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October 2013 - Renewable Choice Energy of Boulder, Colorado is partnering with the financial services company John Hancock to provide the company with renewable energy certificates (RECs). John Hancock is purchasing 58,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewables, which is enough to account for 100 percent of the company's electricity use at four of its Boston, Massachusetts buildings for the next two years. All four buildings are LEED certified, including the company's corporate headquarters which uses a green roof and a double skin exterior to improve insulation and reduce its heating and cooling consumption by six percent annually. The RECs being provided by Renewable Energy Choice have been Green-e Energy certified to meet consumer protection and environmental standards set by the Center for Resource Solutions.

Press Release - Renewable Choice Energy to Provide Green Power for John Hancock Boston Buildings


February 2013 - Aqua America announced that the volume of its green power purchases has qualified it for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. The company is purchasing the equivalent of nearly 13 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which represents 4 percent of the organization's electricity use. The Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) were purchased from Constellation NewEnergy, a competitive energy supplier, and will be sourced primarily through wind energy.

Aqua America also installed a 1.1-megawatt solar farm at its Ingram's Mill water treatment plant in 2009.

News Release - Aqua America Recognized By EPA for Reducing Carbon Footprint

Additional Information - Aqua America Sustainability Report

Contact: Donna Alston, 610-645-1095


February 2013 - Washington Gas and Energy Services (WGES) announced the Green-e Energy certification of its new WGES PA WindPower product being offered in Pennsylvania. The new product is sourced from 100 percent Pennsylvania wind resources and adds to the company's portfolio of renewable energy offerings. WGES has an ongoing commitment to renewable energy and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2011 as a Green Power Supplier of the Year.

News Release - Washington Gas Energy Services Receives Green-e Energy Certification of New WGES PA WindPower Renewable Energy Product

Contact: Jeff Swenertson, 415-561-2119


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


January 2013 - Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) has launched a voluntary green power product called the Green Power Program. The program allows customers to purchase a portion or all of their monthly electricity from renewable sources. NIPSCO will charge a $0.002163/kilowatt-hour (kWh) premium for the renewable energy. For a household consuming 1,000 kWh of electricity, that equates to an extra $0.54 for 25% of the household's energy to come from renewable sources, $1.08 for 50% renewables, and $2.16 for 100% renewable energy. NIPSCO has recently received certification by Green-e Energy for this new green power product.

FTR Energy Services (FTR), a subsidiary of Frontier Communications Corporation, has also initiated a new green power product. Ohio customers of FTR can now choose to purchase 100% wind power and can opt for two available product pricing options including a fixed-rate and variable rate charge. Each pricing option also includes a cash-back reward that reimburses the customer for 5% of their monthly supply charge.

News Release - NIPSCO allows customers to purchase renewable energy

Additional Information - FTR Energy Services Products


September 2012 - Direct Energy of Texas has launched a new renewable energy offering called New Leaf Energy, which offers 100 percent Green-e certified renewable energy generated by Texas wind turbines. New Leaf Energy offers customers the ability to sign up for 6-, 12- or 24-month plans that offer fixed-rate price protections or a variable price option that comes with the ability to switch to a fixed-rate plan at any time. Participation in the new product offering costs roughly $25 per month more than the average Texas household's monthly electricity bill. The average Texas household consumes roughly 14,388 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month.

News Release - Direct Energy Launches New Leaf Energy to Offer Texans 100% Renewable Energy


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


July 2012 - Sage Products, a producer of disposable healthcare products and one of the top electricity users in its Illinois county, has agreed to purchase Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by nationally source wind energy from Constellation Energy. The total REC purchase will amount to 2.9 million kilowatt-hours and covers 50 percent of the company's expected annual electricity consumption.

News Release - Sage Products leads with new sustainability initiative by investing in renewable energy

Contact Information - Jenny Diedrich or Mike Nygren, 815-455-4700


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


January 2012 - The City of Ithaca, New York signed a 2-year power purchase agreement with Integrys Energy Services to purchase 100 percent of the city's electricity consumption from renewable energy sources. Beginning in January 2012, Ithaca will begin purchasing Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates to match all of its electricity use.

Ithaca has sourced 5 percent of its electricity from wind farms since 2006, and the new 100-percent green power agreement will help the city move toward its 2016 goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent.

News Article - Ithaca Goes 100% Renewable

News Article - Ithaca Moves to 100% 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


September 2011 - Tate Access Floors announced it has purchased more than 11.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind-generated renewable energy credits (RECs). The company's purchase of Green-e Energy certified RECs is equivalent to 100% of the electricity use at its Red Lion, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. Tate purchased the RECs from Renewable Choice Energy.

