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Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Expanding Membership Opportunities

Facebook, Google, General Motors, Walmart and hundreds of other companies launch
Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, targeting 60 gigawatts of corporate renewables by 2025

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance News Release, PR Newswire

Google, Facebook, General Motors and Walmart, along with over 300 other companies,
launched the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) today—the largest group of corporate renewable energy buyers in the United States. By working to unlock the marketplace for
organizations to buy renewable energy, REBA hopes to bring more than 60 gigawatts of new
renewables online in the United States by 2025. Read more here.

Recommended Viewing
What is REBA?, Two-minute video by REBA on Vimeo.

MORE ABOUT REBA’S MISSION & NEW MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 

Since 2014, the REBA community has grown to over 200 large energy buyers, and over 150 clean
energy developers and service providers. Participants in the REBA community have been a part of 95% of all large-scale US corporate renewable energy deals to date.

With dedicated expertise from four successful nonprofit programs that have helped
organizations break through barriers in renewable energy procurement in recent years,
REBA’s goal is to catalyze 60 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy by 2025, and expand the number of organizations buying clean power from dozens today to tens of thousands.

In 2018, four leading NGOS — Rocky Mountain InstituteWorld Wildlife FundWorld Resources
Institute
, and Business for Social Responsibility — merged their renewable energy programs, the Business Renewables Center, the Future of Internet Power, the Buyers Principles, and Green Tariff programs. This programmatic consolidation builds upon their collective success and offers a single streamlined solution.

Today’s REBA seeks to grow the market for end-user backed renewables from dozens to thousands of organizations nationwide, while advocating for an energy system that meets the needs of all.

REBA is a national membership association open to all non-residential energy buyers, supporting the entire clean energy transaction involving buyers, developers, and service providers of renewable energy.

REBA also collaborates with nonprofits, governments, and universities. Discounted membership
pricing is available, as well as partnership opportunities.

Visit the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance website to learn more: www.rebuyers.org 

AT&T signs huge renewable energy purchase agreement

Posted by Climate Action

AT&T has agreed to purchase 520 megawatts of renewable energy, in what is being signaled as one of the largest corporate agreements to date The company has also signed on to a set of principles which help guide and support corporate companies make cost-effective renewable energy purchases from the grid. The initiative is being led by WWF and the World Resources Institute. Read more here.

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 ALSO IN THE NEWS

How corporate buyers, utilities can embrace the low-carbon future together

Written by Heather Clancy, GreenBiz

So far this year, Fortune 500 organizations — many of them eager to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions targets — have signed contracts that will add more than 2 gigawatts of solar and wind power to the U.S. grid in both regulated and deregulated states, according to data collected by the Business Renewables Center, part of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Almost 90 percent of those buyers were newcomers to the marketplace.

One area that corporate energy buyers and sustainability teams with clean power targets should watch closely over the next 12 months is green tariffs, which are programs that allow customers to source renewable energy in regulated states at a fixed rate. According to research by the World Resources Institute, there are now 17 of these programs available in 13 states.

For this article, Bill Weihl, director of sustainability at Facebook, provides information about OPPD’s green tariff adopted earlier this year.

Read more here.
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

The U.S. Renewable Energy Map
Includes OPPD’s Green Tariff

Click map to enlarge it. 

The U.S. Renewable Energy Map: A Guide for Corporate Buyer reveals where purchasers can access the renewable energy they want at the scale they need through their utility. The map tracks renewable energy purchasing options in different states, including green tariff programs and other utility renewable energy products. Buyers use the map to inform decisions on where to site new facilities, prioritize their renewable energy purchasing strategies, and ultimately meet their clean energy goals. Recognizing the growing demand for renewable energy, states and their utilities use the map to compete for economic development by showcasing available renewable energy products.

The map also compares each product to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles and includes details from World Resources Institute’s Emerging Green Tariffs in U.S. Regulated Electricity Markets publication.

The Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles and the Business Renewables Center are the core initiatives of what became the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, or REBA. The alliance’s goal is to help US corporations add 60 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity to the grid by 2030.

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Beyond baseload: 100% Renewable energy in Australia

New report from the World Wildlife Fund

Beyond Baseload
The concept of ‘baseload’ power becomes redundant under a 100% renewable energy grid. Current technology could allow Australians to keep the lights on 24/7 using only renewable energy. Emerging battery storage can make this process smoother and cheaper. Major figureheads of international energy companies within some of Australia’s largest trading partners acknowledge there will be no need for ‘baseload’ power as we know it today. Achieving 100% renewable energy is already a reality in some countries. Read more here.

Click image to download the report. 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for over half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. World Wildlife Fund and World Resources Institute facilitated the efforts of a group of large corporate energy buyers to purchase renewable energy directly from utilities. Visit Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles website for more information: www.buyersprinciples.org

New U.S. Map Shows Where Companies Can Buy Renewable Energy Through the Grid

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance / World Resources Institute

REBA map

The Corporate Renewable Strategy Map reveals where large energy buyers can access the renewable energy they want at the scale they need through their utility. This interactive tool tracks their options in different states.

Companies can use this map to consider siting new facilities and to prioritize their renewable energy purchasing strategies. It highlights green tariff programs and other utility energy products that allow customers to meet their clean energy goals and lower electricity costs.
It compares each product to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles.

Buyers’ Principles signatories, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, GM, Yahoo, IKEA and approximately 100 others, need to buy nearly 44 million megawatt hours of renewable energy across the US by 2020. States that offer products can compete for this economic development, and companies can more effectively access this information using the interactive Corporate Renewable Strategy Map and other Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) resources.

Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
New U.S. Map Shows Companies Where to Buy the Renewable Energy They Want, World Resources Institute
A New Chapter for Renewable Energy Buyers, Rocky Mountain Institute

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Forms to Power The Corporate Movement To Renewable Energy


WASHINGTON (May 12, 2016) — Four non-governmental organizations have formed the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), a new coalition to empower multinational companies to transform electricity systems with renewable energy. REBA aims to help facilitate and deploy 60 gigawatts (GWs) of new corporate renewable energy in the United States by 2025.

REBA is led by Business for Social Responsibility, Rocky Mountain Institute, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund. Over 60 companies are members of one or more of REBA’s initiatives.

Click here to read the entire release.
Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) website
: www.rebuyers.org
Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Utility Dive: Major US companies launch Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
Bloomberg: Facebook, Microsoft Give Clean Energy a Boost With Buyer’s Group

Q&A: What can a million dollars do for clean energy?

By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

Earlier this month, Invenergy founder, president and CEO Michael Polsky made a $1 million contribution to the World Resources Institute to “fund projects that increase access to clean, affordable and reliable power,” as the institute put it.

Letha Tawney

Letha Tawney

The contribution created a Chair for Renewable Energy at the institute, a Washington D.C.-based global non-profit organization that promotes sustainable policy and investment focusing on climate, food, energy, forests, water and sustainable cities.

The chair is filled by Letha Tawney, also director of utility innovation at WRI. Continue reading here.

WRI’s Partners
World Wildlife Fund
Edison Electric Institute 
Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center
Business for Social Responsibility