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    Doug Most is a lifelong journalist and author whose career has spanned newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, New Jersey, and Boston. He was named Journalist of the Year while at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., for his coverage of a tragic story about two teens charged with killing their newborn. After a stint at Boston Magazine, he worked for more than a decade at the Boston Globe in various roles, including magazine editor and deputy managing editor/special projects. His 2014 nonfiction book, The Race Underground, tells the story of the birth of subways in America and was made into a PBS/American Experience documentary. He has a BA in political communication from George Washington University. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Bill Gates Climate Change Nonprofit Gives Kudos to BU Wind Farm Project

  1. **Love** that BU is getting its energy from a renewable source (and looking at other sustainability initiatives), but I have the hardest time wrapping my head around RECs, and would really like to understand better. What does it mean to ‘receive and retire’ an REC, and how does BU receive/pay for its electricity if it’s not coming from South Dakota directly? Many thanks to anyone who can help me understand this better! :)

    1. Kat, great question. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are not intuitive.

      RECs are a market mechanism designed help the renewable energy market to grow. This is especially helpful where a cap-and-trade system is in place. Power generators that use fossil fuels have a cap on the emissions they can produce. They can buy RECs to increase that cap by the number of megawatts those RECs represent. RECs are the only way to represent ownership of electricity that has been produced by renewable resources, even if it is not being directly used by the buyer of the electricity. When BU retires the RECs we receive, the expectation is that fossil fuel power generation is prevented and the value of RECs increases to further encourage renewable energy development. Here is a link to an EPA video that helps describe RECs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_12VYXms6-c&ab_channel=U.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgency

      BU will continue to buy electricity off the greening New England grid and match that usage with the RECs from the power purchased in South Dakota.

  2. Awesome, thoughtful project. Glad to see it getting recognition and I hope it encourages other groups to adopt similar policies- way to innovate!

  3. What great promoters of climate change. I congratulate and support the projects of companies and universities for the production of renewable energy, since in this way it indirectly encourages those who have not yet entered this environment, to participate in obtaining clean energy that generates less carbon emissions, thus collaborating with environmental improvement and reduction of global warming. – Development Director, Gustavo Copelmayer.

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