Highest Sustainability Values Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and are currently more than 50% above 1990 levels. Global warming is causing long-term changes in our climate system. It is more important than ever to be at the forefront of climate change, and REPPs for renewable energy are a great way to achieve this goal. The signing of a corporate AAE for renewable energy or wind energy will allow a new project to be built, generate more renewable capacity and help make the world greener. The 10-year PPP between Prairieland Energy, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Illinois, and Rail Splitter Wind Farm LLC, a subsidiary of EDP Renewables (EDPR) North America LLC, will significantly increase the amount of renewable energy consumed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In fact, purchased wind energy is released monthly in project updates. Business Sustainability Choosing a company-wide AAE can help your business reduce its CO2 intensity and help your business meet its renewable energy goals. Wind – Renewable PPPs typically include the transfer of original warranties to the consumer, which proves that you have purchased this amount of renewable energy. Contracts for electricity and wind energy are referred to as “air contracts” or AEDs. AAEs are long-term contracts for the purchase of renewable energy in agreed quantities and at prices that meet the needs of both the producer and the consumer. These renewable energy agreements not only provide both parties with financially advantageous solutions, but also clean renewable energy for businesses and allow investment in additional renewable energy developments. From November 2016 to October 2026, the Urbana campus receives a percentage of the electricity generated by wind and associated environmental attributes from the Splitter Wind Rail farm north of Lincoln, Illinois.
The Power Purchase Agreement (AAE) provides that 8.6% of the total wind turbine production from the operation will be sold to the university, representing an annual amount of more than 25,000 megawatt-hours (MWh).