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About John Powers

John leads our PPA division. During his 14+ years with Renewable Choice, John’s helped thousands of organizations to find solutions to their renewable energy needs. He has a BS from Duke.
26 05, 2017

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

By | 2017-06-09T10:18:31-07:00 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 [...]

2 05, 2017

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

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:44-07:00 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 [...]

12 04, 2017

7 for 2017: Global Energy Market Trends

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:52-07:00 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 [...]

11 08, 2016

Accounting Considerations for PPAs: Q&A with John Powers

By | 2016-11-18T10:17:18-07:00 August 11th, 2016|Business Blog, PPA|

In this Q&A, John Powers, VP of Strategic Renewables at Renewable Choice Energy,  addresses the primary accounting considerations that commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) energy buyers face regarding power purchase agreements (PPAs). While we strive to provide the best and most up-to-date information, we’re advisors, not accountants or lawyers.  None of the following is intended [...]

2 08, 2016

A Corporate Renewables Q&A with John Powers of Renewable Choice Energy

By | 2016-08-02T11:54:21-07:00 August 2nd, 2016|Corporate Renewables|

In this Q&A session with John Powers, VP of Strategic Renewables at Renewable Choice Energy,  we will address some of the most vital questions that commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) energy buyers should know about power purchase agreements and the state of corporate renewables purchasing. John, what’s happening today in the corporate renewables landscape? Globally, [...]

2 06, 2016

The Role of RECs in a Utility-Scale PPA

By | 2016-07-15T11:17:46-07:00 June 2nd, 2016|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

Author: Author: John Powers has sold more renewable energy to companies than anyone working today. This is the second blog in our 3-part series on the articulation of the role of RECs and additionality in green power purchasing. To start with the first blog in the series on additionality claims, click here. While corporate, industrial, [...]

9 05, 2016

Five key considerations when working with non-traditional energy buyers

By | 2016-12-08T10:52:39-07:00 May 9th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

Author: John Powers leads the Strategic Renewables Division at Renewable Choice Energy and has helped corporate, industrial, and institutional (C&I) clients achieve their renewable energy goals for over 12 years. This is the second in a 4-part series of blogs on the explosive renewable growth currently underway in the commercial & industrial market sector. Everyone [...]

10 03, 2016

3 Ways Business Buyers Can Mitigate PPA Operational Risk

By | 2016-09-29T09:33:37-07:00 March 10th, 2016|PPA|

This blog is the third in a four-part series on mitigating power purchase agreement (PPA) risk. Each blog in the series focuses on a different risk: market risk, regulatory risk, execution and operational risk (this blog), and reputational risk. Author: John Powers is an industry-leading authority on commercial renewables purchasing When approaching any long-term contract, [...]

21 01, 2016

The Rise of the Corporate Energy Buyer

By | 2017-04-26T11:35:14-07:00 January 21st, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

A sea change in the energy industry has happened as the momentum of renewable energy reached and surpassed a tipping point that many of us in the industry had envisioned but never fully realized would happen. Yet here we are. Rapid technological advancements, price parity, broad-based consumer and NGO support, and coal’s fall from supremacy finds [...]

14 12, 2015

7 Reasons Businesses Should Accelerate Their Renewable Energy Strategy Now

By | 2016-03-03T10:51:26-07:00 December 14th, 2015|Corporate Renewables|

Yet again, Congress has been working furiously to pass a year-end version of the "Tax Extenders" bill, something that has become an annual ritual to forestall the executioner on a variety of wide-ranging temporary tax incentives. Meanwhile, those with a vested interest in the U.S. renewable energy market wait with bated breath. The bill includes [...]

15 01, 2014

What the PTC’s Expiration Means for Leading Companies

By | 2014-01-15T19:26:53-07:00 January 15th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Since 1992, the U.S. government has sought to incentivize clean energy development through the tax code, specifically through a Production Tax Credit (PTC). In its most recent iteration, the PTC allowed qualifying clean energy facilities (mostly wind farms) to write off 2.3 cents in taxes for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity they produced. With [...]

