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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.

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3Degrees expands global climate teams to meet increased customer demand


Global climate solutions provider 3Degrees is expanding its footprint to better serve increased demand from organizations responding to the need to take urgent action on climate change around the world. The company is increasing capacity in Europe, a focal point for leading-edge climate work, by adding new local leadership, increasing staffing, and opening a new office in London.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. and operating as a market leader for nearly 20 years, 3Degrees has further expanded its United Kingdom and European climate consulting practice to serve a growing customer base. As organizations seek additional advisory services to develop and execute global climate and decarbonization strategies, 3Degrees is strengthening its teams across Europe to scale its delivery of full-spectrum solutions to meet these critical needs. The company’s new London office joins its existing office in Oslo.

“This expansion is in direct response to rising demand from companies that are accelerating their global decarbonization efforts and setting more aggressive climate targets, such as net zero,” said Steve McDougal, CEO. “This investment in our teams and expanded physical presence in Europe and the U.K. will further solidify 3Degrees’ ability to deliver a full suite of tailored climate solutions to companies with headquarters, operations, and supply chains in Europe and beyond, helping them take immediate action to address their Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.”

New leadership and expanded Europe teams for 3Degrees’ Energy and Climate Practice

3Degrees is pleased to welcome Maureen Bray as Senior Director for its climate consulting group, the Energy and Climate Practice, where she will headMaureen Bray up the Climate Strategy team in EMEA. In this role, Maureen leads a group of seasoned advisors who help organizations set and meet their global climate goals, including net zero, carbon neutrality, and science-based targets. Maureen brings more than a decade of sustainability management and consultancy leadership to 3Degrees, most recently serving as International Consultancy Director at Schneider Electric.

“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to support the advancement of 3Degrees’ climate consultancy services in EMEA to help our customers set and implement meaningful decarbonization plans,” Maureen said. “The company’s ambition to further expand capabilities in new geographies is exciting and in line with the growth that we’re seeing in the European market, where change is happening at a great pace.”

In addition, longtime 3Degrees’ veteran and Senior Director Tyler Espinoza is relocating to Europe where he will continue to lead the Power MarketsTyler Espinoza side of the consulting practice across all geographies while building out the team in Europe. Tyler will oversee the company’s expanded global capabilities to offer a full range of tailored renewable energy solutions, including the sourcing of corporate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), renewables in supply chains, and 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy.

With the quickly evolving energy landscape in Europe, Tyler’s presence locally will help 3Degrees deliver expanded advisory support to its customers as they navigate opportunities to maximize the impact of their renewable energy purchases in a way that makes good business sense.

“3Degrees is uniquely positioned to offer our clients a full suite of climate and renewable energy solutions, including PPA implementation and support for their international Energy Attributes Certificate and carbon credit needs,” Tyler said. “Not many organizations can do that and I’m excited to deliver these solutions to our European clients.”

California Utility Selects 3Degrees for New Community Solar Program

3Degrees, a leader in utility green power programs, was recently awarded a contract by a large California investor owned utility (IOU) to support the launch of their new community solar program.

Through this contract, 3Degrees will provide marketing and consulting services including the implementation of customer acquisition and retention strategies and tactics. This work will encompass a wide variety of marketing tactics including web, social media, direct mail, and community outreach support.  All activities are focused on generating awareness, interest and participation in this new solar offering.  3Degrees will also help the utility meet Green-e certification requirements for the marketing and customer disclosure elements of this program.  Green-e is a voluntary certification program that sets consumer protection and environmental standards for renewable energy.

“Community solar is a great opportunity to provide utility customers with choices about where their energy comes from,” says Adam Capage, vice president of Utility Partnerships at 3Degrees. “We look forward to helping our client launch this groundbreaking new community solar offering.”

3Degrees expands partnership with CDP

Now an accredited global solutions provider for both renewable energy and carbon reduction.

CDP and 3Degrees are pleased to announce that they have expanded their partnership. Building on the existing partnership around renewable energy, 3Degrees will now offer carbon reduction 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. In that time, we have built experience in over 50 countries, completed over 1400 MW of renewable energy transactions, developed more than 30 carbon projects and sold over 8.8 million verified carbon credits.

“3Degrees brings a strong track record in helping clients establish and meet sustainability goals using a variety of tools and approaches. We have been impressed by their commitment to their customers and to finding business solutions to climate change,” says Paul Robins, head of partnerships at CDP.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with CDP which has a strong reputation of helping investors, companies and cities focus on building a truly sustainable economy,” says Adam Capage, vice president of corporate and government affairs at 3Degrees.

With this expanded partnership, CDP and 3Degrees will be developing a series of educational opportunities aimed at developing the knowledge and skills of the CDP reporting companies, allowing them to more confidently take action on climate change, the most pressing need of our generation.


