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AT&T signs huge renewable energy purchase agreement

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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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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

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

New Report – Leading from the Middle: How Illinois Communities Unleashed Renewable Energy

– from the Introduction:

The vast majority of Americans support the use of renewable energy, with solar and wind enjoying strong support across the political spectrum and in every region of the country. Yet even with renewables now competitively priced, most cities and counties lack access to clean energy options and still cannot choose to buy clean energy. Without access to the energy market, most cities cannot meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets and sustainability goals in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

 

Cities in Illinois, however, have harnessed a little-known local energy model called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA; also known as municipal aggregation) to switch to clean power and save their ratepayers millions of dollars. In fact, since 2013 over 90 Illinois towns, representing 1.7 million people, transitioned to 100% renewable electricity by using Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

 

To download and save the complete 55-page report, click here:

http://assets.worldwildlife.org/publications/671/files/original/Leading_from_the_Middle_IL_Report_FINAL.pdf?1394123024