Upcoming Events:

Solar Goes Corporate: Meeting Corporate Earnings and Sustainability Goals through Solar Procurement, Development, and Investment

New York, NY

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CRS is a supporting organization for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)’s inaugural Solar Goes Corporate event, which brings together leaders from the corporate, solar, finance, and legal sectors. These leaders will share their valuable insight into successfully procuring, developing, deploying, and investing in solar projects. This unique event will explain the process of going solar and the value solar offers the Fortune 500 community and their service providers. Attendees will meet with leaders from some of the largest and most successful corporations, solar developers, and service providers. Business leaders in America’s brightest, most competitive companies are increasingly choosing to install solar energy systems at their facilities. Come learn from the experts how to meet your company’s triple bottom line and reduced carbon-footprint goals at a lower cost and with less riskof incurring pitfalls during project procurement and operation.

Register and learn more at Solar Goes Corporate.

Net Positive Energy + Water Conference

Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

Thursday, February 18, 2016 — Friday, February 19, 2016


CRS is a supporting organization of the International Living Future Institute’s third annual Net Positive Energy + Water Conference. Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water buildings have rapidly captured the public imagination, and are transforming expectations for the pace of change in the built environment. The Living Building Challenge™ expands Net Zero concepts in ways that look far into the future, consider the endgame and shape our efforts to create productive, thriving communities. The Net Positive Energy + Water Conference will address these issues and share the latest in zero energy and water ideas, technologies and applications—all presented by a select group of leading experts from around the world. Register online at www.netpositiveconference.org.

2016 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum

Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 — Thursday, March 17, 2016


CRS is a supporting organization for the 2016 ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum: Driving Growth in a New Policy Landscape. This year’s Renewable Energy Policy Forum takes place as seismic developments in national and global policies are reshaping the renewable energy marketplace. Register online at 2016 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum To receive a special CRS-only 20% discount, enter discount code SPT20CR at registration.

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

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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/.

Past Events:

Overview of the 2014 Green-e Verification Report

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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Green-e staff reviewed the results of the 2014 Green-e Verification Report, which was was released on October 19th. This webinar covered how each program performed throughout last year, as well as an exploration of voluntary renewable energy and carbon offset markets, trends in corporate purchasing, and a look at where the market is heading. Watch the Video and See the Slides

Clean Power Plan: Interactions and Implications for Renewable Energy Markets

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10AM PT/1PM ET

Do you know how compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will affect your region’s voluntary and regulatory renewable energy markets? Do you know how carbon trading under mass-based and rate-based programs can be coordinated with existing REC trading?

Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), and Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) team up for a webinar to answer these questions and discuss:

  • Emissions allowances and emission rate credits;
  • Potential interactions with renewable energy certificates (RECs) from voluntary and compliance markets;
  • Potential impacts on renewable portfolio standard (RPS) markets and policies; and
  • How RPS programs can help states meet their emission reduction goals.

Featured Speakers:

  • Ed Holt, President, Ed Holt & Associates
  • David Farnsworth, Senior Associate, RAP
  • Todd Jones, Senior Manager, Policy and Climate Change Programs, CRS

This webinar may be eligible for CLE credit. For more information or other questions, please contact Deb Stetler at dstetler@raponline.org.

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Renewable Energy Markets 2015

Hilton Crystal City

Sunday, October 18, 2015 — Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Now in its 20th year, the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference is 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 project developers, marketers, utility representatives, purchasers, policymakers, and regional stakeholders, and sets the agenda for the year to come.

REM 2015 will be held October 18–20 in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the conference and sign up for updates at:www.renewableenergymarkets.com

Preventing Double Claims: Best Practices in Renewable Energy Marketing, Part 2 (for Generators and Project Developers)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 11AM PT/2PM ET

A key component of Green-e Energy certification is guaranteeing sole ownership of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). In RY2013 Verification, a number of RECs submitted for certification were required to be replaced. One of the primary reasons for replacement was the existence of claims on submitted RECs, rendering them ineligible for certification. With more and more players entering into the realm of renewable energy generation, clear and accurate marketing regarding renewable energy use is fundamental to maintaining market integrity. We invite you and your generator counter-parties to join us for a two-part webinar series (September 23rd and September 30th) focusing on explaining double claims and how to ensure sole ownership of the RECs you purchase.

Part 2 will be geared towards renewable energy generators and project developers. We will walk through the meaning and weight of Green-e Attestations; describe how reviews are completed; and explain how double claims can impact business relationships.

