The Buyers’ Principles tell utilities and other suppliers what industry-leading, multinational companies are looking for when buying renewable energy from the grid. A group of large energy buyers developed these six principles to spur progress on renewable energy and to add their perspective to the future of the U.S. energy and electricity system.

Buyers' Principles

Learn More

The Buyers’ Principles outline six criteria that would significantly help companies meet their ambitious purchasing goals:

Choice

It is important to have greater choice in procurement options when selecting energy suppliers and products to meet our business and public goals.

Cost-Competitiveness

Energy Buyers want to be able to directly purchase renewable energy that accurately reflects comprehensive costs and benefits to the system.

Long-term Pricing

The appeal of renewable energy sources includes the ability to lock in energy price certainty and avoid fuel price volatility through long – and variable – term contracts.

New Projects

Access to new projects that reduce emissions including bundled renewable energy products, like energy and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs); the ability to prevent double-counting within the energy consumer community; and sourcing projects near operations and/or closest regional energy grids.

Financing Tools

Increased access to third-party financing vehicles, as well as standardized and simplified processes, contracts, and financing for projects.

Cooperation

Opportunities to collaborate with utilities and regulators to expand our choices to purchase renewable energy.