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3Degrees Receives EPA Green Power Leadership Award

8th win recognizes Leadership in Community Solar, Renewable Energy Procurement

3Degrees announced today that it has received a 2015 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This award recognizes the country’s leading green power suppliers for their commitment to advancing the nation’s voluntary green power market.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious award for the eighth time,” said Steve McDougal, 3Degrees CEO. “Our staff is committed to connecting people with cleaner energy on a massive scale, and it is an honor to be recognized for this work.”

In the past year, 3Degrees has focused on expanding renewable energy in the U.S. through three key initiatives:

  • Community Solar: 3Degrees is the industry leader on implementing voluntary community solar programs and is currently working with two major IOUs to launch their programs
  • Power Purchase Agreements: With more companies looking for an ownership stake in their renewable energy purchases, we are advising Fortune 500 clients on opportunities around renewable energy procurement
  • New projects: Over the past several years, 3Degrees has been instrumental in bringing new renewable energy projects online, working with suppliers and clients to create projects that are cost-effective and meet client needs

“EPA is pleased to recognize 3Degrees with a Green Power Supplier of the Year Award for its leadership in expanding the nation’s renewable energy industry,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Through its development of new renewable energy capacity, 3Degrees is helping to address climate change and put our country on a path to a future powered by renewable resources.”

EPA presented 3Degrees with the Green Power Supplier of the Year award at the 2015 Renewable Energy Markets Conference on October 19, 2015.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations collectively purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower.

About the Green Power Leadership Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; On-site Generation; Green Power Purchasing; and Green Power Supplier of the Year. EPA’s Green Power Partner awards recognize the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. EPA’s Green Power Supplier awards recognize green power suppliers for outstanding efforts, initiatives and programs that significantly advance the development of green power sources serving the voluntary market. The Awards are held in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. For additional information please visithttp://www.epa.gov/greenpower/awards/.

 

3Degrees and Origin Climate Unite

Companies join together to offer comprehensive range of renewable energy and climate solutions for U.S. and global clients

Today, 3Degrees and Origin Climate announced that 3Degrees will acquire Origin Climate. Many U.S. and global organizations, from corporations to utilities, are navigating the complex world of carbon, renewable energy and sustainable development goals without the necessary resources. The combined company brings together industry-leading pioneers to offer a comprehensive range of renewable energy and climate expertise to transform clients’ organizational goals into impactful strategies and results.

Erin Craig and Mark Mondik, the managing directors of Origin Climate, will take on leadership roles within the newly expanded 3Degrees. Craig will lead the consulting organization that will serve clients’ climate and renewable energy needs. Mondik will lead the carbon market business, including carbon credit origination. Both Craig and Mondik will join the 3Degrees executive leadership team and board of directors. Dan Kalafatas will remain the executive chairman and Steve McDougal will continue to serve as the CEO.

 “We are pleased to join forces with Origin Climate. Our product and service offerings complement one another exceptionally well, enabling us to serve the tailored needs of more customers and serve them more comprehensively, both in the United States and around the world,” said Kalafatas.

Expanded Custom Offerings for Commercial and Industrial Clients

Over the past several years, many organizations have significantly broadened their climate and energy goals. These leaders need a wide range of products and an evolved set of services to ensure their success. In recent years, Origin Climate has quietly advised on more than 1400 MW of completed renewable power procurement transactions, and become a major force guiding corporate renewable energy strategy in the United States. By joining forces with Origin Climate, 3Degrees will enhance the depth of its offerings across consulting and transaction services—including PPAs, contracted purchases from competitive energy providers, green tariffs, and tax equity and other owner-investment options—as well as customizable renewable energy certificate (REC) and carbon offset products sourced from around the globe.

 “Origin Climate guided our organization as we committed to achieving 50% renewable energy and an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for our highly distributed content delivery network spanning 120 countries,” said Nicola Peill-Moelter, Ph.D., senior director of environmental sustainability for Akamai Technologies. “They helped us develop our procurement strategy and led us through our first virtual PPA (VPPA) process. We are excited to see how Origin Climate will bring success to more companies as part of the 3Degrees team.”

The expanded 3Degrees team provides energy users an unbiased assessment of a variety of climate-smart energy supply options. Their approach enables internal stakeholders to weigh in on the costs, risks and benefits of all possibilities, navigate the regulatory complexities, and help determine the best option. As a result, execution can proceed quickly and without surprises.

