Renewable Energy Markets 2011 Conference Recap
- Celebrating Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s 40th Anniversary (06/14/2013)
- Renewable Choice Honored as a ‘Best for the Environment’ B Corp (05/29/2013)
- Ceres Conference Offers Something for Everyone (05/13/2013)
- A Little Energy to Save a Lot: Why Your Company Should Become Energy Star Certified (04/03/2013)
- Sustainability in Supply Chain Remains Top Priority for Major Brands (03/13/2013)
LEED Green Building
- 7th annual Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Sustainability Summit (04/29/2013)
- Greening the Green Building Industry (03/26/2013)
- Earth Rangers Journey to LEED® Platinum (02/21/2013)
- Energy Boost: How RECs Support LEED® Certification and Renewable Energy Development (02/14/2013)
- Making the Most of LEED® (01/31/2013)
- Colorado “Head of Class” for Electric Vehicle Policies (06/10/2013)
- AWEA 2013: Production Tax Credit, State RPS, and Direct Corporate PPA Interest Hot Topics (06/04/2013)
- Good News from Duke Energy (05/29/2013)
- The High Price of Natural Gas (05/24/2013)
- Understanding the Greenhouse Effect (05/23/2013)
- The Relationship between Organic Food and Ecosystem Health (06/18/2013)
- A Letter from the Arctic (05/09/2013)
- Eliminating Toxins from the Air We Breathe (05/07/2013)
- Our Silent Partners in the Fight Against Climate Change (04/26/2013)
- The Power of RECs to Improve Human Health (04/25/2013)
by Kevin Maddaford on 12/08/2011
The recent Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference held in San Francisco was a success with nearly 400 attendees.
San Francisco played host to the Renewable Energy Markets (REM) 2011 Conference in mid-November. The event was organized by the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a non-profit organization that runs the Green-e® Energy program, and was the largest REM conference to date. Nearly 400 attendees gathered to network, attend sessions, and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing voluntary renewable energy markets.
The conference featured informative sessions on topics ranging from overviews of voluntary and compliance-based renewable energy markets to utility green pricing programs to the use of renewable energy credits (RECs) in greenhouse gas accounting systems. Presenters included industry experts such as Lori Bird with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Blaine Collison with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Kathy Loftus with Whole Foods Market, Mary Sotos with the World Resources Institute (WRI), and Ryan Wiser with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Networking events, such as the Green Power Leadership Awards Reception sponsored by the Renewable Energy Markets Association, provided opportunities for industry professionals to meet face-to-face, talk about their experiences in the market, and lay the groundwork for future partnerships.
Voluntary renewable energy market demand has continued to grow despite a sputtering recovery from the 2008 financial crisis. Residential customers have more choices to support renewables through utility programs, REC marketers, and competitive electricity suppliers. Many commercial clients are purchasing renewable energy in order to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, often in the context of a voluntary reporting system such as the Carbon Disclosure Product (CDP), and connect with their client base. Finding a way to drive more value to and increase participation by both of these customer segments were important themes throughout the event.
CRS also used the occasion to release the 2010 Green-e® Verification Report. I will address some of the highlights from the report in an upcoming blog post.
A highlight of the conference was the presentation of the 2011 Green Power Leadership Awards, sponsored by the U.S. EPA, the U.S Department of Energy, and CRS. The awards, which recognized both suppliers and purchasers, were given to organizations demonstrating innovation, commitment, and leadership in renewable energy markets. Details of the awards can be found by clicking on the above link, or check out our blog. Renewable Choice would especially like to recognize and congratulate MetLife, who won an award for Green Power Purchasing from the U.S. EPA for their long-term commitment and their 2011 purchase of more than 65 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy.
Overall, the conference was very successful. The sessions provided a great overview of the state of the market and highlighted the opportunities and challenges for future growth. And meeting with all the dedicated, intelligent, and passionate attendees reminded me why this is such an inspiring industry to be a part of. I am looking forward to next year’s event!
Kevin Maddaford is Resource Development Manager for Renewable Choice.