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 [...]

21 12, 2016

Connecting the Dots: Common Questions About Carbon Offsets

By | 2016-12-21T11:17:20+00:00 December 21st, 2016|connect the dots|

Author: Sully Lineberger guides and advises clients on carbon management and corporate renewable strategies. This is the sixth 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 answer the most common questions about carbon offsets. [...]

20 12, 2016

Weighing the Co-Benefits of Renewable PPAs When Selecting a Project for Your Organization

By | 2016-12-21T12:59:55+00:00 December 20th, 2016|PPA|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. Corporate, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers are choosing renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) for three primary reasons.  First, current federal subsidies and technology improvements make both wind and solar PPAs financially attractive.  Second, PPAs can help companies manage risks associated with carbon, climate change, [...]

14 12, 2016

Case Study: How One Multinational Company is Addressing its Global Energy Load

By | 2016-12-15T09:46:05+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Case Study|

How does a multinational consumer products company, which has publicly committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy and achieving carbon neutrality by 2020, address its carbon emissions across a variety of geographies? The answer is innovative strategies and cross-functional stakeholder engagement. Achieving carbon neutrality is an ambitious goal that requires addressing both the emissions from company-controlled [...]

13 12, 2016

The Brand Value of Communicating Green Power Purchases

By | 2016-12-13T11:05:48+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Bridget Cameron specializes in content & communications at Renewable Choice Whether your company utilizes clean energy in the form of a power purchase agreement (PPA), energy attribute certificates (EACs), or carbon offsets, you've taken a critical step towards reducing your organization's carbon emissions and promoting the growth of clean technologies. Advancing your sustainability strategy and [...]

8 12, 2016

The Outlook for Corporate Renewables in a Volatile Energy Market

By | 2016-12-08T11:30:21+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Industry Trends, PPA|

Author: Jay Pawlak has more than 9 years experience helping corporations enter the renewable energy market. Since the 2016 election, there have been concerns as to what the future holds for cleantech and the renewable energy market.  It’s becoming evident, however, that the sweeping changes proposed for the power sector under a Trump administration may [...]

5 12, 2016

BREAKING: Extensions Approved for Mexico Self-Supply Opportunity

By | 2017-02-02T10:31:41+00:00 December 5th, 2016|News|

Early in 2016, the Mexican government began deregulating its electricity market in accordance with Ley de la Industria Eléctrica.  For commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) organizations with electricity load in Mexico, this deregulation is outstanding news because it expands their capability to sign bilateral power purchase agreements (PPAs) directly with independent renewable power producers. As Mexico’s [...]

1 12, 2016

5 Reasons We Remain Confident in the Strength of the C&I Renewables Market

By | 2016-12-01T10:22:02+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in the renewables market and corporate sustainability. There’s been recent speculation regarding the reason that corporate renewables uptake is slowing down; 2016 power purchase agreement (PPA) commitments are not on pace with 2015 (although announced deals have already surpassed 2014 totals).  The slowdown is almost certainly attributable to the Production [...]

29 11, 2016

Power Purchase Agreements—Not Just for Fortune 500 Giants Anymore

By | 2016-11-29T13:23:30+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Industry Trends, PPA|

Author: Jason Wykoff contracts for green power, including offsite PPAs, EACs, and carbon offsets, with some of the largest companies in the world. In 2010, Walmart and Google became the first commercial, industrial, & institutional (C&I) organizations to engage in a power purchase agreement (PPA).  Their landmark deals put corporate PPAs on the map, and [...]

21 11, 2016

Leading Global Firm Renewable Choice Energy to Sponsor Companies vs. Climate Change Conference

By | 2016-11-21T10:07:21+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Press Release|

Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it will join the inaugural Companies vs. Climate Change conference as a sponsor.  The event is the first of its kind, bringing together companies with the express purpose of talking about how to solve the climate crisis.  The event is being held in Ft. Lauderdale, Nov 30-Dec 2. Renewable [...]

18 11, 2016

Connecting the Dots: Common Questions About Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

By | 2016-11-18T12:14:57+00:00 November 18th, 2016|connect the dots, Corporate Renewables|

Author: Emily Beck is a vital member of Renewable Choice's Commercial Sales team, focused on domestic and global renewable energy sourcing. This is the fifth 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 answer [...]

15 11, 2016

What is a Fixed-for-Floating Swap?

By | 2016-11-16T09:36:45+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Business Blog, Corporate Renewables|

Author: Misti Groves works directly with project developers & purchasers to execute strategic customized contracting solutions. At industry events and in conversations with prospective clients, we hear this question often: what is a fixed-for-floating swap? A fixed-for-floating swap is a generic term for an advantageous financial arrangement between two parties whereby they agree to exchange [...]

11 11, 2016

How the 2016 Election Results May Impact Renewables

By | 2016-11-11T10:21:42+00:00 November 11th, 2016|News, Policy|

Just days after Donald Trump’s election victory, speculation on what may happen to the rapidly growing renewable energy market has been fierce.  In truth, neither we nor our partners in this space can accurately predict precisely how the new administration will affect this market. The good news is that we do know five key things: [...]

7 11, 2016

We’re Not an Energy Company…So Why Would We Want to Do a PPA?

By | 2016-11-18T10:14:32+00:00 November 7th, 2016|PPA|

Author: Jason Wykoff contracts for green power, including offsite PPAs, EACs, and carbon offsets, with some of the largest companies in the World. Periodically, our prospective clients ask us this question, or a variation on: “We’re not an energy company, so why would we want to do a PPA and find ourselves so intimately tied [...]

4 11, 2016

ALERT: Paris Agreement Enters Into Force

By | 2016-11-07T08:49:47+00:00 November 4th, 2016|News, Press Release|

192 countries sign, 87 countries ratify Paris Agreement ahead of predictions to propel global climate change movement. Less than one year after the Paris Agreement was adopted by the United Nations on December 21, 2015, at COP21, the global climate deal has been fast-tracked into action. Signed by 192 countries and ratified by 87 of [...]

2 11, 2016

4 Drivers for Renewable Energy in the Automotive Industry

By | 2017-03-22T16:30:08+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|industry drivers, Industry Trends|

Author: Drew Crowder is an industry leader with expertise in domestic and global renewable energy sourcing. We are witnessing a shift in the energy buying landscape. In the beginning, the corporate renewables revolution was confined to the most environmentally progressive companies looking to meet sustainability goals. The increasingly competitive price of renewable energy is now [...]

28 10, 2016

What is the Difference between Direct and Financial PPAs for Corporate Buyers?

By | 2016-10-28T10:34:08+00:00 October 28th, 2016|PPA|

Author: Hans Royal helps the largest institutions and corporations transition to renewable energy. As the market for voluntary renewable energy buyers matures, commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers desire a deeper understanding of how corporate renewable energy procurement differs from traditional energy sourcing strategies. Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are the most impactful route large corporations with [...]

26 10, 2016

Connecting the Dots: Common Questions About LEED v4

By | 2016-10-26T11:50:01+00:00 October 26th, 2016|connect the dots, Corporate Renewables|

Author: Boone Jones helps Renewable Choice clients procure green power for thousands of LEED projects both domestically and internationally. This is the fourth 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 answer the most common [...]

21 10, 2016

We Just Committed to 100% Renewable Energy …Now What?

By | 2016-10-24T14:06:36+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Author: Peter Swank helps Renewable Choice's corporate clients navigate the PPA processes for both offsite and onsite renewable energy strategies.  Governments, municipalities, universities, and corporations all over the world are committing to a goal of achieving 100% of their electricity from renewable power.  Their individual reasons for doing so vary.  Renewables provide a stable source of [...]

