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Publication Cover Guidelines for Quantifying the Carbon Emissions Benefits of Green-e Energy Certified Products
This document is intended as a guide to resources that can help participants advise their customers on defensible carbon claims and comply with Green-e marketing compliance rules.

Author: CRS Staff
Date: 06/24/2015
Report Type: Report
Pages: 3


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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. Originally published January 31, 2014. Updated June 17, 2015.

Author: Todd Jones, Robin Quarrier, Maya Kelty
Date: 06/17/2015
Report Type: Report
Pages: 25


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Publication Cover CRS Comments on 2015 update to National Green Building Standard, Home Innovation Research Labs
Comments on definitions, concepts in the National Green Building Standard.

Author: CRS Staff
Date: 04/20/2015
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 7


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Publication Cover Comments of CRS on SASB Public Exposure Draft Standards‐ Consumption I
CRS comments on the January 2015 Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Exposure Draft Standards for Public Comment for Consumption I sectors, including Agricultural Products, Processed Foods, Non‐Alcoholic Beverages, Alcoholic Beverages, Household & Personal Care Products, and Meat, Poultry, and Dairy.

Author: Todd Jones, CRS Staff
Date: 04/14/2015
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 3


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Publication Cover Guidelines for Renewable Energy Claims: Guidance for Consumers and Electricity Providers
A description of how ownership of renewable energy attributes remains with the renewable energy certificate, and examples of claims issues between hosts, utilities, and owners.

Author: CRS Staff
Date: 02/25/2015
Report Type: Report
Pages: 2


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Publication Cover Comments of CRS on Request for Information for EERE Definition of Zero Energy Buildings, Docket No. EERE-2014-BT-BLDG-0050
CRS responds to the January 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) RFI for the Definition of Zero Energy Buildings and the Public Comment Period Draft of the "A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings" report prepared by the National Institute of Building Sciences

Author: Todd Jones, CRS Staff
Date: 02/20/2015
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 3


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Publication Cover Navigating EPA's Clean Power Plan for Compliance With Renewable Energy
In this paper, CRS and the Regulatory Assistance Project have collaborated to help readers to understand some of the ways in which states are using renewable energy today, and appreciate how existing renewable energy compliance practices provide well-established and suitable approaches for regulators to use as part of their efforts to demonstrate compliance under the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Author: David Farnsworth
Date: 02/11/2015
Report Type: Report
Pages: 20


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Publication Cover Supporting State Compliance With the EPA Clean Power Plan
In this paper, CRS and the Regulatory Assistance Project have collaborated to describe how the existing functionality of the regional renewable energy tracking systems can be used by states to track renewable energy and support compliance with the EPA Clean Power Plan, as well as to identify enhancements that may be needed to support state policy and reporting requirements.

Author: Jennifer Martin and Alex Pennock
Date: 02/11/2015
Report Type: Report
Pages: 12


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Publication Cover CRS Comments on the Washington State Department of Commerce's Proposed Revisions to WAC 194-37-110, 194-37-120, and 194-37-210 Related to RPS Implementation
Comments in support of the proposed revisions clarifying that bundled or unbundled RECs must be used under all three methods for complying with the RPS and must be retired once they are claimed for compliance.

Author: Robin Quarrier
Date: 01/30/2015
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 2


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Publication Cover Scope 2 Greenhouse Gas Accounting for U.S. Renewable Energy
Guidance for accounting and reporting of renewable electricity in North America under the World Resources Institute's Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard for reporting of Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions.

Author: Todd Jones
Date: 01/09/2015
Report Type: Report
Pages: 6


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Publication Cover Comments on Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR), Fossil Fuel‐Generated Energy Consumption Reduction for New Federal Buildings and Major Renovations of Federal Buildings, Docket No. EERE-2010-BT-STD-0031
CRS expresses support for several requirements proposed in the SNOPR, responds to DOE concerns, and responds to certain specific requests for comment. Specifically: RECs are required for any renewable electricity usage claim, Off‐site renewable electricity usage and low‐cost options should be available to federal agencies, concerns with federal agencies' lack of control over off‐site renewable energy and generation at facilities generating unbundled RECs, concerns with the additionality of off‐site renewable energy and generation of unbundled RECs, concerns on the impact of purchasing off‐site renewable energy and unbundled RECs with respect to reductions in fossil fuel generation, and concerns with tracking and accounting of RECs.

Author: Todd Jones
Date: 12/15/2014
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 7


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Publication Cover UM 1690, the Implementation of HB 4126 - Voluntary Renewable Energy Tariffs (VRETs) Comments of Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) on Staff Models and Issues List
Comments by CRS on Oregon's HB 4126 - Voluntary Renewable Energy Tariff (VRET) proposal.

Author: Robin Quarrier
Date: 12/12/2014
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 6


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Publication Cover Green-e Direct
A graphic 1-page description of the Green-e Direct option.

Author: CRS Staff
Date: 12/02/2014
Report Type: Other
Pages: 1


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Publication Cover 2013 Green-e Verification Report
In 2013 Green-e Energy certified retail sales of 33.5 million megawatt-hours (MWh), enough to power over a quarter of U.S. households for a month, or 1% of the total U.S. electricity mix. Over half of the installed wind capacity in the U.S. is participating in Green-e Energy certified transactions.

Author: CRS Staff
Date: 12/02/2014
Report Type: Report
Pages: 12


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Publication Cover Comments on the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, Section 111(d)
CRS comments on the June 2014 Proposed Rule Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (the Clean Power Plan "Proposed Rule"). The comments focus on integrating renewable energy (RE) and existing RE markets, instruments, and tracking systems into 111(d) compliance and state plans; accounting and potential double counting of emissions and reductions; interstate tracking of electricity and challenges for state compliance; tracking RE and avoided emissions; and verification, monitoring, enforcement and recordkeeping for RE.

Author: Todd Jones
Date: 12/01/2014
Report Type: Comment
Pages: 30


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