Yearly Archives: 2017

30 08, 2017

Energy Storage: Empowering Organizations to Decarbonize at Scale

By | 2017-08-30T10:47:55+00:00 August 30th, 2017|New Energy Opportunities|

Of the technology trends contributing to the current state of the commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) energy market, energy storage is one that has especially interesting implications for corporate energy strategies. Batteries and other types of energy storage play a key role in enabling companies to embrace clean, low-cost, renewable energy at a higher level. [...]

22 08, 2017

The 2017 Great American Eclipse: A Total Eclipse of the Grid?

By | 2017-08-23T10:43:26+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|News|

In most cases, claiming that an event which starts and finishes within a span of only three hours can rattle global energy markets would be a bit of a stretch. Of course, a total solar eclipse isn’t an average occurrence. And California, which was near the center of the eclipse’s path, does not have an [...]

16 08, 2017

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP): New Reporting Framework Announced

By | 2017-08-16T16:51:07+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Last month, CDP launched the Reimagining Disclosure Consultation, proposing a new reporting framework based on recommendations provided by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure(TCFD). It also includes sector-specific disclosures and further harmonizes questionnaires across CDP programs. This consultation will be closed on Sept. 15 with the aim to publish updated guidance and questionnaires in December 2017. The new framework [...]

9 08, 2017

Renewable Retail: Target Hits the Mark

By | 2017-08-16T14:56:16+00:00 August 9th, 2017|News, PPA, Press Release|

Target, one of the leading and largest retailers in the U.S., is expanding its investment in renewable energy and sustainable operations. The company recently signed a long-term contract for 100 megawatts (MW) of new electricity generation capacity from the Solomon Forks wind farm in Kansas — enough energy to meet the average power needs of [...]

1 08, 2017

6 Common Pitfalls to Large-Scale Renewable Energy Procurement Success—and How to Avoid Them

By | 2017-07-28T14:53:50+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

Adopting renewable energy at scale via power purchase agreement can be both challenging and rewarding. Renewables can add tangible brand and PR value, increase an organization’s resiliency to climate change, mitigate current and future risks such as energy price volatility and climate regulations including carbon taxes, achieve publicly committed renewable energy and carbon reduction goals, [...]

25 07, 2017

Can Utility Green Power Close the Gap for C&Is When it Comes to Renewable Energy?

By | 2017-07-26T09:15:14+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Josh Heeman, Cleantech Services Specialist at Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services Commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) energy buyers typically have three goals in mind when they go to market for a renewable electricity solution: To meet corporate renewable energy targets To find a project that features a tangible business connection To maximize profit Several [...]

17 07, 2017

Mid-Year Market Report: Renewables Show No Signs of Slowdown

By | 2017-07-17T09:44:50+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Heading into 2017, there was tremendous speculation about how the incoming U.S. administration would impact energy policy and development, and particularly the ramifications on worldwide renewables investment and deployment. Mid-year, as we predicted, renewables are still full steam ahead, even in the U.S., and despite the Trump administration’s highly publicized withdrawal from the Paris Agreement [...]

13 07, 2017

A Corporate Renewable Energy Q&A with 2017 FMI/GMA Global Sustainability Summit Session Leader

By | 2017-07-13T11:41:36+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, News|

At the Global Sustainability Summit, on August 9 - 11, stakeholders in the food and consumer products industry will take a deep dive into sustainability challenges and solutions. John Martin and John Hoekstra of Summit sponsor, Schneider Electric, will be leading a session called Clean Tech Across The Portfolio: How Companies are Creatively Deploying Renewables [...]

29 06, 2017

Regulatory Update: Suniva 201 Petition, Implications for Solar Buyers

By | 2017-06-29T15:52:01+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Policy|

Dubbed a doomsday scenario for U.S. solar by reporters at GTM Research, Suniva’s recent filing of a Section 201 petition could have broad, rippling effects on the utility-scale solar industry in the United States. If you haven’t heard of this yet, it’s time to listen up. To provide some background before we dive into the [...]

