Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, Project No. P954501 #00265 

Submission Number:
00265 
Commenter:
David Zimmerman
Organization:
Tennessee Valley Authority
State:
Tennessee
Initiative Name:
Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, Project No. P954501

• A document is needed to provide clear guidance for the owners of renewable energy sites and the owners of the associated renewable energy. • The term “hosting” should be allowed as long as sufficient information is supplied stating the percentage used by the hosting facility and the recipient of the remaining renewable energy. • An organization should not be able to make the statement “made with renewable energy” unless 100% of their energy is renewable. However, it is acceptable to use to make a statement that “we purchase 15% of our electrical demand with renewable energy” • As long as sufficient RECs are retired for a renewables claim, it is not necessary for a disclosure stating the source of the RECs. However, there should be sufficient documentation maintained to validate any claims. • If local benefits are claimed by the renewable energy user, then the energy must be generated within the designated local area.