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Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies
The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing sustainable solutions for California's energy needs. CEERT campaigns cover issues such as sustainable electrical generation policies throughout the West, clean vehicles, and energy efficiency and conservation.

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. CRS's Green-eTM Renewable Electricity Certification Program certifies green power products that meet the environmental and consumer protection standards established by the Program. The Green-e Program works with diverse stakeholders to form Regional Advisory Committees who ensure that the consumer protection and environmental standards of the Green-e Program work for their regions. 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.

Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture)
PennFuture's mission is to advance effective solutions for the problems of pollution, sprawl and global warming. PennFuture has organized Green Power: Turn It On!, to recruit residential, business and public consumers of electricity to switch to green power. Green Power: Turn It On!'s goal is to have 10 percent of the total electricity consumed in Pennsylvania be generated from renewable energy sources by 2010.

Clean Air-Cool Planet
Working throughout the northeast states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont), Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) catalyzes creative partnerships and nurtures local initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. CA-CP works with businesses, municipalities and governments, schools and higher education, faith-based organizations, community organizations, and individuals to develop practical solutions that demonstrate economic opportunities and environmental benefits associated with early actions on climate change.

Climate Solutions
Climate Solutions is dedicated to helping the Pacific Northwest become a world leader in practical, profitable solutions to global warming. Among other things, Climate Solutions administers the Northwest Clean Energy Challenge, which recognizes businesses, governments, and utilities that invest in new renewable energy at levels established by a regional

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. Global Green USA offers the Go Green Power Switch Guide which provides users with information about how they can choose green power.

The Green Power Market Development Group
The Green Power Market Development Group is a partnership of the World Resources Institute and 12 industry leaders that is collaborating to create corporate markets for 1,000 megawatts of new, cost-competitive green energy capacity by 2010. The Group is working to: develop strategies to reduce green power costs; reduce market barriers faced by green power suppliers; and define the business case for buying green energy products by recognizing the value of renewable energy to diversify energy portfolios.

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
ICLEI's Green Power Web site provides information about local government policies and programs that promote both solar and wind power. The site provides access to case studies, sample policy and ordinance language, and links to technical sites.

Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition (MAREC)
MAREC is a coalition of environmental and charitable organizations, government agencies, and renewable energy businesses that work together to increase consumer demand for clean electricity in the Mid-Atlantic States. MAREC's public education initiative is called Clean Your Air. Among other things, Clean Your Air provides information about clean energy resources and where to buy clean electricity.

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives. The mission is to support and work with the 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. NABCEP began that work by creating a certification program for solar electric installers--referred to as the NABCEPTM Solar PV Installer Certification.

Renewable Energy Policy Project
The Renewable Energy Policy Project-Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (REPP-CREST) was formed to accelerate the use of renewable energy by providing information, analysis, and innovative strategies amid changing energy markets and mounting environmental needs.

Renewable Northwest Project
The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) is a coalition of public interest organizations and energy companies. RNP's Go Green campaign is encouraging NW businesses and governments to meet the NW Clean Energy Challenge. RNP also works with utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration, customer groups, and elected officials to promote renewable energy development in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

RENEW Wisconsin
RENEW Wisconsin is a non-profit organization that supports the understanding and use of the state's renewable energy resources. The organization encourages the discussion of renewable energy issues among regulators, legislators, researchers, educators, industry representatives, government, and the general public in Wisconsin.

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (S.A.C.E.), formerly known as the Tennessee Valley Energy Reform Coalition, is a non-profit coalition of 21 environmental and citizen organizations. S.A.C.E.'s mission is to monitor and propose reforms to regional energy policies so that they respond environmentally and economically to the needs of citizens and ratepayers in the Southeast. S.A.C.E. is helping to promote and educate consumers about programs throughout the Southeast that use or generate power from green sources through their Green Power Program.

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' Energy Project promotes sustainable energy technologies in six states in the Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest region. The Energy Project encourages citizens and businesses to switch

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

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 move 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.

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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 Program works to expand the market for clean, renewable energy by advancing awareness of renewable energy options and protecting consumers.

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

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Environmental Information Sites/Calculators

The Power Scorecard
The Power Scorecard is a rating mechanism that assesses the environmental impact of different types of electric generation. The Power Scorecard makes it easy for you to plug into cleaner power for the future of the planet.

U.S. EPA's eGRID
The Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID) is a comprehensive inventory of environmental attributes of electric power systems.

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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.