News Release - Tate offsets 100% of electricity consumed at Red Lion, PA, facility with wind-generated renewable energy

Additional Information - Tate Sustainability


August 2011 - Connecticut based Viridian Energy launched its green energy service for customers in the Chicago metro area. Viridian provides green power options for customers in Chicago's ComEd utility market at a discount to the utility's price-to-compare. Viridian, which reaches more than 160,000 customers in 18 markets in 6 states, offers residential and commercial customers products that contain a minimum of 20% renewable energy.

Viridian's Everyday Green rate plan is a 20% renewable energy option offered at a variable, introductory rate of 6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the month of August. Viridian's Pure Green rate plan is a Green-e Energy certified 100% renewable energy option sourced from locally produced wind power, which is currently priced at 6.5 cents per kWh.

News Release - Green energy now available in Chicago, courtesy of Viridian

Additional Information - Viridian Rates - Illinois

Additional Information - Plug In Illinois


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


February 2010 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) launched the Buy Clean Energy 2010 campaign, partnered with a Web site enabling users to research local utility green power programs and buy renewable energy certificates (RECs). The campaign is sponsored by Xcel Energy, Sterling Planet, EcoElectrons, and various supporting organizations. Sterling Planet is offering a 100% wind REC option priced at $5.00 per 1,000 kWh block. The campaign has set a goal of 1 billion kilowatt-hours of new purchases in 2010.

News Release - Buy Clean Energy 2010 Launched

Additional Information - Buy Clean Energy Campaign Web Site

Contact: Jeff Swenerton, 415-561-2119


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


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


February 2008 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced that Green-e Climate, a new independent certification program for carbon offset products, has certified products offered by retailers 3Degrees, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Community Energy, and Renewable Choice Energy. These products have met or exceeded Green-e Climate's standards for project verification and measurement, consumer transparency, and truth-in-marketing claims, and will be granted the use of the Green-e Climate logo.

Green-e Climate is a consumer-protection program requiring that greenhouse gas emission reductions be verified according to a project-level certification program that ensures the reductions have taken place, are permanent, and come from projects that would not have happened under a "business as usual" scenario. Project-level certification programs that are endorsed by the program include: the Clean Development Mechanism, the Gold Standard, the Voluntary Carbon Standard, and the Green-e Climate Protocol for Renewable Energy. Sellers of certified offsets must provide customers with a product content label that explains where the reductions were sourced from, including the locations and types of projects, such as renewable energy, forestry, and methane capture. Sellers must also undergo a yearly audit to ensure their supply of offsets matches their sales, and comply with Green-e Climate's consumer-disclosure and truth in advertising requirements.

News Release - First Green-e Climate-Certified Carbon Offsets Offered by 3Degrees, BEF, Community Energy, and Renewable Choice

News Release - Green-e Climate Begins Certification of Retail Carbon Offset Products

CRS Contact: Jeff Swenerton, 415-561-2119


July 2007 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced that the Green-e program Governance Board approved a new Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Product Certification Standard that will form the basis of a new consumer protection certification program for GHG emission reduction products (or "offsets") sold in the voluntary market. The Green-e program 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 program will be posted on the Green-e Web site in the coming weeks.

More Information - Green-e Summer 2007 News

Green-e Contacts: Lars Kvale or Jennifer Martin, (415) 561-2100


January 2007 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is seeking stakeholder comments on a new Green-e Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Product Certification Standard. The Green-e Program is developing the standard to provide a credible consumer protection program for GHG reduction products sold in the voluntary market. The deadline for comments on the draft standard is January 31, 2007.

Announcement - Stakeholder Conference Call on Draft Green-e GHG Product Standard (January 23rd)

Draft Standard - Green-e Retail Greenhouse Gas Reduction Certification Program

CRS Contact: Alex Pennock, (415) 561-2100


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


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 - Community Energy, Inc. is now offering renewable energy certificates (RECs) for sale to Colorado residents and businesses. The company's NewWind Energy product will be sourced from Colorado wind energy projects and offered to residential customers in 100-kWh increments for $2.00, or a premium of 2¢/kWh, and to commercial customers for 1.2¢/kWh. Initially the RECs will be supplied from a 7.5-MW project located near Lamar, Colorado. In the future, the company plans to add RECs from school-based wind projects in rural Colorado to the resource mix. Community Energy recently contracted with the University of Colorado at Boulder to supply 8.8 million kWh of RECs for three student-run buildings.

