the grid.
- Environmental Conservation: The facility’s operations support sustainable energy practices.
Northfield Mountain is a key hydroelectric facility, aligning with Provision’s commitment to sustainable energy and environmental care. Choosing Provision means supporting projects like Northfield Mountain, contributing to a sustainable future.
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.