“We’re seeing a number of companies with impressive renewable energy goals rushing to sign VPPAs,” said Craig. “VPPAs are a great structure, but they’re not for everyone. The companies we work with are seeking renewable energy as a primary objective; participating at-risk in wholesale power markets is not on their ‘to-do’ list. By combining 3Degrees’ leadership in commercial, industrial and utility sectors with Origin’s experience advising companies on a wide variety of energy supply structures, we are now uniquely positioned to help clients identify and implement the solution that best meets their needs—whether a VPPA or otherwise.”

Serving the Utility of the Future

For more than a decade, 3Degrees has helped investor- and publicly owned utilities across the United States with custom compliance and voluntary REC products in order to meet renewable portfolio standards, as well as create successful voluntary renewable programs that engage their customers and drive satisfaction.

As utilities seek to retain customers and attract new economic development to their service territories, 3Degrees is now better equipped to help utilities navigate the renewable energy requirements of their largest energy users. 3Degrees’ leadership in managing community solar and voluntary green power programs is augmented by Origin Climate’s trail-blazing work designing and implementing one of the first utility “green tariffs” to allow electricity users to buy 100% project-specific renewable energy through their utility.

“For more than a decade, 3Degrees has helped us deliver compelling renewable energy choices that meet the commitments and interests of our customers. With the integration of Origin Climate, 3Degrees is even better positioned to serve a growing interest among our largest customers and position Silicon Valley Power as a utility of the future,” said Larry Owens, customer services manager of Silicon Valley Power, one of the top utility sellers of renewable energy.

Strong Alignment of Culture and Values

Both Origin Climate and 3Degrees are certified B Corporations. The combined company retains the 3Degrees name and now has more than 100 employees spanning offices in San Francisco, Portland, Ore., Seattle, and Richmond, Va. The Origin Climate team members will relocate to the 3Degrees headquarters in downtown San Francisco.

Added McDougal, “3Degrees and Origin Climate’s core values and company cultures are perfectly aligned, providing foundation to craft creative, impactful solutions for clients and make a greater impact on energy markets and climate change.”

Apple, eBay, Samsung Austin Semiconductor and Sprint Accelerate Renewable Energy Development

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Clean Energy Aggregation to Support Apex Clean Energy’s White Mesa Wind Project in Crockett County, TX

Apple, eBay, Samsung and Sprint today announced a joint agreement to purchase power from a new wind farm owned and developed by Apex Clean Energy. The transaction—spearheaded by Apple, the largest purchaser in the innovative small load energy aggregation—totals approximately 75 megawatts of clean energy, enough to power the equivalent of 20,000 homes.

Shared energy purchases like this allow companies to pool their energy demands and collectively support the addition of large-scale renewable energy projects to the grid. Apple brought together other technology leaders dedicated to responsible business practices – eBay, Samsung and Sprint – in the aggregation agreement, which will enable all participants to access cost-effective low-carbon renewable energy from the new project. 3Degrees facilitated the agreement.

The full 500-MW White Mesa Wind project is expected to come online in 2021 in Crockett County, TX.

“We’re proud to be powering all of Apple’s operations around the world with 100 percent renewable energy and driving the private sector to support the clean energy transition,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “Businesses of all sizes and of varying energy needs can help bring new, renewable energy online. This collaborative agreement in Texas is a model we hope others will replicate.”

“At eBay, we prioritize operating in the most environmentally and socially sustainable way,” said Wendy Jones, SVP Global Operations, eBay. “This collaboration is not only an important step in advancing our commitment to reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2025, but it also offers an inclusive approach to collaborate with other companies and lead the way toward a clean energy future.”

“Samsung Austin Semiconductor understands the responsibility of businesses to work together to support environmental sustainability and increase the share of renewable energy in our local markets,” said Gil Heyun Choi, president of Samsung Austin Semiconductor. “We see this agreement as a landmark effort for cutting-edge semiconductor technologies and a demonstration of green manufacturing brought to scale.”

“This project marks another step toward reaching our corporate goal of reducing Sprint’s carbon footprint,” said Chas Peterson, Vice President of Procurement for Sprint. “We are also greening our supply chain by partnering with some of our key suppliers on this innovative shared energy purchase.”

“Enabling corporate aggregation for renewable power purchasing is a key focus of Apex’s and an essential way of engaging more corporate customers in clean energy procurement,” said Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex Clean Energy. “The Apex platform is designed to develop utility-scale wind and solar projects that deliver optimized performance paired with the flexibility that aggregated offtakers need to make these deals feasible. White Mesa Wind is a prime example of the future of corporate clean energy transactions: aggregated power purchasing tailored to each offtaker’s needs.”

