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APRIL 3, 2012 / SPRING 2012

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Renewable Energy Markets 2012

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Renewable Energy Markets 2012 will be September 23–25 in Washington, D.C.

We're excited to announce the next Renewable Energy Markets conference, which will be held at the Capital Hilton beginning September 23. REM is made possible only through the generosity of our sponsors, including the 2012 City Sponsor, Washington Gas Energy Services. The conference is already shaping up to be the most engaging, exciting yet, with a few surprises we'll be announcing shortly. Be sure to mark your calendars and get on the list for important conference, event, and hotel announcements. And check back with the Renewable Energy Markets website for the latest information for your trip to D.C.

2012 Green Power Leadership Award Nominations Open

Co-Sponsored by CRS, the Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive annual awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. The CRS Market Development Awards recognize individuals, companies, and other renewable energy industry leaders that are building the market for green power.

Award nominations will be accepted until April 20th. The Awards will be presented on September 24, 2012, in conjunction with Renewable Energy Markets. Please see the 2012 Green Power Leadership Awards website for nomination details.

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Buy Clean Energy for Earth Day

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22 this year, and we want to suggest a simple, easy way to help your (earth) mother: replacing the pungent brown power currently pouring into your home with clean, green renewable energy. You may recall that CRS runs Buy Clean Energy, a site that gives you an easy zipcode lookup for green power programs in your area and a one-button way to "Buy Now". There's no more effective way to reduce smelly greenhouse gases than switching to renewable energy, and there's no easier way to do it than through Buy Clean Energy. Visit Buy Clean Energy »


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NEXT WEBINAR: Introduction to Green-e Climate
Thursday, April 26, at noon PDT. CRS hosts a free webinar about the Green-e Climate certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary carbon offset market. The webinar covers the basics of carbon offset projects and international offset trading; how carbon offsets serve to reduce global carbon emissions; the unique role of Green-e Climate certification and the benefits it confers on certified products; how Green-e Climate protects consumers by ensuring clear title to carbon offset purchases that are as advertised; and how consumers, businesses, and offset sellers can become involved with Green-e Climate.

Register Now

    Title: Introduction to Green-e Climate
    Who: Green-e Climate Staff
    When: Thursday, April 26, 2012 Noon PT/3PM ET
    How: Register Now
    Cost: Free


Climate Videos

Introduction to Green-e Climate Videos

We recently developed two short videos that introduce Green-e Climate, explain its role in the marketplace, and show how the certification works with project-level certifiers around the world. The two videos are Introduction to Green-e Climate and What We Do. Thanks to The Daily Energy Report for producing the videos.


On The Shelf: Giving 2.0

CRS was featured in Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen's recent book Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World. She writes that CRS "works hard to bring renewable energy and energy efficiency into debates everywhere, from government and the public to other environmental organizations."



Featured Publication
Renewable Energy Certificates, Carbon Offsets, and Carbon Claims: Best Practices and Frequently Asked Questions

Are you confused about offsets and RECs? Have you heard conflicting stories about the difference between them or what claims you can make? Have you ever heard somebody say, "RECs aren't offsets," or "you can't say that about your REC purchase," or even, "U.S. renewable energy projects can't produce offsets?" Get the definitive answers to all of your questions about RECs, offsets, and the relationship between renewable energy and carbon in this new paper from CRS—the organization that brought you Green-e, the most trusted name in renewable energy and carbon offsets.

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Support Us on Climate Ride California 2012

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How can you enjoy an incredible 5-day bicycle ride in Northern California while supporting CRS? Climate Ride—the nation's largest environmental cycling event—has accepted CRS as a beneficiary for this year's California ride, which runs from September 9-13, 2012 and travels from Eureka to San Francisco. The exciting part for CRS is that anyone who signs up for the ride is able to choose to raise money for CRS and support our work to advance sustainable energy. Look for us as "Team CRS" at


Donor Spotlight


Thank You to Our Donors

CRS would like to recognize and thank the following individuals and organizations for their support to help us build a clean energy future.

Center for Resource Solutions, Winter 2011-12 Donors
Julie Blunden
Rick Counihan
Crosby & Kaneda, CPAs
Doug Denio
Ellen Feeney
Nate Hanson
Peter Mostow
Karl Rabago
Blair Swezey
Randy Swisher
Tsais Family Foundation
Carl Weinberg

Recent Additions

Sarah CanniffSarah Canniff

Sarah joined CRS in February as a Green-e Energy and Marketplace volunteer. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering. The Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering merged these three disciplines into each course, giving Sarah a unique perspective towards environmental challenges and solutions. Sarah recently moved to San Francisco from the Midwest, has a passion for renewable energy and is excited to join the Bay Area's environmental community.