13 10, 2016

How the Role of Regulation in Competitive Electricity Markets Impacts C&I Consumer Choice

By | 2016-10-14T15:19:31+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Electricity|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. The modern electricity grid is a marvel of human ingenuity and engineering.  The grid runs virtually without fail 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  It delivers reliable, relatively low cost, and increasingly clean power to our homes, community & [...]

10 10, 2016

Renewable Choice Celebrates 15 Years as a Leading Market Pioneer

By | 2016-10-13T11:02:30+00:00 October 10th, 2016|News|

Author: Amy Haddon has been with Renewable Choice Energy since 2007, and has been instrumental in the success the company celebrates today. In 2001, the U.S. renewable energy market was still in its infancy.  It was pre-Inconvenient Truth, pre-climate marches, and pre-Paris Agreement.  The price for solar and wind were still exorbitant, out of reach for all [...]

6 10, 2016

Engaging Your Supply Chain on Renewable Energy

By | 2016-10-06T11:01:36+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

Author: James Lewis is an expert in international renewable energy markets, with an emphasis on emerging markets in India Since Climate Week 2016 in New York City, the total number of RE100-pledged companies increased to 81.  Apple is one of the most recent – and interesting - additions.  Apple’s approach to achieving 100% renewable energy [...]

4 10, 2016

Introducing TIGRs: Tradable Instruments for Global Renewables

By | 2016-10-04T12:57:09+00:00 October 4th, 2016|International, News|

Author: Kevin Maddaford sources environmental commodities across the globe, including RECs, GOs, I-RECs, and now TIGRs. Renewables are taking off worldwide. Findings from the International Energy Agency indicate that last year wind and solar attracted over 2 ½ times greater investment than fossil fuel-based sources of energy, with a large portion stemming from non-utility energy [...]

29 09, 2016

Why Wind? – Energy Goes Green in the Private Sector

By | 2016-09-29T11:45:06+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Author: Hans Royal helps the largest institutions and corporations transition to renewable wind energy. As of May 2016, 28 corporations had publicly announced that they have entered into long-term offsite renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs).  As an increasing number of diversified corporations are entering into these contracts in order to realize both the financial and environmental [...]

27 09, 2016

Connecting the Dots: Common Questions about International Renewable Energy Markets

By | 2016-09-27T11:01:44+00:00 September 27th, 2016|connect the dots, Corporate Renewables, International|

Author: James Lewis is an expert in international renewable energy markets, with an emphasis on emerging markets in India. This is the third 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 answer the most [...]

22 09, 2016

Renewable Choice Team to Exhibit at 2016 Greenbuild

By | 2016-09-22T16:09:32+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|News|

The Green Building team at Renewable Choice is looking forward to joining the international Greenbuild Conference + Expo coming up the first week of October in Los Angeles.  This will be the 12th consecutive year that Renewable Choice has attended the event. Since 2002, Renewable Choice has been supporting the green building industry by providing [...]

14 09, 2016

The Economic Argument for Climate Action

By | 2016-09-26T11:18:04+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Climate Science, Environmental Blog|

Author: Jenna Bieller assists Renewable Choice in providing market-based insights, analysis, and sustainability communications. The largest companies in the world, including Walmart, Apple, and Google, are bringing sustainable business strategies to the forefront of corporate agendas. These strategies unfold in a variety of ways, including rooftop solar installations, energy efficiency upgrades, and green power procurement. Financial [...]

9 09, 2016

Why a Renewable Energy PPA is one of the Most Powerful Tools in Your Sustainability Toolbox

By | 2016-11-18T10:15:17+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that seismic shifts have been underway in how we’re generating energy worldwide, and how those actions play into international goals around carbon emission reductions.  What you may not know is the important role businesses have played in [...]

1 09, 2016

City of Boston: A Sustainability Success Story

By | 2017-03-28T09:41:47+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Case Study|

The City of Boston is one of America’s oldest cities, first founded in 1630, and is widely recognized as the economic and cultural hub of New England.  Since adopting its Executive Order on Climate Action in 2007, Boston has also risen as a national sustainability leader by improving energy efficiency, utilizing green power, and addressing [...]

30 08, 2016

Connecting the Dots: Common Questions about Energy Attribute Certificates

By | 2016-09-27T11:01:59+00:00 August 30th, 2016|connect the dots, Corporate Renewables|

Author: Drew Crowder connects some of the largest organizations to energy attribute certificates and carbon offsets. This is the second 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 answer the most common questions about [...]

25 08, 2016

The Risk of Oversupply: Contracting for a Smart Renewable PPA

By | 2016-08-25T11:57:37+00:00 August 25th, 2016|PPA|

Author: Misti Groves works directly with project developers & purchasers to execute strategic customized contracting solutions. Why might the rapid penetration of renewables pose risks to corporate renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) buyers? We hear this question frequently within the commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) energy buying space. As the market for clean energy [...]

23 08, 2016

Renewable Choice Joins Infocast as Corporate Renewables 2016 Platinum Sponsor

By | 2016-08-23T09:54:19+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Corporate Renewables, News|

Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has joined leading event producer Infocast as a Platinum Sponsor for the upcoming Corporate Renewables 2016 conference. Billed as an event “by corporates, for corporates,” Corporate Renewables 2016 will be held September 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Renewable Choice was invited to join the Infocast event team to share [...]

17 08, 2016

The Price of the PPA Learning Curve: Why Use a Renewable Energy Advisor

By | 2017-06-27T09:30:27+00:00 August 17th, 2016|PPA|

Author: Erin Decker is an industry-leading sustainability expert with extensive renewable energy and PPA experience. Executing a successful renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) is a nuanced process that involves education, internal approvals, project selection and evaluation. With corporate energy buying on the rise, companies are increasingly interested in exploring how to secure a long-term contract for [...]

11 08, 2016

Accounting Considerations for PPAs: Q&A with John Powers

By | 2016-11-18T10:17:18+00:00 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 [...]

9 08, 2016

The Truth on Global Energy Markets: Corporates Shift Mindset Toward PPAs in New Regions

By | 2016-08-10T13:58:12+00:00 August 9th, 2016|International, PPA|

Author: James Lewis is an expert in international markets for renewables, with an emphasis on emerging markets in India. Comparing corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) in emerging global energy markets to opportunities in the United States is like comparing apples and oranges. Global energy markets have significant differentiators from U.S. markets that can benefit corporate energy [...]

4 08, 2016

International EACs: A Fact Check from Trusted Experts

By | 2016-08-09T14:33:57+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, International|

Author: Lana Carmichael leads resource acquisition at Renewable Choice, securing high-quality EACs & offsets across the globe. The emergence of new renewable energy products, such as energy attribute certificates (EACs), in countries across the globe is an opportunity corporates are both excited, and cautious about. This sentiment is for good reason. International markets are complex and [...]

2 08, 2016

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

By | 2016-08-02T11:54:21+00:00 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, [...]

28 07, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy Expands International Portfolio of Products & Services

By | 2016-08-18T12:18:58+00:00 July 28th, 2016|International, News|

Award-winning firm advances global presence BREAKING: Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has expanded its global portfolio of renewable energy products and services to include international power purchase agreements (PPAs).  The company already supplies global energy attribute certificates (EACs) and carbon offsets (emissions reductions) to its commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) customers.  The firm [...]

26 07, 2016

Connecting The Dots: Common Questions About Corporate Power Purchase Agreements

By | 2016-09-27T11:05:13+00:00 July 26th, 2016|connect the dots, Corporate Renewables, PPA|

Author: Hans Royal helps the largest institutions and corporations transition to renewable wind energy. This blog is the first 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 answer the most common questions about how corporate power [...]

21 07, 2016

Across the Pond & Beyond: Corporations Move PPA Efforts Overseas

By | 2016-11-07T10:27:43+00:00 July 21st, 2016|International, PPA|

Author: Jenna Bieller assists Renewable Choice in providing market-based insights and analysis, as well as sustainability communications. 2015 was a hallmark year for renewables in North America. U.S. corporate buyers surpassed all previous records of green power purchasing, and renewable energy goals became more ambitious than ever. Corporations are looking to extend this momentum across U.S. [...]

