Here’s a modern business energy challenge.
As an RE100 member, your business has made a public commitment to using only renewable energy. But the large amount of power your business uses and the location of your buildings means you can’t generate it all yourself. And many other large companies have the same idea. Already 137 RE100 members are competing with you for the limited supply of renewable energy available.
So how do you ensure you’ll have a secure long-term supply of renewable energy to meet your commitment?
A large part of Nestle’s answer is to buy all the power produced by a new wind farm built by an independent renewable energy generator, Community Wind Power (CWP). This one deal takes care of nearly half the electricity Nestle will use for the next 15 years.
The deal – called a Corporate PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) – also helps to boost the UK’s stock of renewable energy. By committing to buy all the power at an agreed price, Nestle made it easier for CWP to raise the capital to build the wind farm. Having a credible long-term buyer and a known price removes the investment risk of an otherwise highly variable income.
Stefano Agostini, CEO Nestlé UK and Ireland, sums up what this means for Nestle this way. “I’m proud that Nestlé is doing the right thing and directly contributing to the reduction of carbon here in the UK and Ireland. We all have a part to play in reducing climate change and its effects while making sure that we safeguard our planet’s future.
“We already use 100% renewable, grid supplied electricity across all our UK and Ireland operations, but now with the opening of Sanquhar wind farm, we can supply half of our own energy here in the UK and Ireland. I’m delighted we not only using 100% renewable electricity to run our business here in the UK and Ireland, we are now responsible for producing it too.”
How to get a Corporate PPA for your company
Of course, there are some practical issues that need to be addressed for this deal to work in practice. And that’s where EDF Energy as Nestle’s supplier and CWP’s offtaker (buyer) comes in.
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