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Past Events:

Overview of the 2017 Green-e Verification Report

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM


The 2017 Green-e Verification Report highlights the clean-energy market movers for 2017—including generation, utility and community green power programs, PPAs, renewable energy certificates, and more. Green-e certified over 60 million megawatt-hours in retail transactions in 2017, the highest number of certified retail MWh to date, and enough to power over half of U.S. households for a month.

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Introduction to Carbon Offsets and Green-e Climate Certification

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM

An explanation of how carbon offsets work to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, with an introduction to Green-e Climate, the largest international certification program for carbon offsets sold in the retail market. 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:

  • 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

 

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Introduction to Green-e Energy

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM

A free webinar that explains the Green-e Energy certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary renewable energy market in North America. This webinar covers the basics of how renewable energy is generated, tracked, and sold; how Green-e Energy protects consumers by ensuring clear title to renewable energy purchases that are as advertised; and how consumers, businesses, and renewable energy sellers can become involved with Green-e Energy.

 
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Renewable Energy Markets 101

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Designed for those new to the renewable energy industry, this free webinar offers a general overview of the fundamental aspects of voluntary green power markets. Attendees will receive a detailed introduction to key market characteristics, including historical market trends and the most up-to-date data. Topics also include definitions of eligible resources, relevant regulations and policies, and a primer on best practices for renewable energy accounting and claims.

This content is back by popular demand from the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference. Learn more about REM 2018, October 9–11 in Houston at www.renewableenergymarkets.com.

Speakers
Christopher Kent, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Eric O’Shaughnessy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Noah Bucon, Center for Resource Solutions

 
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How Carbon Policy Affects Renewable Energy Markets: Solutions to Maximize Benefits (Eastern Region)

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Renewable energy generation provides important greenhouse gas emissions benefits. Carbon regulations and markets, like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), interact with renewable energy markets, like Renewable Portfolio Standards and voluntary renewable energy purchasing, in important ways. They can be complementary, and even incremental with respect to emissions reductions where certain policy mechanisms are in place. This webinar will explain:

  1. how carbon regulations affect renewable energy markets
  2. why it is important that voluntary renewable energy continue to reduce emissions once carbon regulations are in place
  3. what policy mechanisms can ensure that it does in order to protect voluntary demand, investment, and benefits

The webinar will feature a case study of the voluntary renewable energy set-aside mechanism in the RGGI program.

Who should attend:

  • State air regulators
  • Corporate renewable energy purchasers
  • Voluntary market stakeholders
  • Renewable energy and carbon policy advocates

 

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How Carbon Policy Affects Renewable Energy Markets: Solutions to Maximize Benefits (Western Region)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Renewable energy generation provides important greenhouse gas emissions benefits. Carbon regulations and markets, like California’s cap-and-trade program, interact with renewable energy markets, like Renewable Portfolio Standards and voluntary renewable energy purchasing, in important ways. They can be complementary, and even incremental with respect to emissions reductions where certain policy mechanisms are in place. This webinar will explain:

  1. how carbon regulations affect renewable energy markets
  2. why it is important that voluntary renewable energy continue to reduce emissions once carbon regulations are in place
  3. what policy mechanisms can ensure that it does in order to protect voluntary demand, investment, and benefits

The webinar will feature a case study of the voluntary renewable energy set-aside mechanism in California’s program.

Who should attend:

  • State air regulators
  • Corporate renewable energy purchasers
  • Voluntary market stakeholders
  • Renewable energy and carbon policy advocates

 

Speakers

  • Maya Kelty, Regulatory Affairs Manager, 3Degrees
  • Todd Jones; Director, Policy and Climate Change Programs; CRS

 

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Exploring the Potential for Blockchain in Renewable Energy Markets

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Blockchain is an emerging and transformative technical standard for distributed ledgers, which has the potential to streamline transactions. Join us to learn about how blockchain can interact with new and existing renewable energy markets.

This new technology is used to create a permanent, digital ledger of transaction data. Blockchain is used in many cryptocurrency platforms, but the underlying technology has the potential to be used for many other types of applications.  One of these potential applications is renewable energy certificate (REC) transactions. What types of efficiencies can be gained by using blockchain in this context? How might this work within the current renewable energy policy landscape?

Join us in this free webinar to discuss some of the opportunities and challenges of integrating blockchain technology into existing and emerging renewable energy markets.

This content is back by popular demand from the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. Learn more about this year’s conference at www.renewableenergymarkets.com.

 

Speakers

Rachael Terada
Director, Technical Projects
Center for Resource Solutions

Doug Miller
Senior Associate
Rocky Mountain Institute

Alex Anich
Manager, Renewable Market Intelligence
NRG

 
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Community Choice Energy Summit

Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 — Friday, November 30, 2018

CRS is a supporting organization of Infocast’s Community Choice Energy Summit. The summit is the place where the CCA community will gather to learn about new developments and share insights on the latest operational strategies and best practices. The Summit is a great opportunity to:

  • Stay abreast of the legislative and regulatory landscape
  • Track forward progress on CCA joint action
  • Share best practices and strategies for procurement and local renewable sourcing
  • Learn about the latest in data analytics and billing
  • Promote social equity and workforce diversity

Building on the momentum of the first two highly successful Summits, this edition will feature more content from active and emerging community choice aggregators and provide an in-depth examination of the full range of their plans, programs, and initiatives.

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2018 Green Power Leadership Awards: A Review of 2018 Categories, Eligibility, Criteria, and the Application Process

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Wednesday, March 7, 2018  |  11AM PT / 2PM ET

The 2018 Green Power Leadership Awards application period will open February 5 and will close on April 6. EPA co-sponsors the Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). The awards recognize leading organizations that have helped further the green power market through their green power procurement, innovation, overall green power strategy, and impact.

During 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.

 

Speakers

  • Christopher Kent, Program Manager, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
  • Jeff Swenerton, Communications Director, Center for Resource Solutions

For more information about the awards, visit the Green Power Leadership Awards.
 
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Introduction to the Green-e Renewable Energy Standard for Singapore

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM


Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) just released the Green-e Renewable Energy Standard for Singapore, which details the requirements and standards for Green-e certification of renewable electricity sales and consumption in Singapore. The new standard defines eligible renewable resources, requirements for customer disclosure and transparency, and use of renewable energy tracking systems. With the release of this standard, large buyers and clean energy sellers in Singapore can apply for Green-e certification of their retail renewable electricity and energy attribute certificates (“EACs”). This country-specific standard is the first one launched outside North America. The webinar reviews the key goals, requirements, and uses of the Standard.
 
It was held on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM–10:00 AM CET (4:00 PM SGT, Midnight PST, 3:00 AM EST)
  
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Overview of the 2016 Green-e Verification Report

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Join Green-e staff to review the results of the 2016 Green-e Verification Report, which was was released on October 23rd. This webinar will cover how the Green-e programs 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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Webinar: Introduction to the Green-e Framework for Renewable Energy Certification

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Center for Resource Solutions recently released a new global energy certification framework that establishes the baseline criteria for new regional and country-specific Green-e standards throughout the world. The Green-e Framework for Renewable Energy Certification addresses the longstanding need for consistent international criteria that enforce the quality of renewable energy generation, transactions and use, while providing a way to address local stakeholder and market-development goals. The Framework ensures that new Green-e certified clean energy is from newly created renewable electricity generation facilities, contains all of the environmental attributes of the generation that can be owned, is provided to the customer as advertised, is not double counted and is not counted against existing governmental renewable energy mandates.

This webinar will walk the listener through the key goals, requirements and uses of the Framework, as well as how local Green-e certification standards can be developed in a given region. Each session will include ample time for questions to be answered.
 

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Webinar: Introduction to the Green-e Framework for Renewable Energy Certification

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM CEST (3:00 PM SGT/CST, 4:00 PM JST)

Center for Resource Solutions recently released a new global energy certification framework that establishes the baseline criteria for new regional and country-specific Green-e standards throughout the world. The Green-e Framework for Renewable Energy Certification addresses the longstanding need for consistent international criteria that enforce the quality of renewable energy generation, transactions and use, while providing a way to address local stakeholder and market-development goals. The Framework ensures that new Green-e certified clean energy is from newly created renewable electricity generation facilities, contains all of the environmental attributes of the generation that can be owned, is provided to the customer as advertised, is not double counted and is not counted against existing governmental renewable energy mandates.

This webinar will walk the listener through the key goals, requirements and uses of the Framework, as well as how local Green-e certification standards can be developed in a given region. Each session will include ample time for questions to be answered. The same session will be held twice to accommodate multiple time zones.
 

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Innovative Renewable Energy Procurement Models

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM PT

Utilities across the electricity sector are engaging in innovative clean energy purchasing models in order to meet increasing customer demand. What are some examples of these innovative models and how do they work? In what context are these models successful? What are some best practices regarding marketing and implementation? Join representatives from Puget Sound Energy, WGL Energy, and CRS for the first in a series of interactive webinars to explore the options. Participants will learn how:

  • energy companies are developing new products to expand options for customers
  • offsite solutions are fulfilling customer demands for solar
  • utilities are educating customers on renewable energy purchasing options

Speakers

  • Robin Cunningham, Green Products Specialist, WGL Energy
  • Heather Mulligan, Market Manager, Puget Sound Energy
  • Michael Leschke, Green-e Verification Manager and Senior Analyst, CRS

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

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Overview of Updates to the Green-e Energy National Standard

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM PT

Green-e just released the latest version of the Green-e Energy National Standard, version 3.1. This is the second major update to the Standard since since December 2016. Join Green-e Energy staff in a free webinar to review these recent updates, which revise guidance in several key areas, including:

  • Eligibility from shared renewables
  • Extended-use criteria for on-site and direct-line generation
  • Minimum purchase quantity for capacity-based products
  • Eligible generation facilities in U.S. territories
  • Required use of tracking systems
  • …and more

This webinar is relevant to anyone participating in Green-e Energy, including generators, sellers, electricity service providers, brokers, and large purchasers. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation.
 

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2017 Green Power Leadership Awards

New York Hilton Midtown

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Join us for the 2017 Green Power Leadership Awards, annual competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. They will be presented at an awards luncheon at Renewable Energy Markets 2017 by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To learn more or apply, visit www.greenpowerleadershipawards.com.

The Value of Certification and Verification for Green Power Purchases

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00–11:00 AM PT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar with Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) examining the value of certification and verification in the green power market.

Switching to green power is easy with the right information but it can be difficult for buyers of green power to know whether they are buying credible products from credible suppliers. For this reason, EPA recommends, as a consumer best practice, buying green power products that are third-party certified and verified. Green power products certified by an independent third-party offers consumer a higher level of certainty about the integrity of their purchase.

Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e Energy program not only certifies green power products, but also independently verifies the products annually.

The webinar will review:

  • Why certification is important
  • Verification and marketing compliance review process
  • How CRS sets Green-e standards

Speakers

  • Christopher Kent, Program Manager, U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership
  • Sarah Busch, Senior Analyst, Market Development, Center for Resource Solutions
  • Elliott Engelmann, Analyst, Renewable Energy Purchaser Programs, Center for Resource Solutions

 

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Renewable Energy Markets 2017

New York, N.Y.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 — Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Join over 400 of the most influential and insightful clean energy decisionmakers at Renewable Energy Markets (REM) 2017. Participate in dozens of sessions exploring corporate renewable energy procurement; community, utility, and municipal programs; direct procurement; international markets; solar; and much more. Network with government officials, sellers, the nation’s leading utilities and electricity generators, global NGOs, and corporate purchasers from around the world. Be a part of clean energy’s future at REM 2017. October 22–24, 2017 at the NY Hilton Midtown.
 

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Green Power Leadership Awards: A Review of 2017 Categories, Eligibility, Criteria, and the Application Process

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET


The 2017 Green Power Leadership Awards application period will open on January 26 and will close on March 24. EPA co-sponsors the Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). The awards recognize leading organizations that have helped further the green power market through their green power procurement, innovation, overall green power strategy, and impact.

