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Deloitte reSources 2012 Study

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Source: Deloitte
May 2012, 4 pages   

Summary Review

Deloitte’s second annual survey on the attitudes and practices that companies have toward energy management to help make business and investment decisions.  The study captures two perspectives: The business portion is based on one-on-one interviews with senior executives across all industries, as well as over 600 online interviews with business decision makers.  The consumer portion is based on more than 2,200 demographically balanced online interviews. 

Key Findings

  • 90% of companies have set goals regarding electricity and energy management practices
  • These goals are becoming more formalized, with 49% reporting formal goals, compared to 45% in the 2011 reSources survey
  • Nearly two-thirds (63%) of businesses say their customers are demanding that they offer them more environmentally considerate solutions, up from about half (49%) in last year’s survey
  • Companies, on average, are targeting reductions of 23-24% over a 3-4 year period across electricity, natural gas, carbon footprint and transport fleet

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2012 Rackspace Green Survey

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Source: Rackspace
April 2012, 6 pages   

Summary Review

Rackspace conducted a survey of 2,000 customers worldwide with 232 respondents, to better understand how organizations are building sustainability into their IT service provider selection and purchasing processes.    

Rackspace’s findings point to an increasingly established trend to embrace and include sustainability practices within the purchasing process. When it comes to influencing purchasing decisions, 72 percent of the U.S. respondents said they believe sustainability is important in selecting a service provider as well as influencing a purchasing decision. In the rest of the world, 91 percent, build sustainability into their purchasing decisions on either a periodic or standard basis. Countries outside the United States seem to put a greater emphasis on weighting sustainability as part of purchasing decisions. 

 

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How Clean is Your Cloud

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Source: Greenpeace
April 2012, 51 pages   

Summary Review 
As one of the fastest growing sectors, both economically and in their energy consumption, global IT companies and cloud computing companies have a tremendous opportunity and unique responsibility to take greater control of their electricity supply chain, and to manage their energy ecosystem both outside and inside the data centers.

By making better energy choices and demanding more from utility vendors, cloud companies have the opportunity to be a catalyst in driving utilities and governments toward the development of cleaner electricity generation that will ensure a truly green cloud for their long-term sustainability – and a greener grid for us all.



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KPMG International Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2011

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Source: KPMG 
November 2011, 32 pages

Summary Review

In this survey, KPMG examines the state of corporate responsibility (CR) reporting on a global scale by analyzing CR reports from more than 3,400 companies in 34 countries and 16 sectors. Companies CR reports are analyzed based on the benefits of CR reporting, adoption of integrated reporting, the drive for global standards and the use of third party assurance.

KPMG assesses CR reporting at a global scale before proceeding to determine leaders at both the industry and country levels. The business-fueled motivations of CR reporting are assessed, including reputation, innovation and learning and bottom-line benefits.

This survey finds that CR reporting increases both growth and value of a firm through innovation and learning. Thus, reporting becomes an important aspect of remaining competitive. This has put pressure on companies in areas of the world, like Asia Pacific, with poor CR reporting. Financial benefits of CR reporting can be seen through direct cost savings though reputation continues to be the driving force.


Areas for improvement of CR reporting are also considered. These areas include consistency and accessibility, integrated reporting and data quality. In response to these weaknesses, third party assurance is recommended to enhance credibility and reporting quality.


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Status and Trends in U.S. Compliance and Voluntary Renewable Energy Certificate Markets

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 10, 2011

Source: Jenny Heeter and Lori Bird, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

October 2011, 56 pages


Summary Review

The market for renewable energy certificates (RECs) in both the compliance and voluntary markets continued to grow in 2010. As utilities worked to meet their renewable portfolio standard (RPS) goals, demand in the compliance market grew rapidly from less than 30 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2009 to 55 million MWH in 2010. Demand in the compliance market is expected to grow to more than 150 million MWh by 2015.

Compliance and voluntary new renewable energy, 2005-2010


Solar RECs (SRECs) have emerged in a number of states and are expected to grow rapidly in coming years as states increase their solar requirements. In the ten states, which allow SRECs, the demand for SRECs is expected to increase from 520 MW in 2011 to almost 7,300 MW in 2025.

