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Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles

Increasing Access to Renewable Energy

The Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles frame the challenges and common needs faced by large renewable energy buyers.

Fifty-one corporate signatories developed these principles to spur progress on resolving the challenges they face when buying renewable energy, and to add their perspective to the future of the U.S. energy and electricity system. WRI and WWF facilitated their efforts. For the latest on this initiative, visit

Key Findings

Executive Summary

Sixty percent of the largest U.S. businesses have set public climate and energy goals to increase their use of renewable energy. Companies are setting these goals because reducing energy use and using renewable energy have become core elements of business and sustainability strategies.

Businesses are actively and successfully adding renewable energy to their facilities and increasingly entering into contracts to buy or invest in offsite renewable energy. Even though cost-effective project opportunities exist, with billions of kilowatt hours still needed to meet their renewable energy goals, businesses face a variety of challenges accessing cost-effective projects on favorable terms.

We hope these principles will open up new opportunities, choices and collaborations that will help businesses meet their public goals to increase the use of renewable energy. We encourage others to join us, supporting these principles to expand and streamline the opportunities for renewable energy procurement.

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