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Green Power Market Development Group


May 2009 - The Green Power Market Development Group, founded by the World Resources Institute in 2000, announced that it has met a ten-year target one year early and is purchasing 1,000 megawatts of cost-competitive renewable energy.

The Group consists of 15 companies: Alcoa, Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, FedEx, General Motors Corporation, Google, IBM, Interface, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Michelin, NatureWorks LLC, Pitney Bowes, Staples, Starbucks.

Four of the companies in the Green Power Market Development Group — Dupont, Johnson & Johnson, Staples, and Starbucks — are also among the EPA’s Green Power Top 50 U.S. Purchasers.

News Release - Corporate Green Power Buyers Reach Purchasing Goal a Year Early

Contact: Alex Perera, 202-729-7729


November 2008 - In its role as convener of the Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG), the World Resources Institute has released a Request for Information to renewable energy suppliers in 16 U.S. states with competitive retail electricity markets, plus the District of Columbia. The RFI is "meant to generate information necessary to assess the feasibility and attractiveness of renewable power hedge transactions for commercial and industrial facilities."

Hedge transactions protect or exempt a renewable energy purchaser from fossil fuel costs. Even though most renewable power sources are free of fuel costs, some renewable energy retail customers in the U.S. do not receive an exemption from fossil-fuel related costs and are not protected from price increases and the financial risks associated with their volatility. Through the GPMDG RFI, the large retail customers are seeking to obtain protection from fuel price volatility, reducing their exposure to these risks.

Under the RFI, the prospective customers seek to identify and compare renewable energy supply options and contract structures that convey hedge value and obtain indicative pricing. The two main hedge structures the customers are focusing on are fixed price supply contracts and "contracts-for-differences," both of which achieve the result of shielding the customer from variations in fossil fuel costs to the extent of the renewable energy purchase.

More Information - WRI Request for Information

WRI Contacts: Robert Heilmayr and Alex Perera


February 2008 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that fourteen of California's largest energy users have joined together to form a group devoted to purchasing and developing new sources of renewable energy. The group, dubbed the California Affiliates of the Green Power Group, will share best practices and form innovative partnerships to support renewable energy development. The participating companies are: Advanced Micro Devices, Apple, BT Americas, Cisco Systems, eBay, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Intuit, Levi Strauss & Co., News Corp., Pactiv, Patagonia and Wal-Mart.

In 2000, WRI convened the U.S. Green Power Market Development Group, which together with its more recently formed European counterpart has facilitated the development of over 600 megawatts of renewable energy through on-site projects and green power purchases. The California Affiliates plan to build on this experience to bring corporate renewable energy purchasing to significant scale in California.

News Release - AMD, Intel, Levi Strauss Among Big Calif. Companies Joining Green Power Buying Group

Additional Information - The Green Power Market Development Group

WRI Contact: Alex Perara 202-729-7729


December 2005 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) and members of its Green Power Market Development Group announced 185 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy purchases and on-site projects, bringing the group's total renewable energy commitments to date to 360 MW. The GPMDG is a collaboration of 12 leading corporations and the WRI dedicated to building corporate markets for green power.

Among the corporate announcements:

  • Alcoa is installing 42 MW of new capacity at its Tapoco hydroelectric facility in eastern Tennessee, which was just certified as "low-impact" by the Low Impact Hydropower Institute.
  • Starbucks Coffee Company is purchasing 150 million kWh per year of Green-e certified wind-based renewable energy certificates (RECs), equivalent to 20% of the annual electricity consumed by its U.S. company stores.
  • IBM will be buying 96 million kWh per year of Green-e certified wind RECs for its U.S. facilities.
  • NatureWorks LLC has contracted for 59 million kWh per year of Green-e certified wind RECs from the Great Plains, making NatureWorks® PLA the first greenhouse gas-neutral polymer.

WRI also announced the launch of a similar corporate renewable energy purchasing partnership in Europe.

News Release - Corporate Renewable Energy Group Hits 360 Megawatt Mark, Launches Similar Effort In Europe

Related Publication - The Green Power Market Development Group: Green Power Projects (January 2005 - December 2005)

Related Publication -The Business Case for Using Renewable Energy (PDF 143 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

WRI Contact: Craig Hanson (202) 729-7624


April 2005 - Starbucks Coffee Company announced that it has committed to purchase wind energy certificates sufficient to match 5% of the electricity used to power its Company-operated stores in North America. The purchase is part of a multi-faceted environmental sustainability strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the company's business activities. According to the company, the purchase is equivalent to the output of 11 large wind turbines. Starbucks also recently joined the Green Power Market Development Group, a collaboration of 13 leading corporations and the World Resources Institute dedicated to building corporate markets for green power.

