When it comes to renewable energy, green power is reaching cost parity with brown power, which presents a great opportunity for organizations to transition to renewables. How can procurement help ensure organizations are taking advantage of the opportunities being opened up while avoiding the possibility of over buying, or making long-term investments with more risk than potential reward?
Leading organizations are taking an integrated approach to buying and using energy, a concept known as Active Energy Management (AEM). By bringing sustainability, energy, and procurement teams and resources together, organizations can develop a cohesive strategy, and collaborate on related programs and projects. They gain a complete picture of environmental and bottom-line impact, harness opportunities to trim consumption and costs — and can even shift energy from a cost center to an asset.
--Energy and carbon reduction options from both the supply side with PPA options (Power Purchase Agreement ) 3rd party financed models for renewables wind and solar, as well as the demand side of energy and carbon reductions through 3rd party financed deep energy efficiency upgrades boilers, chillers, HVAC, lighting, energy management systems, and more.
--The University of California’s successes and challenges from 10 years of renewable energy purchases, their latest thinking and the actions taken to finalize seven new utility-scale renewable electricity and biomethane projects, and how UC established a centralized energy services unit to support quick, collective action
--Mark Buckley, Founder, One Boat Collaborative
--Cynthia Clark, Renewable Energy Manager, University of California
--Ramé Hemstreet, VP, Operations, Chief Sustainable Resources Officer, Kaiser Permanente
--David Phillips, Associate VP, Energy and Sustainability, University of California