Consumers in Texas and Ohio soon will have a standard that will certify their choice of power from renewable energy sources.SAN FRANCISCO, California, US, 2001-08-16 [SolarAccess.com] Consumers in Texas and Ohio soon will have a standard that will certify their choice of power from renewable energy sources. The Center for Resource Solutions has released two new Green-e certification standards for green electricity offerings sold in those states. The Green-e logo will now appear next to certified renewable energy offerings that meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards. For seven months, the Green-e Program has been working with electricity providers, environmental organizations, consumer protection advocates, government officials, and renewable energy generators to develop recommendations for certification. The local stakeholders formed advisory committees and set the standards by adapting Green-e’s national standard to accommodate specific regional environmental, regulatory and market supply issues in each state. Electricity products that meet Green-e’s product requirements are identified by the Green-e logo and can be marketed as Green-e Certified(R) Power. “We’re delighted to have a Green-e standard for Ohio and Texas consumers,” says Jan Hamrin, executive director of CRS, which administers the Green-e Program. “Consumers now have a way to differentiate cleaner, renewable electricity and can be assured that the electricity is independently verified.” To be eligible for certification, at least half of the electricity supply must come from wind, solar, geothermal, biomass or small hydro, and must increase its percentage of new renewables each year. Any non-renewable portion of the product must be as clean than the traditional power mix in the state, and no electricity can be purchased directly from a nuclear reactor. CRS verifies that companies meet their requirements through an annual verification process by an independent auditor. In addition, it conducts a semi-annual review of product marketing materials to ensure companies are adhering to Green-e’s Code of Conduct. Green-e is a voluntary renewable energy certification program of the Center for Resource Solutions, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco.