REI, the outdoor retailer, has announced a commitment to sourcing all of its electricity from renewable sources. The company already has 26 solar electric systems generating clean power and a program designed to invest in energy efficiency. Now, REI is buying certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) as part of its strategy to green the energy that powers more than 130 stores, two distribution centers and its headquarters.
REC is a credit unit that equals a megawatt-hour of renewable energy delivered to the power grid. In 2013, REI bought 54,959 Green-E certified RECs from a wind farm in western Texas. Now the company will purchase RECs from San Francisco-based 3Degrees, a leading provider of renewable energy marketing services, RECs, and carbon offsets.