REC prices continued to decline in most markets to less than $20/MWh in 2011. REC prices varied by region due to difference in renewable energy resource quality and electricity prices. SREC prices continued to be traded at significantly higher prices than standard compliance RECs. In 2010, SRECs were traded between $200 to $650 and prices have continued to drop in 2011.

Compliance Market REC Prices, Jan. 2008-Jan. 2011


While the compliance market grew rapidly, growth in the voluntary renewable energy sales to organizations and individuals slowed to eleven percent in 2010. The total demand for voluntary renewable energy in 2010 was 35.6 million MWh. Wind energy continued to be the most common source of renewable energy for voluntary green power markets accounting for 83.1 percent. . Despite the growing popularity of solar, only .2 percent of voluntary green power purchases were from solar projects.

Voluntary REC prices are low, especially when compared to RECs in compliance markets. In 2010, wholesale RECs between $1/MWh to $10 MWh in the voluntary market. National RECs from any technology traded significantly lower at from $0.80/MWh to $1.20/MWh. Compliance RECs typically traded between $10/MWh to $25/MWh.

Voluntary Market REC Prices, Jan. 2007-Nov. 2010



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Freeing the Grid: Best Practices in State Net Metering Policies and Interconnection Procedures

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), The Vote Solar Initiative, and the Network for Renewable Choice


The 2011 Freeing the Grid report offers a policy guide and state-by-state grades for net metering policies and interconnection procedures.

Net metering policies and interconnection standards are crucial to establishing a strong state solar market. The Solar Alliance consider net metering and interconnection along with incentives and utility rate and revenue policies as crucial components of a cost-effective state solar policy.

Net metering best practices include:

  • No or high limits (2 MW+) on the size of systems eligible for net metering.
  • No or high limits (5%+ of peak load demand) on the total size of a net metering program.
  • Indefinite or monthly rollover of excess electricity generated at the retail rate.
  • No meter changed required or a new meter is provided by the utility at no cost.
  • Renewable energy credits are owned by customers.
  • Solar, wind and other renewable and low emission technologies eligible.
  • Policies which allowed for customers to aggregate all meters on a property or to receive net metering credit for investing in renewable systems not physically located on a property (community solar)

Interconnection best practices include:

  • Up to 20 MW of generation capacity permitted for interconnection.
  • Applicants for interconnections are broken up into 4 tracks for system size (10 kW, 2 MW, 10 MW, and 20 MW+)
  • Timelines shorter than FERC standards.
  • No or low fees for net-metering customers and limited interconnection fees
  • UL 1741 / IEEE 1547 interconnection standards used.

Results


Other findings

  • Delaware, Massachusetts, and Utah were the only three states to receive "A” for net metering and interconnection.
  • Net metering and interconnection practices have improved significantly from 2009. In 2009, there were 11 "A” and 16 "B” given to states for their net metering policies compared to 17 "A” and 19 "B” in 2011. States receiving an "A” for interconnection procedures increased from one in 2009 to 6 in 2011.

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Enterprise Sustainability Management Solutions: Reference Architecture and Buyer’s Guide

Posted By Eric Paul, Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Source: Don Bray and Jaclyn Pitera, AltaTerra Research
June 2011, 95 pages

Summary Review

Organizations around the world are elevating resource efficiency and sustainability from a tactical to a strategic concern – and are moving aggressively to improve environmental performance in operating processes and products. For many, this has meant new information management and process control challenges, around energy use, water use, solid waste, toxic materials, carbon emissions and other factors – inside the organization and across the value chain.

These requirements vary dramatically by organization and industry. And despite the wide array of new enterprise sustainability management software and IT-enabled control systems now available, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Establishing an effective, long-term information architecture means taking a comprehensive view of sustainability, and putting in place integrated capabilities that serve the organization’s highest-value needs.

The report presents a clear, six-level reference architecture classifying essential capabilities for sustainability management at an overall enterprise level down to the device level. We analyze offerings from nineteen top application software providers in the context of capability sets at the top two levels of the reference architecture - enterprise sustainability management and business operations resource management. Lastly, we present a series of recommendations for how organizations can proceed in establishing effective enterprise architectures for sustainability.