19 07, 2016

The State of Corporate Renewable Energy Purchasing: 2016 Mid-Year Update from Renewable Choice

By | 2016-07-20T10:17:58+00:00 July 19th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Author: Bridget Cameron specializes in content & communications at Renewable Choice. The corporate renewable energy market is far from being saturated.   C&I buyers currently have 5GW of contracted capacity, and there is room to increase that number to 60GW by 2030.  Domestic opportunities exist for offsite PPAs as small as 25MW and onsite distributed generation of [...]

14 07, 2016

In the Age of PPAs, Renewable Energy Certificates Remain Critical

By | 2016-07-20T10:24:04+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and corporate sustainability. Corporate and industrial (C&I) power purchasing agreements (PPAs) are on fire.  Although only a handful of companies, universities, and government agencies have executed on PPAs, interest in this contracting mechanism has exploded.  Just last week, Bloomberg shared its list of the top 20 institutional renewable [...]

12 07, 2016

PPAs in India: Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Sub-Continent

By | 2017-07-11T11:54:54+00:00 July 12th, 2016|International, PPA|

Update, July 2017: the window is closing for corporations to secure this rewarding energy opportunity in India.   Author: James Lewis's expertise is in international renewables, with an emphasis on emerging markets in India. India is the largest democracy on the planet, and home to many multinational companies’ Asian operations. With a population of approximately [...]

7 07, 2016

3 Benefits from Making Credible Clean Energy Claims

By | 2016-07-07T10:51:17+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Bridget Cameron specializes in content & communications at Renewable Choice, including clean energy claims. Commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers are rapidly emerging as powerful players in a growing renewables market, due to falling renewable energy prices and favorable public policy shifts.  In the last 1-2 years alone, 72% of companies surveyed by Pricewaterhouse Coopers claimed [...]

5 07, 2016

Mexico’s Energy Reform: 3 Reasons to Act Now on Renewable PPAs

By | 2016-11-16T17:14:10+00:00 July 5th, 2016|International, PPA|

Author: Ian Law is Renewable Choice's in-house expert on emerging markets for renewable energy in Mexico.  In January of 2016, the Mexican government began the process of deregulating its electricity market, previously mandated by a law (Ley de la Industria Electrica) passed in August, 2014. Until this year, the state-owned utility CFE owned the rights [...]

28 06, 2016

Clean Energy Reporting Considerations in Emerging International Markets

By | 2016-07-12T13:56:28+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, International|

Author: Aran Rice has a wealth of experience in corporate sustainability, renewable energy, and carbon markets. Renewable energy markets are swiftly evolving worldwide.  Dramatically falling prices – thanks to advances in technology and economies of scale – and shifting policy resulting from the Paris Agreement are leading to the rapid expansion of renewable generation across [...]

23 06, 2016

The Call for Climate Action: Environmental Impact of PPAs

By | 2016-06-30T11:21:34+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|PPA|

Author: Hans Royal helps the largest institutions and corporations transition to renewable energy.  Responding to CDP in 2016? If so, you’ve probably seen that CDP has increased its emphasis on the value of climate action and how that translates into disclosure leadership.  CDP respondents are now being asked to set science-based goals and utilize renewable energy [...]

20 06, 2016

CDP and the Scope 2 Guidance: What Companies Need to Know for 2016

By | 2016-06-30T11:22:33+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and sustainability With the CDP Climate Change reporting deadline less than two weeks away (June 30), reporting organizations are deep into the 2016 questionnaire.  This year, CDP has made some material changes to its questions in order to line up with the GHG Protocol’s Scope 2 guidance [...]

16 06, 2016

What Does it Mean to be Carbon Neutral?

By | 2016-06-30T11:23:10+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Environmental Blog|

Author: Amy Haddon shares her expertise in communications and sustainability 2015 was a watershed year for renewable energy.  For the first time, the growth of renewables in the US outpaced the growth of all other energy sources—including natural gas.  This growth, combined with the steady retirement of coal plants across the country, has kept US carbon [...]

14 06, 2016

TD Bank: A Sustainability Success Story

By | 2017-03-28T10:26:44+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Case Study|

It’s an understatement to say that TD Bank Group’s pursuit of sustainability has been excellent. Since it joined the EPA Green Power Partnership in 2010, the company has set increasingly rigorous year-over-year sustainability standards for itself. It’s commitment to continuous improvement and sustainable innovation has set TD apart from other financial services organizations, and has [...]

9 06, 2016

The Economic Case for Offsite PPAs

By | 2016-07-15T11:17:31+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

Author: Jason Wykoff has extensive experience contracting for green power, including offsite PPAs, EACs and carbon offsets, with some of the largest companies in the United States. Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are the best way for a company to support the development of new clean energy while meeting its corporate sustainability targets. But organizations are [...]

2 06, 2016

The Role of RECs in a Utility-Scale PPA

By | 2016-07-15T11:17:46+00:00 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, [...]

25 05, 2016

Improving Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Equal Pay at Renewable Choice

By | 2016-08-04T16:49:54+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Business Blog|

Author:  Pete Dignan, President and CEO at Renewable Choice. At Renewable Choice, we take pride in our progressive business values. We have been a Certified B Corp for more than 4 years, which means that we measure and manage our social and environmental impacts. We are a purpose-driven business, committed to do our part in [...]

19 05, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy to Receive Outstanding Case Study Award from SPLC

By | 2016-05-19T13:23:25+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Press Release|

Firm to be recognized with award on May 25th at national conference in Washington, D.C. BOULDER, CO (5/19/16)—Renewable Choice Energy announced today that the company has received an Outstanding Case Study award from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) in conjunction with the SPLC’s upcoming national conference to be held in Washington D.C. May 24-26. [...]

17 05, 2016

Using the Power of Solar to Make a Difference in Our Community

By | 2016-07-21T10:05:48+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, News|

Author: Jenna Bieller assists Renewable Choice in providing market-based insights and analysis, as well as sustainability communications. Solar power is one thing. The power of solar however, encompasses so much more than simply providing clean electricity to the grid. Last Tuesday, a group of Renewable Choice staff joined non-profit, GRID Alternatives, to install solar panels for [...]

12 05, 2016

Can I Make Claims of Additionality, Environmental Benefit, or Both with my Green Power Purchase?

By | 2016-06-02T10:14:47+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon has extensive experience in renewable energy communications, marketing claims, and providing business insights based on market trends.  Credible claims in green power purchasing are a hot topic.  Last week, the RE100 released technical guidance on claims at the same time we published a new white paper clarifying the relationship between renewable energy credits [...]

9 05, 2016

Five key considerations when working with non-traditional energy buyers

By | 2016-12-08T10:52:39+00:00 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 [...]

5 05, 2016

International Renewable Energy Markets: Driven by Corporate Demand

By | 2016-07-12T13:56:57+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, International|

Author: Aran Rice has over 10 years of experience in corporate sustainability strategy, renewable energy, and carbon markets, and is directly involved in helping RCE’s clients to achieve complex renewable energy and sustainability goals.  The last two years have seen an unprecedented increase in commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) demand for renewable energy both in the United [...]

2 05, 2016

B Corp Leadership Development: A Day of Inspiration

By | 2016-05-02T14:46:57+00:00 May 2nd, 2016|Business Blog|

Making change isn’t that hard. That’s what I took away from the Colorado B Corp Leadership Development event (BLD) in Boulder last week (in addition to an outrageously hooked-up gift bag filled with B Corp products). While surrounded by other proud B Corporation employees, sharing their inspiring stories of using business as a force for [...]

