Large-scale corporate energy buyers are seeking renewable energy as a central element of their overall energy strategy. In a few states, these commercial and industrial (C&I) customers have collaborated with their utilities to create new opportunities to buy renewable energy in ways that deliver more value to the customer.
Building on that experimentation, this guide provides a synthesis of the ways utilities can meet the renewable energy demand of large-scale energy buyers.
The paper first describes some of the existing green tariff designs, addresses why some of the country’s largest shareholder utilities are offering green tariff options, and concludes by outlining the considerations necessary to build an attractive and pragmatic green tariff offering based on learnings to date. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
In 2009, Abu Dhabi launched a drive into renewable energy that was trumpeted by the global media as evidence that an old-line petro-state had embraced the global low-carbon agenda. Examined closely, however, the kudos may have been premature, says the author. Abu Dhabi’s expensive renewables venture will neither allow the emirate to forgo construction of conventional generation, nor will it provide more than token reduction in carbon emissions growth. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
Given the current economic turbulence in the EU, policy makers are understandably focused on the need to ensure that European businesses remain globally competitive. Since 1990 the EU has become increasingly exposed to the structurally rising cost of energy, and the related drag on competitiveness, due to a growing dependence on energy imports. However, the adoption of the “20-20-20” targets and measures on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas cuts, the paper argues, are expected to first stabilise, and then reduce fossil fuel imports to the EU. [Note: contains copyrighted material].