In addition, Boulder-based Clean and Green is offering a Green-e certified REC product sourced from municipal and community-based wind energy projects located nationwide. The company offers the RECs to residential customers in 300-kWh increments for about 3¢/kWh. Note: Clean and Green is no longer Green-e certified. (February 29, 2008)

News Release - Green-e Certifies Clean and Green Renewable Energy Certificates

News Article - Community Energy to Sell Renewable Energy Credits


April 2005 - HSBC Bank announced that it has entered into an agreement with 3 Phases Energy (now serviced by 3Degrees) to purchase wind energy certificates equivalent to 30% of its electricity needs. HSBC will purchase 45 million kWh annually of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates sourced from new wind projects in California and Minnesota, making it one of the largest retail green power purchases in North America.

Last December, HSBC became the world's first major bank to commit to carbon neutrality. The bank plans to achieve this goal by reducing energy use, buying green electricity, and offsetting the remaining carbon dioxide emissions by investing in carbon credit or allowance projects.

News Release - HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Makes Landmark Earth Day Renewable Energy Commitment

HSBC Contact: Kathleen Rizzo Young (716) 841-5003


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


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 - Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, both electricity distribution subsidiaries of National Grid, announced the availability of new retail green power products for their Massachusetts customers. The GreenUp program offers products from four different green power suppliers, ranging in price from 1.2¢/kWh to 2.5¢/kWh above a customer's standard electricity rate. The products are blends of power from new and existing renewable energy resources.

News Release - Massachusetts Electric Offers Customers New Green Energy Program

News Release - Nantucket Electric Offers Customers New Green Energy Program


December 2002 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) has issued its 2001 Verification Report for Green-e certified electricity products offered in both competitive retail markets and utility green pricing programs.

According to CRS, more than 107,000 customers purchased Green-e certified products in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut during 2001, creating demand for nearly 930,000 MWh of electricity generated from "eligible" renewable energy sources. Purchases by non-residential customers accounted for about 22% of total sales. Nationwide, five wholesalers and 11 retailers participated in the program offering 26 separate Green-e certified retail products. Eighty percent of the Green-e products sold exceeded the established standards for renewable energy product content.

CRS also recently released a green pricing guide for public utilities, which identifies best practices for designing, implementing, and marketing programs. The findings are based on a survey of public utility green pricing program managers.

Download - 2001 Verification Report (PDF 279 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

Download - Green Pricing at Public Utilities: A How-To Guide Based on Lessons Learned to Date (PDF 830 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

CRS Contact: Dan Lieberman (415) 561-2100


November 2001 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) released the Year 2000 Green-e Verification Results (PDF 160 KB) Download Acrobat Reader report, which summarizes the results of Green-e supplier audits and provides statistics on certified products, and green power sales and customers. During 2000, 13 retail green power providers offered a total of 27 Green-e certified products in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut. About three-quarters of these products contained 100% renewable energy, while the remainder contained at least 50% renewable energy content as required by Green-e guidelines.

Across the country, more than 163,000 customers purchased Green-e certified products, including about 8,500 non-residential customers; nearly 90% of these customers were in California. Residential customers accounted for about 71% of Green-e power sales. In total, Green-e certified suppliers purchased approximately 1.6 billion kWh of energy from eligible renewable resources to supply their green power products.

News Release - Green-e Report Reveals Positive Green Power Market Trend: Electricity Providers Even "Greener" Than Promised - No longer online at Yahoo

Full Report - Green-e Verification Results Year 2000 (PDF 160 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

Green-e Contact: Jennifer Martin (415) 561-2100


November 2001 - The Board of the Green-e certification program voted to allow utilities with accredited green pricing programs to use the Green-e logo, provided the program meets minimum renewable resource content requirements. Commercial and industrial customers purchasing green power through accredited utility programs will also be allowed to use the logo in accordance with established Green-e secondary use standards.

Green pricing accreditation standards are in place in Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa and the service territory of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), while standards development activities are underway in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota. To date, three utility green pricing programs have been accredited: Madison Gas & Electric, Wisconsin Electric, and TVA.

Newsletter - National Accreditation News, October 2001 (PDF 24 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

CRS Contact: Dan Lieberman: dan@resource-solutions.org


August 2001 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced the creation of two new Green-e certification standards for electricity products sold in Ohio and Texas. Green-e is a voluntary program that certifies green energy product offerings sold in competitive electricity markets that meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards. Electricity products that meet the Green-e product requirements are identified by the Green-e logo and can be marketed as Green-e certified power.

