Corporate Power Purchase Agreements

Global Publication October 2019

Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (Corporate PPAs) with renewable energy projects, are increasingly providing a mutually beneficial contracting strategy for corporates and generators alike.

Corporates around the world are increasingly demonstrating leadership in tackling climate change – often looking to reduce the impact of their own operations on the environment. Renewable energy procurement is a key focus, with initiatives such as RE100 exemplifying the cross-sectoral engagement of corporates globally.

At the same time, renewable developers are looking to find solutions to the challenges faced in recent years. In regions such as Europe, government subsidy schemes for renewable generation have been reduced or removed. In the US, developers face the step-down and eventual phase-out of valuable tax incentives. Seeking to mitigate the risk of wholesale power market price volatility in order to secure debt finance, developers are looking to find a contracted revenue stream for their projects.

Corporates have a variety of options to meet their individual climate and sustainability policies, including adopting efficiency measures, imposing sustainability measures on supply chains and service providers, utilizing green electricity supply tariffs and purchasing renewable energy certificates of origin. Corporate PPAs, which provide for the direct purchase of power from renewable energy projects, however, are emerging as one of the most popular solutions.

We have been working on Corporate PPAs across the globe for a number of years, acting for sellers, buyers and lenders. We have leading market experience in key markets such as the United States, Europe and Australia. We are also at the forefront of the development of these transactions in new markets such as Latin America and Asia. Our global team will keep you up to date on the latest developments in the sector.

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