29 04, 2016

Jackson Family Wines: A Sustainability Success Story

By | 2017-03-28T09:43:13+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Case Study|

Since its award-winning debut wine release in 1982, Jackson Family Wines (JFW) has held true to the belief that it is only world-class vineyards that can produce world-class wines. In the pursuit to craft superior wines, JFW has set the bar for value-driven success not only for winemakers, but for all responsible business. As a [...]

26 04, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy Joins CDP as North American Renewable Energy Partner

By | 2016-04-26T10:42:08+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Press Release|

Award-winning firm will offer consulting and brokerage services to reporting corporations BOULDER, Colo., Apr. 26 /CSRwire/ - Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has joined global NGO CDP as its exclusive North American Partner for renewable energy consulting and broker services for offsite clean power, including renewable energy credits (RECs), carbon offsets, and long-term [...]

22 04, 2016

Earth Day in Every Moment

By | 2017-04-21T10:22:17+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Environmental Blog|

It’s become an annual tradition at Renewable Choice to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the wild areas near our office.  We’re fortunate to be alongside Boulder Creek, and many small mammals, birds, and insects call the area home. Every year, it always astonishes just how much trash we pick up.  This year, about 75% [...]

18 04, 2016

Renewable Choice Announces 2015 Sustainability Report

By | 2016-04-27T14:14:40+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Press Release|

To kick off Earth Week, we wanted to recognize the progress we have made in sustainability, as well as set the stage for our next steps to becoming a greener organization. Announcing: Renewable Choice Energy's first-ever sustainability report.  To top off an unforgettable year for renewable energy, Renewable Choice decided to take our pursuit for [...]

13 04, 2016

Wind Outpaces Natural Gas Even In Falling Price Environment

By | 2016-05-18T14:00:55+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Industry Trends|

Author: Jenna Bieller received a dual degree from CU Boulder in Environmental Studies and Business Administration, and assists Renewable Choice in providing market-based insights and analysis, as well as sustainability communications. Momentum behind the 2015 clean energy movement in the U.S. led to a dramatic reversal in installed energy capacity. Historically, new fossil fuels have dominated [...]

30 03, 2016

For Health and Environment, Renewables Still Beat Natural Gas

By | 2016-03-30T15:55:45+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Climate Science, Corporate Renewables|

Author: Amy Haddon has extensive experience in renewable energy communications and providing business insights based on market trends.  Corporate purchasing of renewable energy is on the upswing, thanks in no small part to historic low prices in both wind and solar.  However, the price of renewable energy is only one variable impacting an organization’s choice to [...]

25 03, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy Recertifies as a B Corporation [Press Release]

By | 2016-05-18T14:01:48+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Press Release|

Leading renewable energy consulting firm to continue partnership with global movement.  March 25, 2016 (Boulder, CO)– Renewable Choice Energy today announced its recertification as a B Corporation, a new kind of company using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The company originally certified in 2011 and has renewed its certification for [...]

21 03, 2016

Growing your Brand Reputation from Renewable Roots

By | 2016-09-29T09:32:40+00:00 March 21st, 2016|PPA|

This blog is the final installment 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, and reputational risk (this blog). Author: Erin Decker is an industry-leading sustainability expert with extensive experience with renewable energy In a [...]

14 03, 2016

Favorable Electricity Markets are Good News for Corporate PPA Buyers

By | 2016-03-17T13:47:28+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

Author: Misti Groves is a Senior Director of Strategic Renewables at Renewable Choice where she works directly with project developers and purchasers to execute strategic, customized contracting solutions. Renewables are surging in the US and abroad as traditional fossil fuel markets begin to lose ground.  Corporate buyers, in particular, are playing an increasingly powerful role [...]

10 03, 2016

3 Ways Business Buyers Can Mitigate PPA Operational Risk

By | 2016-09-29T09:33:37+00:00 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, [...]

7 03, 2016

5 Case Studies of How Corporations Use Carbon Offsets

By | 2016-03-07T11:22:48+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Business Blog, Case Study|

Author: Amy Haddon Corporate clean energy purchasing has been dominating Q1 energy news.  The recent uptick of organizational (i.e. non-utility) renewable energy buying via power purchase agreement (PPA) has garnered a lot of national attention.  Electricity isn’t all that corporations are interested in getting cleanly; these organizations have also made public commitments to reducing their [...]

3 03, 2016

Navigating Energy Market Regulation for the Savvy PPA Buyer

By | 2016-09-29T09:33:59+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|PPA|

This blog is the second in a four-part series on mitigating risk through your power purchase agreement (PPA) procurement process. Each blog in the series focuses on a different risk: market risk, regulatory risk (this blog), operational and execution risk, and reputational risk. Author: Misti Groves works directly with project developers & purchasers to execute strategic [...]

25 02, 2016

The Uncertain Cost of Energy: PPA Risk and Opportunity

By | 2017-09-20T15:04:16+00:00 February 25th, 2016|PPA|

This blog is the first in a four-part series on mitigating risk through your power purchase agreement (PPA) procurement process. Each blog in the series focuses on a different risk: market risk (this blog), regulatory risk, execution and operational risk, and reputational risk.  Author: Hans Royal helps the largest institutions and corporations transition to renewable wind [...]

23 02, 2016

Growing Sophistication of the Renewable Energy Buyer

By | 2016-03-03T10:50:19+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

When I began my career at Renewable Choice Energy almost a decade ago, the idea of companies buying renewable energy was in its infancy. Renewable Choice had only just completed the brokerage of the Whole Foods 100% wind power deal, which at the time was the first of its kind (we went on to receive [...]

19 02, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy to Host Interactive Tutorial at GreenBiz 2016

By | 2016-03-03T10:43:39+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Press Release|

Award-winning firm will share insights at GreenBiz 2016 on renewable energy procurement with sustainability officers.   BOULDER, CO (2/19/16)—Renewable Choice Energy announced today it will host an interactive, pre-conference tutorial on renewable energy procurement at the upcoming GreenBiz 2016 event. The session, entitled A CSO’s Guide to Renewable Energy will be led by John Powers, [...]

18 02, 2016

Green House Data: Renewable Choice Energy Client Leads the Way in Sustainability

By | 2016-04-25T15:45:47+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Business Blog, Case Study|

Data centers across the United States collectively consumed 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013. That number is poised to jump to 140 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020, according to the NRDC. And, while media attention focuses on high profile data center efficiency projects owned by innovative tech giants like Google and Facebook, small to mid-sized [...]

11 02, 2016

What’s the Difference Between a Traditional and Renewable PPA?

By | 2016-03-03T10:44:40+00:00 February 11th, 2016|Business Blog, PPA|

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is a broad term which covers many types of contracts involving the purchase of energy between two parties. When we talk about renewable PPA deals, we're specifically talking about long-term, on- or off-site purchases of energy and RECs from a renewable energy project which is not yet built. Conversely, traditional power purchasing [...]

4 02, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy Announces Divestiture of Mosaic Sustainability

By | 2016-03-03T10:51:10+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Press Release|

Award-winning firm forges new partnership with Anthesis Group   BOULDER, CO (2/4/16)—Renewable Choice Energy announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mosaic Sustainability, has been acquired by the Anthesis Group, an award-winning global sustainability consultancy that provides financially-driven sustainability strategy services. Mosaic Sustainability was the result of organic growth within Renewable Choice, driven initially by consumer [...]

1 02, 2016

Market Predictions Come True for Renewable Energy

By | 2016-04-11T11:20:05+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Industry Trends, PPA|

Early predictions of what is to come for the renewable energy industry resonate clearly today, as wind energy rides the tailwinds of success from 2015 into the new year. Almost 6 months ago to a T, Renewable Choice Energy CEO Quayle Hodek spoke on a panel with Chadbourne about the prospects for corporate PPAs. In [...]