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Solar Water Heating on the Rise: Tapping into Commercial Solar Thermal

Posted By Eric Paul, Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Source: Eric Paul and Jon Guice, AltaTerra Research
April 2011, 82 pages

Summary Review
This study answers customer-facing questions about solar thermal systems producing hot water in US commercial and institutional facilities. Quantitative and qualitative analyses are based on information from interviews, public sources, a proprietary database of installations, and profiles of more than 250 customer-sited projects.

We identify key market segments by hot water application, business activity, building type, and organization type, and we provide detailed information on the amount, intensity, and timing of water heating in those segments. For each segment, we profile example customers and installations, including purchase motivations, costs, and finance models, with which current and potential market participants can compare their experience and assumptions.

In addition, this report provides the essentials that every participant in the marketplace should have as reference: overviews of US and global markets; technology types, applications, and costs; and relevant federal and state regulations and incentives. The report closes with a set of recommendations for getting the most out of potential customer siting opportunities, from qualification to evaluation and expansion.

A summary of the full report, including Executive Summary, Contents, Notes & Resources, Sample Findings and Excerpts, and Sample Tables are available for free and immediate download (following free, one minute registration). Please click here.

The full report is available for purchase and immediate download.The cost of the full report is $1,355 for registered members of the AltaTerra Research Network and $2,030 for non-members before April 11. After April 11, report prices increase to $1,895 for registered members and $2,595 for non-members. Membership is always free. To become a registered member, click here. Following the completion of your purchase, you will be immediately able to download the full report in PDF format. Government and non-profit rates are available, please contact usfor more information.

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Cities Govern for Green Savings: Case Studies from Leading Municipalities

Posted By AltaTerra Editor, Monday, February 21, 2011
Source: Don Bray and Jaclyn Pitera, AltaTerra Research
January 2011, 22 pages  

Summary Review
Through background research and case studies, this report describes how cities are saving money by integrating resource efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction into their operations with the help of new resource management information systems. The municipal case studies included in the report come from three cities with leading sustainability programs—Palo Alto, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Las Vegas, Nevada. The report describes the experiences of these cities to date, how they differ, and key takeaways relevant to all cities as they progress in their efforts toward sustainability, GHG reductions, and financial savings.  

The report presents original analysis based on interviews with the cities of Palo Alto, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Las Vegas, Nevada; interviews and materials from ICLEI; discussions with other customers; and general research on carbon regulations, standards, and markets.  

Support for the development of this report was provided by Hara, Inc. The report is available free of charge.  

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Tags:  AltaTerra Research  case study  Don Bray  Energy efficiency  hara  Jaclyn Pitera  las vegas  palo alto  philadelphia  resource management 

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Green Innovation in Business Network, “2010 Solutions Labs Series Summary Report”

Posted By AltaTerra Editor, Monday, February 7, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Source: Jaclyn Pitera, AltaTerra Research
February 2011, 27 pages  

Summary Review
In this report, AltaTerra Research highlights ideas discussed at the Green Innovation in Business Network (GIBN) 2010 Solutions Labs.  

Solutions Labs are one-day, discussion-oriented events, which encourage knowledge sharing and networking among people addressing sustainable business challenges. Participants help determine the agenda. Nine Solutions Labs held across the United States in 2010 gave more than 700 participants from over 300 business, academic, governmental, and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to explore ways to make their organizations more sustainable and their work more effective. Among the organizers were Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Dig In (as lead facilitator), and Ashoka.  

This report includes regional event analyses, perspectives from various industry and academic practitioners, and summary themes of sustainable business topics from across the nine Solutions Labs events.  

Both the Solutions Labs and the summary report reflect a maturing of sustainability in the United States. Author Jaclyn Pitera writes, "Businesses leading in environmental sustainability are implementing strategies and practices and moving beyond basic measures for energy efficiency and carbon reduction. They are expanding their efforts outside the organization, improving the supply chain, and engaging stakeholders. Inside their organizations, they are institutionalizing sustainability by setting up behavior-changing policies, processes, and programs. Many organizations are beginning to follow this lead."

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Tags:  AltaTerra Research  Ashoka  corporate sustainability  Dig In  EDF  environmental sustainability  GIBN  Jaclyn Pitera  Solutions Labs  summary report  Sustainability  Sustainability Professionals 

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