More on Companies Serious About Green Energy – Part III of IV

June 2nd, 2011

Today’s post is by Mark Davis; Vice President of Operations and CTO at SafeSourcing. Mark asks "As companies shift focus to improving workforce management how will they get creative with their sourcing to achieve better results?"

In Parts I and II of this blog series we covered a brief summary of five common types of Green Energy.  In today’s blog we will be looking at 3 of the major organizations working to help offer Green Energy to other companies.

3degrees– This organization helps businesses locate and procure Green Energy and also consults with businesses on how they can leverage that energy to offset some of the carbon emissions that their businesses create during the course of operations. 

3degrees works with manufacturers of solar, wind, landfill gas, livestock biogas, geothermal, biomass, low-impact hydro and sustainable forestry energies to bring their products to businesses like Kohls, Whole Foods, Starbucks and Safeway to qualify for government certifications and incentives for environmentally conscious efforts.

WM Renewable Energy – Part of the Waste Management Solid Waste removal company, this division produces landfill gas (biogas) from its network of over 270 landfills that is equivalent enough electricity to power more than 400,00 homes.  In addition to this technology, the Renewable Energy Group offers expertise to other groups to create their own waste-to-energy projects with a goal of creating enough energy to power over 2 million homes by 2020.

Waste management’s Wheelabrator Technologies division has been a leader in safe solid waste to energy conversion since the early 1970s.  This division has been responsible for converting more than 170 million tons of municipal solid waste into energy that would be equivalent to 177 million barrels of oil.

Xcel Energy – This company, based in Minneapolis, MN provides energy to homes and businesses in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin and the Dakotas.  Along with traditional energy Xcel has programs that produce energy from wind, solar, and hyrdo power as well as biomass energy.

These types of renewable energy technologies allow Xcel to better fix the energy costs for their customers as other non-renewable energy prices fluctuate from month to month.  In 2010, the company produced 10% of their energy from renewable energy sources, doubling that amount that they were producing in 2007.  Xcel has been the #1 provider of Wind-generated energy by the American Wind Energy Association and were ranked 5th in the U.S. by the Solar Electric Power Association with plans to grow their production 500% by 2015.

For more information about how you can partner with companies that are involved with partnering with companies like these for alternative Green Energy sources for your sourcing needs please contact a SafeSourcing customer service representative today.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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