3Degrees Announces Formation of Customer Solutions and Innovation Group, New Leadership in Energy and Climate Practice

Erin Craig tapped to lead new Customer Solutions and Innovation Group, joined by Rick Freeman, formerly of Apple; Rebecca Sternberg hired to head up Energy and Climate Practice 

3Degrees, a specialist in renewable energy, transportation decarbonization, and other climate solutions, is pleased to announce several new leadership roles and the formation of a new group, Customer Solutions and Innovation.

Erin Craig, leader of 3Degrees’ Energy and Climate Practice, is shifting into a new role as vice president of the Customer Solutions and Innovation group. In this new role, Erin will leverage her deep expertise, as well as the customer insights gained through her advisory work, to create new solutions to climate challenges and bring them to corporate, utility, and institutional clients in partnership with 3Degrees’ business units. Erin will also serve as a senior advisor on select client engagements. 

To accelerate these efforts, 3Degrees is welcoming Frederick Freeman to the company as director of Customer Solutions and Innovation. Rick most recently spent eight years leading various strategic initiatives and renewable energy origination projects on the Global Energy Team at Apple. Prior to his time at Apple, Rick worked as an environmental engineering consultant for private and public sector clients, as a computer programmer of web platforms and educational systems, and served as an environmental policy technical expert for the U.S. Department of State. 

The Customer Solutions and Innovation team will focus on addressing barriers to renewable energy finance, accelerating the deployment of climate mitigations which bring multiple benefit streams to society, and enabling electrification initiatives through corporate climate action. 

To amplify the success of the Energy and Climate Practice, 3Degrees is pleased to welcome renewable energy veteran Rebecca Sternberg as its new leader and vice president. Rebecca has spent more than 15 years in the sustainability and renewable energy field, most recently as vice president of power marketing, at BayWa r.e. where she led origination of several prominent renewable energy projects, including a 100MW aggregation with Bloomberg, Cox Communications, Gap, Salesforce, and Workday. Prior to BayWa r.e., Rebecca led the global Fortune 1000 Commercial team for SolarCity, working with many leading retailers and global technology companies. She has also held prominent roles in EY’s Climate and Sustainability Services group and founded Accenture’s Sustainability Practice. 

3Degrees’  Energy and Climate Practice has grown tremendously over the past three years, partnering with major global corporations, including Visa, Mastercard, Mondelēz International, Etsy, and Comcast, to help them craft and execute customized plans to achieve their renewable energy and climate goals. In 2018, the team led the largest renewable energy aggregation to date, with Apple, Akamai, Swiss Re, and Etsy. Rebecca will lead the team’s evolution and growing body of work supporting strategic initiatives for some of the world’s leading corporations and educational institutions, transportation decarbonization initiatives, and renewable energy implementations worldwide.

“3Degrees continues to evolve to meet our clients’ growing renewable energy, transportation, and other climate solutions needs,” said Steve McDougal, CEO of 3Degrees. “A key component of our plan is building the strongest leadership in the industry. I’m thrilled that Erin and Rick are spearheading the new Customer Solutions and Innovation group, and that Rebecca will be at the helm of our thriving Energy and Climate Practice. Their collective leadership experience in the renewable energy industry is second to none, and our clients will certainly benefit from their expertise.” 


Carbon Management Platform nZero Joins Forces with Global Climate Solutions Provider 3Degrees to Offer Comprehensive Net Zero Solutions

The two industry leaders will now offer all-encompassing climate solutions through accurate emissions data to develop and execute global climate and decarbonization strategies

nZero, the 24/7 carbon management platform that tracks and operationalizes energy, financial and greenhouse gas emissions data to help organizations reach climate change goals, today announced a partnership with 3Degrees, a global renewable energy and climate consulting firm and certified B Corp. Organizations that engage with both services will benefit from this comprehensive partnership that provides accurate emissions data measured on a 24/7 basis and consulting on the best corresponding action to take, helping them to reach their critical net zero goals more efficiently. In addition to their shared customer services, nZero will also leverage the platform for its own emissions footprinting needs, signaling their belief in the important role of accurate emissions data for not only their customers, but their own internal operations, too.

As the pressure mounts for corporations to lead with transparency and accuracy in their greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting, the complementary services from nZero and 3Degrees will work in tandem to allow customers to access the best offerings in climate solutions, benefitting from the two services’ individualized approaches to emissions data and reductions. With a current customer base that includes Etsy, Expedia, and Microsoft, 3Degrees helps its clients take urgent action against climate change by advising and implementing GHG reductions strategies across all three scopes of emissions. Services include Energy Attribute Certificate (EAC) transactions, long-term renewable energy procurement, carbon credit portfolio management, transportation decarbonization, and advisory services like goal setting, education, supply chain engagement, and more. Customers that opt in on the joint services will benefit from nZero’s incredibly granular 24/7 emissions data offerings, gaining the most precise and extensive understanding of their Scope 1, 2, and 3 data, as well as have access to 3Degrees’ extensive portfolio of high-quality renewable energy and carbon projects and industry-leading sustainability consulting services.