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Preventing Double Claims: Best Practices in Renewable Energy Marketing, Part 1 (for Green-e Participants)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 11AM PT/2PM ET

A key component of Green-e Energy certification is guaranteeing sole ownership of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). In RY2013 Verification, a number of RECs submitted for certification were required to be replaced. One of the primary reasons for replacement was the existence of claims on submitted RECs, rendering them ineligible for certification. With more and more players entering into the realm of renewable energy generation, clear and accurate marketing regarding renewable energy use is fundamental to maintaining market integrity. We invite you and your generator counter-parties to join us for a two-part webinar series (September 23rd and September 30th) focusing on explaining double claims and how to ensure sole ownership of the RECs you purchase.

Part 1 will focus on what kinds of marketing statements constitute claims and how you can protect yourself from claims-related issues. We will explain what commitments you make under your contract with Green-e, and will provide tools for you to pro-actively check existing marketing for double claims.

The presentation is posted, you can watch the recording here. You can also view the presentation slides here.

Tracking Renewable Energy for Compliance with the Clean Power Plan

Online Webinar

Thursday, May 14, 2015 — Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET. The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recent Clean Power Plan proposal contemplates having state clean energy programs—including those related to renewable energy—contribute to compliance with state emission performance standards. A key challenge for state regulators could be tracking the results of renewable energy programs, which can occur inside and outside of state boundaries. Renewable energy tracking systems, together with state policies designed to increase the production and use of renewable energy, could provide one key element to helping states reduce the carbon intensity of their power sector.

Join Jennifer Martin (Center for Resource Solutions) and David Farnsworth (Regulatory Assistance Project) to explore the ways in which states are using renewable energy today, and discuss how the functionality of existing regional renewable energy tracking systems can be used by states to track renewable energy and support compliance with the Clean Power Plan.

This webinar will draw on several recent collaborations between the Center for Resource Solutions and RAP to address the use of renewable energy to comply with the Clean Power Plan.

Renewable Energy Certificate Tracking Systems: An Introduction

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET. A follow-up to a recent Green Power Partnership webinar covering renewable energy certificates (RECs), this webinar explores the systems used to track RECs. REC tracking systems are electronic databases that account for the creation, ownership, and retirement of RECs. These systems are also used to verify compliance with state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies, create environmental disclosure labels for electricity products, and substantiate voluntary green power and environmental marketing claims. There are ten regionally-based REC tracking systems currently in operation in the United States. The registries offer both public reports of aggregated REC data as well as database access for governmental staff to determine compliance. Speakers included James Critchfield, Program Director, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership; Amy Fredregill, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System, Inc.; Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, Center for Resource Solutions; and David Farnsworth, Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project.

The presentation is archived, you can watch the video and view the presentation.

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Webinar: Navigating the Green Power Leadership Awards Application Process (Free)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm PDT

Originally aired Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm PDT. The 2015 Green Power Leadership Awards application period is now open and will close on April 17. The U.S. EPA co-sponsors the Awards in conjunction with CRS. The awards serve to recognize the leading actions of organizations, programs, suppliers, and individuals that significantly advance the development of green power sources. In this webinar, EPA and CRS will provide information related to eligibility, evaluation criteria, and application content for each of the award categories, as well as answer questions. Presenters include:

  • James Critchfield – Director, Green Power Partnership, U.S. EPA
  • Roger Fernandez – Director, Corporate and Institutional Engagement, Energy Supply & Industry Branch, U.S. EPA
  • Jeff Swenerton – Communications Director, Center for Resource Solutions

View more information and see past recipients of this prestigious award in the EPA’s Categories and CRS’ Categories online.

The presentation is archived, you can watch the video and view the speaker deck.

Webinar: Understanding Solar Power Claims: Best Practices for Hosting, Leasing, and Owning Solar Generation

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:00 am PT

Presented Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:00 am PT. The new solar boom has brought with it increasing complexity around renewable energy claims. Because ownership of the environmental benefits is not always made clear, the potential for double claiming on the part of utilities, providers, and hosts has never been greater. Join Robin Quarrier, CRS Chief Counsel; Jenny Heeter, Energy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Bryce Smith, Chief Executive Officer of OneEnergy Renewables for a look at the current state of the market and best practices for participants in the solar marketplace.

The presentation is archived, you can watch the video and view the speaker deck.

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Renewable Energy Markets 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Thursday, December 4, 2014

Held December 2-4, 2014 in Sacramento, CA, this year’s annual conference focused on the markets for renewable energy, from green pricing programs to renewable energy certificates, with sessions on marketing, state renewable portfolio standards, purchaser case studies, federal and state policies, and much more. Catch up on the topics we covered at the 2014 conference.

Learn about the 20th Annual REM Conference coming in fall 2015 and sign up for updates at:www.renewableenergymarkets.com.