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DECEMBER 20, 2012 | FALL / WINTER 2012

Green‑e Verification Highlights Shows Over 20% Growth in 2011

Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) released a highlights brief of the Green‑e program's performance in 2011. It shows over 21% growth in Green‑e Energy from the previous year, including 39 Million MWh in total certified transactions. The brief also highlights the 50 organizations and over 500 products participating in Green‑e Marketplace, and the nearly 10% growth in Green-e Climate certified sales. Read the highlights brief »


Renewable Energy Markets 2012 Wrapup

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Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees at the 2012 conference.

Taking place at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. from September 23–25, 2012, Renewable Energy Markets (REM) 2012 was a great success, with nearly 400 attendees registered for the conference's 25 sessions and nearly 80 presentations. We look forward to your input in helping us plan for 2013. If you can spend a few minutes and send us suggestions on how we might improve the next REM, please send comments to Beatriz Gomez at beatriz [at]

Special thanks to our sponsors, Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), NextEra Energy Resources, EPA Green Power Partnership, Sterling Planet, Washington, D.C. District Department of the Environment, 3Degrees, Weaver, Nexant, Mohawk, Herron Printing & Graphics, Silk, Whole Foods, and Clean Currents.

2012 Conference Resources
• Download the 2012 conference program here [14.5MB PDF]
• Presentations are posted on the Agenda page
• Photos are posted on the Photos page (Eddie Arrossi, photographer)


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2011 Annual Report Released

Every day, thousands of Green‑e certified megawatt hours are generated in North America. This is enough renewable energy to power millions of U.S. homes, giving consumers and businesses a more sustainable choice in the products they buy and the electricity they choose. Today, more than half of new wind capacity in the U.S. participates in Green‑e. We are proud of these results, and we continue to work side-by-side with renewable energy sector stakeholders, policy leaders, NGOs, businesses, and individuals to boost new clean energy capacity and demand.

On September 10, we released our 2011 Annual Report, which details the story of how we got here as much as it acts as a blueprint for the next decade. As crucial as clean energy is to our future economic, environmental, and energy security, it remains but a small fraction of the U.S. and global energy supply. We look forward to the technological advances, cost improvements, customer awareness, and market-oriented policies that will bring us more clean megawatts, and the opportunities that will follow for everyone.

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Congratulations 2012 Green Power Leadership Award Winners

On September 24th, CRS presented the 2012 Green Power Leadership Award to four organizations and individuals that showed leadership in building the market for green power. The four Market Development Award winners were:

Wisconsin Public Service Community Foundation's
"SolarWise for Schools" Program

Best Green Power Education Outreach Program
The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) SolarWise for Schools Program is designed to provide real life renewable energy lessons to the thousands of high school students in northeastern and north central Wisconsin. At a time when public and private funding for renewable energy education is diminishing, WPS has a renewable energy education program that is valuable and growing. (Read More...)

Puget Sound Energy
Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) introduced a Solar Power Sweepstakes campaign in 2011 in which customers that enrolled in their Green Power Program, or upgraded their participation, were entered to win a photovoltaic system valued at $10,000. The three-and-a-half month campaign reached all PSE customers, during which time over 3,300 customers enrolled in the Green Power Program. (Read More...)

National Football League
Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser

The National Football League has been greening the management of the Super Bowl for 18 years. This year, together with the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee, the NFL extended the use of green power to all six major Super Bowl facilities. (Read More...)

Lisa Jackson
Green Power Leader of the Year

Lisa Jackson has been a consistent and outspoken champion for renewable energy throughout her career, from her start at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a staff scientist in 1987, continuing with her appointment as Commissioner of Environmental Protection of New Jersey and through her historic appointment as EPA administrator in 2009. (Read More...)

New FTC Green Guides Support Transparency in Retail Renewable Energy Markets

On October 1, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission released a long-awaited update to its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims ("Green Guides"), which help marketers avoid making deceptive claims by outlining general principles and providing specific guidance about how consumers are likely to interpret particular claims, and how marketers can avoid misleading consumers. CRS is very pleased to see the issuance of the guides as they will serve to elevate overall green marketing claims as well as discourage inaccurate or confusing marketing practices.