American Wind Energy Association
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEATM) promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for consumers around the world. AWEATM 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, independent power, and electric utility industries and is committed to economic growth through sustainable energy development.

Biomass Energy Research Association
The Biomass Energy Research Association is an association of biofuels researchers, companies, and advocates that promotes education and research on renewable biomass energy and waste-to-energy systems.

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

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

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

National Hydropower Association
The National Hydropower Association (NHA), founded in 1983, is the only trade association in the United States dedicated to advancing the interests of hydropower energy in North America. Located in Washington, D.C., NHA is a member-driven association that accomplishes its policy work and outreach through the initiatives of its standing committees.

National Biodiesel Board
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States. Biodiesel is a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil, and which meets the specifications of ASTM D 6751.

National Wind Coordinating Collaborative
the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC) is comprised of representatives from the utility, wind industry, environmental, consumer, regulatory, power marketer, agricultural, tribal, economic development, and state and federal government sectors to support the development of an environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial market for wind power.

Renewable Energy Markets Association
REMA represents organizations that sell, purchase, or promote renewable energy products. These products include Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), retail green power programs, utility green pricing services, and on-site renewable energy solutions.

Solar Electric Power Association
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is a non-profit organization, formed in 1992 as the Utility Photovoltaic Group, with 200 utility, electric service provider, manufacturer, installer, government, and research members. SEPA's mission is to facilitate solutions for the use and integration of solar electric power by utilities, electric service providers, and their customers.

Solar Energy Industry Association
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants, and marketers. We work to expand the use of solar technologies in the global marketplace.

Utility Wind Integration Group
The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) was established in 1989 to provide a forum for the critical analysis of wind technology for utility applications and to serve as a source of credible information on the status of wind technology and deployment. The group's mission is to accelerate the appropriate integration of wind power for utility applications through the coordinated efforts and actions of its members, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and utility research organizations.

Waste to Energy
The Integrated Waste Services Association (IWSA) was formed in 1991 to promote integrated solutions to municipal solid waste management challenges.

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Databases

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

North Carolina Solar Center - State Incentives for Renewable Energy
The North Carolina Solar Center serves as a clearinghouse for solar and other renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond.

Renewable Electric Plant Information System (REPiS Database)
REPiS is a database developed and recently updated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. REPiS provides information on renewable energy plants and installed capacity for energy planners, policy makers, and others interested in renewable energy.

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Other Government Sites

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D). NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals. NREL has assembled a Renewable Energy Contracts Library which includes examples of contracts, forms, and permits required during the renewable energy development cycle.

U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
The U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network provides information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network – Green Power Network
The Green Power Network (GPN) provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. The site provides up-to-date information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. It also includes a reference library of relevant papers, articles and reports. The Green Power Network is operated and maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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.

U.S. EPA Clean Energy Programs
EPA's Clean Energy Programs are working with state policy makers, electric and gas utilities, energy customers, and other key stakeholders. By identifying, designing and implementing clean energy policy and technology solutions, the program can deliver important environmental and economic benefits.

U.S. EPA Climate Change
EPA's Climate Change Site offers comprehensive information on the issue of climate change in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments.

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 CHP. 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 us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

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 use of landfill gas

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Program Guide to Buying Energy Products
Federal buyers are now required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to purchase products that are ENERGY STAR®-qualified or FEMP-designated. (These products are in the upper 25% of energy efficiency in their class.) The purchasing requirements are codified by FAR Part 23. In addition, Executive Order 13221 requires that federal agencies purchase products with low standby power. FEMP helps federal purchasers identify these types of highly efficient products.

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General Information

Edison Electric Institute
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), organized in 1933, is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies. EEI works closely with all of its members, representing their interests and advocating equitable policies in legislative and regulatory arenas. In its leadership role, EEI provides advocacy, authoritative analysis, and critical industry data to its members, Congress, government agencies, the financial community, and other opinion-leader audiences.

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

Interstate Renewable Energy Council
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), formed in 1982 as a non-profit organization, supports market-oriented services targeted at education, coordination, procurement, the adoption and implementation of uniform guidelines and standards, workforce development, and consumer protection. IREC's mission is to accelerate the sustainable utilization of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1889. Its members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate the activities of telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC's mission is to serve the public interest by improving the quality and effectiveness of public utility regulation.

Regulatory Assistance Project
The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) is a non-profit organization, formed in 1992 by experienced utility regulators, that provides research, analysis, and educational assistance to public officials on electric utility regulation.

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