Summer 2007 Issue   
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Greetings from the Green-e Team!
 

The Center for Resource Solutions and its Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program proudly celebrated their tenth birthdays this year.

Founded in 1997, the Green-e program initially certified only competitive electricity products in a limited number of states.  In 2000, the program expanded to also certify utility green pricing programs. 

In 2002, Green-e began certifying renewable energy certificates.  And in this issue of Green-e news, we are excited to announce the establishment of Green-e certification criteria for greenhouse gas emission reductions. 

The Green-e News highlights timely Green-e program topics for environmental solutions to global climate change including policy changes, corporate environmental leadership, stakeholder comment periods, and verification updates.  If you know someone that would like to receive the Green-e News, sign up or contact:
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Green-e Program Updates

Green-e Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Product Certification Standard Approved by the Green-e Governance Board on June 19th, 2007

The Green-e Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction Product Certification Standard was approved by the Green-e Governance Board during the June 19th, 2007 Board meeting. This standard will form the basis of a new consumer protection certification program offered by Green-e for GHG emission reduction products (aka "offsets") sold in the voluntary market. Green-e program staff is now taking applications for partner GHG emission reduction certification programs to establish a list of eligible GHG emission reduction certification organizations. More information on the new program will be posted on the Green-e website in the coming weeks.


Calling All American Express Cardholders: CRS and Vote Solar Vote Need Your Help!

The Center for Resource Solutions and Vote Solar are asking American Express card holders to vote for our proposal to "Harvest the Sun" in the AmEx Members Project competition. If we win, we'll be eligible to receive $1 to $5 million to jumpstart the transition to solar energy---for everyone.

We've made it to the top 50 projects! Competition is going to be stiff to win. We need you to vote today, and to keep on voting in each successive round.

So if you're an American Express cardholder, it's time to vote. The more votes we get, the more likely we'll win.

Voting is easy. Just go to http://www.membersproject.com/Environment_Wildlife/715 and follow the steps.

Vote NOW and tell other AmEx cardholders you know! Support us to bring solar into the mainstream. The ballot closes soon!


Happy Trails

The Green-e wishes a fond farewell to Siobhan Doherty and Sarah Krasley who will be leaving CRS to pursue graduate studies, and Dan Lieberman who will be taking a position at 3 Phases Energy Services. Dr. Cathleen Fogel completed her year-long Switzer fellowship at CRS and left at the end of June.

Joining the team are:

Andrew Nourafshanandrew
Andrew Nourafshan joins CRS as a new Policy Analyst and Green-e Regional Representative for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. During the summers of 2005 and 2006, Andrew worked as a Communications Assistant for the Center for Resource Solutions. More recently, Andrew worked as an intern for Energy Harvester, a Southern California on-site renewable energy system design and installation firm. He also prepared written reports for the City of Claremont, CA and the Los Angeles MetroLink on the commuter savings and environmental benefits of public transit and bicycle commuting. A Bay Area native, Andrew graduated with B.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College.

Jane Valentinojane
Jane Valentino has joined CRS as the new Green-e GHG Program Analyst working on the Green-e Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Program. Jane recently received a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, with a concentration in energy and climate policy. Jane spent the past year interning in the Energy Division of the California Public Utilities Commission where she performed a cost benefit analysis of California's Demand Response Programs. Last summer, Jane interned in the Environment Branch of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, performing program evaluation for EPA Water Programs. She also worked with the City of Berkeley in to analyze the most cost-effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for municipal operations. Prior to graduate school, Jane worked on the Transmission Team in the Wholesale Power Group at ICF International. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.

Evan Johnsonevan
Evan Johnson is a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow who joins the Center for Resource Solutions to work on communications and policy analysis as an intern this summer. Currently pursuing a Masters degree at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Evan is studying public- and private-sector solutions for climate change mitigation, with a focus on the carbon offset market. Prior to the Bren School, Evan received a dual B.S. in Environmental Science and English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and went on to work for six years in the environmental communications field. Based in Washington, D.C. he was associate editor at Nature Conservancy magazine, and then worked as publicist for Island Press, an environmental non-profit publishing house.


Job Announcement: Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program Manager

After serving for seven years on the Green-e team in various capacities, Green-e lifeguard Dan Lieberman has decided to swim in the renewable energy market waters with the team at 3 Phases Energy Services.  The Center for Resource Solutions is currently seeking a Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program Manager.  A job description can be found here.  If you’re reading this, you’re just the type of person we want!


Save the Date: Annual Conference Held in Philadelphia

Marketing Renewables in a Carbon-Conscious World

In this twelfth year of the National Renewable Energy Marketing Conference, power marketers, project developers, electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, business customers, government agencies, energy consultants, nonprofit organizations, and others will gather in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21-24, 2007.

This is the preeminent national meeting for the U.S. renewable energy marketing industry, and this year's conference will celebrate and build upon the success and growth of renewable energy markets with particular emphasis on renewable energy supply and demand trends, profitable strategies for industry growth, and the interplay of renewable energy and carbon markets.

