In February 2008 "K" Line America Inc launched an exciting new environmental initiative in the United States by purchasing "Renewable Energy Credits" (REC) from Renewable Choice Energy ( www.renewablechoice.com). In 2008 these renewable energy credits indirectly offset 60% of "K" Line America’s nationwide office electricity usage with clean wind energy. In 2009, "K" Line increased its commitment by offsetting 80% of "K" Line America’s nationwide office electricity. In 2010, "K" Line America took the final step and purchased renewable energy credits to offset 100% of "K" Line America’s nationwide office electricity. For 2011 "K" Line America again renewed the 100% offset commitment.
The 2011 purchase of renewable energy credits will once again avoid 1,546,939 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) from entering the earth’s atmosphere. This commitment is similar to planting 6,366 mature trees; not driving 1,546,942 miles annually; or taking 134 cars taken off the road for one year.
With the 2011 purchase of renewable energy credits, "K" Line America remains a member in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (E.P.A.) Green Power Partnership Program and the E.P.A.’s prestigious Green Power Leadership Club.
While "K" Line America does not have wind turbines behind every office generating electricity, the purchase of these renewable energy credits subsidizes wind farm developers who are building wind farms that generate clean wind energy and are supplying that energy into the U.S. national power grid. That is why this offset is considered an indirect offset. "K" Line America is not using the wind energy directly, but is ensuring a new and unique supply of wind energy into the U.S. national power grid equal to 100% of KAM’s office energy consumption. In order to insure that all purchased REC’s are original, they are verified and certified by Green–e, an independent third party auditor.
"K" Line America plans to continue participation in this program in the coming years, supporting the generation of new and clean wind energy, while reducing dependency on fossil fuels.