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Green Power Switch continues to lead the Southeast in high quality green pricing options. A recent verification audit conducted by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) confirms that Green Power Switch is in compliance with a series of stringent environmental and customer protection criteria, including the use of “new” renewable resources.
Green Power Switch is recognized for developing new renewables specifically to meet customer demand. The audit reviewed Green Power Switch sales for calendar years 2000 and 2001, which showed steady growth. Green Power Switch has had even higher numbers for 2002 based on an increasing base of participants this year, with the promise of bringing even more renewable energy facilities online in the near future. The verification audit revealed that more than 4,800 residential and non- residential consumers had chosen green power by the end of 2001, and to date that number has grown to more than 6,000 participants.
“ This program is the first large scale, and most aggressive, green power pricing program in the South. With accreditation, we help build consumer confidence and increase customer participation in this important effort,” said Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
The audit reviews contracts, invoices and metering data to verify that the quantity and type of renewable resources sold met consumer demand, and that strict consumer protection requirements were met. The Center for Resource Solutions also biannually reviews all Green Power Switch marketing materials, like Green Power Switch News.
The accreditation process has united environmental groups–such as the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Tennessee Environmental Council–with local power distributors around green power standards and criteria.
CRS administers national and international programs that preserve and protect the environment through the design of innovative strategies and increased utilization of sustainable technologies. For more information go to www.resource-solutions.org.
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