Rocky Mountain Institute showcases Dutch wind power PPA partnership

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Centre has released a new case study showcasing a unique partnership among four companies – Google, DSM, Philips and AkzoNobel – to jointly negotiate power purchase agreements with wind projects in The Netherlands. 
Rocky Mountain Institute showcases Dutch wind power PPA partnership

The consortium has signed two PPAs to date, one in October 2016 for the 102 MW Krammer Wind Park project and the other in December 2016 for the 34 MW Bouwdokken Wind Park project.

The Dutch Wind Consortium’s deals are among the earliest examples of aggregated corporate demand successfully transacting in clean energy markets. Other examples include a three-party deal completed in Massachusetts in October 2016 and a 2014 solar deal involving George Washington University, American University and George Washington University Hospital.

The Business Renewable Centre’s case study details several key elements of the deal including: the consortium partners and their sustainability commitments, the benefits and challenges of the consortium model for buying renewable energy, the consortium aggregation process, the PPA structure of the consortium’s deals, a summary of lessons learned, and an overview of the Dutch market.

“We at the Business Renewables Centre applaud AkzoNobel, DSM, Google and Philips for achieving an early success in aggregated renewable energy purchasing” said Roberto Zanchi, senior associate at Rocky Mountain Institute and lead author of the case study. “We feel strongly that aggregation can be a winning strategy for corporate renewable energy buyers, and this model shows that it is indeed possible to align across business motives, priorities and operational teams to get to yes on a PPA.”

Marcel Galjee, energy directorat AkzoNobel, added that meeting goals to be carbon neutral by 2050 and achieving 45 percent renewable energy by 2020 are of significant importance to the company and that selecting the right partners to jointly undertake the challenge was critical.

Marc Oman, EU energy lead, Google Global Infrastructure, said that Google is reaching 100 percent renewable energy for its global operations this year and that success with this consortium played a meaningful part in Google’s worldwide renewable energy plans. Google is seeking to continually push forward innovation for corporate renewable energy procurement.

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Rocky Mountain Institute Business Renewables Centre (BRC)

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