“Accurate, actionable data is the cornerstone of any credible climate strategy,” said Scott Martin, Head of Global Commercial Business at 3Degrees. “Through partnerships like this, organizations have a more seamless decarbonization journey that bridges nZero’s powerful emission profile insights with 3Degrees’ products and services—making it easier for businesses to take urgent action on climate change.” 

“Each individual organization’s journey to achieving their net zero goals requires a collective, diversified set of solutions, said Adam Kramer, CEO of nZero. “Through this pairing, customers will be able to access both comprehensive emissions data measurement in nZero and a skilled carbon brokering consulting team in 3Degrees to help them create tangible decarbonization policies and roadmaps informed by their data.”

As a certified B Corp committed to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, 3Degrees has committed to Net Zero by 2030 and plans to utilize the nZero platform to verify its own internal organization’s emissions footprint and reduction progress.

About nZero

nZero is a 24/7 climate management platform that gives companies, cities and communities the accurate emissions data they need to reach net zero and make smart decisions that benefit the health of the planet. Unlike other carbon management offerings who rely on third-party data and opaque averages, nZero gathers accurate, first-party, contextual data into a comprehensive view, making it simple for organizations to pinpoint energy opportunities within their operations, easily implement carbon reduction actions, and spend smarter along the way.

3Degrees Launches Renewable Energy Procurement Offering

New service helps companies derive financial benefits from renewable energy procurement 

3Degrees formally announces the launch of Renewable Energy Procurement – a service line helping clients to source green energy directly from projects through long or short term agreements. This announcement is a culmination of work that 3Degrees has done over the past several years with a number of key clients, helping them explore new opportunities to access renewable energy.

“There is now a way for companies to realize both the environmental and financial benefits of supporting renewable energy,” says Steve McDougal, 3Degrees CEO. “3Degrees offers a customized approach and can work with companies to identify competitively priced clean energy.”

Often called power purchase agreements (PPAs) or direct procurement, these new renewable energy strategies have generated significant interest in the private sector.  Given the growing market demand for these services, 3Degrees has built a team exclusively dedicated to this service line, including appointing Sarah Penndorf to head up the Renewable Energy Procurement business.  3Degrees has also recently joined the Business Renewables Center (BRC), an industry collaboration aimed at accelerating corporate renewable energy procurement.

“I am excited to help clients expand their participation in renewable energy,” says Sarah Penndorf. “With our industry knowledge and strong developer network, we work with clients to navigate these multi-faceted deals.”


OneEnergy Renewables and 3Degrees announce partnership on Energy Scholars Program

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Seeking tomorrow’s renewable energy industry leaders for the 2018 program. Applications due September 24. 

In partnership with nonprofit Net Impact, OneEnergy Renewables and 3Degrees today announced they are partnering to advance the next generation of renewable energy industry leaders through a career advancement award program. The Energy Scholars program recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to building a cleaner energy future.

Through executive mentorships, industry networking, and internships, the Energy Scholars program is a proven platform for students as they begin their careers in the renewable energy industry. The program benefits each student differently based upon their area of focus and interest.

“We are thrilled to partner with 3Degrees on Energy Scholars. This partnership will expand the program’s benefits and the scholar’s experience,” said Jennifer Barnes, vice president of operations and communications at OneEnergy Renewables. “The goal of Energy Scholars has always been to cultivate exceptional leaders from a variety of backgrounds as they start their careers in the renewable energy industry. With 3Degrees, we look forward to continuing to expand industry diversity through this program.”

To learn more about the 2018 Energy Scholars program, or to submit an application before the September 24 deadline, please visit the Energy Scholars Program page. Past Energy Scholars are employed in renewable energy and sustainability positions at distinguished institutions including Amazon, National Grid, NRG Energy, SoCal Edison, Borrego Solar, Ecova, PG&E, CustomerFirst Renewables, Northrop Grumann, Rocky Mountain Institute, CAAPITAL, Nike, National Grid, Hitachi, OneEnergy Renewables and more.

“Thanks to OneEnergy’s vision six years ago, this program has already provided valuable experience for dozens of previous winners,” said Adam Capage, vice president of corporate and government affairs at 3Degrees. “3Degrees is honored to partner with OneEnergy and we hope to help broaden the impact and opportunities of the Energy Scholar Program over time.”

Awardees will be announced on October 3, 2017. Up to eight scholars will be selected for the 2018 Energy Scholars class and honored during the Net Impact Conference, being held Atlanta, October 26-28, 2017.


About OneEnergy Renewables
OneEnergy Renewables is an independent developer of solar energy projects across North America, with a focus on commercial, institutional and utility customers. Our experienced team of renewable energy professionals pair de-risked projects with advanced energy procurement and financial solutions to deliver construction-ready and operational solar assets.