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Maine Public Utilities Commission Chooses 3Degrees for Next Five Years

Lighthouse at Acadia National Park in Maine

3Degrees announced a five year contract with the Maine Public Utilities Commission to continue to offer Maine Green Power to the state’s electricity users. This second contract between the two organizations ensures customers of Central Maine Power and Emera Maine – the utilities servicing the majority of Maine’s population – will continue to have the option to support green energy.

2000 customers are already enrolled in the program, together supporting 10,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy in 2015 alone. Maine is New England’s leader in hydro and wind power generation and as such it is no surprise that the program has garnered a positive reception during its first three years. “It makes sense that electricity users in Maine would want a program like Maine Green Power. It’s a natural outcome of Mainers’ passion and commitment for keeping things local” said Ryan Link, Director of Utility Partnerships at 3Degrees.  

Maine-based program staff will continue marketing the program through events and door to door canvassing. Representatives will also focus on helping commercial businesses meet sustainability goals by using green energy. “Businesses are always looking for ways to differentiate themselves from competition. Choosing renewable energy with Maine Green Power is a way to match business operations with customer values,” added Link.

About Maine Green Power

Maine Green Power, a one of many green power programs managed by 3DegreesMaine Green Power is a program developed and overseen by the Maine Public Utilities Commision which allows any entity paying an electricity bill in Central Maine Power or Emera Maine territories to pay an additional charge to purchase renewable energy made in Maine. There is no contract, no equipment to install, and a person can enroll regardless of their competitive electricity supply.

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3Degrees helps BART negotiate two new renewable energy projects

Rigorous process allows BART to procure cost effective renewable energy

3Degrees is proud to be a part of BART’s historic commitment to long term renewable energy through two power purchase agreements. BART, the fifth largest rapid transit system in the US, serves San Francisco and surrounding communities. Working with the Sustainability Group at BART, our team developed and managed the solicitation process, evaluating bids from over 30 project developers. 3Degrees was also responsible for significant quantitative analysis and qualitative project and supplier assessment, allowing the team to identify those projects that provided both the best value and the best fit for BART’s unique energy needs.

“3Degrees was instrumental in providing both in-depth quantitative analysis along with real-world expertise that allowed us to quickly zero in on the best opportunities for BART,” said Holly Gordon, Sustainability Group Manager at BART, “Their team was invaluable in helping us make strategic procurement decisions in a dynamic and changing marketplace.”

The 3Degrees’ team worked closely with BART throughout contract negotiations and helped to finalize the agreements, providing key risk mitigation recommendations and solutions.

“3Degrees is proud to be a part of BART’s work on combating climate change,” says Kourtney Nelson, Director in 3Degrees’ Energy & Climate Practice. “As a leader in the transportation sector, they have now set the bar for their peers.”

These projects, which are expected to come online by 2021, will provide about 90% of BART’s electricity needs, far exceeding BART’s goal of getting 50% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. In addition, these projects will help both lower and stabilize BART’s energy costs.

 

3Degrees Adds April Salas to Board of Directors and Forms New Advisory Board

3Degrees Sign

April Salas3Degrees today announced the addition of energy industry expert April M. Salas to its Board of Directors, as well as the formation of a strategic Advisory Board. 

“We are so pleased to welcome April to our Board of Directors,” said Dan Kalafatas, Chairman of 3Degrees. “She has deep global experience in the public and private sector, where she has worked to transform the energy landscape toward a cleaner, equitable, and more resilient energy future. As 3Degrees enters into a next phase of growth, April’s contributions will help support our global expansion into new markets, products, and services, enabling us to partner with even more companies as they take urgent action on climate change.”

April brings nearly 20 years of public and private sector experience in global and domestic energy markets, rooted in energy systems analysis. Her broad industry knowledge covers a range of energy domains, including electric power, liquid fuels, natural gas, energy finance, distributed energy resources, technology integration, resilience, cyber security, energy equity, and sustainability. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Revers Center for Energy at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. 

