Understanding the Future of Corporate Renewables Procurement

By Chip Wood

At Center for Resource Solutions our market development and Policy teams often join other leading organizations to research and publish market intelligence to help companies understanding the evolving landscape around energy markets and purchasing mechanisms.

Three of those recent papers that may interest and inform you are available free online and profiled below:

Two Markets, Overlapping Goals: Exploring The Intersection Of RPS And Voluntary Markets For Renewable Energy In The U.S.

Author: Todd Jones, Policy Director, Center for Resource Solutions

Published: July 1st, 2017 | 22 Pages

This paper, produced for the RPS Collaborative, a project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), explores interactions between RPS and voluntary markets for renewable energy in the U.S. and outlines principles for supporting continued growth of both markets. These principles preserve the ability of each market to make separate and incremental contributions to renewable energy, uphold accurate accounting, reduce complexity, and increase participation.

Policies for Enabling Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy Internationally

Authors: Todd Jones, Policy Director, and Orrin Cook, International Director, both of Center for Resource Solutions, and Various other authors

Published: May 1st, 2017 | 63 Pages

This paper from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), co-authored by Todd Jones and Orrin Cook from CRS, explores the policy and regulatory enabling environment for corporate sourcing of renewables. It was developed in support of the Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Campaign, which was launched at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) meeting in June 2016. Through the campaign, a subset of CEM member governments collaborates with corporate and nongovernmental organization partners to facilitate increased corporate procurement of renewables and pursue supportive policies for corporate procurement.

Making Credible Renewable Electricity Usage Claims

Authors: Jared Braslawsky, Director of the International REC Standard and I-REC; Todd Jones, Policy Director, Center for Resource Solutions; and Mary Sotos, Deputy Commissioner for Energy – ‎Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Published: May 3rd, 2016 | 16 Pages

“Making credible renewable electricity usage claims” from RE100 is a technical deep-dive into corporate transparency and credibility, and shows companies how to accurately describe their use of renewable electricity. It is authored by members of the RE100 Technical Advisory Group, which provides RE100 companies with best practice guidance on the use of renewable power, to help them progress their journeys to being 100% powered by renewable electricity.

At the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions, we are engaged with regulators and government officials at local, state, and federal levels throughout the U.S. to support the continued development and adoption of renewable energy. We are a resource for providers of renewable electricity, REC products, and carbon offsets.  We also offer 3rd party certification of these products through Green-e, and support our participants’ success in their markets.


Chip Wood is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Center for Resource Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to creating policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. Contact him at chip.wood@resource-solutions.org.