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February 2014 - The City of Joliet, Illinois, has partnered with JustGreen, a subsidiary of Just Energy Group Inc., to purchase renewable energy. Renewable energy certificates (RECs) are obtained from 100% U.S. wind power facilities and are certified by Green-e Energy, a voluntary certification program for renewable energy. The REC purchase is equivalent to Joliet's electricity use for the next three years, which is estimated to be 167 million kWh.

Press Release - City of Joliet Goes Green with JustGreen Renewable Energy


December 2013 - Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG) has recently announced that it is partnering with the NFL Environmental Program to provide green power for Super Bowl XLVIII. PSEG will purchase and retire enough renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match every megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity used to power the event. The total electricity to be offset by PSEG's donations will include electricity used to power Met Life Stadium, both team's hotels, and the public event in Times Square known as Super Bowl Boulevard. The RECs are being purchased locally from New Jersey generators including PSE&G's Kearny Solar Farm and from Community Energy Inc., a certified Green-e Supplier.

Press Release - PSEG Partners with the NFL Environmental Program to Provide Green Energy For Super Bowl XLVIII


November 2013 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) has released its 2012 Green-e Verification Report highlighting annual statistics on the sale of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets. Green-e is an independent renewable energy verification program that certifies environmental products. The report shows that during 2012, the total retail sales of Green-e Energy increased by 29 percent from 2011, or roughly 36 million megawatt-hours (MWh). This marks the fourth year in a row that CRS has seen approximately 30 percent growth of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy product sales. Throughout 2012 there were 670,000 customers purchasing Green-e certified products, resulting in a total of almost 36 million MWh purchased. Green-e Energy now certifies over 1 percent of the total U.S. electricity mix and 75 percent of the entire U.S. voluntary renewable energy market.

Press Release - 2012 Green-E Verification Report Shows 29% Increase in Certified Retail Sales


August 2013 - The U.S. Green Building Council is preparing to release version 4 of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Among several updates, the LEED program is changing the purchase requirements for renewable energy and carbon offsets. The new requirements increase both the minimum quantity of purchases and minimum contract length; additionally, the products will need to be Green-e certified or equivalent. Under the LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) guidelines, a project qualifying for renewable electricity credit must purchase at least 50% of its electricity from renewables for five years; those purchases must come from generation sources that came online after January 1, 2005. Similarly, credit for carbon offsets will only be awarded to projects which cover at least 50% of on-site electricity use.

Press Release - Green-e Certification in LEED v4

Additional Information - U.S. Green Building Council, LEED v4


July 2013 - Atlantic Energy Group's new renewable energy certificate (REC) product for commercial, government, and wholesale customers has recently been certified by Green-e Energy. The REC product is available for purchase nationwide and is derived from renewable energy resources across the country. Green-e Energy is a certification program that verifies renewable energy products are meeting environmental and consumer protection standards.

Press Release - Green-e Energy Certifies Atlantic Energy Group's Renewable Energy Certificate Product


June 2013 - The City of Houston, Texas, recently purchased over 623,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs), accounting for half of its annual power use. With this purchase the City remains one of the largest municipal purchasers of green power in the country. The City is buying the power from Reliant Energy under a two-year agreement for $2 million, which adds less than 1.0¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to the City's power price.

Press Release - City of Houston Increases Renewable Energy Purchase


June 2013 - For the 11th year in a row, Renewable Choice Energy (RCE) provided clean energy for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The festival purchased carbon emission reductions and Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated from wind power to offset 100 percent of the emissions generated by the festival. The emissions include those generated by festival operations, offices, and the travel of attendees and performers to and from the festival. Over the last five years the festival has purchased more than five megawatt-hours of wind power.

News Story - Renewable Choice Energy Provides Clean Energy to 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Additional Information - Planet Bluegrass Energy

Additional Information - Planet Bluegrass Carbon Offsets


March 2013 - Georgetown University (GU) was recently added to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Leadership Club. The University purchased 113 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates in 2013, which is equal to 109 percent of energy use on the Main, Medical, and East Campuses. GU was able to exceed 100 percent because it owns the environmental attributes of energy supplied by the university to MedStar Georgetown Hospital. GU is now ranked fourth on the EPA's Top 20 College & University green power partner list.

News Article - Georgetown new member in EPA's Green Power Leadership Club

More Information - Sustainability at Georgetown University


March 2013 - The InterContinental Miami Hotel has recently committed to purchasing approximately 16,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy. This purchase has earned the hotel a spot on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 100% Green Power Users list for the second year in a row. EPA's list recognizes over 1,600 partners that are using green power to meet 100 percent of their organization-wide electricity use. The luxury hotel is working with Greenlight Energy to obtain the substantial amount of wind-generated offsets. Greenlight Energy is a New York based company, sourcing its Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates from nationwide wind farms.