Previously, April directed the White House’s Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force Secretariat, publishing more than 70 recommendations for the future of the nation’s energy system. She has also served in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Energy, including Director of the State Energy Assurance Program, where she worked with industry, state, and local energy officials, regulated utility commissioners, and state emergency management directors. In addition, April served as Chief of Planning and Analysis for all federal energy emergency responses with FEMA, including emergency response around the globe, and held roles at the United Nations, UNESCO, in corporate social responsibility, and in energy finance consulting. She has represented U.S. government interests at NATO, is leading dialogue on emerging technologies and society with the National Academy of Sciences Arab-American Frontiers program, and is presenting at the International Energy Agency on the role of behavioral change in the energy transition.

April holds four Master’s degrees — an MBA from Cornell University; an MBA in International Business from Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business; an M.A. in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development from American University of Paris; and an M.A. in International Security and Economics from L’Institut Catholique de Paris, focused on energy poverty and development. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish. April has worked or lived in over 65 countries. 

“I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors for 3Degrees, a true industry thought leader,” said April Salas. “I look forward to supporting the important work the company is doing to help companies and utilities decarbonize in ways that are transformative for the climate and the communities they serve.” 

In addition to expanding its Board of Directors, 3Degrees also announced the formation of an  Advisory Board. This Advisory Board will engage with the Board of Directors and executive leadership of 3Degrees in shaping its strategic direction. The inaugural members of the new group are executives Gilbert G. Campbell III, Britt Ide, and Luke Schneider, who will bring their substantial collective expertise in the renewable energy, mobility, grid electrification, utility, and energy equity spheres.

“I am pleased to welcome Gilbert, Britt, and Luke to the 3Degrees Advisory Board,” said Steve McDougal, CEO of 3Degrees. “Together they have decades of experience leading and advising transformational organizations along their decarbonization journeys. As 3Degrees rises to the urgency of this moment — marked by the accelerating climate crisis and a rapidly evolving energy landscape — their guidance will help us find new ways to serve our customers and maximize our impact.”

3Degrees Advisory Board members:

Gilbert CampbellGilbert Campbell is a leading voice in energy equity and the Co-Founder and CEO of Volt Energy, a national minority-owned renewable energy firm that finances and develops utility-scale, distributed generation, and community solar projects, electric-vehicle charging stations, and energy storage solutions for commercial, government, educational, and non-profit institutions. Gilbert serves on the Board of Directors at Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), and is a Founding Member of Renewables Forward. Gilbert graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University and received the White House Champions of Change Award from the Obama Administration in advancing climate change equity.


Britt Ide

Britt Ide has deep expertise on ESG in board governance and the utility of the future. Britt sits on the Board of Directors of NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE), serving on its Governance and Innovation and Audit committees, and is also President of Ide Energy & Strategy, where she consults on energy, sustainability, climate, and ESG. Britt has over 25 years of experience as an engineering, legal, and business leader working on all sides of energy issues including with associations, industrial users, large commercial users, utilities, non-governmental organizations, developers, and regulators. Britt holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and a Juris Doctor and serves on the Board of the Coalition for Green Capital, which creates green banks across the world to leverage public funding with private investment for climate solutions, and is an ambassador for the US Secretary of Energy’s Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (“C3E”) program.


Luke SchneiderLuke Schneider has broad C-level experience at the forefront of next generation mobility. His experience includes guiding companies, ranging from start-ups to large enterprises, through major business milestones to scale. Currently the CEO of Refraction AI, a company building and deploying autonomous robotic platforms for last mile delivery in urban areas, Luke previously served as CEO of Silvercar, COO of wejo, Ltd, CTO at Zipcar, CTO at Flexcar, and has held various roles at Ford. Luke holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSIA (MBA) in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon. Luke currently serves on the board of directors of Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a hydrogen fuel cell company, and Iteris (NASDAQ:ITI), a smart mobility technology company.

3Degrees Joins CDP as a Global Renewable Energy Partner

Joining forces to further the vision of a world where it is universally more valuable to solve environmental problems than to create them.

