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California Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) Information

For Customers

California's Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program gives millions of residents the opportunity to meet up to 100% of their electricity needs with solar generation. The measure requires Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, and San Diego Gas and Electric Company to offer 100% solar energy options to their customers. To learn more about these programs, visit the California Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program Information for Customers page.

For Developers and Generators

When developing programs for the CA ECR Program, developers and generators must be aware that they will be offering a Green-e certified product, as required by a CPUC decision in January 2015. Developers and generators offering renewable energy products as part of this ECR program must be prepared to work within marketing guidelines set by Green-e, and found in the Green-e Energy Code of Conduct.

This section exists to help developers and generators successfully work with Green-e from the start, learn what rules and processes should be followed, and to provide links to key relevant information.

California Directs State's Largest Utilities to Offer Green-e Energy Certified Green Power Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 5, 2015)—In a landmark decision last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved the "Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program," a measure that will give millions of California residents and businesses the chance to participate in a utility clean energy program for the first time. The decision ... directs the three largest investor-owned utilities—to offer a Green-e Energy certified 100% renewable energy option to their customers. The measure, which passed the Commission in a 5-0 vote on January 29, directs utilities to seek Green-e Energy certification for their programs. [Full text]

Under the CA Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) Program, developers take on the responsibility for marketing their electricity product(s) directly to residential and commercial customers, who have become accustomed to receiving that type of information from their utility. Green-e serves in part as a consumer watchdog verifying that the end customer receives accurate and sufficient disclosures about the product(s) they intend to buy. Developers and generators participating in a California utility ECR program must follow the same rules as any other marketer of a Green-e certified product.

Green-e Developer Requirements for Participation

Among the responsibilities a developer or generator will be required to manage are:
  1. Detailed and accurate product communications when marketing to customers. Guidance is provided in the Green-e Code of Conduct.
  2. Developing and sending a "Welcome Packet" that informs the customer about the price, age, source, and type of the renewable energy being provided in the product they have expressed interest in buying.
  3. Creation of a webpage that provides certain assurances, connection to a live person to answer questions, and links to the utility providing the connection, and to Green-e.
To review the requirements in more detail, please read (and download) Green-e ECR Developer and Generator Requirements. You can also review the Green-e ECR Timeline. Your utility and the CPUC may have additional requirements.

Slides from the September 16, 2016 webinar entitled "Developer Marketing Requirements and Submission Details for California's Enhanced Community Renewables Program" can be downloaded here.

Green-e Requirements for California Utilities

As your partner in the delivery of renewable energy products to Californians, each of the three large CA IOUs will also be required to abide by the Green-e Code of Conduct, and will be annually audited against the Green-e Energy National Standard for approved products provided under the ECR Program. In addition, the utilities are required to create a webpage that includes a list of approved developers and generators, a link to this page and to the webpage you create for customers, and direct access to a person who can answer questions.

To review the requirements in more detail, please read (and download) Green-e ECR Utility Requirements. You can also review the Green-e ECR Timeline.

About SB 43

The California wide regulation opens up the state to more renewable energy choices for more of its citizens, as the state continues to increase the short-term goals for renewables' contribution to the overall electricity mix. Recent CPUC guidance requires that citizens (including businesses) be provided with certified options, citing the consumer protections provided by Green-e certification. To read more about the rules passed by the CPUC in 2015, Read the February 5, 2015 release California Directs State's Largest Utilities to Offer Green-e Energy Certified Green Power Programs".