News Release - Miami Hotel Offsets Energy Usage With Wind Power

Additional Information - Intercontinental Green Initiatives

Additional Information - InterContinental Hotel Miami EPA Profile

Additional Information - EPA's 100% Green Power Users


January 2013 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) has announced that Just Energy's new renewable energy certificate (REC) product, JustGreen RECs, is now Green-e Energy certified. Just Energy now has $70 million invested in green energy projects and also released an interactive tool to help customers seeking LEED certification.

CRS has also announced that the Philadelphia-based The Energy Co-op's EcoChoice100 renewable energy product has also gained Green-e Energy certification. EcoChoice100 sources its power from 99 percent wind and 1 percent solar projects located in Pennsylvania as part of the ChoosePAWind initiative. The ChoosePAWind initiative was initiated in 2011 and is designed to encourage customers to purchase wind power sourced from local wind farms.

News Release - JustGreen Renewable Energy Credit Product Now Green-e Energy Certified

News Release - The Energy Co-op's EcoChoice100 Renewable Energy Option Now Green-e Energy Certified

Just Energy Contact: Al Shulman, 905-670-4440, x-74469
Energy Co-op Contact: Krystal Eason, 215-413-2122, x-10
CRS Contact: Jeff Swenerton, 415-561-2119


December 2012 - Harris LithoGraphics and GRAPHCOM have each joined the Green-e Marketplace with respective purchases of enough renewable energy certificates (RECs) to meet 100 percent of each company's annual electricity needs. Harris LithoGraphics purchased U.S.-based wind generation RECs through Clean Currents and GRAPHCOM also purchased its RECs from U.S.-based renewable generation.

News Article - GRAPHCOM Joins Green-e Marketplace With 100% Renewable Electricity Purchase

News Article - Harris LithoGraphics Joins Green-e Marketplace with 100% Renewable Energy Use


August 2012 - Green Mountain Energy has announced the sale of over 80 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind-generated renewable energy certificates (RECs) to NYSE Euronext. The purchased RECs are Green-e certified and were purchased retroactively to ensure accuracy in matching 100 percent of the electricity consumed by NYSE Euronext during the 2011 calendar year.

News Release - NYSE Euronext Chooses 100% Wind Electricity from Green Mountain Energy Company


August 2012 - Stream Energy has launched its Clean Nation Renewable Energy renewable energy certificate (REC) program that offers customers the ability to purchase 1,000 kilowatt-hour (kWh) bundles of RECs for $19.95 per month. While Stream Energy offers its Texas customers a standard 9.7¢/kWh price for renewable electricity, this REC product offering is available for utility customers in any state who may not have the option of procuring voluntary green power from their local utility. The REC product is certified by Green-e Energy.

Stream Energy has also announced its plans to match 100 percent of its corporate electricity use with RECs and has committed to an ongoing monthly purchase of RECs for each of its corporate employees. These two initiatives total 7.3 million kWh annually.

News Release - Stream Energy Launches Nationwide Renewable Energy Program

Additional Information - Stream Energy's Clean Nation Renewable Energy Now Green-e Energy Certified


August 2012 - Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) of California has announced a new voluntary program offering its customers the option to purchase 100 percent renewable energy. On behalf of program participants, AMP will purchase Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind projects located in western states (98%) and solar projects located in California (2%). AMP offers the 100-percent renewable energy program to residential and smaller business customers for a premium of 1.5¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Larger businesses can participate in increments of $15 per month for blocks of 1,000 kWh.

News Release - AMP Customers Can Now Choose 100% Renewable Energy


July 2012 - 3Degrees has launched three new renewable energy certificate (REC) products, which offer customers a greater choice in the type and location of the renewable generation that their REC purchase will support. All RECs offered by 3Degrees are certified by Green-e Energy.

The three new products include: Regional Green Power, Catalyst Wind, and Brighter Schools Solar. Regional Green Power RECs are designed to encourage regional green power project development by offering customers the ability to dictate the American geographic region in which the purchased RECs were generated. Catalyst Wind Power RECs allow a customer to purchase only RECs generated by wind projects that have come online on or after January 1, 2011. Brighter Schools Solar RECs allow a customer to purchase RECs from solar photovoltaic projects located at schools across the US.

One newly developed wind farm that has been able to increase its REC revenues through the new 3Degrees REC product offering is the 22-megawatt Sawtooth Wind Farm project located in Elmore County, Idaho. The developer of the project, Idaho Winds LLC, sees the availability of REC revenues as an important element to wind project finance.

An early purchaser of the 3Degrees REC offering is Sprint, which has purchased all three of the specialized products as the company looks to further expand its commitment to matching a portion of its electricity to renewable generation sources.

News Release - 3Degrees Launches New Renewable energy Products


May 2012 - Center for Resource Solutions has announced that Marin Energy Authority's Deep Green 100% renewable energy product is now certified by Green-e Energy.

