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    Renewable Electricity Roadmap

    JOIN US IN MAKING YOUR COMMUNITY OR BUSINESS 100% Committed

    With climate change threatening our planet and our way of life, mountain communities and winter sports businesses worldwide are taking action and becoming 100% Committed to renewable electricity. Join us and join the movement that’s saving the season and snow we love.

    Climate Change: The New Reality

    If you dream of powder turns, work in the winter-sports industry, or live in a mountain town, you don’t need to watch the news to see the reality of climate change. Many days, you just need a quick look at the snow report or the company balance sheet. Sometimes all it takes is a glance out the window.

    With 15 of the 16 hottest years on record coming this century and snow becoming scarcer and less predictable in many places around the world, it’s clear our climate is changing. And with low snowfall years costing ski resorts and companies an estimated $1 billion in potential revenue and at least 13,000 American jobs from 1999—2010 alone, as well as costing farms precious water, it’s clear what climate change could mean for the snow that fuels our dreams and feeds our families.

    We used to ask what’s happening to our climate. Today, it’s time to ask what we can do about it.

    The Future Is Renewable: 100% Committed

    Today, the good news is that businesses, governments, and communities of all sizes that love the cold are taking their future into their own hands. They’re moving away from the dirty fossil fuels driving climate change and committing to shift to 100-percent clean, renewable electricity. They’re committing to working for a safe, sustainable, and prosperous future for our planet – and they’re committing to doing their part.

    You can too. Join Climate Reality’s I AM PRO SNOW program and 100% Committed campaign and pledge to helping your business, resort, or community shift to 100-percent clean electricity.

    Making the shift to 100-percent renewable electricity is easier than you think, and we’re here to help show you how. Plus, along with cutting dangerous greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the places and seasons we love, switching to clean electricity from sources like wind and solar has a host of other benefits.

    100% Committed Businesses

    • Stand apart with a reputation for innovation, values-driven operations, and forward-looking leadership.
    • Align themselves with the core values and personal principles of growing numbers of consumers, fostering strong brand loyalty, expanding revenue opportunities, and turning customers into passionate advocates.
    • Save money on energy costs by hedging against volatile fuel prices.

    100% Committed Communities

    • Create rewarding, high-paying jobs and increase local economic growth
    • Build a reputation for protecting a way of life and the businesses that depend on it.
    • Become known as exciting, forward-looking places to live and work in the twenty-first century, attracting sought-after businesses and citizens and building thriving twenty-first century economies.
    • Create healthier and happier places to live and work, with a decreased chance of bad air days and a reduced impact on our climate.
    WHO'S ALREADY MADE THE TRANSITION?

    City of Aspen: For years, Aspen, Colorado has been known for the cultural events, food, music and more that call the city home. Now, add renewable energy to that list.

    In 2015, Aspen made a complete transition to 100-percent renewable electricity. The city of over 6,600 accomplished this feat through a combination of a bond-funded hydropower project, power purchase agreements for wind and hydropower, and smaller amounts of energy from solar and landfill gas. Aspen officials reported that they’ve already seen the benefits in the form of “reductions in [greenhouse gas] emissions, low and stable electricity rates for our customers, and setting an example for other communities to follow suit and do right by the environment.”

    Step One: Commit 100%
    • Step up to the plate: Contact The Climate Reality Project and sign a commitment to transitioning your business or community’s total annual electricity use to renewable sources like wind or solar by 2030 or as soon as possible.
    • Create a plan: Making the shift to 100-percent clean electricity is easier than ever, but it will still take some planning. Talk to us and we can help you create an action plan for how to do it by referring you to available resources like the EPA Green Power Partnership and then monitor and report on your progress. In order to be a 100% Committed partner, we’ll need to approve the plan to make sure it connects with our commitment to clean, renewable electricity.
    • Speak up: Commit to making your action plan and progress reports public and available to The Climate Reality Project and others.1 After all, you’re doing great work – and we want the world to know.
    Step Two: Finalize Your Plan

    It’s important to create a plan that works for you. There are many ways for 100% Committed partner businesses and communities to meet their commitments, but knowing what exactly counts as clean, renewable electricity and the best way to move forward can be a little confusing at first. So we’ve provided guidelines on standard definitions and best practices below to help.

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    What Counts as Renewable Electricity?

