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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


August 2013 - TOTO, a large manufacturer of bathroom fixtures, recently committed to purchasing 5.8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) through Georgia Power's Green Power program. The purchase is the equivalent of roughly 50% of TOTO's total electricity use, and is the largest green power purchase TOTO has made since joining the program in 2007. Georgia Power began offering the program in 2006, and currently has over 4,000 customers participating. Sources of electricity for the Green-e certified program include biomass and solar. The initial rate for nonresidential customers to purchase Green Energy ranges from $3.50 to $5.00 per 100 kWh, but for large volume buyers like TOTO, Georgia Power contracts with each interested customer individually to determine the price, quantity, term, and renewable energy source.

Press Release - Georgia Power helps TOTO USA power its business with 5.8 million kilowatt-hours of Green Energy

Additional Information - Georgia Power's Green Energy Programs


May 2013 - McCormick Place officials recently announced a commitment to purchase enough renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match 100% of the facility's annual electricity use. As the country's largest convention center, this commitment is estimated to account for 130 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. The announcement came as the convention center hosted the 2013 WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in May. The purchased RECs will be 100% Green-e certified and generated from wind power.

Press Release - McCormick Place commits to utilizing 100 percent wind energy

Contact: Mary Kay Marquisos, 312-791-6237


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


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


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


July 2006 - The Green-e program, managed by the Center for Resource Solutions, is seeking comments on a draft Community Aggregation Standard that establishes certification criteria for system-wide electricity supply, including electric utility default service and Community Choice Aggregators. Under the proposed standard, default electricity supply with sufficient renewable energy content will be eligible for Green-e certification even when customers do not "opt-in" by specifically choosing a renewable electricity product. Comments on the proposed standard are due by August 21, 2006.

Draft Standard - Green-e Proposed Community Aggregation Standard

CRS Contact: Siobhan Doherty (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 - The price premium for Xcel Energy's Colorado Windsource product has fallen once again. When the product was launched in 1997, the wind energy premium was set at 2.5¢/kWh and participating customers were exempted from certain cost adjustments, the most important of which is the "electric commodity adjustment" or ECA. With the ECA rising along with fuel costs, the effective premium for the Windsource product has now fallen to 0.97¢/kWh—however, Windsource customers are still subject to the base energy rate charge of about 1.3¢/kWh. With the price change, a typical Xcel Energy residential customer in Colorado can now purchase 100% wind energy at an average monthly cost of about $5.70.

Separately, the Center for Resource Solutions announced that Xcel Energy applied for and received Green-e certification for the Colorado Windsource product. The Green-e program provides independent, third-party certification to assure that renewable energy products meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards.

News Release - Green-e Certifies Xcel Energy's Windsource Renewable Energy Product

More Information - Xcel Energy Colorado Windsource Tariff Sheet (PDF 85 KB)


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


April 2004 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that Alliant Energy's Second Nature green pricing program has earned the Green-e seal of approval. Under the Green-e program, utility green pricing programs can become certified if they meet or exceed locally established criteria related to the type of renewable resources used, product pricing, marketing, and customer education.

Alliant Energy's Second Nature program provides the utility's residential and business customers with the option to purchase electricity generated from renewable energy sources for an extra 2¢/kWh. Power for the program is supplied from wind farms in Minnesota and Iowa and a landfill gas facility in Wisconsin. In 2003, program participants supported nearly 28 million kWh of renewables-based electricity generation, or enough to fully power 2,900 homes.

News Release - Alliant Energy Offers Green-e Certified Renewable Energy to More than 500,000 Customers


February 2004 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that it has established Green-e certification standards for utility green pricing programs in the Pacific Northwest based on the regional standards developed previously by the Renew 2000 program. As a result, renewable electricity products sold in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are now eligible for Green-e certification.

News Release - Green-e Standards Set For Pacific Northwest: Green Power Consumers in the Region Now Have Reliable Quality Assurance


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


December 2002 - Santee Cooper and Wisconsin Public Service have received national accreditation for their green pricing programs from the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS).

Under Santee Cooper's Green Power program, residential and commercial customers can purchase power generated from local landfill gas facilities at a premium of 3¢/kWh.

Wisconsin Public Service offers its NatureWise product to residential, farm, and business customers in 100-kWh blocks for an additional $2.65, or 2.65¢/kWh. The power is supplied from wind, landfill methane, and farm-based methane resources.

The CRS program offers accreditation for utility green pricing programs that meet or exceed locally established criteria related to the type of renewable resources used, product pricing, marketing, and customer education.

