Texas and Ohio Prepare for Renewable Energy

Meetings are being held in Texas and Ohio to develop a standard for the sale of renewable energy power.

SAN FRANCISCO, California, US, 2001-05-08 <> Electricity suppliers, environmental groups, consumer protection advocates, government officials and renewable energy generators have met to form Regional Advisory Committees in the two states as their respective deadlines for electricity deregulation approach. The goal is to determine the elements and requirements of renewable energy eligible for certification under the Green-e program. Green-e is the first voluntary certification and verification program for renewable electricity products in the United States. The program sets consumer protection and environmental standards for electricity products, and verifies that certified products meet these standards. A logo was developed to help customers identify green power products, and the program sets environmental product standards and requires companies to disclose information about their products to provide information to consumers who want to make responsible choices about power purchases. Green-e sets a minimum national threshold that the Advisory Committees in each state can strengthen as it develops a standard for certification that addresses specific issues in each region, such as market supply and environmental sensitivities. The minimum standard cannot be lowered, and the groups must agree on matters such as the eligible sources of renewable energy, the minimum percentage of renewables each electricity product must contain, and the requirement for new renewable content. After the introductory meeting identifies regional issues, subcommittees research each issue and make recommendations on which the full Advisory Committee votes. Participants anticipate that Ohio will approve a Green-e standard by June, with Texas finalizing its standard by the end of July. Once approved, products can be certified under the Green-e seal of approval. When the market opens to competitive retail electricity competition in each state, consumers can purchase environmentally benign electricity. The Green-e program is administered by the Center for Resource Solutions in San Francisco. CRS is headed by Jan Hamrin.