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Overview of the 2016 Green-e Verification Report

Overview of the 2016 Green-e Verification Report

Join Green-e staff to review the results of the 2016 Green-e Verification Report, which was was released on October 23rd, 2017. This webinar will cover how the Green-e programs performed throughout last year as well as a look at trends in the voluntary renewable energy markets, including generation trends, renewable energy certificate and green pricing programs, and community choice and direct corporate purchases.


Center for Resource Solutions

November 15, 2017

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  1. 2016 Green-e Verification Report

  2. Presenter Michael Leschke Green-e Verification Manager michael.leschke@resource-solutions.org (415) 568-4286

  3. Outline § About Green-e and Center for Resource Solutions §

    The Year in Green-e Climate § The Year in Green-e Marketplace § The Year in Green-e Energy § Q&A
  4. Certifications for sellers… § Utility green power programs § Community

    solar § RECs § Competitive electricity products § Carbon offsets § Community choice aggregation § Carbon offset natural gas programs § Federally eligible RE products § Wind § Solar § Low-impact hydro § Biomass and biogas § Geothermal Certifications for buyers… § PPAs (delivered or virtual) § On-site power § Corporations using RE § Products manufactured w/RE § Conferences and trade shows § EV charging stations § Paper and printers
  5. Benefits of Green-e Certification § Provides risk reduction to all

    parties § Protects against double claims § Verifies product marketing claims § Meets diverse state-specific requirements § Demonstrates clean energy and climate leadership § Differentiates your company and product § Strengthens customer and employee loyalty § Integrates you into a community of leading organizations § Provides trusted 3rd party assurances
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  7. Green-e Climate Growth Through 2016

  8. Green-e Climate RY 2016 Stats Supply • 26 projects, located

    in the US • Endorsed Programs: Climate Action Reserve (69%) Verified Carbon Standard (31%) Sales • Total volume of certified offsets sold = 456,000 tCO2e, up 37% • Nearly 95% of sales to commercial buyers • One-time (88%) or multi-year (12%) sales • International sales to Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, South Korea, Spain, Argentina, Peru, UAE • Majority of sales made to Illinois buyers. California had the largest number of customers.
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  10. 500 Products. At the end of 2016, there were over

    500 products and companies certified by Green-e Marketplace, with new participant Procter & Gamble joining the program and labeling its Herbal Essences line of shampoos with the Green-e mark.
  11. Green-e Marketplace Purchased MWh 0 100000 200000 300000 400000 500000

    600000 700000 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 MWh Purchased and Generated
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  13. Green-e Energy Certified Retail Sales by Product Type, 1998–2016 (MWh)

    Green-e Energy certified retail sales reached over 48 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2016, the highest number of certified retail MWh to date. Green-e Energy certified sales have increased at an average rate of 8% per year over the past four years.
  14. Green-e Energy Certified Sales by Customer Type, 1998–2016 (in MWh)

    Sales by customer type increased for both residential and non-residential customers. This represents increases of 15% and 19% respectively over 2015.
  15. Equivalent to powering over 1/3 of U.S. households for 1

    Month, or more than 1.3% of the total U.S Electricity Mix
  16. Number of Retail Customers Purchasing Green-e Energy Certified Products by

    Type, 1998–2016 In 2016 there were over 963,000 retail purchasers of Green-e certified renewable energy, a 16% increase from 2015. This growth has been primarily driven by the launch of a number of CCA options and more customers purchasing unbundled RECs.
  17. In 2016, bundled certified renewable electricity options were available in

    37 states and Washington, DC. This geographic spread across the country means that more electricity customers in many parts of the United States have the option to purchase certified renewable electricity than ever before.
  18. The total volume of all Green-e Energy certified transactions in

    2016 reached over 58.5 million MWh. Removing the instances of renewable MWh certified by Green- e Energy at both the wholesale and retail levels, Green-e Energy certified sales of over 54.4 million unique MWh in 2016, an increase of 9% from 2015 and the highest total of certified unique MWh to date.
  19. Both retail customers buying Green-e Energy certified renewable energy and

    the resources available to supply those customers are spread out throughout the U.S.
  20. The difference between states with generators versus purchasers of renewable

    energy demonstrates how the market for RECs is allowing customers with limited access to local renewable energy products to support changes in generation portfolios. Sales: Supply:
  21. In 2016, Green-e Energy sales came from a range of

    resources across the United States and Canada. Output from almost 50% of installed wind facilities in the U.S. is sold in Green-e Energy certified transactions, based on total capacity. Solar generation used in certified transactions has doubled over the past year.
  22. 945 unique generation facilities with a total capacity of around

    42,700 MW supplied Green-e Energy certified products in 2016. Supply came from more wind facilities (413) than any other resource type and wind comprises about 92% of overall capacity. 95 more facilities were used in 2016 than 2015 – solar capacity in particular nearly tripled in 2016, accounting for much of that growth. *Aggregated rooftop solar facilities are counted as 1 facility
  23. In 2016, over 42% of MWh use to supply certified

    sales came from facilities that were less than 5 years old at the time. the actual number of facilities that provide generation is less skewed. Facilities between 5 and 10 years old made up just under 58% of all facilities that provided any amount of MWh to Green-e Energy certified sales. This may be due to the policy outlook impacting certain states at that time.
  24. 2016 showed an overall increase in REC sales with growth

    of 51% in terms of customers over 2015. The market is still driven by non-residential customers, the number of which more than doubled from 2016. Yet non-residential customers purchased on average around 1000 MWh less per customer from 2015, from 2,200 MWh in 2015 to 1200 MWh in 2016. Total retail REC sales increased by 8% from 2015.
  25. Many customers can purchase a bundled renewable electricity product from

    their local electric utility, and in 2016, these programs continued to grow, with an overall increase of 24% from 2015 MWh volumes.
  26. In states where the electricity market is deregulated, customers have

    the option to choose their electric service provider(ESP). Total retail sales of competitive electricity products have increased from 2015, but total customers have decreased. This is primarily due to adding CCAs as their own unique product type in our accounting.
  27. Also known as Municipal Aggregation, CCAs allow cities and counties

    to aggregate customers in a regulated market within a defined jurisdiction to secure alternative electricity supply contracts on a community wide basis. As more states adopt legislation that allows the establishment of CCA s, Green-e Energy has seen fast growth in terms of customers served by CCA s and MWh supplied to those customers.
  28. 9% increase in retail MWh compared to 2015 16% increase

    in retail MWh certified to customers compared to 2015 8% average increase per year in total MWh certified since 2012
  29. Download the 2016 Green-e Verification Report www.green-e.org

  30. Download the Green-e Verification Report at www.green-e.org. Contact us at

    www.green-e.org/staff. Learn More