Tuesday, January 10, 2017

USA: Companies Want Increased Access to Renewable Energy - Report

Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index (Clean Edge)

The Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index, written by Clean Edge on behalf of the  Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)  and Information Technology Industry Council (ITI),  ranks all 50 U.S. states on the ease with which America’s most recognizable brands can procure domestic renewable energy such as solar or wind for their operations.

Retail and tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Target and Walmart are among nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies seeking to locate operations in states with ready access to clean-energy sources.

The report concludes that while there is no one-size-fits-all solution, the following actions at the state level would go a long way in supporting the growth of corporate renewables procurement:

  1. Remove barriers to corporate deployment of both onsite and offsite renewable installations. 
  2. Support the development of next-generation options to purchase renewable energy through utilities in regulated markets. 
  3. Expand energy choice options for C&I customers in regulated markets.
  4. Ensure that an adequate market exists for renewable purchasing through both utilities and third-party programs. 
  5. Ensure that RE in both regulated and deregulated markets can scale up rapidly. 

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