Energy Acuity, a leading provider of power generation and power delivery market intelligence, has compiled a list of energy providers (i.e. solar or wind owners) with the largest impact on the renewable grid. These sustainable energy providers are prioritizing clean energy as renewable power generation costs continue to decrease. This list has been exported from the Renewable Platform, inside of the Energy Acuity Product Suite.
Top 10 Sustainable Energy Providers by Capacity (MW) List View
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1.) NextEra Energy Resources
2.) Avangrid Renewables
5.) Cypress Creek Renewables
6.) Acciona Energia
8.) EDP Renewables North America
9.) Pattern Energy
10.) MidAmerican Energy
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Top 10 Sustainable Energy Providers by Capacity (MW)
NextEra Energy Resources Company Description:
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $17.2 billion, operates approximately 46,790 megawatts of net generating capacity and employs approximately 14,000 people in 33 states and Canada as of year-end 2017. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, NextEra Energy’s principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free electricity from eight commercial nuclear power units in Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
- NextEra Energy Resources operates more than 17,000 megawatts of wind and solar generation in North America.
- NextEra Energy Resources has invested more than $20 billion in clean and renewable technologies.
- As of December 2017, NextEra Energy Resources has wind facilities located in 21 states in the U.S. and 4 provinces in Canada, primarily located throughout Texas, the Western and Midwestern regions of the U.S. and Canada.
- Current pre-construction, under construction and operating capacity total over 17GW.
Avangrid Renewables Company Description:
Avangrid Renewables is a subsidiary of AVANGRID (NYSE: AGR) and part of the IBERDROLA Group. IBERDROLA, S.A. is an energy pioneer with one of the largest renewable asset bases of any company in the world, with more than 14,000 MW of renewable energy spread across a dozen countries. Avangrid Renewables, LLC is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has more than $10 billion of operating assets totaling more than 6,000 MW of owned and controlled wind and solar generation in more than 20 states. A company with a 150-year history, Iberdrola S.A. employs more than 28,000 people in nearly 40 countries and has placed the environment and sustainable development at the center of its global strategy.
- Avangrid Renewables is already generating power from nearly 60 renewable energy projects for its utility-scale customers in the United States.
- AVANGRID serves about 3.1 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England in the United States.
- In 2017, Avangrid donated $2 million to the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate program.
- In 2018, Avangrid held an “electric vehicle fair” for its employees, making it possible for all employees to purchase electric vehicles if they chose to.
Orsted Company Description:
Orsted (FKA DONG Energy) is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe and headquartered in Denmark. Over 6,700 employees, including over 850 in the UK, are dedicated to developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms; generating power and heat from our power stations; providing energy to residential and business customers on a daily basis; and producing oil and gas.
- Ørsted is the largest power producer in Denmark with market shares of 49% for electricity production and 35% for heat production.
- Ørsted is the largest offshore wind farm company in the world with a market share of over 16%.
- Ørsted is the largest shareholder (51%) of offshore wind turbine installer GeoSea (formerly known as A2SEA), while Siemens owns the other 49%.
- According to a political agreement, the Danish Government shall maintain majority ownership in the company until 2025; Reduction of the ownership below 50% requires the political agreement of Danish parties.
Invenergy Company Description:
Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Colombia and Poland. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 22,600 megawatts of projects that are in operation, construction or contracted, including wind, solar, natural gas-fueled power generation and energy storage projects.
- With more than 100 projects in development or operation across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, and Latin America, Invenergy is leveraging innovative design and next-generation technology to create a new paradigm for energy production.
- Invenergy’s wind, solar and natural gas project portfolio totals over 7,897 megawatts — and has led to 58.6 million tons of avoided CO2 emissions.
- Invenergy’s renewable contribution is the equivalent of 4.9 million cars off the road annually, 111 million tons of carbon dioxide being offset or 2.5 billion trees being planted.
- More than 10 percent of Invenergy employees are military veterans.
Cypress Creek Renewables Company Description:
Cypress Creek Renewables is pursuing opportunities across the United States. Their business model is primarily focused on utility-scale ground-mount projects from 2-10MW AC in capacity. Cypress brings extensive development experience and very aggressive financing to create new opportunities in emerging solar markets. Cypress Creek’s goal is to make solar an economically attractive option without additional state incentives.
- Since Cypress Creek’s inception, they have raised over $2 billion in committed capital through a broad network of repeat, sophisticated investors.
- Cypress Creek Engineering, Procurement, and Construction has built over 1.5 GW of clean, affordable solar, and is recognized as one of the largest utility-scale solar EPC firms in the country.
- In 2017, Cypress Creek ranked in the top 10 for solar O&M providers in the US by managed capacity and was recognized for maintaining 99% operating portfolio availability.
- Cypress Creek provides funding for k-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming, through partnerships with school districts where their projects are located.
- In 2017, Cypress Creek announced Maryland’s first pollinator solar array inspired by Maryland’s statewide legislation supporting pollinator-friendly solar sites.
