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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.

 

 

Bank of America Taps Duke Energy and 3Degrees to Expand Renewable Energy Commitment

Partnerships Support New Solar Generation to Power Bank of America Charlotte Operations and Support New Solar Projects in Local Communities

CHARLOTTE – Bank of America announced today it is partnering with Duke Energy to further expand its renewable energy commitment by powering its headquarters and other Charlotte, North Carolina operations with solar energy.

Through a renewable energy-sleeved power purchase agreement (PPA), the company is participating in Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage (GSA) program. The bank is the first company and financial institution to sign a 10-year agreement for electricity and Green-e®-certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) through this program.

The purchase of a 25-megawatt (MWAC) solar project’s electricity output and RECs will cover 45% of Bank of America’s electricity load in the state. By participating in Duke Energy’s GSA program, Bank of America further demonstrates its commitment to reduce its operational impacts on the environment, including being carbon neutral and utilizing 100% renewable electricity across its global operations.

“These unique projects and partnerships build on our achievement of carbon neutrality and expand our renewable energy commitment. By driving more clean energy solutions in our facilities, we are developing a broader sustainable energy ecosystem to help transform our operations and the communities where our employees work and live,” said Andrew Plepler, global head of Environmental, Social and Governance at Bank of America. “These partnerships bring to the forefront creative thinking and innovative solutions to address a changing climate and clean energy access.”

This innovative project will be constructed in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It also adds additional clean energy to the grid, supports jobs and the local economy. The project will include the installation of a pollinator habitat surrounding 70,000 solar panels, covering approximately 180 acres, and is expected to be online in 2022.

“We continue to look for new and innovative ways to deliver more renewable energy to customers in North Carolina,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Customers want more flexibility and options for renewable energy and the Green Source Advantage makes that happen.”

Silver Pine Energy, a joint venture between Silver Creek Energy and North Carolina developer Pine Gate Renewables, will oversee the development of the project and will support the engineering, procurement and construction services.

“Silver Pine Energy is very pleased to be a part of the Green Source Advantage program,” said Silver Pine President Ben Catt. “We are grateful to partner with Duke Energy and Bank of America for this project, and excited to continue to do our part to bring more renewable energy online in North Carolina through innovative and exciting programs such as GSA.”

Duke Energy’s GSA program has 600 MW of capacity for large Duke Energy customers in North Carolina. Cities – like the city of Charlotte – are also eligible to participate.

Duke Energy maintains more than 3,300 MW of solar power on its energy grid in North Carolina, which could power about 700,000 homes and businesses at peak output. The company also operates 40 solar facilities in the state. North Carolina currently ranks No. 2 in the nation for overall solar power.

The Green Source Advantage program is an outgrowth of 2017’s landmark solar legislation in North Carolina. Other programs such as solar rebates for customers and solar leasing were also part of that legislation. Duke Energy piloted the program, called the Green Source, Tariff, in 2015.

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – Bank of America partnered with 3Degrees to purchase RECs for 10 years to help make possible the development of four additional solar projects in the eastern part of the state. The counties of Harnett, Columbus, Nash, and Johnston will benefit from these projects, with solar energy added to the grid and pollinator habitats that will increase biodiversity in these communities. The total annual MWh output from the 3Degrees projects are expected to produce 33,000 MWh/ year.

“We applaud Bank of America’s continued investment in taking action against climate change,” said Steve McDougal, CEO, 3Degrees. “We have partnered together several times, and the bank’s desire to consistently seek out innovative projects, such as this impactful long-term REC purchase in North Carolina, is impressive. Bank of America exemplifies true corporate climate leadership.”

Additional resources

Learn more about Bank of America’s commitment to the environment and its environmental operations focus.

Learn more about Duke Energy’s GSA program and its renewable energy commitment.

Learn more about 3Degrees.

Learn more about Silver Pine Energy.

Learn more about Pine Gate Renewables.


Duke Energy
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Silver Pine Energy
Silver Pine is a joint venture partnership between Silver Creek Energy and Pine Gate Renewables. Silver Pine is actively developing dozens of projects across the southeast and beyond. The collective partnership combines to offer industry leading capabilities as a developer, financier, EPC, and operator of solar projects in the United States. Silver Pine currently oversees the construction and operation of 200 MWs of solar projects in the southeast and is actively developing over 1GW of solar across the country.

Pine Gate Renewables
Pine Gate Renewables is a leading developer, financier, EPC, and operator of solar projects across the United States. Pine Gate currently operates more than 400MWs of renewable energy projects and has an additional 4GWs of projects in different stages of development throughout the country. Pine Gate is headquartered in Asheville, N.C.

Bank of America
At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter (@BofA_News).

