Energy procurement firm Almach has officially committed to offering only 100% renewable electricity to its clients, who will receive access to low cost, clean electricity.
The company, which supplies hundreds of commercial businesses ranging from SMEs to large entities, has been buying only renewable electricity for several months. This week’s announcement has made its position official as the company seeks to help companies transition to renewable energy.
While some green tariffs can prove more extensive than conventional offers for energy from non-renewable sources, Almach works to reduce this cost by negotiating directly with suppliers through buying groups.
This allows the company to make a strong case for clean energy to commercial clients, as Juan Pablo Cerda, managing director of Almach, explained to Clean Energy News.
“We as a company present a very sound financial case to convince companies to go 100% renewable energy and that is formed of two different things. One is the fact that we have negotiated reductions of the green premium with the main players in green energy.
“We also monitor the market on a daily basis so our strategy is to engage with the client long term and find the low points in the market and buy contracts so that way we mitigate the green premium and give a very strong financial case for companies to switch to renewable energy.”
While the company is fully committed to green energy and increasing its use commercially, Cerda admits that price is the leading driver for companies to do the same.
“They have an interest and a commitment to the environment – the corporate social responsibility – but our job is to present a strong financial case. At the end of the day it all comes down to price for the majority of these companies.
“Some of them say ‘we just want to go renewable energy just because we believe in it’, some of them say ‘we would like to but it’s actually more expensive’ so we need to justify that.”
The company has already seen hundreds of businesses move to clean energy contracts and is hoping to become a leader in green electricity procurement.