28 01, 2016

American wind power posts second strongest quarter ever, readies to help states meet Clean Power Plan affordably

By | 2016-03-03T10:46:19+00:00 January 28th, 2016|News, Press Release|

January 27, 2016 The American wind industry installed 5,001 megawatts (MW) during the fourth quarter of 2015, more installations than in all of 2014, according to data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today. Overall in 2015 the American wind industry installed 8,598 MW, the third largest amount ever installed in a year [...]

21 01, 2016

The Rise of the Corporate Energy Buyer

By | 2017-04-26T11:35:14+00:00 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 [...]

18 01, 2016

Renewable Choice Energy Surpasses 1,000 MW Threshold

By | 2016-04-11T11:23:41+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Press Release|

Award-winning firm has provided advisory services on more than a gigawatt of new wind and solar   Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has provided advisory services to its corporate and institutional clients on more than a gigawatt of new wind and solar power since the launch of its long-term renewables division.  From its [...]

15 01, 2016

2015 was a Record-Setting Year for Renewables. 2016 Promises to Maintain the Momentum.

By | 2016-03-03T10:48:18+00:00 January 15th, 2016|Industry Trends, Policy|

2015 in a Nutshell: Combined, utility-scale wind and solar made up more than 98,000 MW of new power capacity in 2015. Of this new renewable energy capacity, corporate buyers alone locked in over 3 GW of wind and solar through Power Purchase Agreements. A trifecta of regulations (The Clean Power Plan, Paris Agreements, and extensions [...]

5 01, 2016

Cloud Computing Company Salesforce Signs First Major Renewable Energy Transaction

By | 2016-07-12T13:58:19+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

2014 was a record-breaking year for corporate renewable energy procurement and 2015 has already nearly tripled last year's total. Now, to cap what is already a banner year, a company recently signed another major PPA deal for 125,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually. This “virtual” PPA contracts for energy from a wind farm being developed in [...]

14 12, 2015

7 Reasons Businesses Should Accelerate Their Renewable Energy Strategy Now

By | 2016-03-03T10:51:26+00:00 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 [...]

24 11, 2015

The What, Why, and How of Corporate Involvement in COP21

By | 2016-03-03T10:51:42+00:00 November 24th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, Policy|

In a Nutshell: Corporate sustainability leaders are making smart business decisions in alignment with COP21 to mitigate climate impact in a way that bolsters reputation, improves operations, and manages regulatory risk. What?  In less than a week, delegates from over 190 countries will convene in Paris to commence COP21: a series of climate talks with [...]

20 11, 2015

Corporate Renewables Just Passed a Historic Threshold

By | 2017-07-17T09:24:16+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, News|

Renewable Choice partner Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) announced earlier this week that corporate acquisition of long-term renewables via power purchase agreements (PPAs) has surpassed the 2 gigawatt (GW) mark for 2015, with six weeks yet to go before the end of the year.  The announcement was made at RMI’s semi-annual gathering of the Business Renewables [...]

13 11, 2015

Strong 2015 Performance Has Wind Energy Developers Looking to the Future

By | 2016-07-12T13:58:39+00:00 November 13th, 2015|Industry Trends|

With 2015 turning out to be a record-breaking year for renewable energy generation--utility-scale renewables making up 60% of new energy capacity--we can’t help but speculate how past variability in federal support for wind energy will fare for future wind development projects. Since the finalization of the Clean Power Plan, industry analysts have juggled the possible [...]

28 10, 2015

Top Three Benefits of Long-Term Power Purchase Agreement for Your Business

By | 2017-04-04T13:33:57+00:00 October 28th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, PPA|

A power purchase agreement (PPA) is the energy source of the 21st century. But what is so alluring about these agreements for large commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers? Why are businesses like Google, Amazon, and Walmart placing PPAs at the center of their energy strategy? PPAs create an energy delivery agreement between C&I buyers [...]

7 10, 2015

Corporate Renewables; An Unlikely Partnership

By | 2016-03-03T10:52:46+00:00 October 7th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

Think of the longest standing superhero-villain rivalry you can. You most likely come up with something like Batman and the Joker, or Superman versus Lex Luther. What if those arch nemeses changed their minds and decided to work together towards a common goal? Seems unlikely, but this tale is all too real when it comes [...]

28 09, 2015

Should Solar Energy Subsidies Continue?

By | 2016-03-03T10:52:55+00:00 September 28th, 2015|Policy|

Should Subsidies for Solar Energy Production Continue? Debate over whether tax credits for solar and wind energy (ITC and PTC) should be extended is intensifying with potential sunset of these credits on the horizon. Opponents of federal support for renewables argue that market forces should determine our energy mix, not the government. The flip side [...]

25 09, 2015

Sustainability Champion Erin Decker Joins Market Leader Renewable Choice

By | 2016-07-12T13:58:57+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Press Release|

We're pleased to announce that sustainability champion Erin Decker, most recently of Salesforce, has joined our growing power purchase agreement (PPA) division as a senior director of business development.  Decker's hire is the result of a rapidly expanding market opportunity for commercial & industrial (C&I) buyers to acquire renewable energy through a long-term PPA transaction. [...]

16 09, 2015

Hans Royal speaking at a Conference You Don’t Want to Miss

By | 2016-03-03T10:53:42+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Corporate Renewables|

  After a summer of outstanding performance of renewable energy sources, with consumer prices for wind and solar power hitting all time lows, the business case for purchasing renewable energy is stronger than ever before. Rather than accepting the volatility of traditional energy markets, businesses like Google have realized the benefits that sourcing their electricity [...]

14 09, 2015

The Fate of Renewable Energy Tax Credits

By | 2016-03-03T10:53:50+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Policy|

How will the renewable energy market develop now that Obama has finalized the Clean Power Plan (CPP)? While much of this is still to be determined as legislative processes unfold, understanding the policies that support the growth of renewable sources will give you a better idea of what is to come. Wading through the alphabet [...]

27 08, 2015

World Water Week: The Interconnection of Climate, Energy, and Water

By | 2017-03-22T08:47:12+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Climate Science, Environmental Blog|

The incentives for commercial and institutional (C&I) organizations to move toward greater adoption of renewable energy through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other carbon-reducing technologies are stronger than ever. Likewise, the consequences of ignoring this opportunity continue to deepen. There is an inherent connection between water, energy, and climate. An as it turns out, renewable [...]

25 08, 2015

Dropping Prices Spur US Wind Power Growth

By | 2016-03-03T10:55:02+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Industry Trends|

New studies show that the future of renewable energy heavily rests on the proven potential that wind power is showing in the market. As turbine technology improves and development costs rapidly drop, prices for wind-generated electricity are finally at the point of parity with traditional power sources in the U.S., according to a study by [...]

25 08, 2015

U.S. Clean Power Plan to Spur Renewables Growth

By | 2017-07-17T09:22:57+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Industry Trends, Policy|

Since President Obama announced the finalized Clean Power Plan on August 3rd, there has been much speculation on what the final plan will mean for states, and who will become “winners and losers” as a result of the eminent changes in our energy portfolio as a country. An article, via Chadbourne, gave a concise and [...]

24 08, 2015

The Energy-Water Nexus: How Excess CO2 is Killing Our Oceans

By | 2017-04-25T17:09:32+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Climate Science|

{This is the third blog in our series on the interconnection between energy generation and water} While most attention surrounding climate change is the effect global warming is having on Earth’s atmosphere, recent research is revealing the devastating effects fossil fuel-based energy generation has on marine environments. An abundance of CO2 in our atmosphere is [...]

23 07, 2015

US adds 2.5 GW of wind and solar capacity in H1 2015

By | 2015-12-14T15:58:06+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|News|

July 23rd, 2015 | posted on The US added 1,969 MW of wind and 549 MW of solar power generation capacity in the first half (H1) of 2015, with wind and solar accounting for 65% of all new capacity put online over the period. The country now has 67,820 MW of operational wind farms, newly released figures by [...]

