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Compute North cuts ribbon on ‘next generation data center’

By Mike Konz, Kearney Hub

The Compute North facility that soon will be built at Kearney’s Tech oNE Crossing represents the next generation in data centers. The Kearney data center will occupy just 5 acres and employ 10-20 when completed, but it will possess massive computing power. Compute North’s tenants will utilize their computing power for a variety of applications ranging from blockchain technology and cryptocurrency to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Read more here.

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Photo by SoCore Energy of Kearney’s Solar Farm consisting of approximately 23,000 panels on 53 acres located in the city’s technology park, Tech oNE Crossing, To date, the array is Nebraska’s largest solar project, generating 5.8 megawatts of electricity, or about 5% of Kearney’s peak demand. Track The Farm’s Energy Production.
Installer: Interconnection Systems based in Central City, Nebraska
NPPD’s SunWise Community Solar Program

Compute North’s colocation services listed on their website include “cost-competitive infrastructure powered by renewable energy.”

Initiative & Resources for Green Data Center Owners & Colocation Services Providers

Future of Internet Power is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). The organization’s mission: “Increase the use of renewable energy to power data centers  through collaboration with companies, power providers, developers, utilities and policymakers.”

Accomplishments 

  • Produced a white paper, informed by colocation data center clients and vendors and GHG emissions verifiers, outlining the information and documentation that may be required to verify colocation client greenhouse gas inventories as it relates to renewable energy procured by colocation vendors for their data centers
  • Developed and launched the Corporate Colocation and Cloud Buyers’ Principles, six criteria that customers of data center colocation and cloud services expect their data center service providers to meet
  • Compiled a series of tools and resources for companies to use as they put the Principles into action
  • Produced a white paper with the World Resources Institute addressing the issues of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting, renewable energy procurement, and reporting in the data center sector
  • Continuing to work with our REBA co-founders to scale renewable energy and help corporations purchase 60GW of additional renewable energy in the US by 2025

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About REBA

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)
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.

Green Data Centers’ Global Market 

Green Data Centers: Worldwide Market Insight Report 2019-2024 – Power Segment to Hold a Significant Market Share, Research and Markets, Globe Newswire. The green data center market was valued at USD 43.24 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach a value of USD 147.88 billion by 2024 registering a CAGR of 23.01%, during the forecast period 2019-2024. The concern about the growing percentage of energy consumption by data centers over the years has alerted governments across the US and Europe to regulate energy consumption regularly, which is the primary factor which drives the green data center market.

Solar for All: Illinois incentive program aims to make solar more accessible

By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

Solar incentives in Illinois’ 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act helped Josh Lutton grow his Chicago solar company to 30 employees in the span of just a few years. Now, Lutton is hoping for even more growth with the rollout of one of the law’s marquee programs aimed at making solar accessible to more people. Illinois Solar for All is designed to serve people traditionally left out of the solar market: low-income households, including rural homeowners and renters in urban apartment buildings; people of color; and residents of environmental justice communities most impacted by pollution from fossil fuels . . . The Clean Energy Jobs Act and another bill that would expand solar incentives in Illinois, Path to 100, are before the Illinois Legislature, which closes its session at the end of the month. Read more here.

HAPPENING IN OTHER STATES

VW SETTLEMENT NEWS

Report: States missing opportunities to electrify transportation with VW money, by Frank Jossi, Energy News Network. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and the Environment America Research & Policy Center created a scorecard to grade states on how they are allocating money from the settlement. Most states earned D or F grades for allowing money to be spent on diesel and other fossil fuel vehicles. The program’s second phase could offer bigger, if fewer, grants to pay for electric vehicle purchases.

Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Expanding Membership Opportunities

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.

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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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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

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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.

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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