November's Can't-Miss Clean Energy Stories

At LevelTen, we want important news and information concerning renewable transaction infrastructure (RTI), power purchase agreements, and new sustainability commitments to be easily accessible to everyone. Each week, we assemble the stories that matter most in our “RTI Weekly” newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. We’ve collected November's biggest stories below.

Renewable Energy News

COP26 Deal Produces Progress, but Falls Short of Climate Action Hopes

The final agreement produced from the Glasgow COP26 climate summit produced a mix of commitments and shortcomings. While the Glasgow Climate Pact does call for a phasing down of coal, the measure faced opposition from China and India and was ultimately pared down from its original goal of a full coal phase out. The agreement also included increased financial aid to help developing nations adapt to climate change and transition to clean energy, but the Pact as a whole has been criticized for still not going far enough to limit global warming, and for focusing largely on coal but less so on oil and gas — fuels used more predominantly by developed nations who are expected to be less impacted by climate change. While the deal does require countries to revisit their emissions reductions plans in 2022 to try to keep a 1.5°C target within reach, the pledges in their current state will only limit global warming to 2.4°C above pre-industrial averages — far above the temperature threshold targeted in the Paris Accord. (BBC)

Congress Approves $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law on November 15th, which contains funding that will advance the clean energy transition and help fight climate change. The bill contains provisions for EV charging infrastructure, hydrogen technologies, carbon capture, battery manufacturing and recycling, and energy efficiency programs. It also contains $73 billion for clean energy transmission and grid upgrades. (Canary Media)

U.S. and China Announce Surprise Climate Agreement

The United States and China, which together account for 40% of the planet’s carbon emissions, have announced they will cooperate on limiting emissions to address the climate crisis. The move came as a surprise to many as the two nations work through multiple political tensions, with the countries agreeing to share policy and technology developments, announce national 2035 emissions targets by 2025, and revive a “multilateral” climate change working group. Though the agreement contains vague language and a lack of specificity, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry insists the agreement is a positive step for the two countries as they work to align decarbonization goals with a scenario consistent with Paris Accord targets. (NPR)

India Commits to Net Zero

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced at the COP26 summit that India — the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter — will aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2070. Modi said India will work to have 50% of its electricity generated by renewables by 2030. The 2070 goal is notably 20 years behind the 2050 net-zero goal climate scientists say is required to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. (NBC)

LevelTen Energy, The Nature Conservancy, and National Audubon Society Collaborate on Impactful Renewable Development Guidelines

LevelTen Energy, The Nature Conservancy, and The National Audubon Society have collaborated on a new white paper that outlines impact-focused principles renewable developers and buyers can incorporate into their work that will ensure the massive renewable energy build-out the coming decades hold will maximize local community benefits and protect natural habitats and ecosystems. LevelTen has incorporated the Impact Procurement Principles outlined in the white paper, Beyond Carbon-Free: A Framework for Purpose-Led Renewable Energy Procurement and Development, into a new software tool, the Impact+ Score™, which is now available for use on the LevelTen Energy Platform. The Impact+ tool operationalizes these principles, and allows for buyers and developers to communicate nuanced aspects of project build-out through a standardized and concise framework. (renews.biz)

PPA Signings

Four PPAs Signed Covering All Dogger Bank 3 Offshore Wind Output

SSE Renewables and Equinor have announced four 15-year PPAs covering 1.2 GW of capacity from phase 3 of the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm — the world’s largest — which the two companies are jointly developing. Danske Commodities will offtake 40% of Dogger Bank C’s generating capacity, while SSE Energy Supply Limited, Centrica Energy Marketing and Trading, and Shell Energy Europe Limited have contracted for 20% of the farm’s capacity, respectively. (renews.biz)

EI-H2 Enters Major Irish Offshore Wind Deal

Irish green hydrogen company EI-H2 has announced a PPA with developer Enterprize Energy for a planned 4 GW offshore wind farm to supply EI-H2’s Green Marlin hydrogen facility. (Bloomberg)

Peninsula Clean Energy Enters Solar+Storage Agreement

San Mateo-based community choice aggregator Peninsula Clean Energy has signed a 15-year agreement with developer Clearway Energy Group for 100 MW of solar capacity, paired with 200 MWh of lithium-ion battery storage, from the Arica Solar project in Riverside County, California. (Solar Power World)

BASF Enters Offshore Wind PPA

German chemicals company BASF has entered into a 25-year PPA with developer Ørsted for 186 MW of renewable supply from the 900 MW Borkum Riffgrund 3 Offshore Wind Farm in the North Sea. (BASF)

Xcel Energy Enters Colorado Solar Deal

Utility Xcel Energy has entered into a long-term PPA with developer Lightsource bp for the 298 MW Sun Mountain Solar farm in Pueblo, Colorado. (PV Tech)

Recent Sustainability Commitments

Mondelēz Aims for Net-Zero Value Chain

Food giant Mondelēz International has announced it will work to achieve net-zero emissions across its full value chain by 2050, in addition to joining the Business Ambition for 1.5°C coalition and the UN’s Race to Zero Campaign. (Smart Energy Decisions)

Shell Sets Scope 1 and 2 Targets

Oil and gas giant Shell has announced new goals of reducing operational Scope 1 and 2 emissions 50% by 2030, compared to 2016 levels. (GlobeNewswire)

Sysco Announces Emissions Goals

Global food distributor Sysco Corporation has announced new emissions goals of reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions 27.5% by 2030, ensuring that 67% of its Scope 3 suppliers establish science-based emissions targets by 2026, and sourcing 100% renewable energy for its global operations by 2030. (Yahoo!)

Con Edison Commits to Eliminating Carbon Emissions by 2040

New York utility Con Edison has set a goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions from its facilities and operations by 2040, in addition to powering its own facilities with 100% renewable electricity by 2030. (Con Edison)

Chipotle Announces Emissions Ambitions

Chipotle has announced new Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi)-approved goals of reducing absolute Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions 50% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. (PR Newswire)

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