Quynh ChenQuynh Chen
Legal Intern

Quynh joined CRS in January 2012 as a legal intern. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology. During college, she worked as project manager for organic foods marketing. For fun, she volunteered as a river raft guide for underprivileged youths. After college, she explored different career paths that lead her to different places such as Hawaii, New York, and the Philippines. Currently, she is a second year law student at Golden Gate University School of Law. Her passion remains in the renewable and sustainable field. She aims to pursue a legal career in this field.

Caden HareCaden Hare

Caden joined CRS in February as a Green-e Energy volunteer. He graduated from Sonoma State University in 2010 with a M.S. in Biology, where he had the honor of being a Switzer Environmental Fellow in 2009. He has been running the Fuel from Aquatic Biomass research project for the City of Santa Rosa since 2007, and was awarded a GreenGiant Green Award in 2011 for this work. Caden is excited to be furthering his knowledge of the biomass industry as a volunteer for CRS.

Michael LeschkeMichael Leschke
Green-e Energy Associate

Michael joined CRS in January 2012, where he assists in the implementation of Green-e Energy by helping with contracting, the annual verification process, and managing relationships with participants. He has previous experience in the carbon market, public sector, and working alongside environmental non-profits. He earned his Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of California, Irvine. He enjoys environmental policy, California, soccer, hiking, cult movies, having bad taste in music, and sarcasm.

Come Work With Us

You?CRS is hiring for the following part-time positions: Green-e Energy Verification Associate, Green-e Energy Volunteer, Green-e Marketplace Volunteer, and Meeting Assistant.

For the full description of the positions and to apply, see CRS Jobs.


Policy Update

CRS Policy Update

On March 1, Senator Jeff Bingaman introduced the Clean Energy Standard (CES) Act of 2012, which would require 84% of the electricity from the nation's largest utilities to come from low-emission sources by 2035. Many of the design elements of the CES were  recommended by CRS in a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last spring. These include the allocation of credits based on the emissions profile of the generator, such that zero-emitting renewable resources will receive full credits whereas emitting generation will only get partial credit, as well inclusion of a "new date" for facility eligibility. CRS commends Senator Bingaman for the introduction of a CES, which would promote renewable energy production, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs for the American people.

In January, the Climate Registry began updating and released a new version of their General Reporting Protocol.  CRS submitted comments highlighting the need for renewable energy certificates (RECs) and bundled green power purchases to be treated the same, and for all green power purchases to be reflected in an entity's total Scope 2 emissions. The comments also included recommendations on eligible renewable energy project types and ways to prevent double counting. 

In California, the Air Resources Board (ARB) is continuing implementation of the cap-and-trade scheme under AB 32. CRS has been actively working with ARB staff on the implementation details of the voluntary renewable energy set aside.  There is an upcoming rulemaking on electricity issues, and CRS plans to contribute.

Since last year, CRS has also been actively involved in the World Resources Institute's development of green power accounting guidelines for the GHG Protocol. Over the past year, CRS has submitted comments to WRI regarding the appropriate treatment of RECs in GHG accounting.  This includes recommendations on how to account for Scope 2 emissions from renewable energy purchases in greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, distinguishing between RECs and offsets, and accounting for REC purchases in regions with a cap-and-trade system on emissions in place. For more information on the green power accounting guidelines, visit


Green-e News


Green-e Climate Updated materials for the Green-e Climate Annual Verification Audit for Reporting Year 2011 have been posted and are available on the Green-e Climate Verification page, including updated Worksheets, Audit Protocol, and Instructions. Unaudited numbers for RY2011 indicate yet another increase in certified sales, continuing a trend in place since inception of the program.

Last month, Green-e Climate announced its 2012 Webinar Series, including new topics like "Offsets vs. RECs: What's the difference and how should each be used?," "Popular Critiques of Carbon Offsets: Real Answers to the Big Questions," "GHG Accounting for Voluntary Purchases of Renewable Energy in the U.S.," and "Green-e in LEED," as well as annual favorites like "Best Practices in Commercial Offset Purchasing," "Carbon Offsets 101," and "Introduction to Green-e Climate". Visit the CRS events page to register.

New to Green-e Climate? Watch the Green-e Climate Intro videos! Click here to watch.

Be on the lookout for CRS's forthcoming Survey for Carbon Offset Purchasers, aimed at gathering information about offset purchasing practices and trends, purchaser experiences and needs, and the desire for and utilization of various quality assurance mechanisms in the voluntary market. The results will be used in part to inform Green-e Climate development and outreach.