    • Make smart decisions: 100% Committed partners can meet their 100-percent renewable electricity commitment with any of the following options, either on their own or in combination:
      1. Generating power on-site with renewable sources including – but not limited to – wind, solar, and geothermal.
      2. Utility green-marketing products, like power purchase agreements with renewable energy suppliers.
      3. Utility green-pricing products, like renewable power options administered by utilities.
      4. Renewable energy certificates
    • Choose the right sources: In accordance with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership guidelines, partners must source their electricity from new renewable facilities brought on line within the last 15 years (subject to a few exceptions). (See Appendix for further details.)
    • Think big-picture: Whatever option(s) work for you, make sure your renewable electricity project(s) don’t have negative impacts on the local environment or community. We encourage 100% Committed partners to get in touch with their local communities to discuss electricity transitions and what would work best for everyone involved.
    • Think global and act (very) local: We strongly encourage 100% Committed partners to incorporate on-site power generation as part of their action plans, whenever possible. Generating your own power gives you long-term control over costs, while sending a strong visual statement to your customers or community about your values and commitment to addressing climate change.
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    What Does Your Commitment Cover?

    • You define where: As a 100% Committed partner, your commitment covers the town, community, building structure(s), or operational or property limits as you define them.
    • Multiple-choice options: If you have multiple properties or entities, we can only list those powered by 100-percent clean electricity as 100% Committed partners. (For example, if a national retailer called Slope Sports joins 100% Committed, but is only able to power its Denver
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    Pick a Target Date

    • Choose what works for you: Set a date for reaching 100-percent renewable electricity by 2030 or as soon as possible. Not sure how? Talk to us here at Climate Reality or a renewable energy expert and learn more about the steps in your plan and the timeframes involved for each. That way, when you set a date, you’ll be sure to get there
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    Form a Committee and Hire an Expert

    • There are many ways to get there: Every 100% Committed partner is different and there’s no one-size-fits-all plan for achieving 100 percent renewable electricity.
    • Work together: Forming a committee of people inside your organization or within your local community to lead the process can bring diverse perspectives together to help see the challenges ahead and ensure everyone’s on boardside your organization or within your local community to lead the process can bring diverse perspectives together to help see the challenges ahead and ensure everyone’s on board.
    • Partner with a pro: Hiring an expert consultant to advise you throughout the planning and implementation processes can help you make smart decisions at every turn and set yourself up for long-term success.
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    Resources

    • No need to go it alone: There are many great resources out there to help you shift to clean electricity.
    • Check the map: The EPA’s Green Power Locator can help you find REC providers, utility greenpricing product providers, utility green-marketing product providers, and on-site renewable energy generation providers in your state.
    • Ski resorts unite: For ski areas, the National Ski Areas Association’s Sustainable Slopes grant program provides cash and in-kind funding to support sustainability projects — such as renewable electricity installations — to members.
    Step Three: Follow Through

    When you join 100% Committed, you’re not just standing up for the snow we depend on for our way of life. You’re standing up for the values you believe in and the planet we share. You’re setting a model for communities, businesses, and organizations around the world to follow. And it’s time for the world to know.

    Spread the Word.

    • Get loud: Once you’ve signed up with 100% Committed and created an action plan, let your community of customers, citizens, members, or colleagues know. Celebrate your commitment to clean electricity and climate action in your social media and marketing. Because when word gets out, more and more people will want to be part of your success.
    • We can help: Talk to us at Climate Reality about how we can help spread the word about your great work as a 100% Committed partner to millions of climate-conscious individuals worldwide. A list of opportunities will be detailed in your signed agreement.
    • Keep the conversation going: Share reports on your progress with Climate Reality and share details in social media updates to your community. When the world sees and hears about the real, verifiable progress you’re making, others will want to follow your lead.
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    Acceptable Renewable Power Resources and Procurement Options

    100% Committed partners have broad discretion in choosing how to meet their renewable electricity commitments. We know that it’s important to find solutions that work for you and to choose solutions that follow established guidelines and best practices recognized by the business and environmental community.

    To help you through this process and ensure all 100% Committed partners choose clean energy solutions that meet these standards, we’ve provided some requirements and considerations in this document to assist in understanding and selecting the resources and procurement options available

    The requirements outlined below draw on the US EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program and we generally (though not in all cases) defer to its guidelines for questions that are not covered in this document. However, please note that our requirements differ in some key respects (particularly with regards to biomass).