To be eligible for Green-e certification, at least half of an electricity product's energy supply must come from renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass or small hydro. The product must also contain a percentage of new renewable resources; in Ohio, products must contain 5% new renewable resources in the first year, increasing each year by 5% up to a total of 25%, while in Texas, products must contain 50% new renewables. Any non-renewable portion of the product must be as clean or cleaner than the traditional power mix and none of the electricity for the product can be purchased directly from a nuclear facility.

In addition to Ohio and Texas, Green-e certification has been established in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

News Release - Green-e sets the Standard for Green Power in Texas and Ohio

Green-e Contact: Meredith Wingate (415) 561-2100


February 2001 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), which oversees the Green-e green power certification program, has posted information explaining the impact of the California electricity crisis on the green power market.

At one point, green power marketers served more than 175,000 retail customers in California but most of these customers have now been returned to their default suppliers. According to CRS, marketers have exited the retail market because of credit problems resulting from the dramatic spread between rising wholesale prices and fixed retail rates. With the abolishment of the California Power Exchange (PX) in January, marketers faced "enormous risk" in determining how retail rates would be established in the future.

CRS is optimistic that "green power marketers will be able to reorganize and offer new green electricity products, regardless of the future regulatory and legislative environment." Furthermore, CRS notes that the successes experienced by green power marketers provide "a clear sign to policy-makers that, given the choice, Californians are eager to purchase green power."

News Release - California Power Crisis: Impacting the Green Power Market - No longer online at yahoo.com

More Information - California Update: Information About Green Power Choice and What You Can Do to Save Energy - No longer online at green-e.org

More Information - California Green Power Update (PDF 1 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

More Information - The Top Ten Factors that Affected California's Green Power Market (PDF 1 KB) Download Acrobat Reader


September 2000 - The Center for Resource Solutions reports that green power purchases by non-residential customers in California and Pennsylvania surged during 1999. The data is contained in a new report documenting the green power purchases and sales of companies that sell Green-e certified electricity.

The 1999 Green-e Verification Report notes that 38% of the demand for the 29 Green-e certified products came from large customers (industrial, small and large commercial, municipalities, and agricultural), up from 21% in 1998. This translates to nearly 28,000 non-residential customers that are purchasing Green-e certified power nationwide. With the inclusion of residential customers, more than 170,000 customers purchased Green-e certified electricity during 1999. The analysis also found that, in aggregate, the marketers purchased more renewable energy than required to service their customers.

The information contained in the report was derived from independent supplier audits. CRS requires annual audits to verify that Green-e certified suppliers meet the program's stringent environmental and consumer protection standards.

News Release - Center for Resource Solutions: Commercial Customers Making Green Power Their Business

CRS Contact: Kirk Brown (415) 561-2100


March 2000 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced that Utility.com, a web-based marketer of utility services, is the latest company to receive Green-e certification for its "green power" product. Utility.com is offering GreenPlanet, a 100% renewable energy product, to residential customers in California at a price 20% below the default utility rate. The company is also registered to provide energy services in Massachusetts, Nevada, and Pennsylvania but at this time is only offering a green power product in California.

Green-e currently certifies five residential power products and 12 business power products for the California market.

News Release - Green-e Certifies Utility.com's GreenPlanet

CRS Contact: Meredith Wingate (415) 561-2100


October 1999 - The summer months proved to be hot for green power sales in California. July and August were both record-setting months for the number of customers switching to alternative power providers. According to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), nearly 16,000 residential customers switched suppliers in August, up from a record 12,300 in July. These figures represent roughly a three-fold increase over switch rates earlier this year. In total, about 1.7% of California customers have switched providers.

The Center for Resource Solutions, which manages the Green-e program, estimates that the vast majority of those switching are receiving green power. Commonwealth Energy, one of California's leading green power providers, claims to be serving more than 70,000 customers and signing up customers at a rate of about 400 per day.

News Release - Summer Heats up for California's Green Power Market

News Release - Commonwealth Energy Gains Greater Lead in California's Deregulated Energy Market


June 1999 - After eight months of consideration of whether to extend the Green-e certification process to regulated electric utility companies, the Green Power Board recommended that the Green-e "not be adapted to certifying green pricing programs." In February, the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), the non-profit group that administers the Green-e program, issued a draft proposal outlining a certification program for utility green pricing offerings.

In discussions of the draft proposal, a number of concerns related to differences between regulated and competitive markets were identified which ultimately led to the board's decision to reject the proposal. These concerns included: (1) the existence of regulatory authorities with jurisdiction over utility green pricing programs; (2) market power issues, and (3) the need for strong participation from local public interest stakeholders. The board left open the possibility for CRS to "pursue other (accreditation) options that are more appropriate given the underlying issues."