Green-e Energy 2011 unaudited sales figures are in. Based on unaudited numbers available at press time, in 2011 Green-e Energy certified sales of 31 million unique MWh and 36 million MWh of total transactions, approximately 10% and 7% growth over 2010. Retail sales surpassed 25 million MWh in 2011, while wholesale sales grew to 11 million, each a gain of approximately one million MWh over their respective 2010 figures. We're pleased to see the growth in certified sales not just for the overall health of our program, but because it speaks to the larger trend of increasing renewable energy development and adoption in the U.S.


Green-e Marketplace

Cascades Tissue GroupGreen-e Marketplace Featured Company: BuyWell Coffee
A Green-e Marketplace participant since 2007, BuyWell Coffee tackles social and environmental issues through their blends of Fair Trade coffee. They ensure a fair and livable wage for coffee producers and support sustainable agriculture by sourcing and roasting only the finest USDA Organic coffees with Fair Trade Certification. They purchase shade grown coffees whenever possible to protect natural habitat and use chemically-free decaffeinated beans. The company offsets 100% of their manufacturing with Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates. For more information, visit the BuyWell website. [Learn more about Green-e Marketplace]


Featured Partner


Featured Partner: Iron Creative

Iron is a San Francisco–based design firm that we first worked with in 2008 to redesign our logo and identity.

At Iron, we produce unique brand marketing that connects, convinces, and sells. We have one goal: to give people a clear, compelling reason to choose our clients over the competition.

Iron's team has produced work for CRS, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, NewSchools Venture Fund, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Stanford Cancer Center, Levi's, Patelco, Microsoft, The North Face, Specialized Bicycles, Thomas Weisel Partners, Dockers and more.

Our specialties include brand development, graphic design, web development, user experience, eCommerce, and non-profit branding.

For more information, please visit us at or contact us at


CRS Resources

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Welcome New Green-e Energy Participants

  • • Greenlight Energy
    • Marin Energy Authority
    • TransCanada Power Marketing Ltd.

Welcome New Green-e Marketplace Participant

  • • Herron Printing

Upcoming Events

  • Women in Renewable Energy Career Panel: How to Land Your Dream Job!
    April 12, 2012. Notable renewable energy leaders will discuss transitioning into the renewable energy industry and where their respective sectors are heading. The panel will address where renewable energy jobs are, growth areas within renewables and how to differentiate oneself from the talent pool. Attendees will have ample time to ask questions and network before and after the presentation. Moderated by CRS Counsel Robin Quarrier. Register Now.
  • Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Climate
    April 26, 2012. 12:00 p.m. PT. A free webinar about the Green-e Climate certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary carbon offset market. The webinar covers the basics of carbon offset projects and international offset trading; how carbon offsets serve to reduce global carbon emissions; and the unique role of Green-e Climate certification and the benefits it confers on certified products. Register Now

  • Webinar on Carbon Claims in Green-e Marketplace: Using the Green-e Logo with your Purchase of Certified Offsets
    May 10, 2012. 12:00 p.m. PT. Green-e Marketplace has now integrated purchases of Green-e Climate Certified offsets into the array of claims available for verification under the program. In addition to granting organizations use of the Green-e logo for purchases of certified renewable energy, Green-e Marketplace can now grant logo use to companies that purchase Green-e Certified Carbon Offsets as part of their environmental strategy. Visit Website
  • Webinar: Offsets vs. RECs: What’s the Difference and How Should Each Be Used?
    May 24, 2012. 12:00 p.m. PT. $45. CRS presents a webinar providing answers to questions about the difference between Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets, how the markets for these commodities interact, and the extent to which each can be used to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It examines key areas of confusion including REC definitions, additionality, and ownership of reductions from renewable energy. Register Now

  • Webinar: Popular Critiques of Carbon Offsets: Real Answers to the Big Questions
    June 7, 2012. 12:00 p.m. PT. $45. Despite significant improvements to transparency and credibility in the voluntary market, including the proliferation of project standards and retail consumer protection programs like Green-e Climate, people are still wary of carbon offsets. This webinar presented by CRS will address the popular criticisms of offsets and how the market has adjusted (or still needs to adjust) in response, and what alternatives currently exist for consumers. Register Now

  • Financing Renewable Energy Projects
    June 14-15, 2012. Hosted by Law Seminars International. Robin Quarrier will speak on a panel about renewable energy certificates and carbon credits in western states at the "Financing Renewable Energy Projects" conference held in San Francisco, CA. Visit Website

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