Frequently Asked Questions
What is VREC?
The Voluntary Renewable Energy Coalition (VREC) is a grassroots coalition of organizations that support the voluntary renewable energy market. We believe that any climate or energy legislation should preserve the ability of customers to achieve their environmental goals through voluntary purchases of renewable energy.
What are VREC Members supporting?
Members of VREC agree to three basic principles:
- Voluntary purchases play an important role in increasing the amount of renewable energy nationwide.
- Reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) is an important driver of customer decisions to purchase renewable energy products.
- Policymakers at all levels should protect and preserve the voluntary renewable energy market and associated GHG reductions under legislation or regulations.
Why is VREC important?
Across the United States, more and more business and individuals are choosing renewable energy. And their choices have a big impact. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, at the end of 2008 the voluntary market represented over half of total new renewable energy demand in the U.S. This market accounted for roughly 24 billion kilowatt-hours—enough electricity to power over two million homes for an entire year.
Voluntary purchases of renewable have been a significant driver for the growth of the U.S. renewable energy market. For each of the past six years, the demand in the voluntary market has exceeded demand from compliance-based state Renewable Portfolio Standards.
Since its inception in 1997, the voluntary market has helped customers reduce their carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment. As policymakers consider greenhouse gas regulations and a federal Renewable Electricity Standard, it is critical that any climate or energy legislation preserves the ability of the voluntary market to help customers achieve their environmental goals.
Why should my organization join VREC?
Because policymakers need to hear from the many participants and supporters of the voluntary renewable energy market. Adding your organization’s name to our list of supporters sends the message under any climate or energy legislation a customer’s voluntary purchase of renewable energy should still make a difference.
Additionally, members of VREC will receive periodic updates on our policy developments and opportunities to take action on behalf of the voluntary market.
Who is eligible to join VREC?
Any company or nonprofit organization can become a member of VREC.
Is there a fee for joining VREC?
Joining VREC is free. All that is required is submitting a completed membership form.
What is the difference between VREC and REMA?
The Renewable Energy Markets Association (REMA) is the trade association for companies involved in the voluntary renewable energy market. REMA’s core member services are centered on keeping members informed and involved in legislative and regulatory issues facing the voluntary market at the federal, regional, and state levels.
REMA’s team of government affairs specialists and program staff based in Washington keep REMA members informed on what's happening in DC and beyond. Additionally, all REMA members are encouraged to add their voice to the discussion by attending Congressional fly-in activities and participating in member-led committees. More information on REMA membership >>