Green-e Energy Verification
The Green-e Energy verification process consists of two main elements:
Verification Process Audit
The Verification Process Audit requires providers of retail and wholesale Green-e certified renewable energy products to complete an annual third-party verification audit of their renewable energy purchases and sales.
The Verification Process Audit is designed by the Center for Resource Solutions and conducted
by an independent certified public accounting firm. The Verification Process Audit uses
company contracts, invoices, and billing statements to verify the following:
- that the provider purchased enough renewable electricity or RECs in quantity and
type to meet its customer demand for each product1
- that the electricity or RECs were purchased from eligible renewable generators, as defined in the Green‑e Energy National Standard
- that the information provided to customers on the product's annual Product Content Label is accurate
- that the company did not make any specific purchases of nuclear power
- that the renewable electricity or RECs purchased and sold by the provider were
not sold to more than one customer
- that the provider has purchased no electricity or RECs from fuel sources for
which negative marketing claims were made; and
- that any non-renewable portion of the product meets the emissions requirements
set by the Green-e Energy National Standard.
Verification data is submitted and audited using a web-based verification tool. Access is available to Green-e Energy Participants and their auditors.
Attestation Forms, Generators in Tracking Systems, and Auditors
for attestation forms to be used for the Green-e Energy verification process. These forms are also to be used by any entity that has owned RECs and renewable electricity at any point in the chain of custody from the generator through to the entity selling a Green-e Energy certified product.
for a list of renewable energy generation facilities that have submitted Tracking Attestations. Tracking Attestations are signed by generators to streamline the verification of certain
facilities' RECs for Green-e Energy purposes. The form is available on the
for a list of auditors that have completed at least one satisfactory Verification Process Audit and have agreed to appear on this Web site. Green-e Energy verification protocols are designed so that any licensed Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor can perform the audit.
Green-e Energy Annual Verification Report
To see Green-e Verification Reports since 1998, please see the Publications
Marketing Compliance Review
The Marketing Compliance Review (MCR), conducted by Green-e Energy staff, ensures that the marketers and utilities offering a renewable energy or renewable energy certificate (REC) product are abiding by the Green-e Energy Code of Conduct
During MCR, staff confirms that the renewable energy provider is not making false or misleading statements about their product and that they have made pricing, power, and contract disclosure to customers in a standardized format. This review occurs twice a year, in Spring and Fall. The Green-e Energy Code of Conduct
outlines Green-e Energy requirements with regards to MCR, consumer information disclosure, and logo use and language.
The 2015 Historic Product Content Label must be delivered to your 2015 customers by August 1, 2016. For more information, see the Green-e Energy Code of Conduct
Autumn 2016 Marketing Compliance Review
Download instructions for Autumn 2016 Marketing Compliance Review
Register for the MCR Training Webinar
- Materials Request Letter. Letter to participants about the MCR process and deliverables.
- MCR Form for Residential Products. To be completed by Green-e Energy participants for each certified single-mix product sold to residential customers.
- Green-e Energy Code of Conduct
on August 11, 2016 at 11:00am PST. Green-e Energy staff will review the MCR submission process and discuss updates to the Green-e Energy Code of Conduct made over the last year. Staff will review the timeline for implementing the requirements of Version 2.0 of the Code of Conduct, which came into effect July 24, 2016.
Green-e Energy Participant Handbook
contains additional materials and guidance for compliance with Green-e Energy requirements. The handbook is a fluid document that will be updated over time.
Product Content Label (PCL) templates
are available for download:
- Template 1. Electricity Products Sold as 100% Percent of Use or Blocks
- Template 2. All REC Products
- Template 3. Electricity product sold as percent-of-use or blocks; combined HPCL and PPCL
- Template 4. REC product; combined HPCL and PPCL
- Template 5. Electricity product with Renewable Portfolio Standard renewable energy allowed under Section III.D of the Green-e Energy National Standard
- Template 6. Electricity product with Renewable Portfolio Standard Renewable Energy allowed under Section III.D of the Green-e Energy National Standard – alternative version
- Template 7. Percent-of-use electricity product with less than 100% Green-e Energy certified renewable energy
- Template 8. Percent-of-use electricity product with less than 100% Green-e Energy certified renewable energy; combined HPCL and PPCL
- Template 9. Electricity product sold in kW or shares
- Template 10. REC product with quarter of generation specification
- Template 11. Federal Option REC product
- Template 12. Wholesale product
- Template 13. Wholesale PCL within contract
Spring 2016 Marketing Compliance Review
Solicitation for Spring 2016 MCR is in process. All requested materials were due from participants on semi-annual review by COB February 29, 2016.