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Strategies for Ramping Up Large-Scale Renewables

11:35 AM  -  12:35 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016  |  Executive Boardroom

Utilities are one of the largest operating costs for many corporate and higher education institutions. Volatile energy commodity markets expose corporate and university utility budgets to unpredictable price fluctuations. Over time, energy costs rise. At the same time, climate and sustainability commitments are motivating many large energy users to seek strategies for reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are emerging as a compelling way to address each of these concerns. Unfortunately, the renewable energy marketplace is opaque, complex and still relatively new. This panel will review renewable energy products and trends, and outline the basic structures available in PPAs, including both smaller-scale onsite installations, as well as utility-scale offsite projects. Case studies will be presented from American University, Howard University, and Bloomberg. Attendees will interactively craft their own energy goals, and map their PPA decision-making process in groups at their tables.