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The Evolving Structure of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

By: Erin Decker, Director, Cleantech Client Management, Schneider Electric.
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Interest in renewable energy has skyrocketed over the past couple of years. Organizations worldwide are making commitments to transform their operations and achieve anywhere from 50% to 100% of energy procurement from renewable sources.

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Interest in renewable energy has skyrocketed over the past couple of years. Organizations worldwide are making commitments to transform their operations and achieve anywhere from 50% to 100% of energy procurement from renewable sources.

Thriving, Sustainably - Q&A With GM's Mary Barra and Dane Parker

Insights from Dane Parker, GM's new (and first) Chief Sustainability Officer
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Our vision at General Motors is to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. We know it won’t happen overnight, but given the upside of that future, we are pursuing our vision as aggressively as we can.

Schneider Electric Asks: What Does it Mean to be a Climate Leader in 2020?

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A new year, in a new decade, calls for a new approach to climate leadership. The year 2020 is an inflection point for climate action. It’s a year in which many companies seek to achieve interim carbon reduction goals in line with the Paris Agreement, and are looking to chart a course for even more ambitious goals over the coming decade.

Kimberly-Clark Guatemala Benefitting from Solar Power Switch

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Kimberly-Clark Guatemala’s solar panel installation is invisible from the street, but the 461 rooftop solar panels are producing benefits for the company and the environment.

The Guatemala solar project will power operations for the company’s distribution center as well as administrative offices and is set to produce 250.6 megawatt hours per year – the equivalent to the annual consumption of 70 homes in the country. It’s estimated that the project will save 127 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Black & Veatch: Reliability, Efficiency and Resiliency Drive Utilities’ Grid Modernization Efforts

New Strategic Directions Report explores the critical role of data and advanced communications systems in delivering the grid of the future
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., January 21, 2020/3BL Media/ – Data is poised to tell the story of our utility systems. But are we ready to listen?

PepsiCo to Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity in the U.S.

New Green Power Pledge Builds Upon Action in Europe and Mexico
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PURCHASE, N.Y., January 15, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Some of America’s favorite snacks and beverages – from Lay’s and SunChips to bubly, Gatorade and Pepsi – will soon be made using electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) today announced plans to achieve 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. direct operations this year. The U.S. is the food and beverage company’s largest market and accounts for nearly half of its total global electricity consumption.

5 Corporate Social Responsibility Trends to Follow in 2020

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2019 was a pivotal year in Corporate Social Responsibility as the concepts of corporate responsibility and sustainability received significant media attention, and the trends that I identified last year at this time (better dialogue, more learning, more disaster prevention, greater equity and the growing importance of Generation Z-ers) remained timely and relevant. Still, 2020 promises to bring more challenges and opportunities to the field, and leaders should pay attention to these developing global trends in Corporate Social Responsibility:

Delivering Resiliency as a Service

Utilities need to be forward-thinking while also offering shareholders value
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When it comes to grid modernization, where utilities want to spend money — and where they have approval to spend money — are not the same thing. Under today’s regulatory models, utilities typically do not have a way to recapture all the fixed costs required for critical upgrades. This can mean the choice between keeping the lights on today and preparing the grid for the challenges of the future.

Key Risk Evaluations of Assets by Utilities Focus on Regulation, Evolving Customer Expectations

These factors and many more are driving risk for utilities
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With great power comes great responsibility, meaning it falls to utilities to ensure that their transmission  and  distribution  (T&D)  assets can — and will — perform at the appropriate reliability and safety levels while continuing to meet regulatory and environmental standards.

Utilities Must Constantly Be on Offense in Cat-and-Mouse Game Against Hackers

Facing increased risk by hackers, utilities are ramping up cybersecurity
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For power suppliers wanting to be vigilant about the threat that hackers pose to the grid, a March 2019 intrusion may have been a benign warning about vulnerability. When hackers disabled a Utah-based  renewable  energy  developer’s control system for about a dozen solar and wind farms in the  West, the grid’s operators were left blinded for more than 10 hours to those 500 megawatts of generation sites. Thankfully, no outages  resulted.

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