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Spring 2017 Marketing Compliance Review

Instructions for the Spring 2017 Marketing Compliance Review (MCR) for Multiple Mix (commercial and wholesale) and Single Mix (residential) products.

  1. The Green-e Energy Marketing Compliance Review Materials Form for Single Mix Products Sold to Residential Customers accompanies materials submitted for MCR for Single Mix (residential) products.
  2. The Green-e Energy Marketing Compliance Review Materials Form for Commercial & Wholesale (Multiple Mix) Products accompanies materials submitted for MCR for Multiple Mix (commercial and wholesale) products.
  3. Marketing Compliance Review Frequently Asked Questions has information on MCR deadlines, who is required to submit during each cycle, and what materials are subject to review.

 

2016 Reporting Year (RY) Verification Process

Instructions for the 2016 Reporting Year (RY) Verification Process:

  1. Reporting Year 2016 Annual Verification Submission Timeline and Deadlines. The Verification Timeline for certified sales made in 2016.
  2. Unaudited Report Form (2016 Green-e Energy Certified Sales). Please complete this form and send to Green-e staff by February 17, 2017.
  3. Product Mix Change Forms are due at CRS for participants who changed a certified product's mix at any time during RY2016 in such a way as to constitute a "substantial difference".

 

General Program Information

Green-e Energy Verification Process

The Annual Green-e Energy verification process consists of two main elements: an annual Verification Process Audit of renewable energy sales and supply, and twice-annual Marketing Compliance Reviews of marketing materials. The Verification Process Audit requires providers of retail and wholesale Green-e certified renewable energy products to complete an annual third-party verification audit of their renewable energy purchases and sales. Verification data is submitted and audited using the Green-e Energy Verification Portal, detailed below. Access is available to Green-e Energy Participants and their auditors.

The Marketing Compliance Review (MCR), conducted by Green-e Energy staff, occurs twice a year, in Spring and Fall, and ensures that the marketers and utilities offering a renewable energy or renewable energy certificate (REC) product are abiding by the Green-e Energy Code of Conduct. Please see Marketing Compliance Review Frequently Asked Questions for detailed information on MCR deadlines, who is required to submit during each cycle, and what materials are subject to review. The Green-e Energy Marketing Compliance Review Materials Form ("MCR Form") for Single Mix or Multiple Mix products, along with all required attachments, must be sent via email to energy@green-e.org.

All required documents can be found on the Green-e Energy Documents page, including:

  • Attestation Forms for Facilities Within a Tracking System, and Attestation Forms for Facilities Not in a Tracking System
  • Product Content Labels
  • Green-e Energy Participant Handbook

 

Links

  • Green-e Energy Verification Portal (for Participants). For participants in Green-e Energy for annual verification submittals.
  • Green-e Energy Verification Portal (for Auditors). For auditors working with participants in Green-e Energy for annual verification submittals.
  • Green-e Energy Tracking Attestations Received. A list of renewable electricity generation facilities that have registered in an approved electronic tracking system and submitted Tracking Attestations to Green-e Energy.
  • Long REC Disclosure Language. For Green-e Energy participants selling a Renewable Energy Certificate product, customer service representatives should have access to the Short and Long REC Disclosure languages found in Section IV.E2 of the Code of Conduct. This is a link to the Long REC Disclosure Language that can be distributed.
  • Verified Auditors. A list of auditors who have successfully completed at least one exemplary Green-e Energy Annual Process Audit or Green-e Climate Verification Audit in a timely manner.
  • February 2016 Approved Facilities List. For Green-e Energy participants using the Bulk Upload feature of the verification software, this static table of approved facilities can be used to provide partial facility data on tracked and approved facilities, to complete the annual verification worksheet.
  • Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Claims and Ownership. Resources on the CRS website for understanding how RECs convey ownership of environmental attributes.

 

To Know

  • Approved Tracking Systems. Renewable energy generators must be registered in one or more of the following approved tracking systems: ERCOT, MIRECS, MRETS, NAR, NCRETS, NEPOOL GIS, NYGATS, PJMGATS, and WREGIS.
  • Québec Generation Emissions Allowance Conversion (Appendix A.7). Independent retirement of Québec-eligible allowances must be demonstrated for Green-e Energy certification of renewable MWh generated in or directly delivering into Québec. Each seller of such MWh in a Green-e Energy certified retail or wholesale transaction must demonstrate that eligible emissions allowances were retired in amounts in accordance with the following conversion factor: 854 lbs/MWh*.

    An account in the "Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service" (CITSS) is necessary in order for a Green-e Energy Participant to retire eligible allowances. Alternatively, the seller of an eligible allowance to a Green-e Energy participant may retire an eligible allowance on behalf of the Participant's Green-e Energy certified sale.

    *Calculation based on non-baseload emissions rates and marginal non-baseload fuel data provided by Modelling Group, Energy and Economic Policy Analysis Division, Energy Policy Branch, Natural Resources Canada (2016).

  • Reporting requirements for certification of long-term contracts that meet the requirements of Section II.H of the Green-e Energy National Standard ("National Standard"). To meet the requirements of Section II.H, the list of non-residential end-use purchasers of the contracted supply in the Green-e Energy certified transaction must be reported to Green-e according to the below deadlines. "Green-e Eligibility Date" is defined as the date of Green-e Energy eligibility per Section II.E.1–7.
    Green-e Eligibility Date Deadline for Green-e Reporting
    July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017 March 31, 2018
    July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018 March 31, 2019
    July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019 March 31, 2020
    July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020 March 31, 2021

    NOTE: Section II.H of the Green-e Energy National Standard also requires that eligible contracts be signed with 12 months of the generation's Green-e Energy Eligibility Date.