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Organizations

Center for Resource Solutions

The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is dedicated to promoting renewable energy and economic and environmental sustainability. CRS administers programs to protect the environment through the design of sustainable energy strategies and technologies, and certifies green power products through the nationally-recognized Green-e™ Renewable Electricity Certification Program. When consumers see the Green-e logo, they can be sure that the green power product is verified annually for its power content and that the electricity provider selling the power has met the Green-e Program's environmental and consumer protection standards.

Ceres

Ceres is a nonprofit focused on tackling the world's biggest sustainability challenges. Among other programs, Ceres works with investors and companies to "advance leading practices that ramp up investments in clean energy" and to mobilize corporate leaders to advocate for stronger renewable energy policies at the state and federal level. Additionally, the Ceres Clean Trillion Campaign encourages decisionmakers to invest an additional $1 trillion per year globally in low-carbon energy sources.

Global Green USA

Global Green USA works in cooperation with individuals, industry, and government to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. They particularly focus on promoting livable, resilient, sustainable cities and neighborhoods.

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

ICLEI is a network of local governments that strive to create sustainable, low-carbon cities that are prepared for the future challenges of urbanization. ICLEI's website provides information about local government policies and programs that promote solar and wind power, as well as other green power topics. The site also provides access to case studies, sample policy and ordinance language, and links to technical sites.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) supports forward-thinking, fact-based regulatory reform to make clean energy possible for more Americans. A non-profit formed in 1982, the Council also promotes workforce development and consumer education, especially for low-income communities typically underserved by renewable energy projects.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a non-profit board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives. Their mission is "to support and work with renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners." Consistent with this mission, NABCEP offers national credentialing and certifications for renewable energy professionals that promote worker safety and consumer confidence. NABCEP began that work in 2003 by creating a certification program for solar electric installers--referred to as the NABCEP™ Solar PV Installer Certification.

RE100

RE100 is a collaborative initiative uniting major businesses that commit to use 100% renewable energy. RE100 is a project run by The Climate Group and CDP jointly, and comprises over 100 influential companies that are working to "massively increase demand" for renewable energy.

Regulatory Assistance Project

The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) is a non-partisan NGO that helps power sector policymakers navigate the technical challenges involved in a clean energy transition. By providing trusted expertise from experienced utility and environmental regulators, RAP helps overcome power sector inertia and accelerate the transition to a sustainable future.

The Solar Foundation

The Solar Foundation is a non-partisan research organization that provides impartial reports on the solar sector workforce and economics. The Foundation believes that solar is a key part of the clean energy future and seeks to accelerate its adoption, but has no industry affiliation. It also provides capacity building, no-cost technical assistance to cities and counties, and conducts the annual Solar Jobs Census.

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (S.A.C.E.), formerly known as the Tennessee Valley Energy Reform Coalition, is the only regional organization that promotes responsible energy choices in the Southwest. A non-profit coalition of environmental and citizens' organizations, S.A.C.E. monitors and proposes regional energy policy reforms that better respond to citizens' environmental and economic needs. S.A.C.E. also helps to promote and educate consumers about green power purchasing options, such as utility green power programs throughout the Southeast.

U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance

The U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF) is a coalition of leading financiers, investors, and policymakers who meet to discuss critical market barriers to renewable energy investment. US PREF publishes white papers summarizing key insights, and is a program of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).

Western Resource Advocates

Western Resource Advocates is a non-profit law and policy center dedicated to restoring and protecting the natural environment of the interior American west. Western Resource Advocates' Clean Energy Project promotes sustainable energy technologies in six states in the Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest region. The Clean Energy Project encourages citizens and businesses to switch to clean, renewable energy, and envisions a zero-carbon future for the region.

Windustry

Since 1995, Windustry has promoted local and community participation in wind energy — through advocacy, outreach education, and technical assistance. Windustry provides detailed information on wind project development to stakeholders and decision-makers at the local, state and federal levels, in order to encourage community ownership of local projects.

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. The World Resources Institute's mission is to encourage human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Shifting global energy systems is one of their six focus areas, and the Institute supports evidence-based projects that promote renewable energy.

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Certification Programs

Green-e™ Certification

Green-e is the nation's leading independent renewable energy certification and verification program. The Green-e Energy Program works to expand the market for clean, renewable energy by advancing awareness of renewable energy options and encouraging both consumer confidence and product consistency.

Low Impact Hydropower Institute

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation through market incentives, primarily the certification of environmentally responsible, "low impact" hydropower.

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Trade Organizations

American Solar Energy Society

The American Solar Energy Society (ASE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies in the United States. ASE puts on yearly events and conferences that engage individuals, businesses, and organizations interested in supporting solar energy.

American Wind Energy Association

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA™) promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for consumers around the world. AWEA™ is a national trade association representing wind power project developers, equipment suppliers, services providers, parts manufacturers, utilities, researchers, and others involved in the wind industry.

Business Council for Sustainable Energy

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy was created in 1992 by business leaders from the energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, and independent power industries and is committed to economic growth through sustainable energy development. The Council advocates for fact-based energy policy decisions at the local, federal, and international levels.

Biomass Energy Research Association

The Biomass Energy Research Association is a non-profit association of biofuel researchers, companies, and advocates that promotes education and research on biomass energy and waste-to-energy systems. The association collaborates informational exchanges and the application of research in commercial settings.

