NACAT.ORG has gone Green! Along with the other benefits gained from our new web host, we are now offsetting the energy used to power our website server with renewable energy contributions.
You may want to know how that happens. Here it is (as provided by our web host):
Green Tags are created when wind power or other renewable energy is substituted for traditional power. The result is a shift away from our dependence on burning fossil fuel to produce electricity. Using clean renewable energy is friendly to the environment and reduces emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Green Tags represent the real savings in carbon dioxide and other pollutants that occur when green power replaces burning fossil fuel.
Renewable energy is still a little more expensive than buying traditional power so Green Tags are purchased in addition to the electricity that you are now using. Buying Green Tags has the same effect as buying green power. Both replace fossil fuel generators with clean renewables, and both have exactly the same environmental benefits.
The purchase of Green Tags, also known as renewable energy certificates, supports the production of renewable energy in the United States and Canada. Participants continue to receive a separate electricity bill from that provided by their utility company. For every unit of renewable energy generated, equivalent amounts of Green Tags (renewable certificates) are produced. Green Tags support new renewable electricity generation, which offsets the environmental effects of burning coal, gas and other fossil fuels in the region where the renewable generator is located, and helps shift the overall energy mix toward more renewable resources. Also, Green Tags help build a market for renewable energy, reduce global climate change, and may have other environmental benefits such as reducing regional air pollution.
The web host's supply of 100% renewable Green Tag energy that ultimately supplies the servers comes from a multiple of sources, including:
Condon Wind Facility (Gilliam County, OR)
Foote Creek Wind Facility (Carbon County, WY)
Klondike Wind Facility (Sherman County, OR)
Northwest Small Wind Co-op (WA, MT)
Northwest Solar Co-op (OR, WA)
Portland Brewery Blocks (Portland, OR)
Solar Ashland (Ashland, OR)
Stateline Wind Facility (Walla Walla County, WA; Umatilla County, OR)
Summerview Wind Facility (Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada)
Tillamook Animal Waste to Energy (Tillamook, OR)
Washington State School for the Blind (Vancouver, WA)
White Bluffs/Hanford (White Bluffs, WA)
The above facilities replace the host's energy consumption by supplying the power grid with equivalent energy generated with 100% green energy from wind and solar energy providers.