The Environmental Resources Trust, a Washington, D.C.-based, non-profit environmental organization, invites public comment by July 31, 2005, on its updated Uniform National Standard for EcoPower Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Under EcoPower certification, RECs convey only the renewable energy attributes of renewable electricity and do not convey environmental benefits.
Under the revised standard, eligible renewable energy resources include wind, solar, tidal and wave, selected biomass, geothermal, low-impact hydropower, and hydrogen fuels derived from eligible renewable energy sources. At least 50% of the RECs must be derived from "new" generating sources, defined as a generating unit beginning operation or being repowered on or after January 1, 1998. RECs are eligible for inclusion in EcoPower-certified products up to 14 months after the date of generation.
ERT certification requires a signed attestation by the renewable energy generator. In addition, ERT performs an annual audit of all EcoPower RECs produced or sold during the previous calendar year.
News Release - Environmental Resources Trust Calls for Public Comment on Uniform National Standard for Renewable Energy Certificates