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大企业想要可再生能源,但这并不容易

  • 日期2013年11月6日
  • 作者世界自然基金会可再生能源经理Bryn Baker和RMI负责人Dan Seif

世界自然基金会和RMI与大型公司就可再生能源的谜团举行论坛

在积极的气候和能源目标的推动下,公司比以往任何时候都更加推动向可再生能源的过渡 - 但这种努力并非没有障碍。

世界自然基金会大前锋例如,报告显示了这一点60%财富100强企业和全球100强企业都有气候目标。为了实现这些目标,可再生能源名列榜首,但公司发现购买和投资可再生能源尤其具有挑战性,即使他们正在投入其中。见证人谷歌的白皮书呼吁采用新方法扩大可再生电力采购方案。

为应对这些挑战,世界自然基金会和RMI举办了企业可再生能源采购日。代表年收入超过1万亿美元的公司进行了讨论,并优先考虑如何最好地应对这些挑战。

这是我们发现的:

+$Challenges of Getting to the Finish Line

+$We know companies face a variety of barriers that are slowing progress, including:

  1. +$internal challenges, including knowledge and management support;
  2. +$market challenges that lead to high transaction costs, and
  3. +$limits on what they can do and how they can do it caused by laws, utility regulators, utility practices, and accounting standards.

+$Ready, Set, Internal High-Jump!

+$As companies try to source and execute projects to meet their goals, even the largest companies struggle to learn about the complex deal structures and financial instruments they need to buy renewables. Confusing financial accounting and legal structures put a burden on staff and management and often require expensive outside expertise. Renewable energy developers, suppliers, and buyers need to work together to make information and resources easier to access and understand, so company management understands the benefits of renewables investments.

+$Immature Market Structures Raise the Transaction Costs

+$No matter how much renewable energy expertise is available within a company, current market structures are bound to prove challenging.

  • +$Term+$: Many companies are limited in their ability to sign long-term PPAs, the industry standard. Shorter-term or transferable contracts like the subscription trading offered to residences and small businesses would offer more flexibility.
  • +$Standardized Contracts+$: Even when companies are amenable to more typical PPA or investment terms, contracts aren’t standardized, which confuses the process. Standardized contracts would go a long way in preventing businesses from dealing with apples, oranges and pears.
  • +$Asymmetric Information+$: Companies also find it challenging to even find potential projects because of the lack of transparency around available project opportunities.
  • +$Complexity of Renewable Microgrids+$: Many companies want an “islandable,” reliable, energy supply but balancing out intermittent renewables can be complicated. Integrated deals that easily bundle renewables with other balancing technologies can help companies cover their full energy demand.
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+$Corporate Buyers Don’t Want to be in the Energy Business

+$Corporate buyers want to buy clean, renewable power but they can’t buy it directly in many U.S. states. It’s like going to buy a new car, but finding all the cars are the same model and only come in black. Corporate buyers generally would rather buy green power from a supplier like a normal procurement decision than meet their goals project by project. Lack of simple procurement options that meet their needs are driving them to go around utilities.

+$All this would be a lot easier if utilities, those in the business of procuring and delivering energy, were able to sell the renewable energy product their customers are looking for. As the growing number and scale of corporate goals demonstrates, there’s a market here; utilities have a business opportunity ripe for the picking.

+$What’s Next?

+$There is a day coming soon when the vast majority of U.S. businesses are supplied by renewable energy. Companies have the power to make large investment and procurement decisions that can move and shape energy markets.

+$Many already have. They see the business value renewable energy offers. However, the common challenges identified at the Buyer’s Day workshop hinder their progress. A clean, prosperous, and secure future comes closer when the choice to go renewable is the easiest path. WWF and RMI will use ideas from the Buyer’s Day to drive several solutions that make that desired future arrive even sooner.

+$Please Contact+$corpREbuyersday@wwfus.org+$and/or+$corpREbuyersday@rmi.org+$to learn more about WWF’s and RMI's respective ongoing efforts.

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