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Green-e Press Release 2004
GREEN-E CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE TO ALL PROVIDERS NATIONWIDE
Leading Certification and Verification Program Passes Default National Standard
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 16, 2004)- The Green-e Program of the Center for Resource Solutions announced today that Green-e electricity certification is now available to all qualifying renewable energy products in the 50 U.S. states and American territories. The Green Pricing Accreditation Board approved a National Green Pricing Default Certification Standard on December 15th, enabling utilities not currently covered under a regional Green-e standard to achieve Green-e certification for their renewable energy products.
"Families, individuals and businesses anywhere can request that their utility offer Green-e certified renewable energy," said Dan Lieberman, Green-e Program Manager. "Green-e certified ensures consumers receive the high-quality renewable energy they want, which means cleaner air and a healthier environment for all to share." crs2
Green-e is the national symbol for renewable energy excellence. As the leading renewable energy certification and verification program in the US, Green-e provides independent, third party certification to ensure renewable energy products meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards. Green-e's annual verification protects customers from paying for renewable energy that is "double sold" to other customers or used simultaneously to meet regulatory mandates. Through the Green-e logo, growing numbers of consumers are able to easily identify high quality renewable energy that they can trust, as well as everyday consumer products that are "made with certified renewable energy."
Green-e has specific regional certification standards for 32 states in the US. The National Green Pricing Default Standard provides Green-e certification rules and procedures for utilities located in the 18 states that are not governed by existing state or regional Green-e criteria, including utilities located in: Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, West Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories. In addition, this document will apply to the non-TVA portions of Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama.
One hundred marketers and utilities throughout North America currently offer Green-e certified renewable energy products. Collectively these suppliers sold 3 billion kWh of certified renewable energy in 2003. Businesses across the nation purchasing Green-e certified energy now feature the Green-e logo and information about their renewable energy purchase on consumer products distributed to tens of millions of Americans. With established national certification standards, more utilities and providers can make certified renewable energy available, and the Green-e Program expects record numbers of consumers and business purchasing certified green power in 2005.
"The Green Power Partnership recommends the purchase of certified green power products as a matter of best practice in green power procurement," said Kurt Johnson of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "With Green-e certification now available for all types of renewable energy products nationwide, more consumers will be able to purchase quality-assured renewable energy that is verified annually to ensure that customers are getting what they are paying for." The EPA Green Power Partnership provides assistance and recognition to organizations that make a commitment to purchasing green power. For more information about the Green Power Partnership, visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.
About Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program
Launched in 1997, The Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program is the leading voluntary certification and verification program that sets standards for renewable electricity-based products in three markets for renewable energy: restructured, regulated, and tradable renewable certificates (TRCs) Nationally, Green-e currently certifies renewable energy products sold by 100 marketers and utilities. To learn more about available certified products visit www.green-e.org, or call 888.63.GREEN.
About the Center for Resource Solutions
Green-e is a program of the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a national nonprofit organization that makes it easier for people and organizations to use renewable energy. CRS designs and operates national and international programs that support the increased supply and use of renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and low-impact hydroelectric power. To learn more about CRS, visit: www.resource-solutions.org.
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