Upcoming Events:

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM PT

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. Register for the Thursday, September 14 at 9:00 AM PDT webinar here.
 

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VERGE 17

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 — Thursday, September 21, 2017


Accelerate the clean economy at VERGE 17 (Sept. 19–21 in Silicon Valley). VERGE conference and expo brings together 2,000 leaders—from the world’s largest companies and utilities, progressive government agencies and disruptive startups—to explore and elevate innovations at the intersection of technology and sustainability. Program tracks include: Renewable Energy Procurement, Distributed Energy Systems, Grid-Scale Power, Next-Gen Buildings, Connected Transportation & Mobility, Smart Infrastructure, City & Regional Resilience and Circular Economy. Join us and save 10% with the code V17CRS. Can’t make it for the full event? Claim your free Interconnect Expo pass with code V17CRSI.
 
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ACORE Finance West

The Bently Reserve, San Francisco

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:30 AM

ACORE Finance West

ACORE Finance West convenes leaders at a pivotal time for renewable energy in the western U.S. as states intensify their renewable commitments and in the face of federal retrenchment.

This premier industry event will highlight top investment opportunities and provide the latest insights on the financing of renewable energy and grid modernization efforts in leading western markets.

Join a dynamic group of senior industry executives, investors, corporate purchasers and other top transactional professionals to discuss pressing issues on:

  • The cost of capital, trends in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity investment, and the availability of tax equity
  • Challenges and opportunities for securing financing in the context of changing western electricity markets, with the rise of community choice aggregators, shifting business models for distributed generation, growth of energy storage and the expansion of wholesale markets
  • The potential impacts of federal tax reform, a possible new infrastructure initiative, the new solar trade case, renewed interest in fossil fuels, states’ strategies to achieve 100% renewable power, and other policy and regulatory actions affecting renewables growth and investment
  • The role of newer market entrants – such as Fortune 500 companies, institutional investors, and other new sources of private capital – in ramping up investment and deployment

 

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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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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.

Past Events:

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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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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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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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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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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