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