23 06, 2017

4 Tips For Improving Your Company’s CDP Climate Change Score

By | 2017-06-23T13:07:33+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Corporate Renewables|

With 2017 CDP climate change reporting season coming to a close, you may be wondering: What else can I do to improve my company's score in 2018? To give you a head start, we've teased out important considerations for four key responses in the CDP Climate Change Questionnaire. Using this guidance, and thinking critically about [...]

14 06, 2017

3 Ways C&I Energy Buyers Use Renewable Electricity 

By | 2017-06-15T10:26:57+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Corporate Renewables|

Most C&I purchasers will use at least some volume of Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) at some point in their renewable energy journey. They are easy to obtain and highly credible when purchased from the right source. All buyers of renewable electricity — utilities, homeowners, and C&I purchasers — currently have three means to obtain this [...]

13 06, 2017

Microgrids: Decentralization of New Energy Opportunities, Take Back Control of Your Energy Strategy

By | 2017-06-13T15:12:55+00:00 June 13th, 2017|New Energy Opportunities|

This is the second blog in our New Energy Opportunities series that explores leading edge clean technologies that could revolutionize the way we buy and sell energy. To read other blogs in this series, click here. Author: Tom Muddell is a clean tech subject matter expert with experience in smartgrids, demand response, and power markets [...]

2 06, 2017

In the Wake of the US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Organizational Commitments to Climate Action are More Important than Ever

By | 2017-06-02T11:57:47+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|International, News|

Months of uncertainty surrounding the US administration’s position on the Paris Agreement have passed since the November 2016 election, culminating in yesterday’s announcement by Donald Trump that the US would prepare to exit the accord. Remarkably, this uncertainty has not slowed the rapid progress and advancement of global renewable energy.  If anything, we’ve observed that [...]

30 05, 2017

Global Spotlight: Renewable Energy Opportunities in Australia

By | 2017-06-01T08:32:55+00:00 May 30th, 2017|International|

This is the third blog in our Global Spotlight Series, which provides high-level overviews of emerging clean tech opportunities in various markets across the globe. Today we will explore renewable energy opportunities in Australia. Change is afoot in the Australian energy market. Like much of the world, energy generation is rapidly moving towards more decentralized capacity. [...]

26 05, 2017

4 Reasons Corporate Renewable PPAs Still Make Sense with Low Natural Gas Prices

By | 2017-06-09T10:18:31+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Author: John Powers actively supports Global 500 companies in reaching renewable energy and sustainability goals In the past few years, natural gas prices have hovered at historic lows.  As a result, some commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers have been more hesitant to commit to long-term renewable energy contracts in the form of power purchase agreements [...]

23 05, 2017

The Energy Manager’s Dilemma, Part One: Too Many Provider Voicemails

By | 2017-05-24T16:39:34+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|New Energy Opportunities|

This blog is the first in a series where we introduce solutions to common pain points for corporate sustainability and energy managers. Schneider Electric's New Energy Opportunities Network™ was designed specifically to address each of these by providing action-oriented support and unparalleled market access compared to any other platform. Author: Jim Stanway connects NEO clients [...]

17 05, 2017

4 Reasons Your Renewable Energy Strategy Still Relies on RECs

By | 2017-05-17T15:55:57+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. Falling prices, technology advancements, competitive pressures, and ambitious climate action goals have helped drive the rapid growth of renewable energy worldwide, dramatically boosted by the widespread adoption of renewables by organizations in the commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) sectors. C&I buyers have been particularly drawn [...]

11 05, 2017

Alexander Quarles Joins Renewable Choice Team, Enhancing Presence in EMEA

By | 2017-05-15T10:08:38+00:00 May 11th, 2017|International, News|

We’re pleased to announce that corporate sustainability champion Alexander Quarles, most recently of Climate Friendly, has joined our growing Commercial Sales division as a director of business development for global strategic renewables. Alexander helps large corporate, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers access renewable energy across international markets from our office in the Netherlands. “For over [...]

9 05, 2017

Sustainability Success Story: VMware’s Journey to Becoming a Sustainability Leader

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:43+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Case Study|

VMware is a pinnacle example of radical scaling of sustainability within a corporation. Their rapid rise to the top of the corporate sustainability ladder sends a message to other companies that it’s never too late to begin your renewable energy journey. In 2015, VMware dove head-first into their commitment to renewable energy. While the company’s [...]

