Renewable Power Direct – RPD® offers competitively priced supply contracts for green power. We source the electricity directly from renewable generators and arrange for delivery over existing transmission lines. Our innovative approach enables customers to actually buy renewable electricity, rather than merely buying REC’s to offset or “green up” grid-based power purchases.
RPD is authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to offer wholesale electricity services at market-based rates in deregulated states such as Texas, the mid-Atlantic states and California.
RPD’s business is based on an innovative new electricity supply chain. It bypasses the traditional utility model. And it moves beyond today’s default clean energy option, Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
RPD’s wholesale purchase model and independent supply chain directly links green power users and producers. That gives customers a clear contract path to the green power they purchase. It also ensures that the majority of a customer’s electricity spend goes to renewable generators rather than REC marketers and existing grid-based power suppliers, which typically include coal-fired generators.
The company was founded by the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), a Washington D.C. non-profit. ACSF has worked to expand the country’s clean energy options since 2007, and has been active in both federal and state regulatory dockets. It has also supported numerous research studies on the power and transportation sectors.
In 2013, ACSF decided to build on this experience by becoming a social entrepreneur and seed-funding new ventures that may accelerate the switch to cleaner energy. Renewable Power Direct is the first result. For additional background, please read these excerpts from RPD’s 2013 White Paper.