The Marin Energy Authority is a not-for-profit public agency that oversees the Marin Clean Energy program, a community power agency serving Marin County, California. The program offers its customers a 100 percent renewable energy option from wind power generated in Klickitat and Sherman Counties, Oregon.

News Release - Green-e Energy Certifies Marin Energy Authority's Deep Green 100% Wind Option


April 2012 - Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is seeking approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to offer a new green power program to begin in early 2013. PG&E will purchase renewable energy certificates to match the portion of each participating electric customer's energy that is not already covered by PG&E's eligible renewable energy deliveries. The Green Option program would allow customers to support 100 percent renewable energy and PG&E expects that residential customers will pay about $6 each month to participate. PG&E plans to certify the Green Option through Green-e Energy, a program of the Center for Resource Solutions.

News Release - PG&E Announces New Green Energy Program To Give Electric Customers More Renewable Options

Contact: PG&E External Communications, 415-973-5930


February 2012 - Greenerprinter and Giovanni Food Company have joined Green-e Marketplace by purchasing Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates to meet their electricity demands. By participating in Green-e Marketplace, both companies can now display the Green-e logo to inform customers of their purchases of renewable energy.

Greenerprinter purchased 304 megawatt-hours (MWh) of Green-e Energy certified wind power, enough to meet 100 percent of the annual electricity needs for its U.S. operations, including its headquarters and printing facility. The purchase is supplied by Sterling Planet. Giovanni Food Company's purchase of 1,440 MWh of Green-e Energy certified wind is supplied by Constellation Energy. Giovanni's green power purchase matches 60 percent of the electricity needs at its manufacturing facility.

News Release - Greenerprinter Moves to 100% Wind Energy

News Release - Giovanni Food Company Goes Green With Renewable Energy Certificates From Constellation Energy and Joins Green-e Marketplace

News Release - Greenerprinter Powers 100% of its Operations With Renewable Energy


December 2011 - Center for Resource Solutions released its 2010 Green-e Verification Report, which highlights Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy and carbon offset sales in 2010. The report also highlights organizations participating in Green-e Marketplace, which allows participating organizations to use the Green-e logo.

The Green-e Verification Report shows a 23 percent increase in total Green-e Energy retail sales in 2010, equivalent to more than 23 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy generation. More than 393,000 MWh were purchased or generated by companies participating in Green-e Marketplace. Green-e Energy certified 65% of all retail sales in the voluntary market in 2010.

News Release - CRS Releases 2010 Green-e Verification Report, Shows 23% Increase in Certified Renewable Energy Sales

Additional Information - 2010 Green-e Verification Report

Contact: Jeff Swenerton, 415-561-2119


March 2011 - The Green-e Energy Climate Standard is open for stakeholder comment on potential revisions through Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Potential revisions include changes in crediting and verification procedures as well as new project-specific criterion for hydropower, biomass, and industrial gases. Stakeholder comment is also requested regarding Green-e Climate's timing additionality test. Comments can be submitted electronically to Todd Jones.

Additional Information - Green-e Climate Standards and Governing Documents

Additional Information - Green-e Climate Standards v2.0 Proposed Updates

Contact: Green-e Climate Program, 415-561-2100


October 2010 - The Center for Resource Solutions, which manages the Green-e certification program, released its annual verification report detailing certified voluntary renewable energy sales for 2009. Total retail sales of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy reached 18 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2009, an increase of 43% over 2008.

At the end of 2009, 68 renewable energy certificates (REC) marketers, 219 utilities and electricity distributors, and 10 competitive electricity providers were offering Green-e Energy certified products to residential or commercial customers. More than 545,000 residential customers and more than 37,000 commercial customers across the U.S. and Canada purchased Green-e certified renewable energy during 2009, increases of 9% and 85%, respectively.

The Green-e Marketplace program had 57 companies participating, collectively purchasing 402,141 MWh. The Green-e Marketplace program licenses the Green-e logo for use on purchasers' web sites, marketing materials, and manufactured goods. Over 400 consumer products now display the Green-e logo. In addition, the Green-e Climate program, which certifies retail carbon offset products, began in February 2008 and had ten participants offering 16 products by the end of 2009.

News Article - CRS Releases 2009 Green-e Verification Report, Shows 43% Increase in Certified Renewable Energy Sales

Full Report -2009 Green-e Verification Report (PDF 880 KB) Download Adobe Reader

Contact:Jeff Swenerton, 415-561-2119



July 2010 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) has updated the Green-e Energy National Standard. The Standard defines eligibility and requirements for Green-e Energy Certified Projects. The majority of changes will go into effect July 15, 2011. Major changes include: changing the "new date" of the renewable energy generating facility from 1997 to 15 years before the year of the sale; requiring hydropower facilities to be certified by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (U.S. facilities) or EcoLogo (Canadian facilities); and making all renewable energy generators located within the boundaries of a cap-and-trade program ineligible for Green-e Certification unless a specific mechanism exists to maintain the carbon avoidance value of renewable generation under the cap.