In this webinar, EPA and CRS will provide information related to eligibility, evaluation criteria, and application content for each of the award categories, and will also answer questions.

Speakers & Presentation
• Melissa Klein — Communications Lead, Green Power Partnership, U.S. EPA
• Marcia Sitcoske — Conference & Education Specialist, Center for Resource Solutions
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Green Power Leadership Awards Webinar: A Review of 2016 Categories, Eligibility, Criteria, and the Application Process

Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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The 2016 Green Power Leadership Awards application period opens on March 1st and will close on April 18. EPA co-sponsors the Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). The awards recognize leading organizations that have helped further the green power market through their green power procurement, innovation, overall green power strategy, and impact on the green power market. To learn more about the Green Power Leadership Awards, visit the GPLA Website.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

Webinar: Highlights of the 2013 Green-e Verification Report (Free)

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:00 am PT

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. A sneak peak at how the Green-e certification programs performed in 2013, including trends in voluntary renewable energy and carbon offset markets, and how top companies communicated their commitments to clean energy by using the Green-e logo. Join us for an early look at the report, which is scheduled to be released on December 2, 2014 at Renewable Energy Markets 2014.

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

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Climate (Free)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:00 am PT

Originally aired Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. CRS hosted a free webinar about the Green-e Climate certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary carbon offset market. The webinar will cover the basics of carbon offset projects and international offset trading; how carbon offsets serve to reduce global carbon emissions; the unique role of Green-e Climate certification and the benefits it confers on certified products; how Green-e Climate protects consumers by ensuring clear title to carbon offset purchases that are as advertised; and how consumers, businesses, and offset sellers can become involved with Green-e Climate. With Sarah Busch, Green-e Associate.

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

Webinar: Renewable Energy 101 ($45)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am PT

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. This essential introduction to renewable energy covers the basics of how clean energy operates in the U.S. electricity grid. The hour-long webinar reviews renewable energy terms and definitions, types and technology, geographic distribution of resources like wind and solar, the basics of transmission and project financing, renewable energy certificates (RECs) and utility green power programs, and REC tracking systems. We will also cover the state of the renewable energy marketplace, including a brief overview of politics, players, and policies.

This webinar is perfect for people new to the industry, and those who want a broad, high-level overview of the clean energy landscape in the U.S.
The presentation is archived, you can view the speaker deck.

Webinar: Carbon Offsets 101 ($45)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 10:00 am PT

Aired Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 10:00 am PT. This essential introduction to carbon offsets covers the basics of how offsets work and provides an overview of the global voluntary market. The hour-long webinar explained offset terms and definitions, project types, quality criteria, project standards and credit certification, and retail offset transactions and product certification. We also covered the state of and trends in the voluntary marketplace, and an overview of different players in the market.

This webinar is designed for those who want a basic overview of the international over-the-counter (voluntary) carbon market, with special emphasis on offset project types and how offsetting is used to reduce the environmental impact of individual and organizational activities.
The presentation is archived, you can view the speaker deck.

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Energy (Free)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 am PT

Aired Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 am PT. A free webinar that explains the Green-e Energy certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary renewable energy market in North America. This webinar covered the basics of how renewable energy is generated, tracked, and sold; how Green-e Energy protects consumers by ensuring clear title to renewable energy purchases that are as advertised; and how consumers, businesses, and renewable energy sellers can become involved with Green-e Energy.
The presentation is archived, you can watch the video and view the speaker deck.

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Marketplace (Free)

Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:00 am PT

Aired Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:00 am PT. Green-e Marketplace is a program that recognizes organizations using certified renewable energy and enables them to demonstrate their environmental commitment through the use of the nationally recognized Green-e logo. Green-e Marketplace gives its participants unique resources to help them communicate their commitment to clean energy on their collateral, website, and products. This hour-long webinar explained the requirements of joining the program, the benefits of clean-energy purchases to an organization’s sustainability strategy, and how Green-e Marketplace fits into the overall green-labeling ecosystem.

