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Large energy buyers should take a leading role in accelerating the carbon-free grid transition by expanding their approaches to clean energy procurement practices, the World Resources Institute (WRI) wrote in a report published Monday.
Pursuing transmission buildout to increase access of clean energy, incorporating demand flexibility in procurement practices and getting more granular data on grid emissions, such as hourly matching, are some of the innovative approaches that cities and corporations with decarbonization goals have already taken to explore market products and opportunities across the grids they operate on, the report says.
WRI calls for federal clean electricity standards to further push grid participants, power suppliers and utilities toward decarbonization. The clean energy payment program the Senate budget committee adopted in its reconciliation package would incentivize investments in clean energy and keep costs low for customers, although many environmental advocates, including WRI, said it does not go far enough.