Upcoming Events:

Overview of the 2015 Green-e Verification Report

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 11:00AM PT

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Join Green-e staff in an in-depth review of the 2015 Green-e Verification Report, released on October 16th. This free webinar will cover how Green-e Energy, Green-e Climate, and Green-e Marketplace performed throughout last year as well as a look at trends in the voluntary renewable energy markets including generation trends, renewable energy certificate and green pricing programs, and community choice and direct corporate purchases.

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Growing Renewable Energy Globally Through Voluntary Markets

Monday, December 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM—10:30 AM PST

If we are to transition to a sustainable economy there is a strong need to accelerate the global deployment of renewable energy. This joint webinar with Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), a global network of international organizations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice, will highlight how global voluntary markets can play a key role in addressing this issue. CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin will present a Toolkit for Supporting Voluntary Markets, and provide an overview of the key elements to creating effective and robust voluntary renewable energy markets.

Join CRS and GGKP for a free webinar exploring these themes. The webinar will also cover: renewable energy attributes, tracking systems, certification and additional policy mechanisms, while demonstrating how these tools can facilitate the growth of the voluntary renewable energy product types and procurement options.

Speakers

  • Djaheezah Subratty, Head, Policy Unit, Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch Economy Division, UN Environment (Moderator)
  • Jennifer Martin, Executive Director, Center for Resource Solutions
  • Jonathan Coony, Global Lead on Green Competitiveness, World Bank (Discussant)

The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with the audience.

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RECs Market Meeting 2017

Amsterdam

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 — Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The RECs Market Meeting is the only European event that focuses on the demand side of the renewable electricity market. The conference covers a wide variety of aspects related to renewable markets. These include national and European policy, the effect of consumer choice, market aspects such as prices, volumes and availability, as well as end-user claims following the consumption of renewable energy.

The conference attracts more than 250 of Europe’s top leaders in renewable electricity procurement and sustainability reporting. Past speakers have included representatives of the Association of Issuing Bodies, BEUC, CDP, DLA Piper, DNV GL, Dow Jones Sustainability Index/RobercoSAM, Eurelectric, European Climate Foundation, European Commission, Global Reporting Initiative, Google, H&M, IKEA, Nasdaq, Nestle, Philips Lighting, RE100, Storebrand, Swedish Energy Agency, Swiss Reinsurance Company, The Gold Standard, Unilever, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and World Resource Institute/Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

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Business of Local Energy Symposium: Leveraging Local Benefits of Community Choice

Long Beach, CA

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Center for Climate Protection in partnership with the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition and the Local Government Commission is organizing a day-long California Community Choice Energy (CCE) Symposium for business, government, and community leaders to be held on May 5, 2017 in Long Beach.

The event will feature local government, agency and organizational leaders engaged in community choice, as well as experts and leaders representing other complementary topics.

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Past Events:

Commodities 101: Understanding & Leveraging RECs

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 10:00AM PT

In partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO)

Join Sarah Busch, Senior Analyst, Market Development in a joint webinar with ACCO. A bootcamp explaining the fundamentals of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and the role they can play in helping organizations meet environmental, energy, and GHG reduction goals. The session will also delve into corporate GHG accounting for renewable electricity and renewable electricity procurement decisions. The session will provide practical information, data, examples and case studies. Learn more about the Commodities 101 bootcamp here.

Lead Instructors: Robert Maddox, Chief Sustainability Officer, Sterling Planet; and Sarah Busch, Senior Analyst, Market Development, Center for Resource Solutions.

Special discount available for friends of CRS. Use the code Climate-Smart for a 20% discount on registration.

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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

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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.

SPEAKERS
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

SPEAKERS
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.

SPEAKERS
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

Online

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.