27 06, 2013

Green-e Renewable Energy Credit Trading Remains Strong in 2013

By | 2013-06-27T02:51:16-07:00 June 27th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

A recent report from renewable energy markets firm Karbone indicates that Green-e certified renewable energy credits (RECs) have performed well through the first two quarters of 2013 and are expected to retain their strong market position through at least the end of July.  This is despite the fact that some states with renewable energy portfolio [...]

3 06, 2013

AWEA 2013: Production Tax Credit, State RPS, and Direct Corporate PPA Interest Hot Topics

By | 2013-06-03T21:27:32-07:00 June 3rd, 2013|Environmental Blog|

At the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2013 Wind Power conference last month, three trends dominated the conversation: the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements, and direct corporate interest in power purchase agreements (PPAs).  The PTC discussion is an ever-present yo-yo.  U.S. wind power saw a record year for installations [...]

29 05, 2013

Good News from Duke Energy

By | 2013-05-29T17:30:18-07:00 May 29th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

In a world filled with bad news it makes me really happy to come across some truly transformative good news.  Duke Energy, long the staunch supporter of coal and nuclear power, is embracing renewables and even accepting man-made climate change!  Nothing is going to do more for the planet right now than retiring coal plants [...]

25 03, 2013

Greening the Green Building Industry

By | 2013-03-25T16:36:41-07:00 March 25th, 2013|Environmental Blog|

As LEED® professionals, we’re often asked if we “walk our talk,” which begs the question: exactly how sustainability-minded is your own organization?  In some cases, it may be possible to work in a LEED space yourself, convert your existing buildings over to EBOM, or lease a LEED-certified space.  But beyond the built environment, there are [...]

7 11, 2012

Election Night’s Impact on Renewable Energy

By | 2012-11-07T21:11:25-07:00 November 7th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

We are happy to report that the election results were overwhelmingly good news for the wind industry, with one major exception.  The most pressing issue facing the industry at present is the expiration/extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC).  This federal tax credit helps wind farm developers secure financing to build new projects and is [...]

26 09, 2012

Renewable Choice Recognized by EPA as Green Power Supplier of the Year

By | 2012-09-26T20:14:14-07:00 September 26th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

Even as federal tax credits for wind power are being allowed to expire, corporations and institutions across the country came together this week in Washington in support of clean energy.  On Monday, the EPA announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards Winners as part of the Renewable Energy Markets Conference.  Renewable Choice was thrilled to [...]

10 08, 2012

Considering RECs or Offsets?

By | 2012-08-10T15:43:05-07:00 August 10th, 2012|Environmental Blog|

At Renewable Choice we are constantly working to educate our clients and the market at large on carbon offsets and supporting green power through renewable energy credits (RECs).  We recently came across the article below from Cal Trepagnier at MBDC.  It does a clear and concise job of summarizing RECs and offsets and walking through [...]

23 02, 2012

Three Common Myths about Buying Green Power from a Utility

By | 2012-02-23T18:59:42-07:00 February 23rd, 2012|Environmental Blog|

When consumers decide they would rather purchase renewable energy than continue to support fossil fuels, they have limited options.  They can install an onsite generator like a solar panel, buy green power through their utility, or buy renewable energy credits (RECs) separately from an independent retailer. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the common [...]

3 11, 2011

Green Power and Higher Education

By | 2011-11-03T20:19:01-07:00 November 3rd, 2011|Environmental Blog|

Back in 2003, before Al Gore made any movies and the U.S. woke up to the climate crisis, the rumblings of sustainability were beginning on college campuses across America. We saw Harvard encouraging students to “Go Cold Turkey” and turn off lights during thanksgiving and Duke ran a “Green Power Challenge” where the university matched [...]

18 06, 2011

What's so great about RECs?

By | 2011-06-18T04:17:42-07:00 June 18th, 2011|Environmental Blog|

The Value of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) If human society is ever going to reach a point where it is truly sustainable on this planet, we are going to need to employ every method available to us.  We need to reduce what we use, re-purpose our waste and ensure that what we do use has [...]