For more information, see http://www.renewableenergymarketing.net/gp12

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Please visit: http://www.renewableenergymarketing.net/gp12/spons.shtml


Green-e Marketplace

New Green-e Marketplace participants include:

Wells Fargo
KFM Foods International
Pizza Fusion
SC Johnson
Pacon Corporation
Aromafloria-California Fragrance
GAR Products
Graph-Pak Corp
Pepsi Co
Fintura
Hostpapa
Earth Color
Curtis Packaging
New Resource Bank
Sustainable Hosting, LLC
DMI Industries
Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.
Sappi Fine Papers North America


As You Were

texas The Governor of Texas signed HB 1090, making it official that voluntary sales of RECs are counted separately from RPS RECs. Hurray!

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Recent Green-e Board Decision

The Green-e Board passed the new Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Certification Standard on June 19, 2007. Additionally, the Board approved Puget Sound Energy’s application for Green-e certification of its green pricing program. 

Changes to the Green-e Board
Doug DeNio, a long-time renewable energy advocate and CRS Board member, will replace Karl Rabago as chair of the Green-e Governance Board.  Karl is stepping down from the Green-e Governance Board, after 10 years(!) of exemplary service.  The Green-e staff wishes to thank Karl for his leadership, vision, and diplomacy in guiding the Green-e program over the past decade, and we welcome to Doug to the fold.

The Green-e Board also wishes to welcome Liam Salter of World Wildlife Federation’s Hong Kong office.  Liam will be serving of the new subcommittee of the Green-e Board that will oversee the Green-e GHG Program.

 

Upcoming Events

Green-e staff will speak or exhibit at the following conferences:

Law Seminars International: 
Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest

August 9 & 10 in Seattle, Washington.

Global CO2 Conference
September 18-19 in Arlington, Virginia.

Economic Development Strategies For Utilities In A Sustainability-Sensitive Market
September 24-25 in Arlington, Virginia.

Arizona Department of Commerce Southwest Tribal Energy Peer Exchange
September 25-26 in Tempe, Arizona.


Upcoming Meetings

UGPAC Conference Call
Thursday, August 9th at 10AM Pacific

PMAC Conference Call
Thursday, August 9th at 11AM Pacific

Marketers' Marketers Group
Wednesday, July 18th at 10AM Pacific
Incorporating Blogs, Wikis, and other Social Networking Techniques into Your Marketing Strategy

Green-e Governance Board Conference Call
Thursday, September 6th at 9:30AM Pacific



New Certifications

The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) welcomes the following new renewable energy products to the Green-e Program:

Amerex Brokers, LLC offers a renewable energy certificate option, Amerex RECs, to non-residential customers. Amerex Brokers also has certification for brokered transactions of renewable energy certificates.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation offers a renewable energy certificate option, Solar Green Tags, to residential and non-residential customers.

Carbon Solutions Group offers a renewable energy certificate option to non-residential and wholesale customers.

Choose Renewables, LLC offers a renewable energy certificate option, CleanWatts to residential and non-residential customers. 

Community Energy, Inc. offers a renewable electricity option, NewWindEnergy (CT Clean Energy Options) to customers participating in the CTClean Energy Options Alternative Transitional Standard Offer available to customers of The Connecticut Light or Power Company and The United Illuminating Company

Direct Energy, LP. offers a renewable energy certificate option to non-residential and wholesale customers.

ICAP United, Inc. has a certification for brokered transactions of renewable energy certificates. 

New York Power Authority offers a renewable energy certificate product, NYPA Green, to non-residential customers.

Neuwing Energy Ventures, LLC offers a renewable energy certificate product, Neuwing Clean Energy, to non-residential and wholesale customers.

Puget Sound Energy is offering a new green pricing program, PSE Green Power, to customers located in its service territory.

Santee Cooper offers a renewable energy certificate option, GreenPowerTags, to residential and non-residential customers.

Shell Trading (Coral Energy Holding L.P.) offers a renewable energy certificate option to non-residential and wholesale customers.

Suez Energy Resources NA, Inc. offers a renewable energy certificate option, Suez Super Green TRCs, to non-residential customers. 

Sustainable Power Corporation offers a 100% Biomass renewable energy certificate option, SPC Vidalia No.1, to wholesale customers.

Green-e and CRS in the News!
Recent Press

  • Washington Post
  • Forth Collins Weekly
  • North American Windpower
  • Social Funds
  • Mother Jones
  • Business 2.0
  • Common Ground Magazine
  • Firm Green
  • Aspen Daily News

  • Green-e at-a-Glance
    Program Stats

  • 164 certified renewable energy products
  • 81 participating marketers and utilities offer a Green-e certified products
  • Over five million MWh of certified renewable energy sold in 2005
  • 114,500 households and businesses purchase Green-e certified energy products nationwide in 2005.
  • 53 companies are using the Green-e logo be participating in Green-e Marketplace.
  • Green-e CRS