     

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    Key Considerations for All Renewable Electricity Projects

    1. Make smart decisions: 100% Committed partners can meet their 100-percent renewable electricity commitment with any of the following options, either on their own or in combination:
      1. Whatever forms of renewable electricity are chosen, 100% Committed partners must take care to ensure that:
      2. The renewable electricity projects selected result in zero greenhouse gas emissions (or very close thereto);
      3. The selected projects should not have serious negative impacts on the local environment or community. We encourage partners to review local environmental impact statements of the projects chosen and/or to consult the local communities to ensure that the projects would be acceptable for everyone involved or affected.
    2. The Climate Reality Project reserves the right to end the partnership if it is established (or if a partner fails to prove) that the electricity sources chosen in the partner’s final action plan would violate these guidelines or contain projects from any of the excluded sources listed below. 
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    What Sources Are Acceptable?

    1. With the above key considerations in mind, below is a list of acceptable renewable resources.
      1. Solar photovoltaics and concentrated solar power;
      2. Wind;
      3. Geothermal;
      4. Hydropower from new generation capacity on a non-impoundment location facility or new generation capacity on an existing impoundment that meets one or more of the following conditions:
        • Run-of-the-river hydropower facilities equal to or less than 5 megawatts nameplate capacity;
        • Hydropower facilities that consist of a turbine in a pipeline or a turbine in an irrigation canal;
        • Incremental capacity on an existing dam, where the newoutput is equal to or less than 5 megawatts.
        • All hydropower projects chosen are strongly encouraged to get certified as “low impact” by a credible certification body, such as the Low Impact Hydropower Institute.
      5. Biomass from solid, liquid, and gaseous forms, provided that they meet all of the following conditions:
        • CO2 emissions from the biomass projects selected and their supply chains are certified as net-zero (or as close to net-zero as possible) from a credible certification body, such as the Sustainable Biomass Partnership or the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials;
        • The feed stocks used are certified as sustainably sourced from a credible certification body;
        • The feed stocks used are not contaminated or would not result in emissions of hazardous compounds or harmful local air pollutants when burned. An example would be wood coated with paints, plastics, or formica;
        • In the case of co-firing or mixing bioenergy forms with nonrenewable energy forms, only the amount of electricity generated from the resources that satisfy all of the previous three conditions will be acceptable.
      6. Any other form of renewable electricity not listed here is acceptable, so long as it can verifiably satisfy the key considerations for all projects above.
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    What Sources are NOT Acceptable?

    1. In order to accelerate the movement towards a clean energy economy, The Climate Reality Project explicitly will not accept projects from the following sources:
      1. Coal, oil, or natural gas, even if fitted with carbon capture and storage capabilities.
      2. Nuclear energy
      3. Any other form of electricity generation that would not satisfy the key considerations for all projects above.
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    How Can Partners Meet Their Renewable Energy Procurement Requirements?

    1. Per our 100% Committed Renewable Electricity Roadmap, partners can meet their renewable electricity commitments with any of the following tools, either on their own or in combination:
      1. Generating power on-site with renewable sources;
      2. Utility green-marketing products, like power purchase agreements with renewable energy suppliers;
      3. Utility green-pricing products, like renewable power options administered by utilities;
      4. Certified Renewable energy certificates (RECs);
      5. Any other credible renewable power procurement option not covered here.
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    Reminders and Other Things to Keep in Mind

    1. Per our 100% Committed Renewable Electricity Roadmap, below are a few additional things to keep in mind when devising action plans:
      1. In accordance with the US EPA’s Green Power Partnership guidelines, partners must source their electricity from new renewable facilities brought on line within the last 15 years. The reason for this is to encourage new development of renewable energy projects. The Climate Reality Project believes that a facility can be exempt from this requirement in some conditions, including if:
        • The facility has been re-powered on or after the 15-year new date such that 80 percent of the fair market value of the project stems from new generation equipment installed as part of the re-powering.
        • A separable improvement to or a complete improvement of an existing operating facility provides incremental generation that is separately metered from the existing generation at the facility. In addition, if the incremental generation is sold as a green power market product, then it must be contractually available for sale.
        • A facility that is a separately metered landfill gas resource that was not used to generate electricity before the 15-year new date.
      2. The Climate Reality Project strongly encourages partners to incorporate on-site power generation as part of their action plans, whenever possible. Generating power on site provides long-term control over costs, while sending a strong visual statement to a partner’s customers or community about their values and commitment to addressing climate change.
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    Ready to join 100% Committed and begin creating your own roadmap to 100-percent renewable electricity?

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