Updated August 18, 2020
More documents can be found in the Green-e Energy Participant Portal (password required).
1. Overview Materials
- About Green-e Energy. A one-page description of the Green-e® Energy program.
2. Standards and Governing Documents
- Green-e Framework for Renewable Energy Certification provides baseline criteria for regional and country-specific Green-e® standards.
- Appendix B: Green-e® Energy Code of Conduct for Canada and the United States is one of the main governing documents of Green-e® Energy, and outlines requirements for consumer protection and environmental standards. Updated April 1, 2020 (UPDATED)
- Appendix D: Green-e Renewable Energy Standard for Canada and the United States (formerly Green-e® Energy National Standard), v3.4. Covers renewable resource eligibility and product specifications. (View changes from v3.3, v3.2, v3.1, and v3.0.) (UPDATED)
- Appendix I: Green-e Glossary helps explain and define terms used in Green-e® governing documents.
- Green-e™ Renewable Energy Standard for Chile (Norma de Energía Renovable de Green-e™ para Chile) provides Green-e™ Energy's requirements for certified renewable electricity sales and consumption in Chile.
- Note: IREC Registry. For IRECs retired toward a Green-e Energy certified product in Chile, an equal number of ERNC certificates must be retired from the same generation facility; ERNC retirement takes place outside of the IREC Registry and will be checked separately. Only IRECs that are issued for energy for which the right to obtain emissions reduction certificates or carbon offsets has been retained (i.e. IRECs that include all carbon attributes) are eligible to be retired toward Green-e Energy certified products in Chile.
- Terms of Reference for Chile Standard (Términos de Referencia para la Norma para Chile)
- Green-e™ Renewable Energy Standard for Singapore provides Green-e™ Energy's requirements for certified renewable electricity sales and consumption in Singapore.
- Note: TIGRS Registry. Public reports of retirement volumes are not currently required; this may be reevaluated as the Singapore market develops.
- Terms of Reference (Singapore) lays out the key issues that the Standard for Singapore addresses, including market need, sustainability, comparison to and compatibility with other existing relevant standards, implementation risk and how to address such risk.
Green-e® Direct Governing Documents (Supplemental)
In addition to the Standards and Governing Documents above, the following supplemental documents are also required for participants in Green-e® Direct.
California Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) Documents
- Green-e ECR Developer and Generator Requirements. A detailed list of processes and requirements for developers to follow when participating in the CA ECR Program.
- Green-e Energy ECR Utility Requirements. A detailed list of processes and requirements for utilities to follow when participating in the CA ECR Program.
- Tracking Attestation for Electricity and RECs. A required attestation for project developers.
- Green-e ECR Developer Cover Sheet
- Green-e ECR Marketing Webinar Slides. A presentation on "Developer Marketing Requirements and Submission Details for California's Enhanced Community Renewables Program" from September 2016.
4. Guidance Documents
- Tracking Attestations. A review of the Tracking Attestation process, beginning with whether renewable energy or renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated from a specific facility meet certain criteria in the Green-e® Renewable Energy Standard for Canada and the United States, and whether the facility has completed the process to be listed on the “Approved Tracking Attestations” page by CRS.
- Green-e® Residual Mix Emissions Rate Tables. CRS publishes annual "Residual Mix" emissions rates, which are CO2 emissions rates that should be applied to all electricity use that is not associated with a Green-e® Energy certified product or for which a more specific set of emissions data is not available. These rates are compatible with the World Resources Institute's (WRI's) guidance.
- Green-e Energy Summary of WRI Scope 2 Guidance summarizes the major takeaways from WRI's Scope 2 accounting guidelines as well as required and optional reporting under this guidance.
- Standardized PPA Language Providing for Green-e® Certification. Buyers who use power purchase agreements (PPAs) as a procurement method may want to plan for future Green-e® certification of the generation and environmental attributes, including renewable energy certificates (RECs), within the text of the PPA contract. CRS recommends including this PPA contract language to lay the groundwork for Green-e® certification to come.
5. Attestation Forms for Facilities Within a Tracking System
These forms are used to substantiate the chain of custody of all renewable MWh (renewable electricity or standalone RECs) used in Green-e® Energy certified sales. Renewable energy generators must be registered in an approved tracking system (see "Approved Tracking Systems" below).
- Tracking Attestation for Electricity and RECs, to be signed by generators selling renewables through an approved electronic Tracking System and want to be pre-screened for Green-e® Energy eligibility.
6. Attestation Forms for Facilities Not in a Tracking System
Attestations for sales of RECs and renewable electricity from facilities not registered in an Electronic Tracking System. These do not grant any specific Green-e® Energy eligibility status; the ultimate determination of eligibility lies with Green-e® Energy staff during the annual verification audit. Facilities not in a Tracking System may only use these forms.
- Generator Attestation for Electricity and RECs
- Wholesale Attestation for Electricity and RECs
- Small Generator Attestation, for RECs from facilities 10 kW or less.
- Non-Gaseous Biomass Generator Attestation for Electricity and RECs. This form is necessary for all non-gaseous biomass facilities not registered in a tracking system.
- Approved Tracking Systems. Renewable energy generators in North America must be registered in one or more of the following approved tracking systems: ERCOT, MIRECS, MRETS, NAR, NCRETS, NEPOOL GIS, NYGATS, PJM GATS, or WREGIS. Approved international tracking systems include I-REC (Chile) and TIGRS (Singapore).