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Newsletter: new members, major purchases and dates for your diaries - News

28 March 2018, 1:00 BST 2 min read

More than 130 companies now part of RE100      

RE100 passed the 130 members mark, with 131 leading companies now collaborating to increase renewable electricity demand. New members include AEON, Japan's largest retailer, and Watami from Japan, as well as Fifth Third Bank and Etsy from the US.

A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that RE100 members will drive an investment of $94 billion in clean energy markets by 2030, adding 87 GW of wind and solar power to the grid worldwide.

First wind power for RE100 club in the Netherlands   

The Dutch Wind Consortium – AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Royal DSM, Google and Royal Philips – are now receiving power from the new Dutch wind farm Bouwdokken. The four companies signed two long-term Power Purchase Agreements in 2016 and 2017 to jointly source renewable electricity.

Microsoft in huge solar deal

Microsoft has announced the single largest corporate purchase of solar power ever seen in the US, signing an agreement with sPower to add 315 MW of electricity via two solar projects in Virginia.

Growing the momentum for renewable electricity in Japan

A recent report highlighted RE100 members Apple, Walmart, Microsoft, General Motors and ABInBev as companies leading global decarbonization efforts. A documentary by Japan’s NHK World also features interviews with Kellogg’s, General Motors and Head of RE100, The Climate Group, Sam Kimmins.

Shifting policy frameworks

Speaking on a panel at the Chatham House Energy Transitions conference in London, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, Sam Kimmins participated in conversations on how markets shift policy. At the RECS Market Meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, RE100 members ING, Philips Lighting and IKEA also highlighted the importance of supportive policy to enable corporate action on renewables - read more in our blog.

Dates for your diaries

April 9-10, 2018: BNEF Future of Energy Summit, NYC: BNEF’s annual summit explores the shifting forces in the energy system and the nexus of markets, industry and policy. RE100 member Google will be speaking on a panel about corporate energy challenges and solutions.

April 11, 2018: X Energy, London: Speakers to include RE100 members Heathrow and BT, and The Climate Group’s CEO Helen Clarkson.           

April 11-13, 2018: BRC Member Event, Jersey City: This event will facilitate sessions from innovators in renewable energy transactions. RE100 will be hosting two roundtable discussions.

May 24, 2018: Clean Energy Ministerial, Copenhagen: The Climate Group will host a reception with RE100 member Carlsberg Group at this year’s CEM, as well as a separate RE100 event on corporate renewables sourcing.

Coming soon 

Climate Week NYC (September 24-30, 2018) will once again provide RE100 members the opportunity to showcase climate action. To find out how you can get involved visit or contact us here.

RE-Source 2018, Amsterdam (November 20-21, 2018) will bring together multinational corporations, renewable energy developers and senior decision-makes to raise awareness, exchange information and facilitate connections.

And finally...   

Interested in saving energy while going 100% renewable? Register for The Climate Group’s EP100 webinar with Manufacture 2030 and Woolworths April 25, 15:00 hrs BST. Register here.