Top Companies Join Hands to Improve Policy Landscape in Clean Energy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Clean energy is one of the most effective tools in the fight against climate change. At the same time, clean technologies save money and make better business sense as they displace fossil fuel emissions. As a result, major companies are increasingly inclined to use clean energy for their global business needs.

Large corporate energy users have now joined forces as part of the Advanced Energy Buyers Group with a goal to expand access to energy that is clean, secure and affordable. The group, whose founding members include Walmart, Salesforce, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Aligned Energy, has been launched by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).

AEE says the group brings together companies committed to changing the policy landscape to increase opportunities for purchasing renewable energy and other advanced energy resources. According to Malcolm Woolf, senior VP at AEE, antiquated market and regulatory barriers stand in the way of many companies that have set energy-related sustainability targets.

Woolf says that the establishment of the Advanced Energy Buyers Group will give a new voice to the industry and community leaders to advocate for federal and state policies that will expand access to all forms of advanced energy. The group will work toward policy solutions that make it easier for companies to pursue advanced energy solutions such as wind power, fuel cells, demand response, energy storage, hydropower, solar and more.

Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist at Microsoft, said that more work needs to be done to advance policies that make it easier and cheaper for more companies, schools, hospitals and families to buy clean energy. Patrick Flynn, senior director of sustainability at Salesforce, said that reaching 100 percent renewable energy is an ambitious target, which can be achieved by working with peers, policymakers and local utilities.

Lily Donge, principal of the Business Renewables Center at the Rocky Mountain Institute, said that the Advanced Energy Buyers Group is a new voice to engage legislators and regulators on policy issues – an important aspect for a market that has been moving towards renewables as the energy of choice.

Source: Solar Industry Mag