Next Generation Carbon-Free Electricity Procurement Initiative

The clean energy system developed over the past 25 years unlocked significant wind and solar deployment. However, the existing system now faces various challenges in achieving a 90% carbon-free U.S. electricity system by 2030.

Carbon-Free Energy Challenges:

  • Uneven wind and solar deployment causing market saturation and clean energy curtailment in some regions
  • Limited growth of critical and complementary zero-carbon energy technologies and solutions
  • Lack of widespread attribute instruments to match and earn credit for carbon-free energy procurement on less than an annual basis
  • Unproven contracting mechanisms for many carbon-free energy solutions that are key to rapid decarbonization of the electricity system

Navigating and Scaling Clean Hydrogen Voluntary Markets

Hydrogen is now expected to serve as a critical component in decarbonizing the grid and wider energy system, and CEBI has developed five guidelines for establishing a high-integrity, customer-driven clean hydrogen market and initial industry best practices.

Next Generation Carbon-Free Electricity Procurement Activation Guide

The Next Generation Carbon-Free Electricity Procurement Activation Guide provides a customer-oriented, market system stakeholder specific roadmap for updates that energy attribute certificate issuing bodies and registries, data providers, customer leadership programs, and greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting standards bodies must make to activate new carbon-free electricity procurement solutions.

Applying The Consequential Emissions Framework For Emissions-Optimized Decision-Making For Energy Procurement And Management

Guide to Sourcing Marginal Emissions Factor Data

The Clean Energy Buyer Institute’s Next Generation Carbon-Free Electricity Procurement Initiative (NextGen Initiative) will help address these challenges and expand the suite of carbon-free procurement options for energy customers.

The NextGen Initiative will enable energy customers to maximize the decarbonization impact of their procurement decisions by:

  • Advocating for accessible, standardized, granular electricity consumption and emissions data.
  • Driving the evolution of attribute instruments, greenhouse gas accounting standards, and recognition programs.

Resource Library

In support of its mission to solve the toughest market and policy barriers to achieve a carbon-free energy system, the Clean Energy Buyers Institute (CEBI) has created a clearinghouse of resources for organizations interested in the advancement of clean energy.

Next-Gen News & Updates

March 8, 2023

Customers Seek Increased Clean Energy in Value Chains to Reduce Scope 3 Emissions

February 15, 2023

CEBI’s Four Key Recommendations for Updating the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Will Help Advance Systemic Grid Decarbonization

January 18, 2023

Energy Customer Markets Are Key to Scaling Clean Hydrogen

October 5, 2022

CEBI Releases Its Next Generation Carbon-Free Electricity Procurement Activation Guide

December 13, 2022

GHG Accounting Updates Must Enable Customer Options to Accelerate Grid Decarbonization

September 1, 2022

With Targeted Updates, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Can Accelerate Customer-driven Clean Energy and Unleash Next Generation Procurement

August 19, 2022

Energy Attribute Certificate Issuing Bodies & Registries Need Clearance and Practical Tools to Expedite System Updates that Enable Next Generation Procurement

August 5, 2022

Leadership Programs Can Catalyze New Communities of Energy Customers to Drive Next Generation Procurement for Systemic Grid Decarbonization

July 22, 2022

With Expanded and Accelerated Data Access, Energy Attribute Certificate Issuing Bodies Can Capture New Attributes Needed for Next Generation Procurement

July 15, 2022

With Enhanced Energy Attribute Certificates, Energy Customers Can Use Their Voluntary Procurement to Send More Powerful and Targeted Market Signals for Systemic Grid Decarbonization

June 30, 2022

Energy Attribute Certificate Issuing Bodies Can Unleash Next Generation Procurement by Capturing More Attributes & Better Serving as a “Platform of Platforms”

June 7, 2022

Energy Customers, Solution Providers, and Stakeholders Assess the Role of Avoided Emissions in Decision-Making and Greenhouse Gas Accounting

May 6, 2022

Energy Customers and Solution Providers Identify Key Market Updates to Enable Next Generation Procurement Options

April 8, 2022

Energy Customers Identify Key Objectives for New Solutions to Optimize Decarbonization Impact

Past Events

Workshop on Draft GHG Protocol Scope 2 Revision Recommendations
December 6, 2022

Join this interactive workshop to learn about and provide feedback on the guiding principles and key recommendations the CEBI Next Generation Carbon-Free Electricity Procurement Initiative will take to Greenhouse Gas Protocol in the upcoming survey for the 2023 Scope 2 Guidance revisions process.

Activating Next Generation Procurement through Market Transformation

October 13, 2022

Learn an overview of the Next Generation Carbon-Free Electricity Procurement Activation Guide that was published in late September. The Guide details the updates that various market system stakeholders—energy attribute certificate registries and issuing bodies, data providers, greenhouse gas accounting standards bodies, and leadership recognition programs—can implement to broaden the menu of carbon-free energy procurement options and enable customers to achieve their next generation procurement objectives.

NextGen Activator Workshop #1

March 30 at 12:30 PM ET

Hear from the Clean Energy Buyers Institute to learn how to identify and address shared challenges in enhancing emissions data, clean energy attributes, emissions accounting frameworks, and recognition programs.