Top Green Power Programs in the U.S.
Four leading green power organizations were recognized for their efforts in expanding renewable energy to customers and creating thousands of jobs at yesterday's 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards in San Francisco, Calif.
The winners include non-utility suppliers, 3Degrees and Washington Gas Energy Sources (WGES), Detroit Edison (DTE Energy) as Utility Green Power Program of the Year and The Clean Energy Collective as Innovative Green Power Program of the Year.
"These organizations have made a strong commitment to offer families and businesses more options to purchase electricity from clean energy sources," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "Their efforts support increased deployment of renewable energy technologies, create jobs, and transform business practices into sustainable solutions that help diversify our nation's energy supply and protect the environment."
Today, approximately 860 utilities offer green power programs throughout the US, an area where annual sales have more than doubled since 2005, according to the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Furthermore, the green power market has grown at an annual rate of 31 percent since 2006 and millions of customers have purchased green power through a related program or renewable certificates marketer.
Named one of America's Fastest Growing Companies by Inc Magazine, 3Degrees was recognized for supplying voluntary customers with Green-e Energy Certified RECs from about 250 renewable generation facilities across the country, 70 percent of which were wind farms. In 2010, the company helped its green power program partners spread the word to almost 5 million residential and commercial customers.
"Voluntary green power programs enable utilities and their customers to increase overall demand for renewable energy," said Adam Capage, Vice President of Utility Partnerships. "Our leadership in this growing market is a result of our unique understanding of how utilities can develop cost-effective green power programs that support local and regional renewable energy projects in a way that builds value for the utility, its customers, and other key stakeholders."
WGES has become one of the largest energy suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic region, funding the most solar projects than any other developer in its region and becoming one of the first suppliers to include carbon offsets in natural gas efforts.
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DTE Energy has committed over $5.7 million to contracts for renewable energy in Michigan, enabling the expansion of new wind and biomass facilities throughout the state.
The CEC has worked hard to enable a model for solar ownership to make it affordable and cost-effective for customers. By providing utilities and customers with a low-risk renewable energy source, the new model has great potential to expand the marketplace for clean energy ownership across the country.
Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace
Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.
Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.
“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”
Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:
Distributed energy resource integration and control
Electric vehicle charging
Demand response and smart-home management
Intelligent asset management
Advanced distribution system management
The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.
Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.
“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”
There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes.
Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed
Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan.
The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.
Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.
Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".