News Release - Starbucks Takes Action to Address Climate Change

News Article - Starbucks taps into wind energy to power its stores


December 2004 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) released a new study that identifies and describes "next generation" green power products that can be specifically tailored to meet the needs of most corporate customers in voluntary purchase markets. WRI notes that for many large corporate customers, "current generation" green power products are not sufficiently attractive because they are too expensive and do not provide enough value to justify their premiums. The report discusses three examples of "next generation" products including green power using nationally sourced renewable energy certificates (RECs), long-term fixed-price green power, and green contract for differences. The report is the sixth installment of WRI's Corporate Guide to Green Power Markets series.

WRI Report - Developing "Next Generation" Green Power Products for Corporate Markets in North America

Additional Information - WRI Corporate Guide to Green Power Markets Series

WRI Contact: Craig Hanson (202) 729-7624


December 2004 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) and members of its Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG) announced 62 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy purchases and projects, bringing total purchases announced by group members to 174 MW over the last three years.

The GPMDG is a unique commercial and industrial partnership dedicated to building corporate markets for green power. Its members are Alcoa Inc., Cargill Dow LLC, Delphi Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, FedEx Kinko's, General Motors, IBM, Interface Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Pitney Bowes, and Staples.

The 62 MW represent purchases made in the past year for more than 80 facilities in 18 states, including 39 MW of renewable energy certificate purchases, which support 21 MW of biomass generation and 18 MW of wind generation, 21 MW of landfill gas use for on-site energy generation, and 2 MW of wind and solar energy purchases.

News Release - Major corporations, WRI announce third round of renewable energy purchases

News Release - 3 Phases Energy Announces Three-Year Green Power Agreement with Corporate Purchasing Group

Project Summaries - Green Power Projects: October 2003 - December 2004 (PDF 199 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

WRI Contact: Craig Hanson (202) 729-7624


October 2004 - The World Resources Institute announced that it has released an update of its Green Power Analysis Tool, which is designed to help energy and environmental managers analyze the costs and environmental benefits of green power projects. The updated version (2.0) includes the following new features: 1) an improved installation program, 2) page-by-page "help" functions, 3) GPAT navigation guidance, and 4) a workbook for calculating emissions reductions from direct use landfill gas projects. The tool quantifies emissions reductions of CO2, SO2, and NOx as well as the cost of achieving these reductions in dollars per ton.

WRI Contact: Ryan Levinson (202) 729-7724


November 2003 - Sterling Planet, Inc. announced that it has entered into agreements to supply renewable energy certificates (RECs) to corporate partners of the World Resources Institute's (WRI) Green Power Market Development Group, including Alcoa Inc., Delphi Corporation, DuPont, Interface, Pitney Bowes and Staples. Collectively, Sterling Planet will supply the companies with 795 million kWh of RECs from wind and bioenergy resources over the next several years.

News Release - Major U.S. Corporations, World Resources Institute and Sterling Planet Make History with Record-Setting Corporate Renewable Energy Purchase - No longer online at sterlingplanet.com

Sterling Planet Contact: Mel Jones (404) 513-0259 or (770) 408-6389


September 2003 - The Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG) announced that member companies have recently signed deals to obtain 97 MW of power from renewable and other clean energy generation options. Among the various commitments are purchases totaling 15 MW of wind energy and 36 MW of renewable energy certificates. The GPMDG is a commercial and industrial partnership of 12 companies dedicated to building corporate markets for green power, which is facilitated by the World Resources Institute (WRI).

News Release - Coalition of twelve major US corporations and WRI announce largest corporate green power purchases in US

News Article - Some Companies Attracted to 'Green' Power

Other Information - List of GPMDG Clean Energy Projects

WRI Contact: Craig Hanson (202) 729-7624


June 2003 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) announced the availability of a new tool designed to help corporate environmental managers make decisions about green power. The Green Power Analysis Tool enables users to analyze and compare the economic and environmental attributes of green power projects. Users can calculate the emissions reductions associated with one or more green power projects and the cost of achieving those reductions in dollars per ton. The tool is described in the most recent installment of WRI's Corporate Guide to Green Power Markets series.

Report - Corporate Guide to Green Power Markets: Introducing the Green Power Analysis Tool (PDF 157 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

WRI Contact: Craig Hanson (202) 729-7624


March 2003 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that Dow Chemical Company and Staples, Inc. have joined the Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG), which is a collaboration of leading U.S. companies working to increase corporate development and use of renewable energy sources.

