Converge Strategies Service

Policy Design and Programmatic Support

Areas of Impact

Clean Energy for Critical Infrastructure

In Short

Can consumer demand create a more resilient and cleaner energy supply?

We are working with some of the world’s largest power customers to figure that out.

Why It Matters

Large energy customers are using their buying power to reshape the energy industry. 

The Clean Energy Buyers Institute (CEBI) is a 501(C)3 that was created alongside the Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA) in 2020. CEBA includes 400+ organizations committed to buy clean energy, and to accelerate a 90% carbon-free U.S. electricity system by 2030. 

As of 2023, energy customers had voluntarily contracted for over 77 gigawatts of new clean energy in the U.S. 

Many of these same energy customers are concerned about power outages at data centers, manufacturing plants, and other facilities where even momentary interruptions can cause huge losses. 

Customers know how to buy clean energy – but the practice of buying resilient clean energy is new.

What It Is

We worked with the Clean Energy Buyers Institute (CEBI) and large energy customers to define and streamline resilient clean energy purchasing.

  • What qualifies as resilient clean energy?
  • Can clean energy purchases provide back-up power to communities?
  • How can clean energy buyers support grid resilience?

We supported a program to investigate questions like these under the Beyond the Megawatt initiative.

Our Impact

Beyond the Megawatt has successfully convened some of the largest and most influential private and public sector power buyers in a multi-year dialogue on resilience. 

CEBI has published research on how clean energy procurement can support resilience for companies, for communities, and for the grid.

Our Partners

CEBI is a non-profit organization focused on solving the toughest market and policy barriers to achieving a carbon-free energy system

CEBI was created alongside the Clean Energy Buyers Alliance in 2020 by the World Wildlife Fund, BSR, RMI, and the World Resources Institute.

Resources

Here are the reports, articles, blogs, or any public deliverables produced because of this work.