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JULY 2014 | SUMMER 2014

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Renewable Energy Markets 2014 | Green-e Energy Double-Claims Policy | Just Published | Green-e Energy Updates National Standard | Upcoming Webinars | Green-e News | Development Update | Staff News

Renewable Energy Markets 2014

REM 2014

Renewable Energy Markets 2014 will be held in Sacramento, CA from December 2–4. Save the date for this year's conference, which will be the biggest and best conference we've ever held, with hundreds of participants from across the country and around the globe sharing best practices for buying, generating, selling, trading, and marketing clean energy.

Registration will open soon, but hotel reservations are being accepted now in our reduced-price block. See the Location page for details. We were very impressed with the abstracts submitted for this year's conference and are working with our Program Planning Committee to craft an amazing agenda.

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, NextEra Energy Resources, and our City Sponsor, Sacramento Municipal Utility District. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please download our Sponsorship Guide.

For more information and to sign up for email updates about REM, visit


Green-e Energy Double-Claims Policy: When Outside Statements Impact your Property

Green-e Energy recently released a whitepaper that articulates our policy on one of the thornier issues in renewable energy sales—what statements render renewable energy certificates (RECs) ineligible for Green-e Energy certification. While tracking systems are invaluable in ensuring that renewable energy certificates are retired on behalf of customers, there is often less surety when it comes to individual statements—in Green-e certified products, there is oversight of the individual megawatt-hours from generation to retirement, but the market is complex and growing quickly, and there are many opportunities for confusion. Explanation of Green-e Energy Double-Claims Policy provides clarity to generators, utilities, marketers, and other interested stakeholders on how claim statements can affect the eligibility of RECs for Green-e Energy certification.



Just Published

Tracking Renewable Energy for the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan: Guidelines for States to Use Existing REC Tracking Systems to Comply with 111(d)

We recently released a guide to help states comply with the U.S. EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, which directs states to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Tracking Renewable Energy for the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, co-written with the Regulatory Assistance Project, is intended to help state administrators use existing renewable energy certificate tracking systems to comply with the EPA's plan.

REN21 Renewables 2014 Global Status Report

CRS contributed to this year's Renewables Global Status Report, one of the most frequently referenced reports on the global renewable energy market, with emphasis on industry and policy developments. The report is published annually by REN21, a global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network. Read the Report »


Green-e Energy Updates National Standard

Recently Green-e Energy updated its main governing document, the Green-e Energy National Standard, to Version 2.4. The update is a minor one, and included clarifications to how the Standard addresses double counting with Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs) and other state-level mandates.

There were no rule changes, but the additional clarifying language was added to respond to questions Green-e Energy staff received about how state RPS rules interact with Green-e Energy requirements. There was also clarifying language added to address questions raised regarding when the National Standard allows certain RPS renewables to be counted toward a certified renewable electricity product that serves 100% of a customer's electricity consumption. You can download the current version of the Standard at Green-e Energy National Standard and Governing Documents.



Upcoming Webinars

Introduction to Green-e Energy (Free)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 am PT. A free webinar that explains the Green-e Energy certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary renewable energy market in North America. This webinar will cover the basics of how renewable energy is generated, tracked, and sold; how Green-e Energy protects consumers by ensuring clear title to renewable energy purchases that are as advertised; and how consumers, businesses, and renewable energy sellers can become involved with Green-e Energy. Register Now »

Carbon Offsets 101 ($45)
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 10:00 am PT. This essential introduction to carbon offsets covers the basics of how offsets work and provides an overview of the global voluntary market. The hour-long webinar will explain offset terms and definitions, project types, quality criteria, project standards and credit certification, and retail offset transactions and product certification. We will also cover the state of and trends in the voluntary marketplace, and an overview of different players in the market. 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

Green-e Climate recently completed two stakeholder comment periods to expand Green-e endorsement of the American Carbon Registry (ACR) and the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) to include new project types. On June 16, 2014 the Green-e Governance Board voted in favor of endorsing the new project types, meaning that energy efficiency and transportation projects in ACR along with Mexican forestry, nitrogen management, organic waste composting, and rice cultivation projects in CAR are now eligible to supply Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets. Visit the Endorsed Programs page for a full list of endorsed programs, eligible project types, and eligibility restrictions.

