2019-09-19
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Corporations Bought Record Amount of Clean Energy through PPAs in 2018

It's been a record year - again: Corporate clean energy buying surged to 13.4 gigawatts, more than doubling 2017’s total.

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BloombergNEF (BNEF) has published its 1H 2019 Corporate Energy Market Outlook yesterday stating that 121 corporations in 21 different countries have signed long-term contracts for 13.4GW of clean energy in 2018. And thus shattering the previous record of 6.1GW in 2017.

Jonas Rooze, head of corporate sustainability for BNEF, said: “Corporations have signed contracts to purchase over 32GW of clean power since 2008, an amount comparable to the generation capacity of the Netherlands, with 86% of this activity coming since 2015 and more than 40% in 2018 alone.”

More than 60% of the global activity in 2018 occurred in the U.S., where companies signed PPAs to purchase 8.5GW of clean energy, nearly triple the amount signed in 2017. Front runner is Facebook, purchasing over 2.6GW of renewables globally in 2018, primarily with utilities in regulated U.S. markets through programs known as green tariffs. This was three times that of the next biggest corporate energy buyer, AT&T.

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Next to IT companies which have always been interested in buying clean energy, now even unlikely companies start to think green: ExxonMobil became the first oil major to sign a clean energy PPA for its own operations, purchasing 575MW of solar and wind in Texas. 34 other new companies have also signed their first clean energy PPAs, making up 31% of total activity in the U.S.

In the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, corporations also purchased record volumes of clean energy, inking deals for 2.3GW and doubling the 1.1GW signed in 2017. Some counties joined the game for the first time like Poland or just the sond time like Denmark and Finland.

In the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, still a nascent market for corporate procurement, companies signed a record 2GW of clean energy PPAs, more than the previous two years combined. Nearly all of this activity occurred in India and Australia, with roughly 1.3GW and 0.7GW of clean energy purchased, respectively. Both markets allow companies to buy clean energy at a large scale through offsite PPAs, making them rarities for the region.

Demand still far outstrips supply in the rest of APAC, although recent changes in several markets suggests a major spike in activity is on the horizon. Offsite corporate PPA mechanisms are now available in nine provinces in China, and the imminent passing of a renewable portfolio standard will give over 30,000 large commercial and industrial companies renewable electricity targets. In Japan, the country’s third non-fossil certificate auction saw corporations purchase 21TWh, tripling the combined activity in the first two auctions. Thirteen companies in Japan have also established 100 renewable electricity targets, more than the rest of APAC combined.

To see all the numbers, head over to BNEF.

 

Source:
BNEF
Author:
Windfair Staff
Email:
press@windfair.net
Keywords:
BNEF, PPA, corporate buyer, clean energy, power purchase agreement, USA, record, Poland



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