21 07, 2015

HP to Power Texas Data Centers With Wind Energy

By | 2015-12-14T15:59:54+00:00 July 21st, 2015|News|

    July 21st, 2015 | posted on For years, clean energy developers could look to only a small handful of corporations as project partners or customers for their power. Mostly, there was Google, and a few other high-tech companies that worked directly with wind and solar developers to help green their energy use. Now, that appears [...]

20 07, 2015

The Energy-Water Nexus: The Linkage of Big Ag, Water Use, and Carbon Emissions

By | 2016-03-03T10:55:37+00:00 July 20th, 2015|Climate Science|

{This is the Second blog in a series on the intersection and interdependence of energy and water} In our first post on the intersection of water and energy, we introduced how renewable energy generation not only reduces carbon emissions, but how it can also be used as a tool to save water. In recent years, [...]

17 07, 2015

Amazon gets serious on wind power

By | 2016-03-03T10:55:54+00:00 July 17th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, News, PPA| announced this week that it would purchase its electricity from a new 208 megawatt wind farm in North Carolina, the largest wind farm in the entire southeastern United States. The deal confirms two things: First, that Amazon is serious about its goal to power its Amazon Web Services division with 100% renewable energy, and [...]

16 07, 2015

Iberdrola Renewables and Washington DC Strike Groundbreaking Wind Power Purchase Agreement

By | 2016-03-03T10:56:06+00:00 July 16th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, News|

To demonstrate her commitment to lowering the District's carbon footprint and saving taxpayer money, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Iberdrola Renewables, LLC that will supply 35 percent of the District government's electricity with wind power. This PPA is the largest wind power deal of its kind ever entered [...]

15 07, 2015

Amazon Announces Largest Renewable Energy Project To Date

By | 2016-03-03T10:56:13+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Corporate Renewables, News|

Amazon Web Services has announced its largest renewable energy project to date, a 208 MW wind farm that will supply current and future Amazon cloud data centers. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is responsible for hosting many of the internet’s most popular websites, where “the cloud” most assuredly meets the ground in one of thousands, if [...]

14 07, 2015

The South to get its first big wind farm

By | 2015-07-14T17:00:50+00:00 July 14th, 2015|News|

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm. The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add about 50 [...]

13 07, 2015

Facebook is building a big wind-powered data center in Texas

By | 2015-07-13T16:26:35+00:00 July 13th, 2015|News|

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it’s building a large $1 billion data center in Ft. Worth, Texas. The facility, which is already under construction, will be Facebook’s fifth data center, and will be built on land purchased from a real estate company run by the eldest son of former Presidential candidate Ross Perot. The data [...]

7 07, 2015

Renewable Choice Staff Honored by USGBC Volunteer Service Award

By | 2015-07-07T16:28:28+00:00 July 7th, 2015|News|

Renewable Choice Energy announced today that a technical expert from its staff has been recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2015 Convergence Event. Renewable Choice’s Director of Green Building, Lana Carmichael, was selected in 2014 to serve as the green power & carbon offset subject-matter expert on [...]

6 07, 2015

Saudi King opens LEED Certified Madinah airport with a passenger capacity of 40 million per year

By | 2015-07-06T16:29:55+00:00 July 6th, 2015|News|

Dubai - UAE - King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques officially opened the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, a city renowned as the second holiest place in Islam after Mecca. Phase one of the new airport which spans a total area of 4 million square meters [...]

4 07, 2015

Facebook hosts Levi's, Walmart to hack sustainability growth

By | 2015-07-04T16:41:55+00:00 July 4th, 2015|News|

Where can you find a self-proclaimed DOUG (Dumb Old Utility Guy) from Kentucky hobnobbing with executives from the world's trendiest Internet companies to a backdrop of neon green signage and daylight-friendly house music? At the famously lavish Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook, which on Tuesday hosted its second-annual gathering on "Sustainability@Scale" — a wide-ranging conference [...]

2 07, 2015

U.S. commits to 20 percent non-hydro renewables by 2030

By | 2015-07-02T16:43:20+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|News|

The United States and Brazil announced in a joint statement today that both countries would increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable sources other than hydropower to 20 percent by 2030. “The U.S. wind energy industry applauds the administration’s latest commitment today to increase renewable energy in America,” stated AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan. “We [...]

29 06, 2015

The Energy-Water Nexus: Renewables May be the Answer to Widespread Drought

By | 2016-09-21T13:42:32+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Climate Science, Environmental Blog|

{This is the first blog in a series on the intersection and interdependence of energy and water} As global warming heats up, water scarcity is the latest hot topic in climate and energy conversations (no puns intended).  The first five months of the year saw record high temperatures and widespread drought affecting large swathes of [...]

23 06, 2015

How Tesla is Partnering with Jackson Family Wines to Disrupt the Energy Market

By | 2015-06-23T20:44:40+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Business Blog|

The world was rocked earlier this spring with Tesla’s announcement that it would begin marketing a stationary energy storage solution to both residential and corporate energy buyers. As we have identified in a previous post, the growth of renewables has been inhibited by issues with the storage and recycling of renewable energy.  Tesla’s solution, however, [...]

28 05, 2015

Beaverton Toyota unveils remodeled LEED-certified sales lot with mini putting green, art gallery

By | 2015-05-28T16:45:59+00:00 May 28th, 2015|News|

Beaverton, Ore. -- Beaverton Toyota on Wednesday unveiled its roughly $10.5 million remodel featuring service and sales buildings with LEED Gold designations. With the redesigned 15-acre campus on Murray Boulevard, the car dealership doubled its building size while cutting energy costs. The new digs feature solar panels, energy efficient lighting and a 50,000-square foot service building [...]

24 05, 2015

Ten climate solutions with a big impact

By | 2015-05-24T16:47:21+00:00 May 24th, 2015|News|

Finally good news for our climate: Over the next five years, it’s actually possible to drive down greenhouse gas emissions in significant ways. What will it take? EDF staff crunched the numbers and our analysis left us optimistic. We already have the solutions we need to make it happen, and some are underway, from China’s [...]

22 05, 2015

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Sales Center Receives LEED Certification From U.S. Green Building Council

By | 2015-05-22T16:48:53+00:00 May 22nd, 2015|News|

Wyndham Vacation Ownership (PRNewsFoto/Wyndham Vacation Ownership) ORLANDO, Fla. -- Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world's largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN) received LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the company's Wyndham Branson [...]

21 05, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy to Exhibit at Canada Green Building Conference 2015

By | 2015-05-21T16:50:13+00:00 May 21st, 2015|News|

Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy will join other leading exhibitors at the Canadian Green Building Council’s annual conference, Building Lasting Change, June 2-4 in Vancouver, BC. Since 2003, the firm has supplied more than 6,000 green building projects in more than 22 countries with Green-e® Energy certified renewable energy credits (RECs) and Green-e Climate certified emission [...]

3 05, 2015

Wind power industry touts strong growth

By | 2015-05-03T16:51:19+00:00 May 3rd, 2015|News|

The wind power industry says new turbines are bringing a near-record amount of power capacity to the United States. The American Wind Energy Association released a study Thursday reporting that 100 wind power projects with a generating capacity of 13,600 megawatts are under construction in 23 states during the first quarter of the year. Three [...]

2 05, 2015

Jackson Family Wines Collaborates with Tesla Energy to Pilot Stationary Energy Storage Systems

By | 2015-05-02T16:52:34+00:00 May 2nd, 2015|News|

SANTA ROSA, Calif.-- Today Jackson Family Wines (JFW), the family-owned California luxury wine collection best known for its acclaimed Kendall-Jackson winery, announced it has installed one of the first large-scale Tesla stationary energy storage systems across a number of its wineries. Earlier this evening at a private unveiling in Los Angeles, Tesla introduced its energy storage [...]

