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MARCH 28, 2014 | SPRING 2014

Green Power Leadership Awards Application Period Open

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The Green Power Leadership Awards (GPLAs) are one of the renewable energy industry's highest honors. Presented at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference by Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the GPLAs celebrate the individuals and organizations that have been the most effective throughout the previous year to promote clean energy.

New categories this year include Green Power Market Development, recognizing organizations and individuals building and growing the voluntary market for green power, and and Leadership in Green Power Education, which recognizes effective and unique programs and organizations focusing on green power education.

Applications are being accepted through Monday, April 7, 2014. Visit to learn more and apply.



Welcome New Participants

Great Eastern Energy joined Green-e Energy in January. The company, based in Brooklyn, NY, offers the certified product E-Renewable to its commercial customers in NY, NJ, and MA.

MP2 Energy also joined Green-e Energy in January, and sells its Renewable Power product to its commercial clients. It is based in The Woodlands, TX.

Renewable Choice Energy joined Green-e Climate in March with two new certified carbon offset options, including for the first time the ability to source offsets from a particular project. Read the release.



When a "Word" Isn't a Word

At Green-e, we often hear renewable energy certificates (RECs) referred to as Green-e "certifiable" if they meet our published standards but have not yet been certified by us. The trouble is, there is no such thing as "certifiable," and it is causing confusion in the market among buyers and sellers who aren't sure of the difference. A REC that is certifiable won't necessarily ever be checked by Green-e, but a certified REC will.

Here's one option: if a renewable generator has been approved in a tracking system for Green-e Energy eligibility (and has filled out a Tracking Attestation for Electricity and RECs), try "eligible" instead ("these RECs are from a Green-e Energy eligible generator") One caveat: Just because the facility is eligible, that doesn't guarantee that its RECs will be used in a certified sale. For more detailed information, see the FAQ, "What is the difference between Green-e Energy Certified and Green-e Energy Eligible?".

Your best bet: only accept Green-e Energy certified RECs—there's no equivalent.



Just Published

Defining the Intangible: Renewable Energy Certificate Claims and Ownership in the Green Guide Era

CRS Chief Counsel Robin Quarrier was just published in the American Bar Association's Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee Newsletter. The article, co-written with our (then) legal intern John P. Rose, looks at claims and marketing issues with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) after the revised FTC Green Guides were released in October, 2012. Read the Article »

2013: Advances in Sustainable Energy

At the end of 2013 we issued a report looking back on the successes and challenges in a year that saw unprecedented growth in our programs, as well as a few milestones: nearly half of the installed wind capacity in the U.S. is participating in Green‐e Energy certified transactions, and certified retail sales represented nearly three‐quarters of the entire U.S. retail voluntary market—an amount equal to over 1% of the total U.S. electricity supply. We still have far to go, of course, but 2014 is already showing great promise for those of us working for clear skies and clean energy. Read the Report »



Upcoming Webinars

LEED v4, Renewable Energy, and Carbon Offsets ($45)
Wednesday, April 10, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the market-leading standard for green building design. The recent LEED v4 update includes the ability to earn points toward certification by purchasing Green-e certified renewable energy and carbon offsets. Join Alex Pennock, manager of Green-e Energy and Todd Jones, manager of Green-e Climate, as they review the new changes and answer common questions about the updated green power and carbon offset credit, along with the rationale for these changes and how they will affect the market. Register Now »

Introduction to Green-e Climate (Free)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. CRS is hosting a free webinar about the Green-e Climate certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary carbon offset market. The webinar will cover 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. With Todd Jones, Manager, Green-e Climate. Register Now »

Missed Any?
If you missed any webinars, we record many of them and make them available for free. Check out our Videos page on Vimeo to see any webinars you might have missed (or watch them again!).



Green-e News


Green-e Climate

Updated materials for the Green-e Climate Annual Verification Audit for Reporting Year 2013 are posted and available online, including updated Worksheets, Audit Protocol, and Instructions.

Green-e Climate recently completed a stakeholder comment period for the endorsement of the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders Landfill Gas Methodology as administered by the American Carbon Registry (ACR). Staff is reviewing the comments received and preparing to share the results with the Green-e Governance Board.


Green-e Energy

Verification season is in full swing at Green-e Energy, and audited submissions for Reporting Year 2013 are due Monday, June 2 via the online verification software tool. Green-e Energy staff are also currently reviewing materials for Marketing Compliance Review, which helps ensure that renewable energy sellers in our program are following best practices by disclosing clear and useful information to potential customers, allowing consumers to make informed choices.


Green-e Marketplace

Pasta PrimaHemlock Printers
Hemlock purchases Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy to match 100% of its electricity use at its printing operations. Working with the Green-e re:print program, Hemlock provides catalogs, brochures and reports manufactured and printed with 100% certified renewable energy for brands like The North Face and Lucy.

For more information, visit Hemlock Printers. Learn more about Green‑e Marketplace.



Development Update

CRS is now registered with Amazon's new charitable giving program, AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support CRS every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, it's the same experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to CRS. Check out Support CRS on AmazonSmile to learn more about the campaign.



Staff News

Recent Additions

Hongming LiuLucy Harbor
Administrative Associate

Lucy joined CRS in February 2014 and will be helping to coordinate the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference, as well as other event management and administrative support throughout the organization. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Event Planning in 2013, and is a recent transplant to the Bay Area. Lucy grew up passionate about the environment and climate change, and is excited to learn even more about sustainable energy initiatives and policy.

Robin WeldyRobin Weldy

Robin Weldy joined CRS in March 2014 as a Green-e Climate volunteer. He previously worked for DNV GL as a validator/verifier of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects, working with multiple GHG offset programs, and before that as a wind resource data analyst. He has an MSc in Sustainable Cities from King's College London and a BS in Geology from Western Washington University. He wants to continue working to promote GHG reductions, renewable energy, and corporate sustainability.

Come Work With Us

You?CRS is hiring several Green-e Energy Verification Associates for the summer of 2014. For the full description of the position and to apply, see CRS Jobs.

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