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July 8, 2015         
7:00–8:30 a.m. MT

Clean Energy Solution Center Webinar - Renewable Energy Tracking and Claims: Experience from the United States

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on U.S. experiences with renewable energy tracking and claims.

Because the flow of electrons cannot be traced from generator to consumer, some accounting mechanism is needed to ensure that renewable generation is being added to the grid. In the United States, the concept of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) emerged as a way to demonstrate compliance with Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs), which require utilities to supply a certain percentage of renewable electricity. One REC is equal to one megawatt-hour of renewable generation, and it can be sold separately from the underlying electricity.

More recently, RECs started to be used by voluntary purchasers — institutions looking to purchase renewable energy to match their electricity needs; for example, as part of a corporate sustainability initiative or to make a marketing claim (e.g., "this product was made with 100% wind power").

This presentation will explore REC definitions, explain how RECs are tracked and traded electronically, and examine the tradeoffs to buying and selling RECs. The presentation will conclude with a comparison of how renewable attributes are tracked in other countries and will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

Jenny Heeter is a renewable energy analyst at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She focuses her research on the voluntary green power market, REC markets, RPSs, net metering policies and utility regulatory issues. Prior to joining NREL, she worked for the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, representing ratepayer interests in renewable energy and energy efficiency cases brought by utilities before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. She holds an M.P.A. in environmental policy from Indiana University-Bloomington's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a BA in political science and environmental studies from Macalester College.

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