2 05, 2017

Renewable Choice Energy Announces First-of-Its-Kind Offsite Renewable Energy RFI

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:44+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Press Release|

ALERT—Renewable Choice Energy, acquired earlier this year by Schneider Electric, has announced the release of a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive, offsite renewable energy request for information (RFI) for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers in North America. The RFI will allow the combined Renewable Choice Energy and Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services (RCE-ESS) division to receive and [...]

27 04, 2017

Tell Your Story of 100% Renewable Energy – How to Accurately Report Claims to CDP

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:46+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Business Blog, Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. We often receive the following question from clients, particularly as it relates to CDP reporting: What environmental claim(s) will we be able to make if we go 100% renewable, and what is the guidance from leading NGOs? Here is our typical response: When a company [...]

25 04, 2017

T-Mobile Goes Green with Renewable Energy

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:47+00:00 April 25th, 2017|News, Press Release|

T-Mobile, a leading wireless services provider, recently announced that the magenta-hued company is going green with the largest wind power deal ever by a US wireless enterprise. The Un-carrier signed a long-term agreement for up to 160 megawatts (MW) of capacity from the new Red Dirt wind project in Oklahoma. This arrangement will help T-Mobile increase efficiencies [...]

21 04, 2017

Making a Difference on Earth Week: Small Actions With Big Impact

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:49+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Environmental Blog|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. Earth Week is a special time of year for the Renewable Choice-Schneider Electric team. The values that embody Earth Day—conservation and climate action—are the same values that power our drive to make a difference in the world with the products and services we provide. This [...]

18 04, 2017

Blockchain: Digitization of New Energy Opportunities for More Efficient Transactions

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:51+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, New Energy Opportunities|

This is the first blog in our New Energy Opportunities series that explores leading edge clean technologies that could revolutionize the way we buy and sell energy. To read other blogs in this series, click here. Author: Dominic Barbato, a self-proclaimed “cool nerd”, is passionate about energy, economics, and innovation. Asking “What is blockchain?” is like [...]

12 04, 2017

7 for 2017: Global Energy Market Trends

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:52+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Industry Trends, International|

The global energy landscape continues to evolve. Sometimes by the nanosecond, sometimes by the day. But there is no such thing as a glacial pace. So to keep up-to-date on the developments that will influence and shape the terrain, here’s the latest installment of our "Global Energy Market Trends". Topics for 2017 include: Renewable Energy [...]

6 04, 2017

The Value of Running a Competitive PPA process

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:54+00:00 April 6th, 2017|PPA|

Author: Sarah Wolf coordinates client PPA activities and RFP processes for Renewable Choice's Strategic Renewables team Your company just tasked you with finding ways to meet your company’s aggressive energy or environmental goals while minimizing costs. What do you do first?  The best initial step is to consider all your options. Energy efficiency is a tried-and-true [...]

4 04, 2017

3 Key Developments in Energy – FED, FERC, and Future Goals

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:56+00:00 April 4th, 2017|News, Policy|

Here are three new developments that will change the course of energy prospects and prices: Which States Are Working Toward a Greener Grid? Despite the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan and related federal regulation, many states are ambitiously forging ahead with their carbon reduction efforts. In fact, as of February 2017, nine states had [...]

28 03, 2017

Global Spotlight: Clean Tech Opportunities in India

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:57+00:00 March 28th, 2017|International|

This is the second blog in our Global Spotlight Series, which provides high-level overviews of emerging clean tech opportunities in various markets across the globe. Today we will explore opportunities in India. Aggressive national renewable energy targets across India indicate that the country is coming into a time of rapid and exciting growth in the [...]

22 03, 2017

Top 3 Renewable Energy Drivers in the Consumer Staples Sector

By | 2017-05-15T10:34:00+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Corporate Renewables, industry drivers|

Author: Rita Reiser is a recognized expert on corporate renewable strategy with 12+ years of technical knowledge Companies across a diverse array of industries have come under pressure to adopt greener practices. Highly visible brands, being no exception to this trend, receive the brunt of demands for transparency and sustainability improvements from investors, NGOs, and [...]