“REBA members continue to drive innovation in clean energy procurement,” said Miranda Ballentine, CEO, Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance. “By bringing together the buying power of four leading brands, Apple, eBay, Sprint and Samsung, with the professional support of 3Degrees, energy buyers are proving that through the right partnerships these innovative renewable energy projects can come to fruition.”

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About Samsung Austin Semiconductor, LLC

Samsung Austin Semiconductor is one of the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the world with more than 3,000 employees and 2.45 million square feet of floor space. Samsung Austin Semiconductor has broad semiconductor process technology offerings serving customers in various application areas including mobile, consumer, networking/high performance computing, Internet of Things, RF and automotive. Since 1996, Samsung Austin Semiconductor has invested approximately $17 billion in its Austin, TX campus, making it one of the largest direct foreign investments in United States history. Samsung Austin Semiconductor is a US-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The Austin facility is one of the few semiconductor plants the company has outside South Korea. Visit www.samsung.com/us/sas.


About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.3 million connections as of June 30, 2019 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching a 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.


About eBay

eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity for all. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world’s largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2018, eBay enabled $95 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.


About Apex Clean Energy

Apex Clean Energy develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America. Our mission-driven team of more than 200 renewable energy experts uses a data-focused approach and an unrivaled portfolio of projects to create solutions for the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking customers. For more information on how Apex is leading the transition to a clean energy future, visit apexcleanenergy.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Wind farm photos courtesy of Apex Clean Energy

3Degrees Honored as Bay Area Best and Brightest Company

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Progressive policies and creative businesses practices earn recognition, keep and attract employees 

3Degrees announced today that it has been named a 2015 San Francisco Bay Area Best and Brightest Company. The designation is based on employee assessment of corporate culture, available benefits and opportunity for professional growth. 

At 3Degrees, the executive  leadership looks to develop policies and programs that keep staff interested and invested in the company. The company gives more than 75 percent of its employees stock options, offers ‘socially and environmentally focused’ 401(k) investments and covers time off for volunteering. 

In 2012 3Degrees became a BCorp, an alternative structure of incorporation that allows businesses to factor in the ‘benefit of all,’ not just shareholder goals, when defining success. That means community, suppliers, consumers, environment and of course employee well-being are all considered when setting practices and policy. Find out more about the BCorp approach and read the 3Degrees Annual Reportshere. “3Degrees is only as good as our employees,” said CEO Steve McDougal. “BCorp status is one way we stand apart as a business and an employer,” continued Steve.

This is the second year in a row 3Degrees has earned Bay Area Best and Brightest Company in San Francisco. 

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3Degrees honored for carbon offset project development

13 projects in 10 states developed and registered in 2016  

3Degrees was recently named a 2017 project developer of the year by the Climate Action Reserve and recognized for its leadership in advancing climate solutions and strengthening carbon markets.

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(L to R): Craig Ebert, President of the Climate Action Reserve, Nick Facciola, Director of Carbon Markets at 3Degrees, Linda Adams, Chair of the Climate Action Reserve and former Secretary of Cal/EPA

Specifically, 3Degrees was honored for registering the most projects in 2016 with 13 unique projects. These consisted of 10 compliance livestock projects, one voluntary livestock project and two voluntary landfill projects. These projects were developed in 10 different states by Origin Climate, which recently joined forces with 3Degrees and has over 20 projects on the Reserve. Origin Climate is one of the oldest and most successful carbon credit companies in the US and has registered more than 5 million verified carbon credits.

“3Degrees is honored to receive this award from the Climate Action Reserve,” said Mark Mondik, vice president of carbon markets. “We are committed to leveraging markets as a force for good and pride ourselves on being the honest and trusted voice in helping clients develop and implement strategies to fight climate change.”

The Climate Action Reserve is a carbon offset registry with a mission to develop, promote and support innovative, credible, market-based climate change solutions that benefit economies, ecosystems and society.

The award was presented at the Navigating the American Carbon World conference.

3Degrees is again named Best REC Trading Company – North America by Environmental Finance

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3Degrees has been named the 2019 Best Trading Company in Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) – North America for the sixth year in a row by Environmental Finance. This is the 20th anniversary of the Environmental Finance Annual Marketing Rankings, the largest and most closely watched survey of the world’s environmental markets. 

