Market Brief: Status of the Voluntary Renewable Energy Certificate Market (2011 Data)

Research output: NRELTechnical Report

Abstract

This report documents the status and trends of U.S. 'voluntary' markets -- those in which consumers and institutions purchase renewable energy to match their electricity needs on a voluntary basis. Voluntary REC markets continue to exhibit growth and spur renewable energy development. Voluntary green power markets provide an additional revenue stream for renewable energy projects and raiseconsumer awareness of the benefits of renewable energy. Although a full estimate of the size of the voluntary market is not available for 2011, this review uses indicative metrics to capture 2011 voluntary market trends.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages36
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-56128

Keywords

  • compliance
  • green power
  • markets
  • REC
  • renewable energy certificates
  • renewable portfolio standard (RPS)
  • revenue
  • RPS
  • trends
  • voluntary

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