Frequently Asked Questions about Net Zero Carbon Natural Gas

Net Zero Carbon Natural Gas is a brand name for a bundled product of natural gas with Green-e® Climate certified carbon offsets, supplied by TerraPass. These carbon offsets are equivalent to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions created by your use of natural gas.

A carbon offset is the reduction of one metric ton (mT) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is sold in units of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Each therm of natural gas creates approximately 0.005306 mT—or 12 lbs.—of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. No matter how much you do to reduce the amount of natural gas you use, some of your activities will still emit greenhouse gases.

Carbon offsets let you help build projects in communities across the country that reduces emissions beyond what you could achieve through individual action. Carbon offsets are purchased to fund these projects and diminish the impact of your own GHG emissions, even though the projects are located elsewhere. Offsets make environmental and economic sense: for emissions that are impossible to reduce, you can use funds to help reduce emissions elsewhere.

The sale of carbon offsets provides funding for projects that capture greenhouse gas emissions and either destroy it or turn it into energy. Methane is 21 times more powerful than CO2 and landfills are the third largest source of methane emissions in the United States, so these projects make an impactful difference in reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere. A carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. Project developers use the funds generated by carbon offsets to finance their projects. The environment wins and more projects can be developed!
Forward thinking companies that actively address climate change and sustainability have an advantage over their less progressive peers. They recognize the compelling business reasons for reducing GHG emissions, not just the obvious concern of protecting the natural environment. Your business or organization can be socially responsible for your carbon footprint and take the lead on reducing your company’s emissions by 100% through the purchase of carbon offsets. It is simple, Bollinger Energy will forecast your natural gas usage then calculate the carbon emissions and equivalent offsets for you. There is no accounting on your part or additional payments to make. Plus, you save money on the carbon offset cost because Bollinger Energy is able to negotiate a lower carbon offset rate based on volume of purchase. One stop carbon footprint reduction!
Your local utility will always be your natural gas distributor, regardless of what company you choose as your natural gas supplier. Your local utility will continue to service your business as your gas distributor and your bill will now have a separate line item listing Bollinger Energy as your natural gas supplier.
You will continue to receive ONE bill from your local utility. But instead of being charged your local utility’s natural gas rate, you will be charged the contracted price per therm by Bollinger Energy.
Bollinger Energy purchases all of the natural gas at the “citygate.” The citygate is the delivery point where the natural gas is transferred from a transmission pipeline to the local gas utility. There are three major pipelines that serve the utilities on which Bollinger Energy is active (TCO, Transco and Dominion). For the most part, these pipes are fed by wellheads in and around the Gulf Coast region and in winter, from storage along the pipelines as well.

The pipelines that serve the city gates are fed by wells in and around the gulf region. The natural gas that is transported by the interstate pipelines is comingled with other supplies. At this time there is no way to track the actual molecules purchased from insertion into a pipeline to the burner-tip of a customer. Bollinger Energy has reviewed the natural gas pipeline systems as tracked by the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to make a reasonable estimate that the gas is not fracked.

TerraPass is a mission-driven organization that helps businesses and individuals take responsibility for their impact on the climate. They help create, implement, and operate customer-funded renewable energy and emissions reduction projects at facilities such as landfills. TerraPass projects meet the highest standards for quality, monitoring, and independent verification.

The carbon offsets that are combined with your natural gas purchase are purchased from TerraPass. TerraPass is the Seller of Green-e® Climate certified carbon offsets. To learn more about TerraPass and the projects they support, visit www.terrapass.com.

The carbon offsets you buy with your Net Zero Carbon Natural Gas help support a landfill gas (LFG) capture project within the Mid-Atlantic States. The offset project creates carbon offsets by collecting gas from the decomposing garbage at the landfill and destroying it thereby converting the gas into energy. The gas-to-energy project consists of gas wells, piping, two 1.6-MW generators, a flare (now for backup purposes), and a Renewable Energy Education Center. The base load energy created by the methane-to-electricity production facility is sold to the grid (PJM). In addition to the gas-to-energy project the landfill has also installed a natural aquatic life treatment system to filter lactate from the landfill, thus creating a bioverse habitat for local wildlife while discharging clean water from the system. The landfill gas-to-energy plant reduces annual greenhouse gas emissions by 39.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide—the equivalent of removing 3,300 cars from the road!

The carbon offsets associated with the project are Green-e® Climate Certified. Learn more about the project at terrapass.com/green-e-climate.

All projects offered by TerraPass must pass the “additionality” test. Additionality refers to whether your carbon offset purchase really brings about emission reductions, or whether the reductions would have happened anyway. If the funds from the sale of carbon offsets are necessary to make the project possible, the reductions are said to be “additional” to the business-as-usual case. TerraPass provides the carbon offsets to the natural gas supplier (Bollinger Energy) to ensure that 100% of the natural gas emissions are offset.

Green-e® Climate is the first and only independent, third-party certification program for retail carbon offsets sold in the voluntary market. Green-e® Climate Certified offsets are GHG emissions reductions 1) that have been certified and issued under an endorsed GHG project standard, 2) the sale and marketing of which has met our marketing and disclosure requirements, and 3) the Green-e® Climate certification provides quality assurances covering the entire chain of custody of the emissions reductions, complimenting GHG project standards and streamlining all of the vital elements of a credible carbon offset into a single certification mark. To learn more about Green-e® Climate visit their website.

The pathway to a reducing your company’s environmental impact starts today, please call
1-800-260-0505 and speak to one of our Net Zero Carbon Natural Gas Energy Specialists.

  • Terrapass
    Terrapass projects are part of the solution in the fight against climate change. As climate change is continually being ignored by our elected leaders, we are funding solutions in communities across the U.S. Measuring and then offsetting your carbon footprint is one way to support these on-the-ground projects.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    The EPA develops and enforces regulations. When Congress writes an environmental law, they implement it by writing regulations. Often, they set national standards that states and tribes enforce through their own regulations.
  • Green-e
    Green-e certifies environmental commodities and products that mitigate climate change and help build a sustainable energy future.
  • Center for Resource Solutions (CRS)
    CRS is a national nonprofit with global impact. It develops expert responses to climate change issues with the speed and effectiveness necessary to provide real-time solutions. Its leadership through collaboration and environmental innovation builds policies and consumer-protection mechanisms in renewable energy, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy efficiency that foster healthy and sustained growth in national and international markets.
  • Price, Terms & Conditions (PTC) and Carbon Offset Cntent Label (COCL)