News Release - Center for Resource Solutions Updates Green-e Energy National Standard

Contact: Jeff Swenerton, 415-561-2119


April 2010 - The Green-e Energy National Standard is open for public comment on a number of potential revisions through Friday, May 14, 2010. Potential revisions include updates to the "new" date (the date by which a facility must have come online to be eligible to supply renewable MWh to a Green-e Energy Certified sale), modifications to geographical sourcing requirements for electricity products, and other clarifications. Comments can be submitted online through an electronic survey.

Additional Information - Green-e Energy National Standard

Additional Information - Preview of survey questions (PDF 65 KB) Download Adobe Reader


November 2009 - The Center for Resource Solutions, which manages the Green-e certification program, released its annual verification report, detailing certified voluntary renewable energy sales for 2008. According to the report, total sales of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy reached 26 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2008, an increase of nearly two-thirds over 2007. This includes 12.9 million MWh of certified wholesale renewable energy certificates (RECs), which doubled over the same period.

At the end of 2008, 69 REC marketers and brokers, 202 utilities and electricity distributors, and 13 energy service providers were participating in the program and offering Green-e Energy certified products to residential or commercial customers. More than 500,000 residential customers and 20,000 commercial customers across the U.S. and Canada purchased Green-e certified renewable energy during the year, nearly twice as many purchasers as in 2007.

The Green-e Marketplace program also grew in 2008, with 66 companies participating and collectively purchasing 2.9 million MWh. The Green-e Marketplace program licenses the Green-e logo for use on purchasers' web sites, marketing materials, and manufactured goods. Over 230 consumer products now display the Green-e logo. In addition, the Green-e Climate program, which certifies retail carbon offset products, began in February 2008 and had eight participants offering 14 products by the end of 2008.

News Article - CRS Releases 2008 Green-e Verification Report, Shows 45% Increase In Certified Renewable Energy Sales

Full Report - 2008 Green-e Verification Report (PDF 880 KB) Download Adobe Reader

Contact: Jeff Swenerton, 415-561-2119


February 2009 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that participation in its Green-e Marketplace program grew substantially in 2008. Under the Marketplace program, organizations that buy Green-e Certified renewable energy (or generate their own electricity) can apply to use the Green-e logo in their annual reports, displays, marketing collateral, select product packaging and corporate Web sites to promote their renewable energy use. In 2008, total purchases by Green-e Marketplace participants exceeded 2.8 million MWh, which represented a 50% increase from the previous year, and a number of new companies representing a variety of industries joined the program. The new participants included Avatar New York, Beaulieu Commercial, Becton Dickinson Infusion Therapy Systems, Inc., Cascades Tissue Group, Hall Street Storage, Intel Corporation, K-1 Packaging Group, Marian Heath Greeting Cards, Millipore Corporation, The Philadelphia Phillies, Solberg Manufacturing, and Unboundary.

News Article - U.S. Businesses Purchase Record Amount of Renewable Energy in 2008


October 2008 - The Center for Resource Solutions, which manages the Green-e Energy certification program, released it annual verification report, detailing certified voluntary renewable energy sales for 2007. According to the report, total sales of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy reached nearly 15.7 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2007, an increase of nearly 60% over 2006. This includes 13.8 million MWh of certified renewable energy certificates (RECs), which grew at a similar rate.

At the end of 2007, 49 REC marketers and brokers, 122 utilities and electricity distributors, and 12 energy service providers were participating in the program and offering Green-e Energy certified products to residential or commercial customers. Nearly 260,000 residential customers and over 10,000 commercial customers across the U.S. and Canada had purchased Green-e certified renewable energy during the year.

The Green-e Marketplace program also grew in 2007, with 55 companies participating and collectively purchasing 2.7 million MWh. The Green-e Marketplace program works with organizations seeking to purchase Green-e certified renewable energy and helps them promote their purchase. The program licenses the Green-e logo for use on purchasers’ web sites, marketing materials, and manufactured goods.

Full Report - 2007 Green-e Energy Verification Report (PDF 880 KB) Download Adobe Reader


May 2008 - According to preliminary data, the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) certified 15 million MWh of renewable energy sales in 2007, up more than 50% from 2006. This represents sales to more than 90,000 new residential customers and 50% more commercial customers, for Green-e certified renewable energy. The audited report will be released later in the fall.

The CRS Green-e program provides independent, third-party certification to ensure certified renewable energy meets environmental and consumer protection standards. The program currently certifies products for 190 participating vendors.