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Reporters May Contact:
Kelly Sapp, Bank of America, 1.980.214.3070
kelly.e.sapp@bofa.com

Randy Wheeless, Duke Energy, 1.800.559.3853
randy.wheeless@duke-energy.com

Rachel Fagan, 3Degrees, 1.512.402.8683
rfagan@3degrees.com

3Degrees Achieves B Corp Certification for Third Year in a Row

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For the third year in a row, 3Degrees has achieved B Corp (Benefit Corporation) certification. This certification means that 3Degrees has legally expanded its corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder – not just shareholder – interests. 3Degrees met B Lab’s rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and joins a community of like-minded companies that are redefining what business success means.

3Degrees became a B Corp in 2012 because the firm was built upon the idea that businesses need to consider the impact of their products and services on their employees, suppliers, community, and environment. In becoming a B Corp, 3Degrees demonstrates that social and environmental responsibility is not just a value of theirs, but one that they have integrated into their corporate DNA.

In the 2014 Benefit Corporation Annual Report, CEO Steve McDougal explains:

“We are proud to be a B Corporation. It is a touchstone for us and the work that we do. B Corps stand for positive, innovative, and practical solutions to global problems. B Corps redefine the meaning of success in business. B Corps look to create enduring prosperity for all stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, the community, the environment and shareholders.

We embrace this definition of success and strive to align our company with the value of meaningful and prosperous engagement for all stakeholders. It is a journey, and in 2014 we made significant progress on this journey.”

3Degrees named “Best for the World” by B Lab

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In the top 10% of certified B Corporations worldwide for governance

3Degrees was recently honored for our accomplishments by B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations. Specifically, we were recognized in the “Best for the World: Long Term” category as a result of our mission driven, transparent governance.

The 2017 Best for the World for the Long Term evaluates companies on their adoption of  a social or environmental mission, and how they engages employees, board members and the community to achieve that mission. Moreover, it assesses employee access to financial information, customers’ opportunities to provide feedback, and the diversity of the company’s governing bodies.

“Receiving this award from B Lab is testimony to one of our company values – that we are passionate about our mission…really,” said Steve McDougal, CEO of 3Degrees.  “It’s a great tribute to the work that our employees do every day to make sure that we live the values of the B Corp movement.”

Only the top 10 percent of Certified B Corporations received awards. 2017 Best for the Long Term companies winners represent 79 different industries and 13 countries.

This is the third time that 3Degrees has received a Best for the World award. In 2016, we won in the Best for the Environment category, and in 2013, we won  in the Best for the Worker category.

3Degrees has been a certified B Corp since 2012 and continually strives to improve our performance across all metrics, including social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

 

Applied Materials Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy Sourcing Worldwide

Power purchase agreement with Apex Clean Energy targets 100 percent renewable energy sourcing in the U.S. by 2022

Under a broad set of ESG initiatives unveiled today by company President and CEO Gary Dickerson, Applied Materials announced a commitment to 100 percent renewable energy sourcing by 2030.

In accordance with its goal, Applied has joined other technology leaders in committing to purchase energy from the 500 megawatt (MW) White Mesa Wind project being developed by Apex Clean Energy in Crockett County, Texas. Applied’s power purchase agreement (PPA) covers 10 percent of the project’s clean energy output, an amount equivalent to the power needs of more than 13,000 homes.

“Our PPA is an important step in helping Applied Materials reach our reduced carbon footprint targets as it will enable us to achieve 100 percent renewable energy sourcing in the U.S. and 73 percent worldwide by 2022,” said Scott Hambleton, managing director of Environmental, Health and Safety at Applied Materials. “We are excited to accelerate our environmental sustainability goals with a clean energy project that is supported by other leading technology companies.”

“White Mesa clearly demonstrates the power of corporate energy purchasers working together to bring new renewable energy projects to life,” said Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex Clean Energy. “We welcome Applied Materials as the latest offtaker of the White Mesa Wind project and applaud the company’s dedication to incorporating sustainable practices into its business.”

3Degrees, a specialist in renewable energy, transportation decarbonization and other climate solutions, facilitated the agreement. “We are pleased to have helped facilitate this power purchase agreement with Applied Materials and Apex Clean Energy,” said Steve McDougal, CEO, 3Degrees. “It’s exciting to see a growing number of companies in the technology sector, and beyond, pledge long-term support to increase their commitment to renewable energy and help mitigate climate change.” 

“Applied Materials is solidifying itself as a renewable energy leader through strong commitments to reduce its carbon footprint and achieve 100 percent renewable energy sourcing globally over the next 10 years,” said Miranda Ballentine, CEO, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). “As we work toward achieving a zero-carbon future, this type of leadership will continue to move the industry forward and set an example for other large energy buyers to follow.”


About Applied Materials, Inc.

Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT) is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.

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3Degrees Offsets Corporate Water Use Through Investments in Two Different Ecosystems

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New program allows for continued environmental improvement, leadership

In a continued effort to decrease its environmental impact, 3Degrees has offset its 2014 water footprint through the purchase of Water Restoration Certificates (WRC).

