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Renewable Energy Certificate Tracking Systems: An Introduction

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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.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What is a REC tracking system?
  • How do REC tracking systems work?
  • How do REC tracking systems improve the transparency and quality of REC procurements?
  • How can stakeholders use the registries to meet program goals?
Speakers include:
  • 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
  • David Farnsworth, Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project


NACW 2015

Navigating the American Carbon World
April 28–30, 2015
As the nation's longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets, Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) has a well-established history of providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on carbon markets and climate policy. In its thirteenth consecutive year, NACW 2015 will take a close look at the current status and future growth of California’s historic cap-and-trade program, other established and emerging carbon markets, potential linkages between markets, activity stemming from U.S. EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, other national climate change policies and other innovative environmental initiatives. NACW 2015 takes place April 28-30 in Los Angeles and is hosted by the Climate Action Reserve. Visit the Website.


Past Events (2015)

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

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

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.


Past Events (2014)

Renewable Energy Markets Conference

Renewable Energy Markets 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.


Highlights of the 2013 Green-e Verification Report

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

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.


Intro to Green-e Energy

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Climate (Free)
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.


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Webinar: Tracking Renewable Energy for the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan: Guidelines for States to Use Existing REC Tracking Systems to Comply with 111(d) (Free)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:00 am PT.

Join CRS Chief Counsel Robin Quarrier; David Farnsworth, Senior Associate at Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP); and CRS Senior Project Manager Rachael Terada for a free webinar that explains how existing renewable energy certificate (REC) tracking systems can be used as an integral part of state compliance for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. These REC tracking systems, together with state policies designed to increase the production and use of renewable electricity, will be critical to states looking to use renewable energy like wind and solar to reduce the carbon intensity of their power sector.

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


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Webinar: Renewable Energy 101 ($45)

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.


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Webinar: Carbon Offsets 101 ($45)

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.


Intro to Green-e Energy

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Energy (Free)

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.


Intro to Green-e Marketplace

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Marketplace (Free)

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.


Tracking Systems Webinar

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

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.


Intro to Green-e Energy

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Climate (Free)

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.


LEED v4 Webinar

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

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)

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.


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Webinar: Carbon Offsets 101 ($45)

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.


Intro to Green-e Energy

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Energy (Free)

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.


Intro to Green-e Marketplace

Webinar: Introduction to Green-e Marketplace (Free)

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.


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