News Release - Santee Cooper Gains National Recognition for Green Energy Program - No longer online at Yahoo


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


December 2000 - Con.Web reports that a newly formed green power certification group, Renew 2000, will certify green power products in the Pacific Northwest that meet certain criteria developed by a regional coalition of environmental groups, utilities, and governments. The certification is meant to assure customers that their green power purchases will benefit the environment. To become certified under the program, utilities and marketers offering retail green power products must meet standards regarding resource content, including new renewables, "block" or "blended" energy products, fuel mix disclosure, and marketing programs. More than a dozen utilities and cooperatives already offer retail green power products in the Northwest that are eligible for certification.

News Article - Green Seal of Approval: Northwest's First Green Power Certification Standard Crafted by Regional Stakeholders

Renew 2000 Contact: Peter West (503) 223-4544


April 2000 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced that three utility green pricing programs have qualified for accreditation under a new program that it administers. Wisconsin Electric, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Madison Gas & Electric were awarded the accreditation "by meeting or exceeding a series of stringent guidelines that include the use of renewable resources, appropriate product pricing and marketing, and customer education requirements." To maintain accreditation, the utilities will be required to undergo annual audits to document their green power sales to customers. According to CRS, a combined three million customers can now purchase green power in the regulated markets served by these three utilities.

News Release - First Class of Utilities Gain National Recognition for Green Energy Programs

News Release - Wisconsin Electric Recognized for Renewable Energy Commitment; Energy for Tomorrow Program Among First to Receive National Accreditation


March 2000 - According to a March 28th article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) intends to offer its green pricing product to customers in 150-kWh blocks for a premium of $4 per month, or about 2.67¢/kWh. An average customer using 1,200 kWh per month would pay an extra $32 per month to receive all of their power from renewable energy. TVA will contract for a total of 8.7 MW of power from a combination of landfill methane and wind energy projects, and will install solar systems at public facilities. By the utility's estimate, this is enough power to supply 30,000 homes with one, 150-kWh block.

Eleven of TVA's 159 distributors, representing more than one-fourth of residential customers served with TVA power, signed up to test-market the green power to their customers during the first year. TVA hopes to expand the program to its entire seven-state region by 2003.

TVA is also seeking program accreditation from the Center for Resource Solutions. To be considered, utility programs must meet a series of stringent environmental and customer protection criteria, including use of new renewable resources. Utilities must also work with local stakeholder groups to develop the standards. According to a TVA representative, the utility is seeking accreditation because it "will enable TVA to enhance consumer confidence in our green power program."

News Article - TVA 'Green Power' Offered for Homes - Registration required at ChattanoogaNow

News Article - TVA to begin 'green power' April 22 - Subscription required at KnoxNews.com

News Release - Renewable Energy Advocates and TVA Join Forces to Increase Green Power in the South

CRS Contact: Seth Baruch (415) 561-2100
TVA Contact: Susan Ross (423) 751-7405


February 2000 - A group of Wisconsin stakeholders has become the first to pursue accreditation for utility green pricing programs under a process recently announced by the Center for Resource Solutions. The accreditation program is designed to recognize utility programs that use "best practices" in offering green electricity options to customers in non-competitive markets. To receive accreditation, utilities have to meet stringent standards regarding renewable resource content, product pricing, marketing activities, and information disclosure. Accredited utilities will also be required to undergo an annual, independent verification process to document their green power deliveries.

Four Wisconsin utilities currently offer some type of green power product to their customers: Madison Gas and Electric, Wisconsin Electric, Wisconsin Public Service, and Dairyland Power Cooperative, which offers green power to its 27 member distribution cooperatives.

News Release - Consumer and Clean Energy Advocates Team up with Utilities to Promote Green Power in Wisconsin

CRS Contact: Seth Baruch, (415) 561-2100
Renew Wisconsin Contact: Michael Vickerman (608) 255-4044


November 1999 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), has launched the first independent accreditation program for utility green pricing programs. The program is designed to recognize and accredit utility programs that use "best practices" in offering green electricity options to customers in non-competitive markets. To receive accreditation, utilities will have to meet stringent standards regarding renewable resource content, product pricing, marketing activities, and information disclosure. Accredited utilities will be required to undergo an annual, independent verification process to document their green power deliveries.

The program will be administered by CRS with input from local stakeholder groups consisting of consumer advocates, environmental groups, utilities, potential utility competitors, and renewable energy advocates. CRS also administers the Green-e certification program for green power products offered in competitive electricity markets.

News Release - CRS Launches First-Ever Accreditation Initiative for Utility Green Power Programs

CRS Contact: Kirk Brown (415) 561-2100


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