New WBCSD report helps business procure renewable electricity via Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

A new report that guides companies through the process of procuring renewable power via Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

Published: 26 Oct 2016
Type: News

The ‘Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements: Scaling up globally’ report illustrates the benefits of buying renewable power via PPAs for companies and developers alike.

PPAs have become a popular tool for corporate buyers of any sector to effectively ensure economic and sustainable purchasing.

Providing guidance on key aspects of renewable PPAs and highlighting countries with the best potential, the report aims to scale corporate renewable PPAs globally.

Geneva, 26 October 2016: Today the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) announced the release of Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements: Scaling up globally - a new report that guides companies through the process of procuring renewable power via Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

More than 40% of Fortune 500 companies now have targets relating to renewable energy procurement, energy efficiency or cutting GHG emissions. This fast-growing number of companies is procuring power from renewable sources to reduce their carbon footprint and showcase leadership, as well as to mitigate energy procurement costs and risks. The business case for corporate buyers to procure renewables includes:

  1. Economics – long-term electricity cost affordability and improved price visibility;
  2. Sustainability – reductions in carbon emissions and progress towards renewables targets;
  3. Leadership – recognition for renewable electricity achievements and climate leadership.

This report walks companies through the opportunities that PPAs offer. It also addresses the obstacles corporate buyers and developers face as they plan and negotiate PPAs and proposes valuable solutions for corporate buyers and developers alike. The report takes a global approach highlighting countries that present the best potential for corporate renewables - such as Chile and Argentina or India.

“In the many workshops and webinars we organized throughout 2016, corporate buyers spoke with developers, utilities, but also with financial and legal stakeholders to jointly find solutions as an industry”, said Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director for Climate & Energy at WBCSD. “The report is an excellent source of information for companies considering PPAs as one option to buy renewable power.”

The report was drawn up by EY and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP in collaboration with member companies of WBCSD’s Corporate Renewable PPA forum. The forum works to scale corporate renewable PPAs globally and to enhance understanding of electricity buyers from any industry to use PPAs. It is part of WBCSD’s REscale business solution – designed to increase and accelerate the deployment of renewables. REscale consists of companies from different industries and markets, including ABB, BT, DSM, CLP, CPFL Energia, DNV GL, EDF, EDP, Enel, Eskom, First Solar, Iberdrola, Nestlé, NRG, Schneider Electric, State Grid Corporation of China and Unilever as well as partners such as RE100, the Clean Energy Ministerial and the World Resource Institute.

The report is available here.

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