What's the best way to buy renewable energy?

Big businesses are pursuing renewable energy goals at an increasingly rapid clip. Where to begin?

Big businesses are pursuing renewable energy goals at an increasingly rapid clip. Where to begin?

Green Biz | September 21, 2017

Buying renewable energy is getting easier.

Large U.S. corporations signed contracts this year through Sept. 19 to buy more than 2000 megawatts of renewable power, up nearly 30 percent from last year, and up from just 70 megawatts in 2012, according to the Business Renewables Center.

More than 100 large companies around the world — many based in the United States — have pledged to buy enough renewables to match 100 percent of the power they use. To achieve this, many companies are buying solar, wind or other renewable power directly from suppliers. Participants in VERGE17 in Santa Clara, California, this week discussed their companies' various renewable-power pursuits.

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Erin Dolleris Has is new Event Producer for Southeast Renewables Energy Summit in Atlanta

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Erin Dolleris Hall, Event Producer, Southeast Renewables Energy Summit, Atlanta

Erin Dolleris Hall,
Event Producer, Southeast Renewables Energy Summit,
Atlanta

Dear Speakers:

I want to introduce myself and let you know I’ll be taking over for Nikki Erinakis as Event Producer for the Southeast Renewables Energy Summit, November 1 – 3, 2017 in Atlanta.

The event brochure featuring our stellar line-up of speakers, sponsors, and supporters can be found here.

We would greatly appreciate it if you circulated it amongst your business colleagues, friends and acquaintances and encourage them to register.  

Here is a discount code you can provide your colleagues, allowing them to attend at a 10% discount. 172406

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Warm regards,
Erin Dolleris Hall

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Texas Wind Farms Survive Hurricane Harvey

08.30.2017  -  cleanenergy.org

Wind farms are generally engineered to withstand up to Category 3 hurricane-strength winds. Even though Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast as a Category 4, no wind turbines were destroyed by the storm’s winds. Why not? In coastal Texas, there are just over 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity already installed. However, three projects representing 389 megawatts faced the worst of Hurricane Harvey – Harbor Wind (9 MW) on the north side of Corpus Christi, and the Papalote Creek I/II sites (380 MW, total) in San Patricio county. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm, with winds exceeding 130 miles per hour. It took six hours for Harvey to move 30 miles across Corpus Christi and Aransas Pass, pummeling the area with Category 3 and Category 4 winds.

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In Big Test of Wind Farm Durability, Texas Facility Quickly Restarts After Harvey

09.01.2017  -  Wall Street Journal

For the first time in the history of the burgeoning U.S. wind industry, a wind farm got hit by a hurricane—and it was back producing power within days.

Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of more than 130 miles an hour a week ago Friday about 20 miles from the Papalote Creek Wind Farm near Corpus Christi, Texas.

One section of the onshore wind farm was producing electricity on Thursday and the other was expected to be back online on Friday, according to its owner, German power company E.ON SE 

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Austin Energy Targets 65% Renewables by 2027

08.21.2017  -  utilitydive.com

Austin Energy will now target almost two-thirds renewable energy in its mix, but the progressive city clearly has its sights set even higher. 

According to the Austin American-Statesman, hundreds spoke earlier this month in favor of 100% clean energy goal, but a less aspirational target was adopted amid concerns of rising energy prices. However, amendments to the plan direct the utility to examine the possible impacts of using more carbon-free energy.

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What to Watch in the Wake of the DOE Grid Study

08.28.2017  -  utilitydive.com

The Department of Energy's grid reliability study has been described in many ways since it dropped last week, including schizophrenic, and an effort "to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants."

But overall, the reaction has been more moderate and cautiously complimentary. There was much fear in clean energy and environmental circles that a pro-coal, anti-renewables slant was virtually preordained by the study's scope, and the Trump Administration's promise to support fossil fuels. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's memo launching the process appeared to praise "baseload" power plants and hint that their difficulties have been linked to renewable subsidies.

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Hurricane Harvey Is Putting Texas Grid Resiliency to the Test

08.28.2017  -  greentechmedia.com

Hurricane Harvey’s path of destruction has left hundreds of thousands of Texans without power, and the state’s utilities are facing days, or even weeks, before the floodwaters recede and they can begin to repair the damage. 

As of Monday afternoon, about 290,000 customers were without power in the southeastern parts of Texas, as the hurricane that ripped into the coast on Saturday lingered on as a rain-dumping tropical storm for its third day. The outage numbers are bit lower than the 300,000-plus without power as of Sunday afternoon, but just barely, according to Department of Energy storm updates.

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Harvey Pushed This Texas Wind Farm All the Way to the Max

08.31.2017  -  bloomberg.com

For a wind farm in the path of a hurricane, location matters.

Pattern Energy Group Inc.’s Gulf Wind farm in Texas remained in operation even as Hurricane Harvey devastated the state with a deluge of rain and winds that reached 130 miles an hour. The 283-megawatt power plant is in Armstrong, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) from Corpus Christi, where the storm crashed into the coast.

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