More Information - CRS Newsletter: New Solutions Spring 2008


August 2007 - Pepco Energy Services has signed agreements with the General Services Administration to supply 122 million kWh of renewable power in 2007 to the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Energy, Interior, and Agriculture, the Office of Personnel Management, and the National Archives and Inter-American Development Bank, all located in Washington, D.C. The green power will come from multiple nationally sourced renewable resources and will be certified through the Environmental Resources Trust and Green-e.


April 2007 - Baxter International Inc., a global healthcare company, announced that it has purchased 15.5 million kWh of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the annual electricity use of its corporate headquarters in Deerfield, Ill. The company is also offsetting its natural gas use by purchasing credits on the Chicago Climate Exchange, of which Baxter is one of the founding members. The RECs are being supplied by Constellation NewEnergy from wind projects located across the country.

News Release - Baxter Announces Carbon Neutral Headquarters


April 2007 - PepsiCo, one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, announced that it will purchase enough Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match the purchased electricity used by all PepsiCo U.S.-based manufacturing facilities, headquarters, distribution centers and regional offices. The three-year purchase totals more than one billion kWh annually, making PepsiCo the nation's largest corporate purchaser of RECs, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership. The RECs are being supplied by Sterling Planet, which will seek to source the RECs to model PepsiCo's purchased electricity use geographically.

News Release - Pepsico Makes Largest Corporate Purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates

News Release - EPA Recognizes Largest-Ever Corporate Green Power Purchase

News Article - PepsiCo Takes Top Spot in Global Warming Battle

Additional Information - U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership's Top 25 Partners


June 2006 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is seeking stakeholder comments on a new consensus document, Recommended Practices for the Treatment of Behind-the-Meter Generators in Certificate Tracking Systems (PDF 216 KB). The document presents recommendations for obtaining, verifying, and reporting generation data from small behind-the-meter generators for renewable energy certificate (REC) tracking systems. The recommendations were developed by a working group of tracking system operators, regulators and other experts that meet regularly under the auspices of the North American Association of Issuing Bodies (NAAIB). CRS will host conference calls on July 11 and July 19 to provide opportunities for stakeholders to ask questions or offer comments. All written comments are due to CRS by August 1.

News Release - The NAAIB Issues Recommended Practices for Behind-The-Meter Generators in Certificate Tracking Systems

More Information - NAAIB Documents

NAAIB Contact: Meredith Wingate, (415) 561-2100


June 2006 - The World Bank Group (WBG) announced that it will become "carbon neutral" in its Washington, DC headquarters offices, support facilities, and business travel. The carbon neutrality will be achieved through the purchase of 107 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs), representing 100% of the WBG's annual local electricity usage, and the purchase of 59,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in verified emissions reductions (VERs) from projects in developing countries. The RECs are being supplied by WindCurrent, which sells a Green-e certified "green tag" product sourced from wind projects in the Mid-Atlantic region.

News Release - On World Environment Day–World Bank Group Goes Carbon Neutral - No longer online at Wolrd Bank

WBG Contact: Sergio Jellinek, (202) 458-2841


April 2006 - Northwestern University, a private institution with 14,000 students and campuses in Evanston and Chicago, IL, has signed a four-year agreement to purchase 40 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) each year, equal to 20% of the school's total annual electricity needs. The RECs are Green-e certified and will be supplied by 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees) from Midwestern wind farms, including the newly developed Weatherford Wind Energy Center in Custer County, OK. The RECs purchase makes Northwestern the second largest purchaser of renewable energy among the nation's colleges and universities, according to the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership.

News Release - Northwestern Buys 'Wind Power' for 20 Percent of Power Needs


February 2006 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced the release of a new Green-e National Standard (PDF 56 KB) for certification of renewable energy products, which will replace all previous region and product-specific, Green-e criteria documents.

The new standard, which will go into effect on January 1, 2007, provides a single, consistent nationwide standard for green power certification. Green-e held two comment periods and received comments from more than 100 stakeholders during the standard development process.

The Green-e program provides independent, third party certification to ensure certified renewable energy meets strict environmental and consumer protection standards. Currently, more than 100 marketers and utilities throughout North America offer Green-e certified renewable energy products. Collectively these suppliers sold 3.5 billion kWh of certified renewable energy in 2004.

News Release - The New Green-E National Standard

Additional Information - Summary of Key Policy Changes

Green-e Contact: Dan Lieberman (415) 561-2100


January 2006 - The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Purchasers, a program of the Center for Resource Solutions and Think Energy, announced that eight Massachusetts-based businesses and institutions have come together to purchase more than 20.5 million kWh of Green-e certified green power. Community Energy, Inc. will supply the group with renewable energy certificates sourced from wind farms in New England and across the nation.