Similar to how companies purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to balance out their electricity consumption for areas where they cannot reduce their energy usage, 3Degrees has purchased WRCs to cover the areas where water usage cannot be reduced, such as day-to-day office operations. Each certificate represents 1,000 gallons of water restored to critically dewatered rivers and streams through solutions like water conservation, updated management and irrigation systems, and changes to water rights and agreements. All projects are certified by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

3Degrees is proud to be supporting the Sevenmile Creek project in the Klamath River Basin, and the Colorado River Delta project, located in Sonora, Mexico. The Klamath River Basin straddles Oregon and California, two of the states where 3Degrees operates its largest office sites. The basin is home to six National Wildlife Refuges, but extreme over allocation and diversion of water resources has resulted in inadequate stream flows and the degradation and loss of critical aquatic habitat. The Colorado River Delta, located at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was once one of North America’s great desert ecosystems, but due to historical treaties between the U.S. and Mexico that neglected to allocate water to sustain the river, the delta has been almost completely dry for the past five decades. The projects that our purchases support are restoring these important water resources.

“3Degrees is committed to reducing our environmental impact,” says Steve McDougal, President of 3Degrees. “Water Resource Certificates provide an opportunity to support projects that restore critical wildlife habitat while offsetting the use of water in our business operations.”

Water Resource Certificates are 3Degrees’ latest commitment to environmental stewardship. As a Certified B Corp, 3Degrees meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance.  Our on-going commitment to the environmental is evidenced by our recent designation as Climate RegisteredTMPlatinum and being named one of the National Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies®. More details about our focus on sustainability can be found on our About page.

3Degrees announces request for proposals for equity audit

equity audit3Degrees is seeking a third-party group to work with our diversity & inclusion committee, executive team, HR, and individual employees across the company to conduct an equity assessment/audit at the beginning of 2018, and provide recommendations to be incorporated into early 2018 goals. The full request for proposal, including instructions for submission and deadlines, can be downloaded here.

Background

At the end of 2016, we formed an employee-led diversity & inclusion committee and began forming company-wide goals for improvements in equity focused policies, processes and culture. We also created and submitted several goals to align with the BCorp Inclusion Challenge.

One of these goals centers specifically around completing an equity audit. Our hope is that this will include an assessment of our current efforts to create an equitable work environment for current and future employees as well as identify how to improve our recruitment practices to ensure maximum inclusion and build policies to better support equity through our partnerships with suppliers and vendors.

Although we’ve already implemented several diversity & inclusion trainings for employees, we recognize how important it is to establish an understanding of where we are at as a company. We’re confident that an equity audit will inform our goals and efforts moving forward.

Seattle City Light Selects 3Degrees for Green Power Programs

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Scope includes green program design, marketing services and support for community solar, energy efficiency

3Degrees Inc., a leader in utility green power programs, recently signed a multi-year contract with Seattle City Light to support innovations in their renewable energy programs. Through this contract, 3Degrees will provide consulting services to Seattle City Light on a number of green power topics.

In addition, 3Degrees will be responsible for a variety of marketing activities, including support for an overall green program marketing strategy which is designed to cross promote energy efficiency and renewable energy through all appropriate marketing channels. 3Degrees also will provide marketing and outreach services for the utility’s existing green power programs, including Green Up and the utility’s  award-winning community solar program.

“Seattle City Light has been a leader in offering renewable energy options to its customers,” says Adam Capage, Vice President of Utility Partnerships at 3Degrees. “We are excited by the opportunity to help them as they grow and expand the Green Up and community solar programs.”

About Seattle City Light

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

First RGGI carbon offset project launched by 3Degrees

Offers new opportunities to reduce carbon emissions within RGGI

3Degrees, in partnership with Dorchester Renewable Energy LLC, registered the first ever carbon offset project under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a mandatory cap and trade program covering the electric sector in nine states in the eastern U.S.

The project destroys methane gas from the New Beulah Landfill located on Maryland’s eastern shore. It is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to more than 20,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

“We are pleased to continue our history of ‘firsts’ in the carbon market, which dates back to a time when we were still known as TerraPass,” said Mark Mondik, Vice President of Carbon Markets at 3Degrees.  TerraPass, renamed Origin Climate in 2014, became part of 3Degrees in a merger between the companies earlier this year.

The sale of RGGI offsets will provide the sole source of revenue to support the operation of the project.

“RGGI support is critical to this project,” said Tom Koch, Principal of Dorchester Renewable Energy. “Voluntary market prices for landfill gas offsets aren’t sufficient to make projects like this economically viable, but through RGGI we are able to reach higher-value buyers.”

According to the latest “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks” published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), landfills in the United States still account for around 115 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions per year.