CRS Memo - Green Pricing Accreditation

CRS Draft Proposal - Should Green-e Certification be Extended to Utility Green Pricing Programs?


June 1999 - The Green-e program completed its first-year review of certified green electricity products offered in California, claiming success in demonstrating that "green power claims can be verified in deregulated markets." The program reports that California green power marketers have generally used more renewable energy in their electricity mix than required for Green-e certification — 99% of the electricity purchased by retail power providers offering Green-e certified products came from renewable resources, despite the fact that 7 of the 13 Green-e products were marketed as having 50% to 75% renewable content. The audits also revealed that non-residential customers accounted for 21% of first-year green power sales.

News Release - Green-e Renewable Electricity Program Successfully Completes Nation's First Verification of Certified Green Power Offerings


October 1998 - Several environmental groups, along with the Center for Resource Solutions, which manages the Green-e green power certification program, sent a letter to President Clinton urging "prompt action in encouraging federal procurement officials to purchase renewable-based electricity" to reduce the threat of global warming and demonstrate federal leadership for all consumers. The letter noted that "federal facilities managers lack clear direction on using electric industry restructuring as an opportunity to purchase renewable-based electricity" and urged the President "to immediately clarify this confusion by directing all federal agencies to maximize their purchases of renewable energy where available."

Along with CRS, other signatories to the letter were the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

News Release - Environmental Groups Urge Federal Government to Buy Green Power


October 1998 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced that four Pennsylvania-based electricity products meet the group's Green-e certification standard. The products are being marketed by Conectiv Energy and Green Mountain Energy and contain at least 50% renewable energy content. Beginning January 1, 1999, two-thirds of Pennsylvania's electricity customers will be able to choose their electricity supplier, with the remaining one-third eligible to participate in 2000.

News Release - Pennsylvanians Finally Can Choose Cleaner, Greener Electricity; Four Green-e Products Certified for Residential, Small Business Customers
Additional Information - GMER Pennsylvania Products and Pricing


October 1998 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) has requested that cleen 'n green, a registered California energy service provider, cease its use of the Green-e logo in its marketing materials and activities. The Green-e logo was created so that electricity customers can easily identify "green" electricity products that have at least 50% renewables content, as defined by California law. However, use of the logo is restricted to companies that actively participate in the Green-e program by, among other things, obtaining independent verification of green products and abiding by a "code-of-conduct." cleen 'n green has not certified any of its electricity products under the program.

News Release - Trademark Enforcement Completed by Green-e Program


June 1998 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that Toyota Motor Sales USA (TMS) is the first customer company approved to use the Green-e certification seal in its marketing and advertising materials. Toyota recently announced that it will power several Southern California facilities with EarthSourcesm electricity, which is a Green-e certified renewable electricity product. Toyota is currently developing communications materials to publicize the company's purchase of environmentally-friendly power. CRS Director Jan Hamrin notes that "When people see Toyota using the Green-e logo, they know the company is taking its corporate, social, and environmental responsibility seriously."

News Release - Toyota Motor Sales USA Becomes the First Green-e Certified Company


June 1998 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that the Automated Power Exchange (APX) Green Power Market has been certified under the Green-e Renewable Electricity Program. The APX, which has agreed to abide by the program's code of conduct and undergo annual audits of its green power market exchange, is now able to use the Green-e logo in promotional materials.

The APX Green Power Market, which operates in California, helps match renewable energy producers, through Energy Service Providers (ESPs), with customers who want to purchase green power and also provides power scheduling and payment settlement services.

News Release - APX Green Power Market Green-e Certified


October 1997 - The Green-e Renewable Electricity Program, the nation's first voluntary certification and verification program for environmentally-preferred electricity, was launched September 22 in California. Consumers will begin to see the Green-e logo when power marketers meeting the program's criteria begin marketing green power products when the electric market opens up to competition beginning January 1, 1998.


August 1997 - The Presidio Center for Resource Solutions in San Francisco, in conjunction with a wide variety of stakeholders, is developing the Green-e Power Project. This voluntary program is designed to educate consumers on the benefits of renewables and to set up a code of standards for companies selling renewable energy. The code is meant to assure customers that the environmentally friendly power they pay for meets the program's technical and ethical standards. A Green-e logo will be used "as an easily recognized and understood symbol indicating an electricity product of superior environmental value offered by a company committed to responsible consumer services and practices." In addition to the logo, the program will include disclosure statements of the sources of the electricity, product price, and contracting terms.

Green-e Contact: Meredith Wingate (415) 561-2100


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