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Renewable Energy Markets 2016

Parc 55 hotel, San Francisco

Sunday, October 16, 2016 — Tuesday, October 18, 2016

For over 20 years, the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace. Attracting participants from around the globe who share an interest in and commitment to promoting clean energy, REM remains the only conference of its kind focusing on national and international markets for renewable energy. Organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this annual meeting of clean energy stakeholders includes generators, marketers, utility representatives, purchasers, policymakers, and regional stakeholders, and sets the agenda for the year to come. Join us this year in San Francisco from October 16–18, 2016 at the Parc 55 hotel.

Solar Energy on Campus:
Key considerations for solar developers working with higher education institutions

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 11:00AM PT

Solar developers and renewable energy marketers are increasingly interacting directly with end-use customers interested in purchasing solar energy or supporting the development of solar PV projects. Developers engaged in these deals have to be prepared to address a range of concerns and goals that differ from those of their traditional customers, mainly utilities and electricity providers. Importantly, there can be reputational and legal risk for both developer and customer if the deal isn’t properly understood in terms of renewable energy benefits by all involved entities. Representatives from Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discussed:

  • The role of renewable energy certificates (RECs) in renewable energy claims
  • Regulations and restrictions on marketing solar energy products
  • Examples of deceptive marketing statements and marketing
  • Key disclosure considerations under various solar purchasing options including onsite generation, PPAs, and REC purchases
  • Best practices in partnering with universities for solar deployment
  • Additional deal considerations, including REC arbitrage, state incentives, operating within cap-and-trade programs, and state laws

This webinar is aimed at developers and renewable energy marketers engaging directly with end-use customers, including higher education institutions.

Maya Kelty, Green-e Associate, CRS
Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst, NREL

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Developer Marketing Requirements and Submission Details for California’s Enhanced Community Renewables Program

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 2:00PM PT

Under California’s Enhanced Community Renewables (ECR) Program, developers work with utilities to have their renewable energy projects included in a utility’s Green-e Energy certified renewable energy offering. Under this program, developers take on the responsibility for marketing their electricity product(s) directly to residential and commercial customers, who have become accustomed to receiving this type of information from their utility. Green-e Energy certification has a number of important customer disclosure and marketing requirements placed on materials associated with all certified products. Developers who choose to engage in the ECR program must be prepared to work within marketing guidelines set by Green-e Energy. Developers must receive ensure that all marketing is in compliance with Green-e Energy marketing requirements prior to engaging with any customers, by submitting such materials to the relevant utility for approval.

Join representatives from Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in a free webinar to discuss:

  • The Green-e Energy certification program
  • Split of responsibilities under the ECR program
  • How to comply with Green-e Energy marketing requirements
  • Utility-specific developer marketing requirements
  • Marketing material submission and review process

Maya Kelty, Green-e Associate, CRS
Will Quinn, Senior Product Manager, PG&E
Brandon Henzie, Program Advisor, SDG&E
Melissa Wooley, Project Manager, SCE
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ACCO 2016 Integrated Renewables Workshop

Chicago, IL

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 — Thursday, September 8, 2016

CRS is a supporting organization of the Association of Climate Change Officers’ (ACCO’s) 2016 Integrated Renewables Workshop, held September 7–8th in Chicago. This interactive program will enable attendees to learn from leading practitioners with experience guiding renewables projects from start to finish at their organizations. The program will be comprised of training activities, interactive exercises, hands-on learning opportunities for successfully navigating the intricacies of renewable energy projects, and case studies from different industries illustrating strategies for addressing challenges and opportunities related to establishing a comprehensive renewables strategy. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the renewables marketplace, and a plan for engaging the right stakeholders to integrate cutting edge initiatives into the energy strategies of their organizations. Learn more at www.accoonline.org/renewables/.

Solar Energy on Campus:
Opportunities and common pitfalls in communicating renewable energy use in higher education

Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:00AM PT

As universities and colleges nationwide green their electricity with solar through onsite generation, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and renewable energy certificate (REC) purchases, these institutions must be clear and accurate in their claims to avoid reputational and legal risk. Understanding the implications of various purchasing options is central to ensuring that desired solar energy claims will be supported by your purchase. Join representatives from Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in a free webinar to discuss:

  • The role of RECs in renewable energy claims
  • Acceptable language for making accurate claims
  • The advantages and risks of solar purchasing options including onsite generation, PPAs, and REC purchases
  • Specific approved claims for each solar purchasing option
  • Decoding environmental attribute ownership within solar PPAs
  • REC arbitrage done right
  • Additional considerations, including state incentives, operating within cap-and-trade programs, and state laws

This webinar is aimed at sustainability professionals in higher education, including energy and sustainability managers.

Maya Kelty, Green-e Associate, CRS
Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst, NREL

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GreenerBuilder 2016

Zero Net Energy Center, 14600 Catalina St. San Leandro, CA 94577

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Greenerbuilder 2016
GreenerBuilder 2016 gathers hundreds of Northern California trade professionals to learn about key trends in the green building market; to hear what owners and developers are looking for; and to make important connections with fellow industry leaders. The daylong conference delivers what you need to be at the forefront of greening the built environment. Greenerbuilder 2016 is administered by USGBC Northern California.

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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s 2016 Summit

Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 — Thursday, May 26, 2016

Center for Resource Solutions is pleased to be an official Partner of SPLC’s 2016 Summit. The Summit brings together 300+ leading procurement and sustainability professionals, suppliers, and NGO experts from diverse sectors and regions to share, simplify, and spread the best sustainable purchasing practices across the whole economy. We encourage you to join us for two days of inspiring conversations, workshops, and presentations that will give you innovative and actionable ideas you can apply in your own organization. Save 10% with our special partner discount code CRS2016. Save even more when you register before the Early Bird Deadline: April 1st!

Introduction to Green-e Climate

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Intro to Green-e Climate

Since 2008, Green-e Climate has served a crucial role in international over-the-counter (OTC) markets for carbon offsets. By providing critical oversight over the chain of custody of retail offsets from project to consumer, Green-e Climate ensures transparency and accuracy throughout the transaction. Join Green-e Climate staff in a free webinar to learn more about the largest international certification program for carbon offsets sold in the retail market, including:

  • What carbon offsets are, where they come from and how they’re used
  • What is included in Green-e Climate certification
  • How organizations match their emissions with carbon offsets
  • The role of Endorsed Programs and other project-level certifications
  • The marketing benefits to organizations of reducing and reporting their carbon footprints

This webinar is archived. You can watch the video and view the presentation.

2016 Energy Solutions Conference


Wednesday, March 23, 2016 — Thursday, March 24, 2016

CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin will be speaking at the 2016 Energy Solutions Conference—a virtual simulcasted event available via computer or mobile device. The on-site event is taking place alongside an Energy Expo. Conference registration is available at conference.energysmartplanning.org.

Introduction to Green-e Marketplace for Businesses and Products

Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM

This introduction to Green-e’s certification program for businesses and products will give an overview of how organizations of all sizes can promote their environmental sustainability through participation in Green-e—North America’s largest certification program for renewable energy. This free webinar will explain:

  • Why companies choose to go green with clean energy
  • The basics of renewable energy purchasing by businesses
  • How organizations using 100% renewable energy can certify themselves and their products through Green-e
  • Expanded marketing and promotional benefits and new sales tools offered to Green-e participants
  • How environmental sustainability through clean energy use can boost sales and appeal to customers who prefer products with better environmental performance

This presentation has been archived. You can Watch the Video or View the Presentation.