More than 163,000 people in the United States purchased certified green electricity last year, according to data from the administrators of the Green-e program.SAN FRANCISCO, California, US, 2001-12-06 [SolarAccess.com] Almost 90 percent of consumers were in California, with the balance in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut, consuming a total of 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity from eligible renewable energy facilities. The 8,500 non-residential customers (5 percent of total) consumed 29 percent of Green-e sales, according to the Center for Resource Solutions verification results for the year 2000. The report shows that green power providers continue to exceed their commitments to consumers for the third year in a row, with three-quarters of products offered containing 100 percent renewable energy, and the balance containing the minimum 50 percent of renewable energy content required under Green-e guidelines. Verification results in 1999 and 1998 also documented that Green-e certified products had met and exceeded the program’s strict environmental and consumer protection standards, which CRS says is “a benefit for consumers, renewable power producers and the environment.” There were 13 retail suppliers last year, offering a total of 27 certified products in the four states. Green-e is the first voluntary certification and verification program for renewable electricity products in the United States. Certified products may display a logo to help customers identify environmentally preferable electricity products. The annual verification process requires providers to be audited on contracts, invoices and metering data to ensure that the quantity and the type of renewable power met consumer demand and consumer protection requirements. CRS also reviews marketing material from suppliers to ensure that advertising claims match what is delivered to consumer.