17 03, 2017

How to Accelerate Your Decision-Making Process and Capitalize on New Energy Opportunities

By | 2017-05-15T10:31:59+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, New Energy Opportunities|

 Author: David Hughes  As the fossil fuel economy fades from its glory days, with coal-fired plants retiring across the globe, the opportunity to transition to a low-carbon economy is more tangible now than ever. The largest countries in the world are stepping up their investments in clean energy, and economics - not regulations - are [...]

14 03, 2017

Intersections: Clean Energy Jobs are Putting America to Work

By | 2017-05-15T10:32:01+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, Intersections|

This is the second blog in our Clean Energy Intersections Series, where we explore how renewable energy has the power to address and alleviate many social and environmental concerns, in addition to its power as a worldwide economic force. In this installment, Bridget Cameron examines the intersection of renewable energy and job creation: Author: Bridget [...]

8 03, 2017

#BeBoldForChange: Women in Energy and Sustainability

By | 2017-03-09T11:45:57+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Industry Trends, International|

Author: Lucie Frideling, International Marketing Manager, Schneider Electric March 8 is International Women’s Day, an occasion to “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” And the theme for this year’s celebration is #BeBoldForChange, urging women and men to become leaders within their spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Why the [...]

7 03, 2017

Global Clean Tech Q&A: Our Experts Answer Your Questions

By | 2017-03-08T10:28:16+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Industry Trends|

On February 22nd, 2017, John Powers and James Lewis of Renewable Choice, presented on a webinar alongside CDP on the topic of risks and renewables, with a particular focus on policies that might affect corporate energy buyers in the U.S. as well as how exploring global clean tech markets may help alleviate risks in the U.S. [...]

2 03, 2017

The Unique Political Advantages of Using Onsite Renewables

By | 2017-03-01T10:23:51+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Craig Konz focuses on helping corporations procure offsite and onsite renewables Of the multitude of renewable energy procurement options available, onsite renewables may be the most resistant to policy changes that could potentially impact expected economics. Solar, the most popular source for onsite renewable energy, has a unique value proposition because it reduces electrical load [...]

27 02, 2017

Global Spotlight: Clean Tech Opportunities in Mexico

By | 2017-05-30T17:10:16+00:00 February 27th, 2017|International|

This is the first blog in our Global Spotlight Series, which provides high-level overviews of emerging renewable energy opportunities in various markets across the globe. Today we will explore opportunities in Mexico. Stay tuned for next month's spotlight on India. Now is the time to start considering renewable energy opportunities in Mexico in order to [...]

23 02, 2017

Top Drivers for Renewable Energy in the Tech and Telecom Sectors

By | 2017-03-22T16:30:56+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Corporate Renewables, industry drivers|

Author: Drew Crowder is an expert in global renewable energy sourcing for Tech and Telecom companies. Leaders in the Tech and Telecom sector, including Facebook, Google, and Amazon, have firmly established themselves as first-movers in the corporate renewable energy world. Since 2010, when Google signed its first power purchase agreement (PPA) for a wind farm [...]

20 02, 2017

Renewable Choice and CDP Partner for Risks & Renewables Webinar

By | 2017-02-20T13:40:34+00:00 February 20th, 2017|News|

Renewable Choice Energy is partnering with CDP on Wednesday, February 22nd for a one-hour webinar on risks & renewables. Join John Powers, Hans Royal, and James Lewis for what you need to know about risks & renewables Organizations worldwide are increasingly turning to clean power to reduce their energy costs, mitigate conventional energy volatility, and [...]

16 02, 2017

One Month After Inauguration: What’s in Store for Renewable Energy in the New Administration?

By | 2017-02-15T13:12:19+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Industry Trends, Policy|

Author: Jenna Bieller assists Renewable Choice in providing market-based insights, analysis, and sustainability communications. Down just 18% from its all-time high in 2015, renewable energy investment in 2016 turned out with impressive pace. Continued vigorous demand from non-utility entities, paired with the emergence of strong global solutions, indicate that clean tech progress in 2017 may be [...]