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6.) Acciona Energia
Acciona Energia Company Description:
Acciona is a leader in providing sustainable solutions for infrastructure and renewable energy projects across the world. It spans the entire value chain from design and construction through to operation and maintenance. With a presence in more than 40 countries and sales of €7.254 billion in 2017, the company is committed to contributing to the economic and social development of the communities in which it operates. Acciona seeks to lead the transition towards a low carbon economy, delivering quality and using innovative processes to optimize resource use and protect the environment in all of its projects. Acciona has been present in Chile since 1993. Through its Infrastructure division, it has carried out major construction projects for highways, hospitals, hydroelectric plants and infrastructures for the mining sector. In the services sector, it provides handling services at Chile’s leading airports, along with comprehensive freight transport through its forwarding business. Acciona has also designed, built and currently operates a large desalination plant for the mining industry in Copiapó, an initiative that joins the wastewater treatment facilities built in Valdivia, Osorno, La Ligua and Temuco. Meanwhile, Acciona Energy is one of the leading renewable energies operators in the country, where it has built and operates the largest photovoltaic plant in Latin America, Romero, with a maximum power of 246 MW, and a wind farm, Punta Palmeras, with 45 MW, located in the Coquimbo region. The company is currently building the 183 MW San Gabriel wind farm in the Region of La Araucanía.
- Acciona produces emission-free clean energy for more than 6 million homes across the planet.
- Acciona boasts 2018 revenues of €2,203 million ($2,428 million USD) with a total owned capacity of 9,691MW.
- As of 1Q19, Acciona has 1,900+ employees with 307 company-owned installations.
- 14,748,341 metric tons of carbon dioxide have been offset through Acciona’s renewable power generation.
- Acciona produced 22,087 GWh in 2018 which is the equivalent of the consumption of 6,344,000 homes.
EcoPlexus Company Description:
Ecoplexus develops and operates utility-scale solar PV projects for the wholesale and retail market in the U.S., and internationally. The Company has constructed and financed over 60 projects to date, representing approximately $350 million in project value. Customers include eight major utilities including PG&E, Duke, Progress, Xcel Energy, and Georgia Power and approximately 15 municipalities in the US, as well as major international utilities. With a large construction and development pipeline of over 1 GW in the U.S., Japan, Latin America, and Turkey, representing over $750 million in project value, Ecoplexus is actively developing or buying renewable energy assets at every stage. The Company also provides operation and maintenance (O&M) services for investor/owners for approximately 55 projects.
- EcoPlexus has $310 million in total assets with 365 MW of operational projects and 420 MW of pre-construction or under construction projects.
- EcoPlexus has 3,600 MW of projects in development spanning 5 countries.
- EcoPlexus boasts 25,000+ acres of land under control.
- EcoPlexus renewable power generation has led to 801,2013 tons of carbon dioxide being avoided, 800 acres of trees being planted, 1,682,808 barrels of oil being avoided or 155,642 automobile emissions being avoided annually.
EDP Renewables N.A. Company Description:
EDP Renewables North America LLC (“EDPR NA”) and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own and operate wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with 48 wind farms, 5 solar parks, and 13 regional and development offices across North America, EDPR NA has developed more than 6,700 MW and operates more than 6,100 MW of renewable energy projects. EDPR NA is owned by EDP Renováveis, S.A. (EDPR).
- EDP Renewables North America ranks 4th in the United States in terms of net installed capacity, has more than 2,300 turbines in operation and more than 40 million hours of wind turbine operational history.
- EDP Renewables North America operates 49 wind farms across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
- EDPR NA expanded their solar presence in December 2017 with the commissioning of Cameron, Estill, and Hampton Solar Parks in South Carolina. Each site has an installed capacity of 20 MW, powering more than 15,000 homes.
9.) Pattern Energy
Pattern Energy Company Description:
Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) is an independent power company listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and Toronto Stock Exchange. Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 26 renewable energy projects with an operating capacity of approximately 4 GW in the United States, Canada, and Japan that use proven, best-in-class technology. Pattern Energy’s wind and solar power facilities generate stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets and provide a solid foundation for the continued growth of the business.
- Pattern Energy has a proven track record with more than 40 projects completed and more than $8 billion in capital raised from more than 40 institutions.
- Pattern Energy’s renewable generation is the equivalent of 11,749,00 metric tons of carbon dioxide being avoided, 2,290,400 cars off the road, or 7 billion gallons of water conserved.
- Pattern Energy has 2,861 MW of owned capacity and 3,671 MW of operational capacity.
10.) MidAmerican Energy
MidAmerican Energy Company Description:
MidAmerican Energy Company is the largest utility in Iowa and is strategically located in the middle of several major markets in the Midwest. They provide service to more than 725,000 electric customers and more than 707,000 natural gas customers in a 10,600 square-mile area from Sioux Falls, S.D., to the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. The largest communities served by MidAmerican are Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa City, and Council Bluffs, Iowa; the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois; and Sioux Falls, S.D.
- In May 2018, MidAmerican Energy announced a new large-scale wind energy project called “Wind XII.” The project consists of 591 MW worth of energy created by wind in Iowa.
- Wind XII will make MidAmerican the first investor-owned electric utility in the United States to generate renewable energy equal to 100% of its customer’s usage each year.
- MidAmerican Energy projects that wind power will supply 1/3 of its energy generation by 2020
- In 2018, MidAmerican Energy paid approximately $21.1 million in landowner easement/lease payments for its wind projects and $22.6 million in property tax payments on its wind turbines.
Source: Energy Acuity Renewable Platform
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