The purchasers include: Amherst College, the John Merck Fund, Mount Holyoke College, Oak Foundation, PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, Sasaki Associates, Inc., Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

News Release - Businesses and Universities in Massachusetts Make Large Wind Power Purchase

CRS Contact: Këri Bolding (415) 561-2100
Think Energy Contact: Mark Crowdis (301) 270-0483


November 2005 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) released a report detailing the verification results for its Green-e certification program. In 2004, more than 100 marketers and utilities offered 56 Green-e certified green power products and reported combined certified renewable energy sales of 3.5 billion kWh—an 18% increase from 2003. Wholesale and retail sales of renewable energy certificates (RECs) represented more than two-thirds of all Green-e certified sales and grew by more than 50% from 2003. Last year, Green-e certified renewable energy was sold in 49 states and represented more than 50% of renewable energy sales in the voluntary market nationally.

Green-e provides independent, third-party certification to ensure renewable energy products meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards, which are established through a collaborative stakeholder process. Providers of Green-e certified renewable energy undergo an annual verification process to document that the company purchased or generated a sufficient amount of renewable energy to serve its customers and support its marketing claims.

News Release - Green-e Verification Reveals Significant Increase in Certified Renewable Energy Sales in 2004

Full Report - Green-e 2004 Verification Report

Green-e Contact: Lars Kvale (415) 561-2100


October 2005 - The Center for Resource Solutions is seeking additional comments on its proposed Green-e National Certification Standard (PDF 60 KB), which would replace existing regional standards and apply to all types of renewable energy products, including green pricing programs, tradable renewable certificates (TRCs), and competitive market electricity products. Once adopted, the proposed certification criteria will take effect on January 1, 2007.

During its first comment period, CRS received 47 comments from stakeholders, which are available for review on the Green-e Web site. In response to comments received on municipal solid waste, coal co-firing, and new renewables, CRS is considering revisions to the Green-e National Standard as originally proposed. Comments must be submitted using an electronic comment ballot (Word 70 KB) and are due on October 19th, 2005.

Green-e Contact: Siobhan Doherty, (415) 561-2118


September 2005 - The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit marketer of green energy, introduced a new Green-e certified renewable energy certificate (REC) product that includes a larger amount of solar energy than its Cooler Future Green Tags product. The Brighter Future Green Tags product is a blend of 10% new solar energy from photovoltaic systems and 90% new wind energy sourced from projects in the 15 Western states and provinces. The product is sold in 1,000-kWh increments for $24, or 2.4¢/kWh. BEF introduced the new product in response to increased demand for solar-generated RECs.

News Release - Sunny Outlook for Solar Green Tags: Bonneville Environmental Foundation Blends in More Solar for Its New "Brighterfuture" Green Tag Product


June 2005 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced that Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) purchased enough Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset the carbon dioxide emissions associated with San Francisco's electricity use on June 5. The purchase was made to honor the United Nations World Environment Day 2005 Conference, which was hosted in San Francisco from June 1-5.

To make San Francisco's electricity use "carbon neutral" for the day, PG&E purchased 2.8 million kWh of RECs supplied from the 41-MW Edgeley Wind Farm in North Dakota through California-based marketer 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees).

News Release - California Utility Uses Green-E Certified Renewable Energy To Make San Francisco Electricity "Pollution Free" For A Day


January 2005 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced the release of its annual verification report documenting sales of Green-e certified electricity for 2003. Green-e renewable electricity sales totaled 2.9 million MWh in 2003, a 76% increase over 2002. Sales of certified tradable renewable energy certificates (TRCs) experienced the greatest growth, reaching 1.8 million MWh, which represents a twelve-fold increase over 2002. In all, 102 companies offered 65 unique Green-e renewable electricity or TRC products in 2003, with nearly 94,000 customers purchasing one of these products.

News Release - Green-e Verification Report Released: Significant Increase in Certified Renewable Energy Sales

Download Report - Green-e Verification Report 2003 (PDF 2.32 MB)

CRS Contact: Lars Kvale (415) 561-2100


December 2004 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced that Green-e certification is now available to all qualifying renewable energy products sold in the United States and its territories. On December 15, the Green Pricing Accreditation Board approved a National Green Pricing Default Certification Standard, enabling utilities in the 18 states not currently covered under a regional Green-e standard to achieve Green-e certification for their renewable energy products.

Currently, 100 marketers and utilities throughout North America offer Green-e certified renewable energy products. Collectively, these suppliers sold 3 billion kWh of certified renewable energy in 2003.

News Release - Green-e Certification Available to All Providers Nationwide

CRS Contact: Dan Lieberman 415-561-2100


July 2004 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) released its preliminary (unaudited) sales estimates of Green-e certified renewable electricity for 2003, showing an 86% increase in total volume from 2002. Annual sales of Green-e certified tradable renewable certificates (TRCs) grew to more than 1.8 million MWh—a twelve-fold increase over 2002 figures. Sales of Green-e certified renewable electricity in utility green pricing programs grew by 12%.

