By Sarah Golden, GreenBiz
Corporate renewable deals got off to a sleepy but respectable start in 2021, with the largest contracts from U.S. companies reaching just shy of 2 gigawatts of capacity. This represents a cooling from the fourth quarter’s blockbuster 7.3 GW but a steady climb from the first quarter of previous years — Q1 2019 saw 757 megawatts (MW) of deals; Q1 2020 included 1.6 GW.
Ørsted, the Danish multinational energy company best known for offshore wind, made a strong showing as a developer for U.S. corporate procurements this quarter, participating in deals with Pepsi, steelmaker Nucor, Target and Hormel Foods. The contracts include portions of two massive onshore wind projects: the 298 MW Haystack project in Nebraska and the 367 MW Western Trail project in Texas. Target, Hormel and Pepsi have procured portions of the Nebraska project; Pepsi and Nucor are offtakers of the Texas project. Read more here.
Photo: Plum Creek Wind Farm in Wayne County, Nebraska. The Haystack project is under construction nearby.
- Ørsted starts construction of 298 MW Nebraska wind project, Ørsted Newsroom
Situated adjacent to Ørsted’s 230 MW Plum Creek wind farm, Haystack will utilize existing interconnection infrastructure in SPP North.
- All about the Southwest Power Pool, The Wire
- Ørsted signs long-term wind power purchase agreements with PepsiCo for Nebraska and Texas wind farms, REVE News
- Target, Hormel Foods to source wind power from Ørsted in Nebraska, Renewables Now
The duo joins food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc in the list of off-takers for Haystack’s output. In January, PepsiCo sealed two PPAs to get electricity from 665 MW of wind projects by Ørsted, with one of the contracts being tied to the Haystack scheme.
- UPDATE – Target backs 100% renewables pledge with trio of US wind, solar PPAs, Renewables Now
FACEBOOK’S RENEWABLES & ENERGY STORAGE
Facebook meets 100% renewable energy goal with over 6 GW of wind, solar, Utility Dive
Facebook said Thursday it had procured enough new renewable projects to meet 100% of energy needs for its global operations through clean resources, as of last year. The company has contracts in place for more than 6.1 GW of wind and solar across 18 states and five countries, within the same electric grids that power its data centers and operations. Of the energy contracted, Facebook said it currently has 2 GW of solar and 1.3 GW of wind online, along with 720 MW of energy storage.
Image Credit: Facebook
RE100 REACHES NEW MILESTONE
- RE100 reaches 300-member milestone, RE100 News Release
As companies’ awareness of the impacts of climate change has grown, and with the opportunity to save money from wind and solar increasingly evident, buying renewables has moved from the fringe of corporate social responsibility practice to become a core element for business in securing their energy needs whilst driving down emissions and building positive relationships with employees, customers, investors and governments.
- RE100 initiative hits 300 member milestone, Business Green
The new cohort of members means nearly 320TW/h of corporate electricity around the world is set to switch to renewable sources in the coming years – equivalent to the electricity consumption of Australia and Italy, a spokesperson confirmed to BusinessGreen.
FROM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION
- OPPD signs PPA for output of 81-MW solar farm
- Public power utilities recognized for their efforts to shift to modern, carbon-free energy systems
The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. We represent public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. We advocate and advise on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.
SEIA NEWS RELEASE
Solar Industry Unveils Environmental Justice Priorities, April 15, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is announcing its environmental justice priorities through a new policy platform that will support the organization’s advocacy efforts. The platform outlines principles for engagement, as well as environmental justice outcomes and policies that the organization will support to expand equitable access to solar energy and its benefits. The document lays out policies that expand access to clean energy and create industry jobs and workforce development training. It includes possible tax, climate, energy access and labor policies that build on SEIA’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice throughout the solar value chain.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
- Biden’s EPA gets serious about funding environmental justice, contributed opinion by David Coursen, The Hill. David F. Coursen is a former EPA attorney and a member of the Environmental Protection Network, a nonprofit organization of EPA alumni working to protect the agency’s progress toward clean air, water, land and climate protection.
- Biden Moves To Strengthen The EPA: Troubled Agency Saw ‘Brain Drain’ Over the Trump Years, by Sarah Okeson, DC Report
FREE APP FOR TESLA OWNERS
TezLab, a free app that’s like a Fitbit for a Tesla vehicle, pushed out a new feature this week that shows the energy mix — breaking down the exact types and percentages of fossil fuels and renewable energy — coming from charging locations, including Superchargers and third-party networks throughout the United States.
Photo Credit: Tesla