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Publication Cover Defining the Intangible: Renewable Energy Certificate Claims and Ownership in the Green Guide Era
As environmental commodities, renewable energy certificates (RECs) may expose their owners and traders to potentially conflicting obligations and regulations from state and federal agencies. This article in the February, 2014 issue of the ABA's Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee Newsletter looks at claims and marketing issues with RECs after the revised FTC Green Guides were released in October, 2012.

Author: Robin Quarrier and John P. Rose
Date: 02/21/2014
Report Type: Article
Pages: 18


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Publication Cover The Legal Basis for Renewable Energy Certificates
There is a strong legal basis for the use of renewable energy certificates (RECs) as instruments that represent the attributes of renewable electricity generation and are used to demonstrate renewable electricity purchasing, delivery, and use within the broader context of functioning voluntary and compliance renewable electricity markets. This document provides a summary of different selected sources on the definition and function of RECs in the U.S.

Author: Todd Jones
Date: 01/31/2014
Report Type: Report
Pages: 9


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Publication Cover Comments on Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Proposed Revisions to Technology & Communications Sector Sustainability Accounting Standards TC0101, TC0102, TC0103, TC0201, TC0301, and TC0401
CRS submitted comments on the Draft Standards for the Technology & Communication Sector that recommended that renewable energy certificates be retained for all claims to the use of renewable energy. CRS also supports the inclusion of emissions from purchased electricity use (scope 2 emissions) to the proposed disclosure language and guidance in all applicable SASB standards.

Author: Michael Leschke
Date: 01/02/2014
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 3


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Publication Cover Comments on Washington State's Chapter 194-37 (Energy Independence Act
CRS comments in support of the Washington Department of Commerce's proposed addition to the Energy Independence Act (WAC 194-37-120) requiring the retirement of RECs in WREGIS, especially when they are used to comply with the Washington State renewable energy standard.

Author: Robin Quarrier
Date: 01/02/2014
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 2


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Publication Cover 2013: Advances in Sustainable Energy
A look back at the year's accomplishments for Center for Resource Solutions and its programs.

Author: CRS Staff
Date: 12/20/2013
Report Type: Report
Pages: 8


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Publication Cover Summary of Changes to the Green-e Energy National Standard, Provisions on Biomass: April 9, 2012 Update
On April 9, 2012 the Green-e Governance Board approved changes to the Green-e Energy National Standard that modified the then-existing language defining the eligibility of biomass as a renewable fuel source under the Standard. The new language clarified the circumstances under which organic matter can be used for electricity generation and considered eligible for inclusion in a Green-e Energy certified renewable energy product. This document explains the changes and process.

Author: CRS Staff
Date: 11/19/2013
Report Type: Other
Pages: 4


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Publication Cover 2012 Green-e Verification Report
In 2012 Green-e showed another year of impressive growth, with a remarkable 29% increase in Green-e Energy certified sales in 2012, reaching almost 36 million MWh. This is enough to power nearly a third of U.S. households for a month. Green‐e now certifies over 1% of the total U.S. electricity mix and approximately three‐quarters of the total voluntary market.

Author: CRS Staff
Date: 11/06/2013
Report Type: Report
Pages: 12


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Publication Cover Comments on July 2013 Proposed Amendments to the California Cap-and-Trade Regulation
CRS submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regarding proposed changes to the California cap-and-trade program, as contained in a July 2013 Discussion Draft and presented at the July 18, 2012 Public Workshop.

Author: Todd Jones
Date: 08/02/2013
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 2


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Publication Cover Letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission on Options Proposed for Utility Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) Compliance
This letter urges the Commission to reject Staff's proposal of "Track and Monitor" because of the impact on Arizona renewable energy generators and customers, and because it violates the requirements of the REST while raising issues with double counting.

Author: Robin Quarrier, Jennifer Martin
Date: 05/31/2013
Report Type: Letter
Pages: 7


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Publication Cover Comments on ACCO Core Competencies for Climate Change Officers and Professionals
CRS submitted comments to the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) in response to their call for input on their Core Competencies for Climate Change Officers and Professionals.

Author: Todd Jones
Date: 05/16/2013
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 3


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Publication Cover Comments to the U.S. EIA Regarding "Electricity and Renewable (Photovoltaic) Survey Form Changes Proposed for 2014"
CRS commented on the proposed revisions to the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) data collection practices, reiterating the need for continued data collection and the continued relevance of the data, as the EIA data collected on utility green electricity programs and renewable electricity is one of the few sources of hard information that can be used to demonstrate the growth and availability of such programs for American consumers.

Author: Alex Pennock
Date: 05/06/2013
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 2


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Publication Cover Tracking Emissions Associated with Energy Serving Load in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) States: a Feasibility Study
In this paper RAP assesses the suitability for tracking CO2 emissions associated with electricity imported into the RGGI region of two energy attribute tracking systems currently in use in the RGGI region.

Author: David Farnsworth, Rachael Terada
Date: 04/01/2013
Report Type: Report
Pages: 64


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Publication Cover Center for Resource Solutions' (CRS's) comments on California Energy Commission (CEC) Staff Concept Paper for the Implementation of Assembly Bill 2196 for the Renewables Portfolio Standard
Comments on a California Energy Commission (CEC) paper for the implementation of Assembly Bill 2196 for the California Renewable Portfolio Standard

Author: Jennifer Martin, Todd Jones
Date: 02/08/2013
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 4


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Publication Cover 2011 Green-e Verification Report
The report highlights Green-e Certified renewable energy and carbon offset sales in 2011, as well as organizations that participated in Green-e Marketplace to demonstrate their commitment to renewable energy.

Author: CRS Staff
Date: 01/31/2013
Report Type: Report
Pages: 12


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Publication Cover Comments of Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the Center for Resource Solutions on the proposal to link California's cap-and-trade program with Quebec's program
Comments of Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the Center for Resource Solutions on the proposal to link California's cap-and-trade program with Quebec's program

Author: Erica Morehouse (EDF), Jennifer Martin (CRS), Michelle Passero (TNC)
Date: 01/23/2013
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 3


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