CDP and 3Degrees are pleased to announce that 3Degrees is coming on board as a partner to bring renewable energy products and services to CDP responding companies worldwide.

For more than 10 years, 3Degrees has been working with Fortune 500® clients, developing strategies to help them meet their carbon reduction and renewable energy goals. During this time, 3Degrees has played a leadership role in the renewable energy sector and has been named an EPA Supplier of the Year eight times.

“Climate change crosses political and geographic boundaries, and so must our solutions. 3Degrees has been working on this important issue for over a decade,” says Kim Fiske, vice president of Renewable Energy Procurement. “This partnership with CDP will allow us to make a larger impact as we work to connect people and businesses with cleaner energy on a massive scale.”

This partnership represents a new opportunity for 3Degrees to leverage their industry experience and help organizations worldwide reduce their carbon footprints by making direct investments in renewable energy.

“We are excited to welcome 3Degrees as a Gold Renewable Energy Partner that will help our global network drive the transition to a low-carbon future through renewable energy procurement,” says Paul Robins, Head of Partnerships at CDP.  “3Degrees’ extensive expertise in this field will be a positive addition to CDP and will add great value to our responding companies.”

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For fourth year, 3Degrees is named Best Trading Company by Environmental Finance

3Degrees was recently named the 2017 Best Trading Company in Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) – North America for the 4th year in a row by Environmental Finance magazine. These awards honor the expertise and ingenuity of the leading brokers, traders and intermediaries in environmental markets worldwide and are based on a survey of customers and peers.

“It is an honor to be recognized once again by our partners, customers and peers and a testament to the hard work, integrity and creativity of our entire team,” says Scott Eidson, vice president of environmental markets. “Our work – and the work of everyone in our industry – is key to continuing to our ongoing fight against climate change.”

3Degrees offers products and services across the globe and it is our extensive industry knowledge and focus on high-touch customer service that keeps hundreds of energy suppliers and buyers returning to 3Degrees each year. “In today’s volatile markets, our steadfast focus on building strong relationships that create value has served our partners extremely well,” says Eidson.

3Degrees recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary and has transacted more than 130 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy. Overall, this is the sixth time 3Degrees has earned a top designation by Environmental Finance readers in this category.

3Degrees Honored as Best for Environment

Independent non-profit assessment identifies 3Degrees as a creator of positive community impact

3Degrees was honored today at the first annual Best for the World Celebration and Awards Ceremony. The company was recognized for the positive environmental impact of its products, services and internal business practices.

“We are honored to be part of today’s ceremony,” said Steve McDougal, CEO of 3Degrees after he accepted the award. “3Degrees is a company centered around two fundamental notions. First, that many people in this country are willing to direct their money and time to support renewable energy. Second, that as a business we could hold ourselves to a higher standard in how we built and operated the business. This distinction from B the Change Media recognizes that union.”

The Best for Environment category judges business practices and product offerings against environmental impact. In addition to its mission-based product line 3Degrees matches 100 percent of their electricity usage with renewable energy certificates, offsets employee commute emissions and gives preference to local, sustainable and fair-trade suppliers, just to name a few.

“The companies we are honoring as the best for the world represent the cutting edge of a global movement using business as a force for good. We are inspired by them, and feel deeply honored to join them in this historic and ground-breaking celebration,” said Bryan Welch, CEO of B the Change Media.

The ceremony took place at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas Business School. Only the top 10 percent of Certified B Corporations received awards in a variety of categories.

 

Learn more about 3Degrees commitment for positive community change in the 2015 Sustainability Report. 

OneEnergy, 3Degrees, and Net Impact Announce 2018 Energy Scholars

2018 Energy Scholars award winner-group shot

Top academic minds join high caliber community of renewable energy leaders

2018 Energy Scholars award winner-group shot

From left to right: Bhuvan Neema, Michelle Davis, Krisztina Pjeczka, Josh Constanti, Kayla Kutter, Jaydeep Laljani, Taylor Price, and Nitish Garg

In partnership with Net Impact, OneEnergy Renewables and 3Degrees are thrilled to announce the 2018 class of Energy Scholars.