14 02, 2017

Why We Love Wind: A Tribute for AWEA’s #iHeartWind Month

By | 2017-02-15T12:28:42+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Environmental Blog|

Author: Bridget Cameron specializes in content & communications at Renewable Choice Love is in the air - literally! This Valentine’s Day, the team at Renewable Choice would like to show our appreciation for our long-time love affair with wind energy. In honor of #iheartwind month, presented by AWEA, we dedicate today’s blog to our favorite benefits [...]

9 02, 2017

Intersections: 5 Ways Renewables Can Address Environmental Racism

By | 2017-03-14T10:15:50+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, Intersections|

In our new Clean Energy Intersections blog series, we’ll explore how renewable energy has the power to address and alleviate many social and environmental concerns, in addition to its power as a worldwide economic force. In this installment, Amy Haddon examines the intersection of renewable energy and environmental racism: Recent world events have called attention [...]

7 02, 2017

The Importance of Internal Stakeholder Engagement in Executing a PPA

By | 2017-02-07T14:29:42+00:00 February 7th, 2017|PPA|

Author: Misti Groves works directly with project developers & purchasers to execute strategic customized contracting solutions In this Q&A, Misti Groves, Senior Director of Business Development, addresses 4 primary stakeholder engagement considerations that commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) energy buyers face regarding power purchase agreements (PPAs). 1. Who and what departments are involved? Executing a successful [...]

1 02, 2017

Connecting the Dots: How to Design a Dynamic Clean Energy Strategy

By | 2017-02-03T16:12:35+00:00 February 1st, 2017|connect the dots|

This is the final blog in our “Connect the Dots” series, intended to provide insight into how clean energy solutions connect companies to a variety of business advantages. In today’s installment, we will describe how a multifaceted clean energy strategy sets your organization apart in a competitive industry.  Click here to view all seven “Connect the Dots” blogs, [...]

30 01, 2017

The Value of an Independent Advisor

By | 2017-02-08T12:09:02+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Business Blog, Industry Trends|

Author: Hans Royal helps the largest institutions and corporations transition to renewable energy In the wake of our announcement that Renewable Choice has been acquired by Schneider Electric, we’ve received questions from the community about implications for service offerings for corporates, and in particular, whether we will maintain our independence as a renewable energy advisor. [...]

23 01, 2017

Reflections From Our Founder: How Renewable Choice Energy Made a Difference

By | 2017-01-26T10:24:35+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Industry Trends, News|

Author: Quayle Hodek is the Founder & former CEO of Renewable Choice Energy, recently acquired by Schneider Electric Renewable Choice team circa 2001 Since finalizing the acquisition of Renewable Choice Energy by Schneider Electric earlier this month, I’ve been reflecting on my experience the past 15 years. Renewable Choice was a very large [...]

18 01, 2017

Schneider Electric Acquires Renewable Choice Energy

By | 2017-01-18T11:17:09+00:00 January 18th, 2017|News, Press Release|

Author: Pete Dignan, President and CEO at Renewable Choice We have some exciting news. We’re pleased to announce that Renewable Choice Energy has been acquired by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, and a leader in energy and sustainability services. The acquisition is advantageous for both of our companies and our [...]

11 01, 2017

UPDATE: U.S. Tax Credit Impacts on the Financial Advantages of Renewables in 2017

By | 2017-02-13T14:54:32+00:00 January 11th, 2017|News, Policy|

Author: Jason Wykoff contracts for green power with some of the largest companies in the world Starting in 2017, the U.S. Production Tax Credit (PTC) begins its step-down, reducing the financial incentive provided to new wind projects to 80% of the full credit previously available in 2015/2016. The good news for commercial, industrial, and institutional [...]

4 01, 2017

Full Steam Ahead: The Outlook for Renewables in 2017

By | 2017-01-04T12:23:01+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Industry Trends|

Author:  Pete Dignan, President and CEO at Renewable Choice While it will be a few weeks until final 2016 wind and solar numbers are announced, the corporate, industrial, & institutional (C&I) news coming out of the year is purely positive.  Although overall power purchase agreement (PPA) contracts by U.S. C&I buyers in 2016 declined over [...]