The updated Guides expand the FTC's critical review of environmental claims by manufacturers and energy consumers, as well as renewable energy hosts, sellers, and purchasers. As issued, the Green Guides reinforce CRS's (and Green‑e's) guidance on renewable energy claims. The guides support Green‑e's requirements for specificity and substantiation of claims, use of renewable energy certificates (RECs), and the avoidance of double counting of renewable energy claims.

CRS held two webinars with FTC staff to explain the recent changes. You can Watch the webinar here and review the slides here.

Watch Us On the Giving Library

If you would like an opportunity to show your support of CRS, please consider recommending us on a recently launched charitable giving platform. CRS was selected by the Laura & John Arnold Foundation to participate in their online Giving Library, a web-based initiative that connects donors to nonprofits through video interviews. You can help us get the attention of the philanthropic community by visiting the website and recommending CRS.

It is a quick and easy process. Follow this link and scroll below our logo to click the "Recommend" (Red Heart) icon. A window will pop up and ask you to register for the site. (It is free and no strings attached.) Once you register, simply click back to the CRS web page and select Recommend. That's it! A recommendation from you allows CRS a greater chance of staying featured prominently on the Giving Library's home page. The more recommendations we get, the longer we remain featured and the greater chance we have of capturing the interest of the philanthropic community.

And Consider Us in Your Year-End Giving

The important work of CRS relies on donations and grants from individuals and foundations. If you'd like to support the work we do to advance sustainable energy, please consider CRS in your own year-end giving. Visit our Support Us page to learn how.



Shop and support your favorite environmental nonprofit. Avoid the crowds this holiday season and shop online for a great cause—CRS!

Center for Resource Solutions participates in GoodSearch, a one-stop search, shop, and dining portal that donates 50 percent of its sponsored search revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. Each time you search the web from, start shopping online from links to major retailers on the site, or install the GoodApp toolbar on your web browser, we receive between 3% and 20% of the transaction as a donation towards our mission to promote a clean energy future.

Support Center for Resource Solutions when you search the Web or shop online with GoodSearch »

Video: How the Lights Stay On

Wind power and solar power are the fastest growing sources of electricity in America and worldwide. We need reliable power at all times, so what happens when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine?

This new video from The Energy Foundation introduces you to the people who run the electricity grid—the network of power plants and power lines that keep the lights on. It takes you inside the control center for the largest power system in the world and lets utility experts explain how the variability of wind and solar generation can be managed using existing tools and techniques.

The video features interviews with Andy Ott of PJM and former FERC Commissioner Mark Spitzer. It was produced by Marcacci Communications (formerly of EnergyNOW) and narrated by NBC correspondent Brian Mooar.

Watch the Video »

Staff News

Happy Holidays 2012

Sarah BuschSarah Busch
Green‑e Associate

Sarah joined CRS in August as a Green‑e Program Associate. She recently graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in government with a particular focus on renewable energy and climate change. While at Smith, Sarah completed academic programs in both Washington, D.C. and in Geneva, Switzerland. As a Maine native, Sarah enjoys many things that can also be found in California; hiking, great food, and a beautiful coastline. Sarah is very excited to be part of the team at CRS!

Steve KrebsSteve Krebs
CRS Board of Directors

We are excited to welcome Steve Krebs to our Board of Directors. Steve is a lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience in renewable energy project development and finance. He spent over 25 years at Baker Botts LLP, where he was responsible for heading the firm's project development, project finance, global projects, and alternative energy practices as a Senior Partner. He currently consults on commercial and business strategy as a vice president at OwnEnergy, a community wind developer based in Brooklyn, NY.

Guilherme LefevreGuilherme Lefevre
Green‑e Volunteer

Guilherme graduated from Leiden University in the Netherlands with a degree in Law. Since 2007, he has been involved in the development of CDM Projects in Brazil and other South American countries. For the last three years, he has also worked as an auditor of GHG emission reduction projects (CDM, VCS, Gold Standard, etc.) in Brazil. Recently, he obtained a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from the São Paulo University in Brazil.

Robin QuarrierRobin Quarrier, CRS counsel, was recently elected president of the Board of Directors of the Women's Environmental Network (WEN), which provides education and networking for professional women in the environmental field in the Bay Area. WEN's 2,000+ community members use each other as resources for information and learning about environmental fields, best practices, and career development.



