Welcome to CRS NewSolutions
With so much happening at the Center for Resource Solutions, we thought it was time to expand the Green-e News into a more thorough look at all the work CRS is involved in. So welcome to NewSolutions, a quarterly update on activities in and around CRS. if you'd like to forward this on to someone else (or unsubscribe), please use the links at the bottom.
Launch of the Environmental Tracking Network of North America (ETNNA)
In March, CRS launched a new organization for renewable energy certificate tracking systems and other stakeholders who are interested in resolving outstanding environmental issues. ETNNA is a voluntary association of certificate tracking systems, regulators and interested market participants that are vested in preventing double-counting and promoting harmonization among certificate tracking systems and emissions registries in North America. The intention is to encourage trade, create a common currency for certificates of generation, prevent double counting, and support new and emerging markets. [Learn more]
Don't miss the 2008 National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference
Don't miss this year's conference, taking place in Denver, CO on October 26–29. For over a decade, the National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference has been the industry’s paramount annual gathering attended by leading renewable energy and green power industry stakeholders. Each year the most influential key players, including power marketers, renewable energy developers, retail and wholesale green power suppliers, electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, government agencies, energy consultants and nonprofit experts gather to listen to their peers present on the major issues facing the industry. This year's conference promises to be our largest yet.
In February, CRS launched Green-e Climate, the nation's first certification of retail greenhouse gas emission reduction products (carbon offsets). At a press event at Carbon Forum San Francisco, representatives from Green-e Climate explained the program and its place in the growing voluntary carbon market. They also introduced the first Green-e Climate Certified offsets, offered by 3Degrees, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Community Energy, and Renewable Choice. [Learn more about Green-e Climate]
The numbers are (almost) in. In 2007 Green-e Energy certified over 15 million MWh of renewable energy sales, up over 50% from 2006, according to preliminary data (the audited report will be out later in the fall). This represents sales to more than 90,000 new residential customers and 50% more commercial customers. [Learn more about Green-e Energy]
Green-e Marketplace Featured Company: Intel Corporation. In January, Intel joined Green-e Marketplace when they became the biggest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in history with a 1.3 Million MWh purchase of Green-e Certified RECs from Sterling Planet. The buy also placed Intel in the #1 spot on the EPA's Green Power Partners Top 25 list. [Read the Press Release] [See Intel's Pressroom]
Welcome New Staff
Andreas Karelas/Program Analyst, Green-e Energy
Andreas' environmental and energy experience ranges from marine wildlife conservation to advocacy for renewable energy on a public policy level, to installing wind turbines and solar PV in unelectrified villages. He has a dual Masters degree in International Relations, and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development.
Galen Lemei/Legal Fellow
Galen has worked on a variety of projects since joining CRS in November of 2007, including advising on contract and trademark issues and assisting with renewable energy policy analysis. Prior to joining CRS, Galen served as an associate attorney with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. He earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, and his B.A. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley. Galen is licensed to practice law in California.
Arthur O'Donnell/Executive Director
Prior to joining CRS in January 2008, Arthur was an independent business, energy, and environmental writer for more than 25 years, winning many national and regional awards for his energy reporting. He was the founding editor of the award-winning California Energy Markets newsletter, and the author of several books on energy and the environment.
Scott Sheckman/Development Manager
Scott brings a wealth of development and communications experience his previous work with a variety of environmental nonprofit organizations including the Reef Check Foundation and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Prior to devoting his fulltime professional focus to nonprofit development endeavors, Scott worked over a decade in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles where he contributed considerable volunteer time for numerous environmental causes and fundraisers.
Thank You Jan Hamrin
In 1997, Jan Hamrin founded CRS to provide expert assistance to policy makers and the energy industry to help encourage and guide the development of renewable energy in the U.S. and internationally. Beginning in a small adobe house in San Francisco's Presidio with just two people, Jan's fledgling organization quickly grew in size and scope, launching the Green-e certification program for renewable energy the same year. In April of this year, Jan transitioned into semi-retirement to travel a bit more with her husband and to focus on some individual sustainability projects, which include tending to her indigenous Japanese-style gardens. Jan leaves CRS stronger than ever. With 15 employees and an over $2 million annual budget, CRS has many new exciting projects planned in the coming years. She has had an incredible career devoted to promoting renewable energy and sustainability long before these issues made the news. Thank you, Jan.
CRS relies on assistance from the philanthropic community to mobilize the resources needed to transform the clean energy sector. Our success depends upon the generous aid from organizations such as Oak Foundation. We would like to thank Oak Foundation as one of our enduring partners in efforts to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on our environment.
Oak Foundation seeks to prevent catastrophic climate change by transforming the way energy is produced and used globally. With Environment Program offices in Europe, North America and soon India, Oak Foundation focuses on catalyzing policy change and energy market reform domestically and internationally.
Through a two-year grant award, Oak Foundation supports CRS’s Green-e Climate certification program. Green-e Climate facilitates the growth of a robust, voluntary greenhouse gas reduction market for individuals and businesses by requiring robust industry standards to measure and verify emission reduction purchases and enforcing consumer protection practices to ensure purchases result in real and permanent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. We gratefully acknowledge their support.
Welcome New Green-e Energy Certifications
- Blue Star Energy Services
Green Energy Marketing Inc.
Seattle City Light
Sky Blue Electric
- Carbon Emissions Trading 101, May 19–20, 2008, New York, NY. Lars Kvale will speak.
- Windpower 2008, June 1-4, 2008, Houston, TX. Lars Kvale will speak.
- National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference 2008, October 27–29, 2008, Denver, CO. Staff will moderate panel discussions and be present at our booth at this biggest marketer's conference of the year. Stop by our booth to see what we've been up to the last year and learn about our new Green-e Climate certification.