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

Webinar: Introduction to Renewable Energy Certificate Tracking Systems (Free)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Aired Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:00 am PT. Renewable energy markets in the U.S. increasingly rely upon tracking systems—regional electronic databases that allow stakeholders to manage their portfolio of renewable energy certificates (RECs) that confer environmental benefits and act as proof of generation. Unsung and largely unknown outside the industry, REC tracking systems in the U.S. are crucial to our functioning marketplace. Join Amy Fredregill, Executive Director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS), and CRS Senior Project Manager Rachael Terada in an overview of how tracking systems work, what’s in a REC, and an inside look at M-RETS.

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

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Climate (Free)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 am PT

Aired Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. CRS hosted a free webinar about the Green-e Climate certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary carbon offset market. The webinar covered the basics of carbon offset projects and international offset trading; how carbon offsets serve to reduce global carbon emissions; the unique role of Green-e Climate certification and the benefits it confers on certified products; how Green-e Climate protects consumers by ensuring clear title to carbon offset purchases that are as advertised; and how consumers, businesses, and offset sellers can become involved with Green-e Climate. With Todd Jones, Manager, Green-e Climate.

 

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

Webinar: LEED v4, Renewable Energy, and Carbon Offsets ($45)

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 11:00 am PT

Aired Wednesday, April 10, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the market-leading standard for green building design. The recent LEED v4 update includes the ability to earn points toward certification by purchasing Green-e certified renewable energy and carbon offsets. Join Alex Pennock, manager of Green-e Energy and Todd Jones, manager of Green-e Climate, as they review the new changes and answer common questions about the updated green power and carbon offset credit, along with the rationale for these changes and how they will affect the market.
The presentation is archived, you can view the speaker deck.

 

Webinar: Low Impact Hydropower, a Pathway to Green Markets (Free)

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00 am PT

Aired Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00 am PT. Hydroelectric power provides a significant percent of US electric generating capacity and does so without contributing to air pollution. However some hydropower dams have a history of adverse impacts to aquatic ecosystems, including the fish, wildlife, and human communities that depend on them. The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) has established a voluntary certification system that allows hydropower entry into green power markets. LIHI certification is the standard Green-e uses for the eligibility of hydropower into the voluntary marketplace. It is also the basis for hydropower entry into several state renewable energy markets. This hour-long webinar explained the requirements for hydroelectric facility owners interested in joining the LIHI program and how owners are benefiting from LIHI certification.

Panelists included Mike Sale, LIHI Executive Director; Dana Hall, LIHI Deputy Director; and Sarah Hill-Nelson, owner of the Bowersock Mills & Power Company in Lawrence, KS.

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

Webinar: Carbon Offsets 101 ($45)

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:00 am PT

Aired Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:00 am PT. This essential introduction to carbon offsets covered the basics of how offsets work and provides an overview of the global voluntary market. The hour-long webinar explained offset terms and definitions, project types, quality criteria, project standards and credit certification, and retail offset transactions and product certification. We also covered the state of and trends in the voluntary marketplace, and an overview of different players in the market.

This webinar was designed for those who want a basic overview of the international over-the-counter (voluntary) carbon market, with special emphasis on offset project types and how offsetting is used to reduce the environmental impact of individual and organizational activities.

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

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Energy (Free)

Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:00 am PT

Aired Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. A free webinar that explained the Green-e Energy certification program and how it works within the larger voluntary renewable energy market in North America. This webinar covered the basics of how renewable energy is generated, tracked, and sold; how Green-e Energy protects consumers by ensuring clear title to renewable energy purchases that are as advertised; and how consumers, businesses, and renewable energy sellers can become involved with Green-e Energy. With Sarah Busch, Green-e Associate.

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

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Marketplace (Free)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:00 am PT

Aired Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:00 am PT. Green-e Marketplace is a program that recognizes organizations using certified renewable energy and enables them to demonstrate their environmental commitment through the use of the nationally recognized Green-e logo. Green-e Marketplace gives its participants unique resources to help them communicate their commitment to clean energy on their collateral, website, and products. This hour-long webinar explains the requirements of joining the program, the benefits of clean-energy purchases to an organization’s sustainability strategy, and how Green-e Marketplace fits into the overall green-labeling ecosystem.

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