Renewable energy news roundup: June 27–July 3, 2016
The World Green Building Council announces its “Advancing Net Zero” initiative, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. agree to reach 50 percent clean power generation by 2025, and Amazon is turning to local partners to increase renewable energy efforts. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
World Green Building Council Initiative Aims for all Buildings to be Net-Zero by 2050
The World Green Building Council has announced its "Advancing Net Zero" initiative, which sets the goal of 100% net-zero buildings by 2050, according to Eco-Business. The organization said it will organize Green Building Councils all over the world to develop net-zero certification programs for both existing and new buildings. The initiative will be spearheaded by eight Green Building Councils from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Netherlands, South Africa and Sweden.
U.S. president Barack Obama, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto met in Ottawa last week to discuss clean power generation. The North American leaders agreed that their nations will work together to reach 50 percent clean power generation by 2025.
Amazon and Dominion Power Forge a New Renewable Energy Path in Virginia
Amazon Web Services has made a goal to supply 40 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by the end of 2016. To reach this goal, Amazon will take a hands-on approach and work with many local partners surrounding their data centers in Northern Virginia. Vadata, an affiliate of Amazon Web Services, is signing power-purchase agreements for wind and solar, as well as engaging its local distribution utility, Dominion Virginia Power (DVP), to develop a retail rate that matches energy prices in the wholesale market.
Colorado PUC Approves Solar Garden Billing Settlement for Xcel
Colorado utilities and solar developers hope to provide renewable energy to low income customers with community solar. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has approved a settlement between Xcel Energy and three solar companies, which will allow more Coloradans access to community solar gardens and remove the idea of negative renewable energy credits.