Electric Power Research Institute

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) was established in 1973 as an independent, non-profit center for energy research in the public interest and in support of environmental goals. EPRI brings together utility stakeholders, the Institute's scientists and engineers, and other leading experts to work collaboratively on solutions to the challenges of electric power generation and transmission.

Geothermal Energy Association

The Geothermal Energy Association is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses.

Geothermal Resources Council

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is non-profit educational association that encourages worldwide research and development on geothermal energy sources. It provides continuing professional development and information transfer for its members and also gives out annual GRC Awards.

Edison Electric Institute

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is an association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies. Organized in 1933, EEI advocates for equitable policies in its member's interests in the legislative and regulatory arenas. EEI provides authoritative analysis, critical industry data, public policy leadership, and conference networking to its members, government agencies, the financial community, and other relevant audiences.

Low Impact Hydropower Institute

The Low Impact Hydropower Institute (LIHI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation through market incentives, primarily the certification of environmentally responsible, "low impact" hydropower.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is a non-profit organization of member agencies that regulate the activities of telecommunications, energy, and water utilities, Founded in 1889, NARUC's mission is "to serve the public interest by improving the quality and effectiveness of public utility regulation." NARUC provides expedited job education for utility commissioners, conferences and research resources, and coordinated policy advocacy. Its members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in all fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

National Hydropower Association

The National Hydropower Association (NHA), founded in 1983, is a member-driven non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of clean, affordable hydropower energy in North America. The NHA accomplishes its outreach and policy work through the initiatives of its standing committees and hosts a national conference in D.C. every year.

National Biodiesel Board

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry. Biodiesel is a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil, recycled cooking oil, and agricultural oils, which meets the specifications of ASTM D 6751. The Board promotes biodiesel industry growth through educational outreach, policy advocacy, and quality assurance programs.

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative

The National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) is a multi-stakeholder forum that catalyzes dialogue and research on pressing issues related to wind energy markets. The Collaborative is comprised of representatives from the utility, wind industry, environmental, consumer, regulatory, power marketer, agricultural, tribal, economic development, and state and federal government sectors. Its work currently focuses on wind-wildlife interactions, and previous focuses include credit trading, siting difficulties, and distributed generation.

Smart Electric Power Alliance

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a non-profit organization that seeks to create a "smart, robust, and responsive grid," through grid modernization projects combined with increased distributed generation solutions. Formed in 1992 as the Utility Photovoltaic Group, SEPA has over 200 utility, electric service provider, manufacturer, installer, government, and research members. The Alliance runs informational workshops, disseminates research, and maintains a database of solar market information for utility industry members.

Solar Energy Industry Association

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is a national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants, and marketers. The Association works to expand the use of cost-competitive solar technologies, remove market barriers, and educate the public.

Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group

The Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (previously the Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG)) is a leading forum for disseminating research and critical analysis on the integration of wind and solar technologies into utility applications. Established in 1989, the group provides unique industry insights and collaborates with the U.S. Department of Energy, systems operators, manufacturers, and other stakeholders to accelerate the integration of variable generation technologies.

Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) is a chapter-based nonprofit that seeks to promote the professional advancement of women in renewable energy industries. Originally known as Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), the organization has expanded to other sectors and now has a mission to be a force for positive change in the renewable arena, through the actions of women.

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Other Government Sites

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for creative renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D) that advances the U.S. Department of Energy's goals. Among many other helpful resources, NREL has assembled a Renewable Energy Contracts Library which includes examples of contracts, forms, and permits required during the renewable energy development cycle, in order to facilitate project development. NREL also implements technology transfer partnerships to reduce private sector risk as companies adopt new technologies.

U.S. DOE Energy Information Administration

The U.S. Department of Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects and disseminates data on energy reserves, production, consumption, distribution, prices, technology, and related international, economic, and financial matters. Monthly and yearly data can be analyzed at the state or national level on the U.S. EIA website.

U.S. EPA Clean Energy Programs

EPA's Clean Energy Programs work with state policy makers, electric and gas utilities, energy customers, and other key stakeholders to identify, design, and implement clean energy policy and technology solutions that deliver important environmental and economic benefits. The program produces factsheets, a Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, and the eGRID database, which provides comprehensive data on the environmental characteristics of most electric power sources in the U.S.

U.S. EPA Climate Change Indicators in the United States

EPA's Climate Change Indicators in the United States is a compilation of a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change. Indicators represents the state or trend of certain environmental or societal conditions over a given area and a specified period of time.

U.S. EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership

The CHP Partnership is a voluntary program seeking to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the use of cogeneration. CHP systems can achieve efficiencies of over 80%, compared to 50% for conventional technologies, which yields important environmental gains. The Partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits.

U.S. EPA Energy Star®

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping consumers, homeowners, and businesses save money and protect the environment through certified energy efficient products and practices. The website also provides tools like the Energy Star PortfolioManager to help citizens track the energy and water use of any building (commercial or residential) and identify strategies to save energy.

U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program

The U.S. EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) is a voluntary assistance and partnership program that promotes the recovery and beneficial use of landfill gas, in order to reduce or avoid methane emissions from landfills. The program connects over 1,000 waste officials and industry stakeholders to share technical resources and best practices.

U.S. Federal Energy Management Program Guide to Buying Energy Products

Federal buyers are now required by Executive Order 13221 to purchase products with low standby power, and are also required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to purchase products that are ENERGY STAR®-qualified or FEMP-designated by the Guide to Buying Energy Products. (These products are in the upper 25% of energy efficiency in their class.) The FEMP guide helps federal purchasers identify these types of highly efficient products and helps manufacturers market these products.

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