Despite the increases registered in TRC and green pricing markets, competitive markets showed a decline in sales of Green-e certified renewable electricity and purchasers of certified products. The reduction can be largely attributed to the repeal of direct access and consumer purchase incentives in California, where most competitive suppliers have stopped serving customers.

Regionally, the Northeast was the fastest growing market, showing a 75% increase in sales of Green-e certified renewable energy and a 50% increase in customers purchasing certified products.

News Release - Green-e Preliminary Verification Reveals Significant Increase in Certified Renewable Energy Sales in 2003

Additional Information - Annual Green-e Verification Reports

CRS Contact: Këri Bolding (415) 561-2100


July 2004 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced that 100 marketers and utilities throughout North America are now offering Green-e certified renewable energy products. This marks the largest number of distributors of certified green power in the program's seven-year history.

Green-e is the leading renewable energy certification and verification program in the United States, and provides independent certification to ensure renewable energy products meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards. The verification program helps assure customers that the renewable energy they receive is not "double sold" to other customers or used simultaneously to meet regulatory mandates.

News Release - 100 Utilities And Marketers Offer Green-e Certified Renewable Power


May 2004 - EAD Environmental, a New York-based green power marketer, announced that it will supply Harvard University and the University of Southern Maine (USM) with renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset the electricity consumption of newly constructed, energy efficient buildings. The purchases will help the universities achieve certification for their new buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. The LEED System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard developed by the USGBC to certify high-performance, sustainable buildings.

Under a two-year contract, Harvard will purchase 3.99 million kWh of Green-e certified RECs from landfill gas generating projects, which is equivalent to 150% of the electricity needed to power the new Graduate Student Housing building. Under a separate two-year contract, USM will purchase 1.5 million kWh of Green-e certified RECs from wind energy facilities to offset the electricity needs of a new campus building for which it is seeking LEED certification.

Harvard Contact: Margot Rabinowitz, 617-496-2599

EAD Environmental Contact:
Samantha Unger, 212-806-0207;
Micah Cogen, 866-323-4733


January 2004 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that the Green-e program has certified a Canadian green power product for sale in the United States. The product is offered by Vision Quest as tradable renewable energy certificates (TRCs) that represent the environmental attributes of wind power generated from several wind projects located in Alberta, Canada. In all, the company currently operates about 120 MW of wind facilities.

News Release - Green-e Certifies First Canadian "Green Tag" Product for Sale in the U.S. (PDF 46 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

CRS Contact: Këri Bolding (415) 561-2100


January 2004 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) released its Annual Verification Report for the Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program, which documents a surge in green power sales during 2002. In total, nearly two billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Green-e certified renewable energy was sold to customers by participating suppliers in 2002.

The CRS report notes that more than 147,000 households and businesses—one in three green power customers nationally—purchased a Green-e certified product in 2002 and that Green-e products represented a 58% market share of total U.S. green power sales. CRS attributes the increase in customers and sales volume to several factors including increased sales in direct access markets and among utilities with green pricing programs, and the development of a national market for tradable renewable certificates.

The Green-e program currently certifies 60 green power products offered by 98 marketers and utilities nationwide. The annual verification audit is an important component of the program, which seeks to build consumer confidence in renewable-based electricity products and spur national demand for renewable electricity.

News Release - Green-e Audit Report Reveals Significant Annual Growth in Green Power

Download Report - Green-e Verification Report Year 2002 (PDF 653 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

CRS Contact: Jennifer Martin (415) 561-2100


November 2003 - The non-profit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced a new initiative to encourage businesses that purchase Green-e certified renewable energy to display the Green-e logo on packaging for their consumer products. Under its Made With Renewable Energy labeling program, CRS invites companies to publicize the fact that they have made an important environmental commitment through their purchases of certified renewable energy. By displaying the Green-e logo on product packaging, companies can inform consumers that a significant portion of the energy required to produce the product came from renewable sources.

According to CRS, about 10,000 businesses and 110,000 households currently purchase Green-e certified renewable energy. A number of businesses have already applied to use the Green-e logo, including White Wave, Interface Fabrics Group, Choice Organic Teas, and Lundberg Family Farms.

News Release - Top Renewable Energy Certification Program Launches Program to Place Green-e Logo on National Consumer Products "Made With Renewable Energy" to Appear on Product Packaging

CRS Contact: Këri Bolding, (415) 561-2100


September 2003 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that its Green-e program has certified another seven Tradable Renewable Certificate (TRC) products. TRCs, or green tags, represent the environmental attributes of electricity generated from renewable sources.

The newly certified products are offered by: EAD Environmental, People's Power and Light, Sterling Planet, WindCurrent, Big Green Energy, Mainstay Energy, and Green Mountain Energy Company. A total of 15 marketers now sell Green-e certified TRCs nationally.

News Release - Seven NEW Green-e Certified "Green Tag" Products Increase Business & Consumer Choice

CRS Contact: Këri Bolding (415) 561-2100


May 2003 - The Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy) and People's Power and Light (PP&L) announced a new green power product for New England consumers to be supplied exclusively from New England-based wind farms. The two non-profit organizations are offering New England Wind, a Green-e certified renewable energy certificate product, in 150 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks for $5.25, or a premium of 3.5¢/kWh. Initially, the wind energy will be supplied from a 660-kW wind turbine located in Hull, MA. Current purchasers include the Boston Public Health Commission, the City of Newton, Clean Water Action, and the Sierra Club.

News Release - Mass Energy and People's Power & Light Introduce New England Wind, Region's First 100% Wind Product (PDF 200 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

Mass Energy Contact: Nicole Wobus (617) 524-3950
PP&L Contact: Erich Stephens (401) 487-3320


April 2003 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced that Evolution Markets, an emissions and coal brokerage firm based in White Plains, New York, has been approved as a broker of Green-e certified Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs). As the first broker approved to source and package TRCs for Green-e certification, Evolution Markets will be able to offer certified TRC products in wholesale markets on a regional and national basis. Green-e already certifies a total of eight TRC marketers.

News Release - Green-e Approves First Broker of Certified Green Tags

CRS Contact: Gabe Petlin, (415) 561-2100


December 2002 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that it has certified the tradable renewable certificate (TRC) product of 3 Phases Energy (now operated by 3Degrees), a Manhattan Beach, California-based company. The company offers green certificates supplied from new wind resources for approximately 2.5¢/kWh. The charge is in addition to a customer's monthly electric utility bill. The certificates can be purchased on a monthly or annual basis. The company's Web site includes an "environmental footprint calculator" with which potential customers can calculate the number of certificates that would be required to offset the carbon emissions associated with an individual's annual household energy use and transportation requirements.

3 Phases is also a registered energy service provider in California where it markets power generated from existing and new renewable energy sources to business customers.

News Release - Green-e Certifies 3 Phases Green Certificates

3 Phases Contact: Dan Kalafatas (415) 346-7662


May 2002 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that another five providers of Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs) have earned Green-e certification, which provides independent assurance to customers that their TRC purchases "support generation from high-quality newly developed renewable energy plants."

The five TRC providers are Aquila, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Community Energy, Renewable Choice Energy, and Sterling Planet. CRS previously announced TRC certification for Sun Power Electric (see previous story).

News Release - News Conference Announces Clean Energy Available to All Through Green Tags - No longer online at usnewswire.com

News Release - Green-e Certifies Six "Green Tag" Providers

CRS Contact: Këri Bolding (415) 561-2100


April 2002 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that Sun Power Electric Corporation has become the first tradable renewable energy certificate (TRC) supplier to receive Green-e certification. Sun Power Electric's Regen product is supplied from a mix of 1% solar and 99% biomass and is sold in annual blocks of 2,000 kilowatt-hours, which are roughly equivalent to 20% of the annual energy use of the average New England home.

News Release - Green-e Certifies First "Green Tag" Product and Plans National Press Conference

CRS Contact: Këri Bolding (415) 561-2100


March 2002 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) issued final standards for Green-e certification of green power products supplied with Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs), which represent the environmental attributes of renewable electricity. The standards were developed with the assistance of a national advisory committee consisting of more than 100 organizations and stakeholders from around the country. Green-e is offering three classes of TRC certification: retail, wholesale/commercial, and resale.

To be eligible for Green-e certification, TRCs must be derived from new renewable facilities (those that began commercial operation after January 1, 1999) and must be sold in blocks of at least 150 kWh/month or blocks representing at least 25% of a customer's average monthly electricity use. Eligible renewable resources include those that fall under regional or state Green-e or Green Pricing Accreditation definitions, if such definitions exist. Renewable energy facilities developed to meet government mandates or other legal requirements are not eligible for certification.

News Release - Green-e Certifies New Way for Consumers to Support Renewable Energy

TRC Standard - Green-e Renewable Energy Certification (PDF 216 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

CRS Contact: Gabe Petlin (415) 561-2100


November 2001 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is seeking public comments on proposed standards for certifying green power products supplied with tradable renewable energy certificates (T-RECs). The standards were developed with the assistance of a national advisory committee, and address issues such as disclosure, double counting, and new renewable content requirements. Comments must be received by November 26, 2001.

The advisory boards of the Green-e and the Green Pricing Accreditation programs plan to meet in late November to review the standards. Green-e expects to issue final certification standards for TREC products in early 2002.

Proposed Standards - Green-E Certification of Tradable Renewable Electricity Certificates (PDF 152 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

Newsletter - The Green-e Monthly, November 2001 (PDF 104 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

CRS Contacts: Meredith Wingate or Dan Lieberman (415) 561-2100


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