28 04, 2015

Green House Data Joins EPA Top 30 Tech & Telecom List of Green Power Users

By | 2015-04-28T16:53:50+00:00 April 28th, 2015|News|

Cheyenne, WY.-- Green House Data, a national provider of cloud hosting, colocation, and managed data center services, as well as an EPA Green Power Partner and a certified B-Corporation, today announced that for the first time it appeared as No. 29 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Top 30 Tech & Telecom list of the [...]

23 04, 2015

The Weitz Company Announces LEED Certification of Broken Sound Spa and Fitness Expansion Project

By | 2015-04-23T16:55:30+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|News|

April 23rd, 2015 | posted on WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Weitz Company, a national full-service construction firm, is proud to announce its client, Broken Sound Club, in Boca Raton, Florida, has been awarded LEED® Certification for New Construction for the recent expansion of the club’s Spa and Fitness Center. Broken Sound Club is one [...]

21 04, 2015

Earth Day 2015: Celebrating Renewables

By | 2015-04-21T20:46:44+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Environmental Blog|

This Earth Day, we invite you to join us in celebrating the explosive growth in renewable energy. When we started Renewable Choice back in 2001, our aspiration was three-fold: an energy landscape where renewables and energy derived from fossil fuels would compete on cost; an increased amount of clean power added to our overall national [...]

18 04, 2015

New Buffalo Grove pool LEED certified

By | 2015-04-18T17:04:39+00:00 April 18th, 2015|News|

April 18th, 2015 | posted on The newly renovated natatorium at Buffalo Grove High School received LEED Silver certification, making it the first facility in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 to achieve the environmentally friendly rating. The swimming pool project was completed in August 2014, but the LEED Silver certification was presented to District 214 [...]

15 04, 2015

Changing the Business Climate In 2015

By | 2015-04-15T17:21:02+00:00 April 15th, 2015|News|

April 15th, 2015 | posted on Six years ago, when an international climate treaty in Copenhagen seemed distinctly possible, there was still a discernible gap between the concept of a low-carbon global economy and the capital market’s ability to deliver it. Nascent and costly clean energy technologies, skepticism of climate science and a still deeply-embedded reliance [...]

14 04, 2015

Recycling Energy Forum is Now Carbon Neutral Thanks to Renewable Choice Energy

By | 2015-04-14T17:23:02+00:00 April 14th, 2015|News|

April 14th, 2015 | posted on Recycling Energy Forum is very excited to announce that our Expo & Education event on April 24th will be carbon neutral thanks to the great sponsorship of carbon offsets by Renewable Choice Energy. We are very grateful to Renewable Choice Energy and their dedication to marketing carbon offsets and renewable [...]

14 04, 2015

21st century energy: What you need to know about power purchasing

By | 2015-04-14T17:22:02+00:00 April 14th, 2015|News|

April 15th, 2015 | posted on When it comes to renewable energy, one thing is abundantly clear: New generating sources aren’t coming online fast enough to suit the needs of companies that have a made a serious commitment to it. The availability of renewable energy certifications (RECs) has helped, but more organizations are looking beyond offsets [...]

13 04, 2015

Breckinridge Takes Steps to Reduce Carbon Footprint

By | 2015-04-13T17:29:47+00:00 April 13th, 2015|News|

April 13th, 2015 | posted on BOSTON – Breckinridge Capital Advisors today announced that it has purchased 195,339 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs) to offset 100 percent of its estimated electricity use. In addition it has purchased 307.96 metric tons of carbon offsets. The offsets were purchased through Renewable Choice Energy, a leading [...]

13 04, 2015

Wind power helping water-constrained areas of Minnesota

By | 2015-04-13T17:28:32+00:00 April 13th, 2015|News|

April 13th, 2015 | posted on Last Sunday was World Water Day. What does that have to do with wind power? A lot. Every year, wind energy saves America billions of gallons of water by displacing other forms of generation that rely on water. While droughts in the West have gotten the most press coverage, Minnesota [...]

10 04, 2015

AWEA: Corporate Wind Trend Continues

By | 2015-04-10T17:30:54+00:00 April 10th, 2015|News|

April 10th, 2015 | posted on As the cost of wind energy has dropped by more than half in just five years, there has been a steady increase in U.S. businesses, governmental agencies and universities making direct investments in wind power to lock in low prices and reduce their carbon footprints, according to data from the [...]

8 04, 2015

York Hospital Green Team Conserving Environment

By | 2015-04-08T17:44:55+00:00 April 8th, 2015|News|

April 8th, 2015 | posted on YORK - From single-sort recycling to renewable energy credits, York Hospital has been busy working toward turning “sustainability” into savings. With a volunteer “Green Team” whose mission considers conserving the environment by ensuring that sustainability becomes an integral component of daily operations, while also ensuring excellent ‘far above par’ patient [...]

1 04, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Partners with Rocky Mountain Green Conference

By | 2015-04-01T17:45:56+00:00 April 1st, 2015|News|

April 1st, 2015 | posted on Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it will partner with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Colorado chapter to provide clean energy and emission reductions for the Rocky Mountain Green conference held this week in Denver. The event is the premier green building conference in Colorado, bringing together professionals and [...]

30 03, 2015

President Obama Ups the Sustainability Ante with a New Executive Order

By | 2015-03-30T20:48:06+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

On March 19, 2015, President Obama revoked Executive Order 13514 in favor of a broader, more stringent federal requirement, an Executive Order titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.”  The new order, which calls for an aggressive 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions among federal agencies and improved environmental performance in the supply [...]

27 03, 2015

How One Texas Town is Upsetting the Fossil Fuel Apple Cart

By | 2015-03-27T20:49:40+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Business Blog|

Last week, Georgetown, Texas, population 56,000 and an hour north of Austin, announced that it has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with solar giant SunEdison for a total of nearly 150 MW of clean energy.  Combined with its 2014 purchase of 144 MW of wind power from EDF last year, the city has [...]

26 03, 2015

Why GM Wants To Buy Wind Energy

By | 2015-03-26T17:47:41+00:00 March 26th, 2015|News|

March 26th, 2015 | posted on For those who love downplaying or discounting renewable energy as something on the fringe of mainstream economic interests, General Motors’ recent decision to back construction of a Mexican wind farm should come as a wake-up call. About 75% of the energy generated by the project, which gets under way next [...]

20 03, 2015

Texas city to go 100% solar, wind – because it’s cheaper, more reliable

By | 2015-03-20T17:49:06+00:00 March 20th, 2015|News|

March 20th, 2015 | posted on A city in Texas – home to the “Gusher Age” of American oil – is aiming to become 100 per cent renewable within two years, after finalising a deal with SunEdison to supply it with solar power for 25 years. Georgetown – population 56,000 – will take the output from [...]

18 03, 2015

EPA Region 7 Achieves LEED Platinum Certification for Regional Office Facility in Lenexa, Kan.

By | 2015-03-18T17:51:44+00:00 March 18th, 2015|News|

March 18th, 2015 | posted on EPA Region 7 has achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Platinum level under the Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance standard for its Regional Office facility in Lenexa, Kan. The Platinum level is the highest LEED designation awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. In October [...]

16 03, 2015

Climate Leadership Conference Highlights Successes

By | 2015-03-16T20:51:06+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Environmental Blog|

At the end of February, I was able to attend the Climate Leadership Conference, a collaborative effort of The Climate Registry, Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and the EPA.  The conference provides an opportunity for annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, collaboration, and [...]

16 03, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Hires Technology Industry Veteran CEO as New President

By | 2015-03-16T17:52:54+00:00 March 16th, 2015|News|

March 6th, 2015 | posted on Boulder-based Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has hired Pete Dignan to occupy the newly created position of President & COO. Dignan is the former founder and CEO of ProtoTest, a Denver-based software consulting business. During a sabbatical from the company in 2010-2011, Dignan served as the Executive Director [...]