“Receiving this award once again is incredibly meaningful to our team, who works hard every day to meet the needs of our partners and customers, and deliver an exceptional quality of service,” said Scott Eidson, vice president of environmental markets. “It’s extremely rewarding to be a part of an industry that’s doing such important work in the fight against climate change.”

For over 15 years, 3Degrees has provided tailored renewable energy, transportation, and emission reduction solutions to our clients, and helped them source high-quality, country-specific renewable energy products around the globe.  An award-winning B Corp, 3Degrees has delivered more than 170 million RECs and GOs to clients, and supported more than 2,000 facilities.

This is the ninth time the company has earned a top designation by Environmental Finance readers in this category. Learn more at 3Degrees.com.

3Degrees joins Business Renewables Center

Brings more than 10 years of renewable energy expertise to new group

3Degrees announced today that it has joined the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) as a transaction service provider.

The BRC was created to develop standards and best practices to reduce the complexity of large scale renewable transactions. This, in turn, would allow more corporations to invest in renewable energy, locking in long-term cost savings for their organization.

For more than 10 years, 3Degrees has been working with Fortune 500® clients, developing programs to help them meet their 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 seven times.

“With renewable energy prices dropping, this is a great time for companies to consider new options such as power purchase agreements (PPAs),” says Sarah Beth Penndorf, head of Renewable Energy Procurement for 3Degrees.  “We look forward to working with the BRC to help grow the market for large scale renewable energy procurement.”

“We are excited to welcome 3Degrees to the BRC and look forward to working with them to develop new tools and refine existing solutions in order to scale up corporate renewable energy procurement,” says Lily Donge, principal at Rocky Mountain Institute.

 

3Degrees helps Akamai drive down emissions

Akamai’s long term commitment to Texas wind farm demonstrates innovation for companies with smaller loads

Akamai Technologies, the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, recently invested in an 80 megawatt wind farm in Texas through a long-term power purchase agreement. This is the latest chapter in Akamai’s long-term approach to decarbonizing their operations. 3Degrees (originally Origin Climate) has been working with Akamai for the past several years to build and implement their renewable energy strategy.

“3Degrees was instrumental in executing our first long-term investment in renewable energy,” said Dr. Nicola Peill-Moelter, Akamai Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability. “Their knowledge of power markets, financial acumen, and focus on helping us meet our goals have made them a trusted partner as we work toward achieving 50 percent renewables by 2020.”

This transaction demonstrates that companies with small, distributed energy loads can use power purchase agreements as part of their sustainability strategy to maximize impact, just like larger energy users. Akamai’s offtake – which represents its energy load in Texas – is a minor portion of this project, but their commitment was instrumental in getting it financed and built.

“For the past several years, the corporate push for new renewable projects has come from some of the largest companies with the highest energy use,” says Erin Craig, vice president of the 3Degrees energy and climate practice. “What Akamai has shown is that there are ways for those with smaller loads to facilitate new renewable projects in the US.”

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SEIA Recommits to Sustainability with 3Degrees Partnership

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and 3Degrees Group, Inc. (3Degrees) today announced that they’re entering a partnership to offset electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with SEIA’s events and operations.

As part of a two-year agreement, 3Degrees will provide SEIA with 235 Green-e® Certified solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) and 835 registered and verified carbon offsets annually. This will cover SEIA’s approximate office and event electricity usage as well as all emissions associated with SEIA staff travel and event attendee travel each year.

“We have a responsibility to practice what we preach,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA president and CEO. “As the solar industry cuts CO2 emissions by 81 million metric tons a year, its main advocacy group should maintain a commitment to corporate sustainability, and our partnership with 3Degrees will help us do that.”

The solar energy generation SEIA supports avoids 166 metric tons of CO2 annually. This is equivalent to taking 35 cars off the road for a year. The carbon offset projects SEIA supports have a greenhouse gas reduction benefit equivalent to an additional 177 cars driven for a year or over 93,000 gallons of gasoline consumed.

“We are thrilled to partner with SEIA, which is on the forefront of accelerating the development and adoption of solar energy across the country,” said 3Degrees CEO Steve McDougal. “3Degrees seeks to support all organizations taking urgent action on climate change, and SEIA’s commitment to advancing solar energy is perfectly aligned with our mission.”

In 2018 and 2019, SEIA partnered with WGL Energy on a similar partnership for SRECs and carbon offsets.

This partnership is part of SEIA’s Sustainability Initiative, which promotes sustainable practices throughout the organization and focuses on reducing the carbon and environmental footprint of our daily office operations.

For more information, visit www.seia.org/sustainability.