CRS focuses on policy and regulatory activities and necessary market infrastructure to facilitate sustainable energy development at home and abroad. Our work touches on tracking systems, voluntary renewable energy markets, state and national policies, and other necessary market structures for the establishment of vibrant and robust markets. Recent work focuses on state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) implementation, tracking system development in North America, interactions between renewable energy and carbon markets, and integration of greenhouse gas regulations with renewable energy policy and markets. A few of our recent international activities include:
CRS is working to establish a coalition of stakeholders that will support expansion of renewable energy market infrastructure throughout Asia, with initial efforts focused on advancing renewable energy purchasing options in Taiwan. The aim of this collaborative effort, initially supported through a Google seed grant, is to drive the creation of voluntary market infrastructures that accelerate in-country renewable energy deployment, encourage national and subnational government policy development and implementation, and drive the creation of meaningful in-country green power options. The coalition will initially engage in Taiwan where many corporations have significant electricity consumption needs from data centers and manufacturing facilities, and where the coalition has found growing local support for renewable energy options. To find out more about the coalition, email Orrin Cook below. If you are interested in learning more about the coalition and other market development initiatives at CRS, register your interest here:
In addition to this market development initiative, CRS also recently announced its intention to expand its existing Green-e Energy standard to include additional regions beyond North America later this year, following an open stakeholder process in 2016. More information on this update can be found at: Green-e Energy International Framework Criteria for Renewable Energy Certification.
China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP)
For nearly 15 years, CRS has undertaken efforts to make renewable energy a significant component of China’s national energy system under the China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP), an effort of the San Francisco–based Energy Foundation. To learn more, see our page China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP).
CRS was supported by the German sustainable development organization Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to develop for the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) a series of reports and trainings focused on various aspects of clean energy certificate programs. The purpose of this work was to conduct a comparative assessment of international experience with tradable electricity certificates to identify best practices and practices to avoid in the design and implementation of Mexico’s proposed Clean Energy Certificates mechanism. The work resulted in recommendations for regulatory instruments, a registry and issuance system along with a monitoring, reporting, and verification system for the Clean Energy Certificates consistent with Mexico’s relevant laws, guidelines and regulations. CRS also conducted in-person trainings for government officials on tracking system design and integration with energy regulatory policy.
To learn more about our international market development work, contact Orrin Cook, Director, International Programs, at 415-561-2106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.