Development Update

Thank you to all of our donors and sponsors in 2012. We are so grateful for your support!

3Degrees, Inc.
Blair Swezey
Carl Weinberg
Doug Denio
Elena Schmid
Ellen Feeney
Government of the District of Columbia
Herron Printing & Graphics
Jennifer Martin
Karl Rábago
Laura & John Arnold Foundation (in-kind)
NextEra Energy Resources
Peter Mostow
Sterling Planet
Randy Swisher
Rick Counihan
U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership
Washington, D.C. District Department of the Environment
Washington Gas Energy Services

Green‑e News


Green-e Climate
Green‑e Climate was pleased to see that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) long-awaited update to its "Green Guides" addresses the marketing of carbon offsets. We are doubly pleased to see that the FTC's guidelines for carbon offsets are not only consistent with the requirements of the Green‑e Climate program, but as the only third-party certification program for retail carbon offsets, Green‑e Climate goes above and beyond FTC guidance in terms of both offset quality and customer disclosure.

Green‑e Climate is planning for 2013. Participants are projecting 2012 sales, expecting another year of growth, and staff is planning new activities for the year ahead. We expect new endorsements of GHG project standards and will be updating existing endorsements based on significant changes in the market landscape.

2012 was also the final year of sales for the Protocol for Renewable Energy (PRE), the first offset project standard specifically for U.S. renewable energy. At a time when there were no active offset project certification programs for U.S.-based renewables and there was confusion in the market about the role of renewable energy in reducing emissions, the PRE was integral to establishing rules for how to assess U.S. renewable energy for carbon offsets and ultimately shepherding U.S.-based renewable energy projects into the new but fast-growing voluntary carbon offset market. Now that GHG programs are active in certifying U.S. renewable energy offset projects, CRS is celebrating the success of the PRE and Green‑e Climate is helping participants currently sourcing from the PRE to transition to other sources of supply and update their Certified offsets.

2013 will also bring new strategic partnerships and new references to Green‑e Climate in other voluntary environmental standards. Green‑e Climate is excited about the potential of these partnerships to stoke demand for high-quality voluntary greenhouse gas reductions and important consumer-level assurances in the market.


Green-e Energy
Adapting to the Cap: In response to California's greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade program, Green-e Energy has updated its main governing document, the Green-e Energy National Standard. For qualifying voluntary sales of in-state generation, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) will retired GHG allowances at no cost to the seller in order to maintain the full carbon value of the renewable electricity or RECs sold. Green-e Energy staff is very pleased to have the ARB recognize the benefit of voluntary renewable energy sales under the cap. The updates affect eligibility of generation taking place on January 1, 2013 and later.

Stakeholder Comments on Biomass: Green-e Energy recently received a second round of comments on potential updates to its biomass resource eligibility criteria. Thank you to all who provided their thoughtful feedback throughout this process! Staff are hard at work reviewing the comments and discussing them with members of the Green-e Governance Board as well as other experts who have graciously agreed to lend their knowledge to the process.

Verification Highlights: 2011 was another year of significant growth for Green-e Energy, with nearly 40 million MWh of certified sales. A full report on verified sales will be available soon, and a 2011 Verification Highlights brief is now available. Highlights of the highlights include another 100,000 residential customers signing up for green power and over 20% overall growth in certified MWh.


Green-e Marketplace

Cascades Tissue GroupHerron Printing and Graphics
Over the last few years, Herron Printing & Graphics located in Gaithersburg, MD has been a leader in managing their printing business in a way that impacts the environment in a friendly, positive, and thoughtful manner. They have implemented strong recycling policies, as well as, using recycled and Green-e Certified papers. Herron buys 100% Green-e certified renewable energy and are active participants in the Green‑e re:print initiative. You may have even noticed their booth at REM 2012 in D.C. For more information, visit Herron's website. [Learn more about Green‑e Marketplace]

CRS Resources

Green‑e Resources

Welcome New Green‑e Energy Participants

• Alameda Municipal Power
• Terrapass

Welcome New Green‑e Marketplace Participants

• EU Services
• Graphcom
• Gray Graphics
• Harris Litho
• Hemlock Printers
• Joliware
• Kendall-Jackson

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