Dow announced that it is using 240 billion Btu per year of landfill methane to generate steam at a Dalton, Georgia manufacturing plant and plans to use renewable energy at other facilities. And Staples is committed to increasing its corporate green power purchases from current levels of less than 3% to 5% by the end of 2003. The GPMDG has a goal of developing 1,000 MW of new, cost-competitive green power by 2010.

News Release - Dow Joins Green Power Market Development Group

News Release - Staples Joins Green Power market Development Group


December 2002 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) has published the second report in its Corporate Guide to Green Power Markets series. The new report, written for corporate energy managers, is a primer on the environmental, technical, and economic issues associated with landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) projects. The report notes that LFGTE projects can be both cost-competitive and environmentally sustainable, and potentially provide additional benefits through reduced energy price volatility, the generation of emissions credits, and an improved corporate environmental profile.

The WRI report series is based on the experience of the Green Power Market Development Group, a partnership between WRI and 10 leading companies dedicated to building corporate markets for green power.

Report Download - Opportunities with Landfill Gas (PDF 422 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

WRI Contact: Craig Hanson (202) 729-7624


September 2002 - The World Resources Institute (WRI) has issued the first installment in its Corporate Guide to Green Power Markets series, which was initiated to identify and explain multiple aspects of green power markets for corporate buyers. The first report outlines the business case for purchasing green power and describes the challenges faced by companies in making purchases.

In the report, WRI notes that while green power purchasing can offer many corporate benefits, these benefits are not easy to quantify or express in monetary terms. Also, green power purchases can be difficult to implement in today's marketplace because of the unique operational characteristics of some renewable energy sources, unequal policy treatment among different renewable technologies, and market and policy structures that fail to provide monetary value for many of the intrinsic benefits of renewables. Among the strategies identified for overcoming these challenges are for companies to explore nontraditional procurement opportunities and to consider partnerships with other firms interested in procuring green power.

Along with 10 large U.S. industrial and commercial energy users, WRI formed the Green Power Market Development Group, which is working to transform energy markets to enable corporate buyers to increase their green power purchases. Representing an estimated 8% of total U.S. corporate energy use, the group seeks to develop 1,000 MW of new, cost-competitive green power by 2010.

Download WRI Report - Introducing Green Power for Corporate Markets: Business Case, Challenges, and Steps Forward (PDF Download: 203K) Download Acrobat Reader

WRI Contacts: Duncan Austin or Craig Hanson, (202) 729-7600


June 2002 - The Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG) announced that four member companies have implemented projects to purchase a total of 15 MW of green power from various sources. The companies are: General Motors Corporation, which is utilizing landfill gas as a green power source and to power boilers; IBM, which is purchasing wind-generated electricity in Minnesota and Texas; Johnson & Johnson, which has installed nearly 350 kW of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems; and Kinko's, which purchases green power for a total of 80 branches nationwide.

The GPMDG is a commercial and industrial partnership of 10 companies dedicated to building corporate markets for green power. The Group's goal is to create 1,000 MW of new cost-competitive green power for corporate markets by 2010.

News Release - Four Major Companies Announce Green Power Purchases and Projects - No longer online at kinkos.com

News Release - Kinko's Powers Up Renewable Energy Purchases in Oregon - No longer online at kinkos.com

News Release - Kinko's Signs Up for Utah Power's Blue Sky Wind Energy - No longer online at kinkos.com

News Release - Kinko's Expands Colorado Green Power Purchases through Windsource Program - No longer online at kinkos.com

News Release - Kinko's becomes renewable power purchase leader

News Release - Kinko's becomes Utah's largest Blue Sky buyer

GPMDG Contact: Adlai J. Amor (202) 729 7736


August 2000 - Eleven major U.S. businesses announced that they are working with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to support the development of 1,000 megawatts of new "green" energy capacity over the next 10 years. The partnership, called the Green Power Market Development Group (GPMDG), was organized to support the development of green energy markets. The diverse group of businesses, which includes DuPont, General Motors, IBM, Interface, Johnson & Johnson, Kinko's, and Pitney Bowes, hopes to identify its first sources of cost-competitive green power within the year.

News Release - Business Leaders Collaborate To Help Develop Green Power Markets

News Article - Eleven Companies Cultivate a Greener Power Market

GPMDG Contact: Jennifer Finlay (202) 729-7657


 

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