Stakeholder Comment Period Open for Green-e Energy National Standard

Call for Comments on Long-Term Contracts and Ocean Resources

San Francisco, CA (June 16, 2014)—Green-e Energy seeks feedback on potential future provisions of the Green-e Energy National Standard (the "National Standard") and would appreciate feedback from all interested stakeholders no later than midnight on Monday, August 18 2014.

Please fill out the feedback survey at:

Prior to taking the survey, you may download and review a PDF of all survey questions

The survey covers two main topics:

  • Allowing customers to buy a certified generator-specific renewable energy product under contracts that last more than 15 years
  • Generating electricity from ocean-based energy sources, and accompanying impacts and sustainability standards

Depending on the nature of comments received, Green-e Energy may conduct a second comment period, incorporating comments from this comment period. Individual responses will only be used internally by staff and the Green-e Governance Board.

Background on Survey Topics

Long-Term Contracts
Green-e Energy staff has received increasing interest from stakeholders in allowing for facility-specific and/or long-term certified renewable energy purchases. By helping bring new customers to the voluntary market, who may have not participated before due to the lack of long-term purchasing options, Green-e Energy can support purchasing that will help strengthen the demand signal of the voluntary market.

The National Standard currently restricts the eligibility of electricity generation units to those that first began generating electricity or were repowered within the past 15 calendar years. The draft language in the survey is intended to allow Green-e Energy Participants to sell a certified renewable energy product sourced from one or more specific electricity generation units to one or more specific retail customers, with the possibility of the contracts for supply and sale lasting beyond than the typical 15 year eligibility of the generation unit.

Ocean-Based Energy Sources
Green-e Energy seeks feedback to help assess the inclusion of ocean-based energy conversion technologies in the Green-e Energy National Standard, particularly information on technology impacts, sustainability issues, existing projects and standard and related issues. Ocean-based energy conversion technologies include tidal power, wave energy, marine current energy, ocean thermal energy conversion, and other potential technologies that generate electricity from ocean-derived energy.

Stakeholder comments are due by Monday, August 18 2014.

About Green‑e Energy
Green-e Energy is North America's leading certification program for sales of renewable electricity and renewable energy certificates (RECs) made in the voluntary market for renewable energy. Created in 1997, Green-e Energy has provided oversight to an increasing proportion of voluntary renewable energy sales, certifying 75% of retail voluntary renewable energy sales in the U.S. in 2012.

The Green-e Energy National Standard, which defines high-quality renewable energy sources eligible for certified sales, was developed through an open stakeholder process in 2004 and 2005 and grew out of regional program policies in place between 1997 and 2004. Periodically, the Standard is assessed to determine if any changes should be made to adapt to the changing voluntary renewable energy market.

About Green‑e and Center for Resource Solutions
A program of Center for Resource Solutions, Green‑e is North America's leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green‑e offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products through Green‑e Energy, a renewable energy certification program; Green‑e Climate, a greenhouse gas emission reduction certification program; and Green‑e Marketplace, a program that provides forward-thinking organizations a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their renewable energy and climate commitment to their customers and shareholders. To learn more about Green‑e Certified products and programs available in all 50 states and Canada, visit www.Green‑



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