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New Seal of Approval could help consumers in comparisons

One organization has created a new certification that it hopes could provide consumers a crucial point of comparison between electricity providers, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

The Galvin Electricity Initiative, founded by former Motorola chief executive Bob Galvin, announced its new Perfect Power Seal of Approval earlier this year. The organization explained that the goal of the program is to give consumers a relatively simple and straightforward basis on which to compare electricity suppliers on the basis of everything from reliability to cost to environmental impact.

The certification was introduced at the Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy that ran on October 18 and 19 in Chicago, Illinois, and is initially intended to be used for smaller electricity suppliers who can benefit the most from the accreditation.

Kristen Coracini of the Environmental Defense Fund attended the first training session on the new certification along with around 30 electricity companies. Coracini notes the new certification could help to implement the Six Sigma approach, which looks to use extensive quality assessment to identify flaws in a process to target for improvement, throughout the energy sector.