The Energy Scholar program, now in its seventh year, is designed to cultivate and empower tomorrow’s renewable energy leaders through professional mentoring, networking, and industry access. The goal of the program is to foster a new generation of skilled and experienced professionals to take on the fight against climate change.

“We congratulate the 2018 Energy Scholar awardees and look forward to supporting their contributions toward an equitable new energy economy,” said Jennifer Barnes, vice president of operations & communications at OneEnergy Renewables. “We are also thrilled to have partnered with our long-standing friends at 3Degrees this year.  OneEnergy believes that with both companies working together, the Energy Scholars will enjoy even more career opportunities and experiences.”

The Energy Scholar Program recipients comprise students from esteemed institutions such as Duke, UCLA, University of Michigan, and Yale across the spectrum of renewable energy industry needs, including sustainable energy policy, power system modeling, and renewable thermal technologies.

“We are enjoying getting to know this diverse and talented class of Energy Scholars.” said Adam Capage, vice president of corporate and government affairs at 3Degrees. “Their impressive academic achievements, coupled with steadfast commitment to growing the renewable energy industry makes us optimistic about the future.”

Net Impact, OneEnergy Renewables and 3Degrees would like to congratulate the exemplary dedication these students continue to demonstrate and look forward to seeing the impact they will make on the renewable energy sector.

“Net Impact is so proud of our continued partnership with One Energy Renewables during the last several years!” said Liz Maw, Net Impact’s CEO. “This year, we deepened our shared commitment further, cultivating emerging-generation renewable energy leaders through the Energy Scholars program. By expanding our partnership to include 3Degrees, another pioneering organization focused on transitioning towards a low-carbon economy, as well as including the topic of racial diversity at the Energy Scholars conference session, collectively, we’re accelerating our future energy industry leaders in key, relevant ways. We look forward to many more years of working together for a more sustainable world.”  

To learn more about the Energy Scholars program, click here  and here.

Three Speakers from 3Degrees Featured at Renewable Energy Markets Conference

Good things come in threes.

3Degrees will showcase three executive speakers at the annual 2016 Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference on October 16-18, a premiere clean energy industry conference focusing on national and international markets for renewable energy. Our speakers will highlight 3Degrees’ leading-edge work developing and delivering innovative renewable energy products for commercial, industrial and utility customers.


Kim Fiske with 3Degrees
Kim Fiske

Vice President, Renewable Energy Procurement
Kim will bring her 15+ years of renewable energy development experience to a panel discussion about how corporations are navigating market risks, internal obstacles and policy barriers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by buying renewable energy through power purchase agreements (PPAs).

 

Amanda Mortlock with 3Degrees


Amanda Mortlock

Vice President, Utility Partnerships
Amanda will lead and moderate a panel addressing new, innovative product offerings at large utilities that are keeping green pricing programs relevant. Other speakers on this panel include: Kerynn Gianotti, PG&E; Josh Halley, Portland General Electric; and Eric O’Shaughnessy, NREL.

 

Scott Eidson with 3Degrees
Scott Eidson

Vice President, Environmental Markets
Scott will be one of two speakers within the “Market Growth and Trends: Spotlight on California/Western Voluntary and Compliance Markets” session, focused on addressing market trends, drivers, barriers, and impacts in both voluntary and compliance markets in the WECC and the West.

 

For over 20 years, the annual REM conference has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace — attracting participants from around the globe who share a commitment to promoting clean energy. Organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this annual meeting of clean energy stakeholders includes generators, marketers, utilities, purchasers, policymakers and regional stakeholders. Over the last decade, 3Degrees has been a proud REM sponsor.

“The energy industry is undergoing rapid change across both national and international markets. 3Degrees is excited to share insights at REM from our work helping corporations, utilities and project developers develop and implement next-generation renewable energy strategies —  including PPAs, community solar, and innovative approaches to getting new projects built,” says Steve McDougal, CEO of 3Degrees.