Verification of Green-e Climate certified sales for reporting year 2013 is underway and preliminary results are positive. Controlling for certain factors unique to the previous year, the program shows significant growth in certified sales in 2013.


Green-e Energy

Green-e Energy Participant Survey. CRS has created a short survey seeking feedback on the verification process and software for reporting year 2013 as well as suggested improvements. We are dedicated to providing as seamless a verification process as possible, and appreciate feedback from program participants so we can continually improve the process. Visit the Green-e Energy RY2013 Verification Survey, submissions are accepted through July 25.

Green-e Energy Considering Longer-Term Contracts, Ocean Resources. Green-e Energy is considering several important program changes, including allowing longer-term contracts and ocean-based resources. Specifically, Green-e Energy is considering allowing customers to buy a certified generator-specific renewable energy product under contracts that last more than 15 years. The program is also considering allowing electricity generation from ocean-based energy sources, and is looking for feedback on accompanying impacts and sustainability standards through an open stakeholder consultation period. Feedback will be accepted through August 18 at Green-e Energy Call for Comments: Long-Term Contracts and Ocean Resources. Prior to taking the survey, you may download and review a PDF of all survey questions.


Green-e Marketplace

Pasta PrimaKendall-Jackson
Kendall-Jackson purchases Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates to offset 100% of the electricity used for its entire operations. In addition to its strong renewable energy commitment, Kendall-Jackson employs practices such as integrated pest management, water conservation, and waste reduction, and is a Certified California Sustainable Winegrower.

For more information, visit Kendall Jackson's environmental stewardship page. Learn more about Green‑e Marketplace.



Development Update

Thank You to Our Individual Donors
Much of the most important work CRS does is not revenue-generating, which is why as a nonprofit we rely on grants and donations for much of our funding, including those from individual donations. We would like to thank one of our most generous individual donors this year, CRS board member Blair Swezey, whose recent gift is helping us continue our important work in policy and market development. If you are interested in supporting CRS with a tax-deductible gift that we can put to work immediately, visit the Support Us page to learn how.



Staff News

Recent Additions

Saurabh BetawadkarSaurabh Betawadkar
Green-e Energy Verification Associate

Saurabh Betawadkar joined CRS in May 2014 as a Green-e Energy Verification Associate. He is currently pursuing his MPA in Energy Policy at Indiana University. He has a MS in Environmental Sciences from Indiana University—Bloomington and a B.Tech in Biotechnology from SRM University–Chennai. He has previously worked as a Sustainable Energy Intern and an Environmental Biotechnology Intern at firms in India. He wants to continue working in the fields of renewable energy markets, sustainability and energy management.

Leah GrossmanLeah Grossman
Green-e Energy Verification Associate

Leah joined CRS in May 2014 as a Green-e Energy Verification Associate. She recently graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Public Administration focused on renewable energy management and policy. Prior to graduate school, she worked for Save the Children as the coordinator for the public policy and advocacy department. Leah is passionate about creating data driven policy and new business models that foster growth and investment in renewable energy.

Maya KeltyMaya Kelty
Green-e Energy Verification Associate

Maya joined CRS in May 2014 as a Green-e Energy Verification Associate. She will be working with CRS for five months helping with Green-e Energy audit verifications and various research tasks. Maya graduated from McGill University in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently a Masters of Environment Candidate specializing in Environmental Assessment at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Maya is interested in the relationship between policy and the environment, and is excited to learn more about renewable energy markets and the evolving role of market driven mechanisms in promoting a sustainable future.

Lynette KomarLynette Komar
Legal Intern

Lynette joined CRS in May 2014 as a Legal Intern. She is assisting Chief Counsel with legal research, writing, and analysis. Her previous work includes public outreach coordination and policy analysis. She has worked for local government environmental programs and volunteered for the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. She has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and will be awarded a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2016.

Nick McKayNick McKay
Green-e Energy Verification Associate

Nick McKay joined CRS in May 2014 as a Green-e verification associate. He is pursuing a MPA in Policy Analysis and Energy Policy and a MSES in Environmental Systems Analysis and Modeling at Indiana University and has a BSPA in Environmental Management from Indiana University. He has previously worked as an environmental policy analysis intern at the Government Accountability Office. He would like to continue to work in the fields of energy and environmental economics.

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