Watertown, S.D. – (August 7, 2023) – Terex Utilities announces that 100 percent of the electricity that powers its facilities in South Dakota comes from renewable resources—and has since January 1, 2022.
“This was made possible through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from our local utilities,” said Eric Moore, Facilities Manager.
A REC is created each time one megawatt-hour of renewable energy is generated and made available for consumption. The RECs are verified and tracked by the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS) as proof of the renewable generation. Utilities use RECs to comply with state environmental standards and goals and can offer RECs to customers to offset any fossil fuels in their power supply mix. The use of RECs supports investments in additional carbon-free energy production.
“Not only is Terex Utilities committed to producing sustainable products like our HyPower SmartPTO by Viatec powered equipment and the industry’s first all-electric bucket truck, but we are also committed to engaging in sustainable initiatives,” said Moore. “As one of the Top 10 energy consumers in Watertown, we were interested in purchasing RECs to support green power programs locally,” he added.
As it turns out, members of wholesale power supplier Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), including Watertown Municipal Utilities, get most of their electricity from clean, renewable hydropower from dams on the Missouri River. The purchase of RECs enabled Terex Utilities to reach 100% renewable energy consumption in Watertown.
“Watertown Municipal Utilities has a great environmental story to tell because it provides customers with 79% carbon-free energy (3-year average). MRES is happy to offer RECs as a way for Watertown customers to offset the portion of their electricity that comes from fossil fuels, making the electric usage, in effect, net-zero carbon,” said Tim Blodgett, MRES Vice President of Member Services and Communications.
“Our customers—municipalities, rural co-ops, and investor-owned utilities—have been on a journey to reach net-zero carbon emissions goals in the coming years. Purchasing RECs is one way we stand in support of their efforts locally,” said Moore.