Learn more: www.renewableenergymarkets.com

Apple, Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re Collaborate to Accelerate Renewable Energy Development in Illinois and Virginia

PJM Press Release

Projects to generate 290 megawatts of clean energy, enough to power 74,000 homes

Apple, Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re today announced an agreement to develop two new wind and solar energy farms in Illinois and Virginia. Spearheaded by Apple, the new projects will generate 290 megawatts to the PJM electric grid serving much of the Eastern United States, including areas of Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. The two new projects will provide enough power for 74,000 homes and will support each of the companies’ operations.

Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re previously had limited opportunity to access large renewable energy projects in the regions covered by the thirteen state PJM wholesale electric market. By collaborating with Apple, these companies were able to access wind and solar power from the new projects at competitive prices and agreement terms. Collaborations like this accelerate the pace at which new renewable energy generation is built and brought online.

The group, with technical assistance from 3Degrees, will collectively purchase 125 megawatts from a wind farm near Chicago and 165 megawatts from a solar PV project outside Fredericksburg, Virginia, which will be delivered to the electric grid covered by the PJM wholesale electric market. The projects are expected to come online over the next two years. The solar and wind projects will be developed by sPower (an AES and AIMCo company) and Geronimo Energy, respectively.

“At Apple, we’re proud to power all of our operations around the world with 100 percent renewable energy,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “In the process, we’ve charted a course for other companies and organizations to purchase renewable energy and transition their own operations to greener power. The collaboration announced today shows how companies of all sizes can address climate change by coming together.”

“Etsy is excited to be a part of a project that will benefit both the planet and our customers,” said Rachel Glaser, Etsy Chief Financial Officer. “This agreement will help Etsy to meet our goal of powering operations with 100% renewable electricity while also innovating by paving the way for small companies to participate in the renewable energy market.”

“We are proud to be partnering with these corporate leaders to accelerate renewable energy adoption. For Akamai, this collaboration was critical in closing these deals; and, in conjunction with our Texas wind project signed last year, we are on target to achieve our 2020 global renewable energy goal,” said Jim Benson, Akamai EVP and CFO.

“As a leader in mitigating climate risk, Swiss Re aims to reduce its carbon footprint and support renewable energy, which is why we’re so happy to be part of this collaboration,” said Brian Beebe, Head of Origination North America, Weather and Energy, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. “We also hope to speed up the adoption of these clean technologies through Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ innovative insurance products, which help owners of wind and solar assets decrease cash flow uncertainty.”

“We commend Apple’s leadership in this collaboration between them, Akamai and Etsy. Without this group of forward-thinking companies this project would not be a reality,” said Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower.


About Akamai
As the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, Akamai makes it easier for its customers to provide the best and most secure digital experiences on any device, anytime, anywhere. Akamai’s massively distributed platform is unparalleled in scale with over 200,000 servers across 130 countries, giving customers superior performance and threat protection. Akamai’s portfolio of web and mobile performance, cloud security, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions are supported by exceptional customer service and 24/7 monitoring. To learn why the top financial institutions, e-commerce leaders, media & entertainment providers, and government organizations trust Akamai please visitwww.akamai.com,blogs.akamai.com, or @Akamai onTwitter. For more information about Akamai’s renewable energy program please visit our sustainability site.

About Etsy
Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. Our mission is to keep commerce human, and we’re committed to using the power of business to strengthen communities and empower people. We connect millions of buyers and sellers from nearly every country in the world. Buyers come to Etsy to be inspired and delighted by items that are crafted and curated by creative entrepreneurs. For sellers, we offer a range of tools and services that address key business needs.
Etsy was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

About Swiss Re
The Swiss Re Group is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cyber crime. The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally. It is organised into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group’s overall mission.

About sPower
sPower, an AES and AIMCo company, is the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States. sPower owns and operates a portfolio of solar and wind assets greater than 1.3 GW and has a development pipeline of more than 10 GW. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers. For more information, visit www.sPower.com.