This special interest group is for professionals to connect and discuss all types of carbon-free power alternatives, including nuclear, renewable, tidal and more.

Post

A New Path to Sustainable Operations: Procuring Renewable Energy for a Hybrid Workforce

image credit: Enel Green Power
Mark  McGrail's picture
Head of the Commercial Office at Enel Green Power North America Enel Green Power

Mark is an energy industry veteran with extensive experience in the development, operations and management of large-scale renewable energy plants. He joined the company in 2011 and is currently...

  • Member since 2021
  • 2 items added with 360 views
  • Jul 28, 2021 9:07 pm GMT
  • 360 views

It’s no secret that the pandemic has permanently shifted the way we work.  Many companies now have employees spread out, working remotely or in a hybrid model of remote and in-office. This has made energy consumption more complex and has left companies reevaluating how they should approach sustainable operations.

 

Wellington Management is an example of how companies are evolving their sustainability planning to meet the needs of the new work-from-home landscape. The firm recently signed a 10-year virtual power purchase agreement with Enel Green Power to match the electricity needs of its U.S. offices and the residential electricity usage of its 2,200 U.S. employees with renewable energy.

Your access to Member Features is limited.

 

The arrangement covers approximately 48 GWh of energy annually from its Rockhaven wind project and the associated renewable energy certificates (RECs), equivalent to avoiding 30,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.

 

Not only is Wellington able to advance toward its goal of deploying 100% renewable energy for its corporate operations, but this agreement represents an innovative model for corporate renewable energy buyers moving forward, amid shifts in their operations.

Mark  McGrail's picture
Thank Mark for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member
Discussions
Spell checking: Press the CTRL or COMMAND key then click on the underlined misspelled word.
Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Jul 28, 2021

That's interesting to apply such purchases to the residences-- are employees reporting their utility bill and a portion of that is assumed for 'home office' like is done for taxes, or is it just a broad assumption about how much energy is used per employee at their homes? 

Mark  McGrail's picture
Mark McGrail on Aug 3, 2021

Hi Matt – great question. To identify how much electricity the employees used, Wellington used a 2019-energy-usage base line of the national average (11 megawatt hours per year). This is a conservative approach because the majority of its US employees are located in the Northeast where the average household consumption is 25% lower than the national average, mainly due to less air conditioning usage.

Wellington has also contracted slightly more MW hours to allow for future growth in employee count, future potential office expansion, and to build in a buffer to account for increased household electricity usage from new electric-based technologies (e.g., electric vehicles, electric heat pumps, etc.).

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Aug 3, 2021

That makes sense for the sake of simplicity-- thanks for sharing, Mark! I wonder, though, do you worry that such an approach that uses an estimate somewhat undercuts motivation from employees to engage in energy-saving behavior. Sort of social licensing where they may be tempted to say 'well my energy is being offset renewably, probably more than I'm actually using, so it's not as harmful for me to be wasteful'?

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »