Utility Partnership Services

3Degrees’ Utility Partnership Services enable utilities to offer residential and commercial customers the opportunity to mitigate the environmental impact of their electricity and natural gas use.

The Santa Clara Green Power program is a fantastic success under our partnership with 3Degrees ... our customers love it.

— Larry Owens, Division Manager, Customer Services at Silicon Valley Power

  • Shared renewable energy programs (often referred to as "Community Solar"programs) enable utility customers to purchase renewable energy from a facility located in—or immediately adjacent to—the utility’s service territory. If a customer chooses to participate in a Shared Renewable Energy program, the utility buys the energy output of a renewable energy facility and sells that energy to the participating customer. As opposed to traditional energy prices that fluctuate, this renewable energy is sold to the customer at a premium, fixed price for a specific period of time. There are no upfront costs to the customer. Read more »
     
  • Green power programs enable utility customers to demonstrate their support for renewable energy. If a customer chooses to participate in a green power program, the utility matches the customers' electricity use with Green-e Energy Certified RECs generated from projects located in a specific geographic area. Through this process, the customer increases demand for renewable energy and secures the right to take credit for the environmental benefits associated with these Green-e Energy Certified RECs.
     
  • Carbon balancing programs enable utility customers to mitigate the environmental impact of the greenhouse gases emitted from their natural gas use with greenhouse gas emission reductions that occur elsewhere. If a customer chooses to participate in a carbon balancing program, the utility matches the greenhouse gas emissions of the customer's natural gas use with third-party verified carbon offsets from carbon reduction projects. Through this process, the customer secures the right to take credit for the environmental benefits associated with these projects' reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to strengthening relationships between utilities and their customers, successful voluntary green power and carbon balancing programs also help utilities strengthen relationships with other key stakeholders. Top performing programs demonstrate to regulatory boards, customer advocacy groups, and investors that the utility takes a proactive approach to environmental responsibility.

 

A Comprehensive Set of Services:

Community Connect

3Degrees offers utilities all the services necessary to launch, expand, and manage a voluntary green power or carbon balancing program. 3Degrees implements these services using its unique Community ConnectSM methodology — a set of processes and best practices that provide utilities with a clear path to program success.