6 03, 2015

California's drought is a multinational business problem

By | 2015-03-06T17:55:00+00:00 March 6th, 2015|News|

March 6th, 2015 | posted on California’s drought is more than a California problem. That point was underscored Thursday when General Mills, the Coca-Cola Company, Driscoll's and others dependent on California supply chains joined forces with Ceres to press state lawmakers — and inhabitants — towards more urgent and innovative responses to water scarcity. “We rely [...]

2 03, 2015

P&G, Constellation to build $200M biomass plant in Georgia

By | 2015-03-02T17:56:15+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|News|

March 2nd, 2015 | posted on The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and Constellation Energy announced the development of a 50 megawatts (MW) biomass plant in Albany, Georgia. Under a 20-year steam supply agreement with Constellation, P&G will purchase the steam to meet all of its steam needs for the company's paper manufacturing facility also in [...]

27 02, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Joins RMI Business Renewables Center

By | 2015-02-27T17:57:38+00:00 February 27th, 2015|News|

February 27th, 2015 | posted on Boulder-based Renewable Choice Energy announced today that it has joined the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center as a founding transaction service provider with an emphasis in power purchase agreement (PPA) brokering. The Center, which is comprised of renewable energy buyers, project developers, and service providers like Renewable Choice, will [...]

26 02, 2015

Solar PV Will Be Cheapest Form Of Power Within A Decade

By | 2015-02-26T17:58:55+00:00 February 26th, 2015|News|

February 26th, 2015 | posted on A major new study from a leading German think tank and renewable energy specialist says the cost reduction potential of large scale solar is still misunderstood, and predicts that solar PV will be the cheapest form of power within a decade, and cost less than $US0.02/kWh by 2050. The study [...]

25 02, 2015

Citi to Finance $100bn Climate Change Projects

By | 2015-02-25T18:00:07+00:00 February 25th, 2015|News|

February 25th, 2015 | posted on Citi says it will lend, invest and facilitate a total of $100 billion in the next 10 years to finance activities that reduce the impacts of climate change and benefit the environment. The banking giant’s previous $50 billion goal, announced in 2007, was met three years early in 2013. Citi [...]

23 02, 2015

Falling Prices and Tax Incentives Driving Explosive Renewable Growth

By | 2015-02-23T20:53:01+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Business Blog|

Within the past two weeks we’ve seen power purchase agreement (PPA) announcements from Google, Apple, Kaiser Permanente, and GM, that, when combined with an earlier announcement from Amazon Web Services, amount to nearly 600 megawatts (MW), or just shy of half of 2014’s total corporate PPA commitment. If you’ve been paying attention, you know that [...]

19 02, 2015

Kaiser Permanente joins Apple, Walmart in clean energy buying spree

By | 2015-02-19T18:01:50+00:00 February 19th, 2015|News|

February 19th, 2015 | posted on Healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente plans to buy enough solar and wind energy to cover half of its electricity consumption across all of its California facilities, the company plans to announce on Wednesday. That commitment comes in the form of several massive power purchase agreements (PPAs), making it the latest high-profile [...]

17 02, 2015

Corporate Demand for Renewables Could Double U.S. Wind and Solar Capacity by 2025, says Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center

By | 2015-02-17T18:13:50+00:00 February 17th, 2015|News| / February 02, 2015-- Today, Rocky Mountain Institute announced the launch of the Business Renewables Center(BRC), a collaborative platform aimed at accelerating corporate renewable energy procurement. The BRC’s goal is to add another 60 GW of wind and solar by 2025, which will nearly double installed U.S. capacity. Nearly two-thirds of Fortune 100 and nearly half of Fortune [...]

13 02, 2015

The Unstoppable Force of Renewables

By | 2015-02-13T20:54:13+00:00 February 13th, 2015|Business Blog, Environmental Blog|

At the 11th hour in 2014, a lame duck Congress pulled a lame duck move, extending the Production Tax Credit (PTC) by a mere two weeks.  The PTC grants tax relief to wind projects and can often be the difference between a project getting off the ground and not.  Without it, there is real fear [...]

12 02, 2015

Google Will Soon Use Wind Power to Run Its HQ

By | 2015-02-12T18:07:02+00:00 February 12th, 2015|News|

February 12th, 2015 | posted on Google is going greener. Today, the internet giant announced that it’s buying power from California’s Altamont Pass, an iconic 7-square-mile wind farm between the San Francisco Bay Area and the state’s Central Valley. The company has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Florida-based NextEra Energy, which owns the wind farm, according to [...]

12 02, 2015

What Apple's PPA With First Solar Could Mean For The Utility-Scale Solar Industry

By | 2015-02-12T18:04:23+00:00 February 12th, 2015|News|

February 12th, 2015 | posted on On Tuesday, First Solar announced that Apple had committed $848 million towards clean energy from the company’s California Flats Solar Project. Apple will receive electricity from 130 megawatts AC of the solar project under a 25-year power purchase agreement, in what will be the largest agreement to provide clean energy to a commercial end-user. [...]

10 02, 2015

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport Achieves LEED Silver Certification

By | 2015-02-10T18:08:33+00:00 February 10th, 2015|News|

February 10th, 2015 | posted on Winnipeg Airports Authority and Stantec Architecture proudly announce that the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the first airport terminal in Canada to become LEED certified. The airport achieved LEED Silver certification, which is beyond the category initially targeted. Looking beyond Canada, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is one of only 17 [...]

9 02, 2015

Collaborative corporate project launched to support 'watershed decade' for renewables

By | 2015-02-09T18:09:41+00:00 February 9th, 2015|News|

February 9th, 2015 | posted on Wind and Solar capacity in the United States could double by 2025 as demand increases from corporations seeking to fulfil commitments to shift to renewables. That's the outlook of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), which has this month launched the Business Renewables Center (BRC) in response to this growing demand. The BRC [...]

3 02, 2015

Wind Energy To Power Portion Of Whirlpool's Ohio Facility

By | 2015-02-03T18:12:37+00:00 February 3rd, 2015|News|

February 3rd, 2015 | posted on Add Whirlpool to the list of corporate purchases of wind power that have come to the realization that on-site wind generation can significantly reduce electricity usage. According to Whirlpool, the $18 million Finday Wind Farm, powered by five Goldwind GW 87/1500 wind turbines, is expected to begin in the spring. [...]

30 01, 2015

WRI’s New Guidance on Scope 2 Emissions: What Does it Mean?

By | 2016-03-14T16:30:40+00:00 January 30th, 2015|Business Blog|

Last week, WRI released its anticipatedguidance on Scope 2 emissions.  The new guidance provides greater clarity on emissions produced via purchased energy (in the form of electricity, steam, heating, and cooling), and specifically takes into account the various low-carbon means by which companies obtain their electricity, including power purchase agreements. The overall aim of the [...]

27 01, 2015

Sustainability is in the DNA at Jackson Family Wines

By | 2015-01-27T20:57:34+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Business Blog, Environmental Blog|

We’re delighted to share a new case study with you featuring our client Jackson Family Wines (JFW). The private, family-owned company operates under three core values that have formed the basis for its operations since it was initially founded by Jess Jackson 32 years ago:sustaining our lands, crafting our wines, and advancing the field.  As [...]

26 01, 2015

Renewable Choice Energy Announces Partnership with Montage Deer Valley

By | 2015-01-26T18:15:53+00:00 January 26th, 2015|News|

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 26th, 2015 -- Renewable Choice Energy today announced that Montage Deer Valley, an elite hotel-residence property under the management of Montage Hotel & Resorts, has purchased green power from the Boulder firm to offset 100% of the company’s electricity use in 2015. In total, the company has purchased more than 11 [...]