Corporate sector demand for renewable energy remains strong

first_imgCorporate sector demand for renewable energy remains strong FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenBiz:While the pace of announced corporate renewable energy contracts slowed slightly in the second quarter compared with the first three months of 2018, large companies disclosed deals representing almost 1,500 megawatts of capacity.So far, big businesses have been involved in 31 transactions for clean power this year (not including onsite generation), the same as for all of 2017, according to data gathered by GreenBiz and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center (BRC). Indeed, the aggregate amount of electricity represented by those purchase agreements was only slightly less than last year’s total.The biggest single U.S. deal of the quarter was announced by AT&T — its 300 MW virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) covering two wind farms in Texas brings the total capacity of contracts announced this year by the telecommunications giant to a whopping 820 MW.The second largest contract of the second quarter came outside the United States. Facebook’s 294 MW transaction for three contiguous Norwegian wind farms with asset manager Luxcara represents its biggest European deal to date. The project, when it becomes operational in the fourth quarter of 2019, will add more than 1 million megawatt-hours of renewable electricity to Norway’s grid on an annual basis.The second quarter also brought a milestone for utility renewable energy programs, with Georgia Power’s deal to bring online 177 MW of solar electricity in order to satisfy the clean power procurement requirements of four large companies: Google; Walmart; Target; and Johnson & Johnson. The arrangement was made possible through the approval of the utility’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which committed the utility to adding 1.6 GW of new solar, wind and other renewable resources by 2021. The commitments by the group of four were necessary to help keep prices stable for other Georgia Power customers.The second quarter also demonstrated that creative arrangements for smaller chunks of capacity are becoming more common, said Kevin Haley, program manager for BRC. “More developers are willing to work with the corporate buyer to make things happen,” he said. “We see the market evolving to accommodate.”More: Clean energy deal tracker: AT&T, Facebook and Walmart stand out in another strong quarterlast_img read more

Pope sets up child abuse committee

first_img Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope sets up child abuse committee by: – December 5, 2013 40 Views   no discussions Share Pope Francis has said dealing with sex abuse is vital for the Church’s credibility.Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims.The announcement, by the archbishop of Boston, follows a meeting between the Pope and his eight cardinal advisers.It comes days after the Vatican refused a UN request for information on alleged abuse by priests, nuns or monks.One of the main Italian associations of clerical abuse survivors has said it has “little trust” in the Vatican.Pope Francis has said dealing with sex abuse is vital for the Church’s credibility.Earlier this week the Pope expressed his compassion for the many victims of sex abuse by priests around the world.ScandalCardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, said the proposed panel of experts could provide codes of conduct for clergymen, guidelines for Church officials and better checks for would-be priests.“Up until now there has been so much focus on the judicial parts of this but the pastoral part is very, very important. The Holy Father is concerned about that,” he said.He added that the move was in line with the approach of the former Pope, Benedict XVI, who referred to the “filth” in the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict was, however, accused of failing to do enough to address the problem.The archdiocese of Boston was the centre of a child sexual abuse scandal involving Catholic priests in the US in 2002. It ultimately led to the resignation of the archbishop at the time.The Catholic Church has faced a raft of allegations of child sex abuse by priests around the world and criticism over inadequate responses by bishops.Earlier this year the Pope strengthened Vatican laws on child abuse, broadening the definition of crimes against minors to include sexual abuse of children.The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child put a wide-ranging questionnaire to the Holy See – the city state’s diplomatic entity – last July, asking for detailed information about the particulars of all sexual abuse cases notified to the Vatican since 1995.The Vatican refused, saying the cases were the responsibility of the judicial systems of countries where abuse took place.Vatican officials are due to be questioned about child abuse, among other issues, by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in January.BBC Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more