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Industry Trends

17 07, 2017

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

By | 2017-07-17T09:44:50-07:00 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 [...]

26 05, 2017

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

By | 2017-06-09T10:18:31-07:00 May 26th, 2017|Corporate Renewables, Industry Trends|

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

12 04, 2017

7 for 2017: Global Energy Market Trends

By | 2017-05-15T10:33:52-07:00 April 12th, 2017|Industry Trends, International|

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

8 03, 2017

#BeBoldForChange: Women in Energy and Sustainability

By | 2017-03-09T11:45:57-07:00 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 | 2017-03-08T10:28:16-07:00 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. [...]

16 02, 2017

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

By | 2017-02-15T13:12:19-07:00 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 [...]

30 01, 2017

The Value of an Independent Advisor

By | 2017-02-08T12:09:02-07:00 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 | 2017-01-26T10:24:35-07:00 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 [...]

4 01, 2017

Full Steam Ahead: The Outlook for Renewables in 2017

By | 2017-01-04T12:23:01-07:00 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 [...]

8 12, 2016

The Outlook for Corporate Renewables in a Volatile Energy Market

By | 2016-12-08T11:30:21-07:00 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 [...]

1 12, 2016

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

By | 2016-12-01T10:22:02-07:00 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 | 2016-11-29T13:23:30-07:00 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 [...]

2 11, 2016

4 Drivers for Renewable Energy in the Automotive Industry

By | 2017-03-22T16:30:08-07:00 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 [...]

21 10, 2016

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

By | 2016-10-24T14:06:36-07:00 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 [...]

29 09, 2016

Why Wind? – Energy Goes Green in the Private Sector

By | 2016-09-29T11:45:06-07:00 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 [...]

19 07, 2016

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

By | 2016-07-20T10:17:58-07:00 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 [...]

13 04, 2016

Wind Outpaces Natural Gas Even In Falling Price Environment

By | 2016-05-18T14:00:55-07:00 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 [...]

23 02, 2016

Growing Sophistication of the Renewable Energy Buyer

By | 2016-03-03T10:50:19-07:00 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 [...]

1 02, 2016

Market Predictions Come True for Renewable Energy

By | 2016-04-11T11:20:05-07:00 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 [...]

21 01, 2016

The Rise of the Corporate Energy Buyer

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

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

15 01, 2016

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

By | 2016-03-03T10:48:18-07:00 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 [...]

13 11, 2015

Strong 2015 Performance Has Wind Energy Developers Looking to the Future

By | 2016-07-12T13:58:39-07:00 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 [...]

7 10, 2015

Corporate Renewables; An Unlikely Partnership

By | 2016-03-03T10:52:46-07:00 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 [...]

25 08, 2015

Dropping Prices Spur US Wind Power Growth

By | 2016-03-03T10:55:02-07:00 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 | 2017-07-17T09:22:57-07:00 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 [...]