As one of the largest energy consumers in the Midwest, Meijer is seeking opportunities to decrease its fossil fuel based electricity consumption. The SEAS MS project team worked to identify and evaluate opportunities to expand Meijer's renewable energy portfolio by understanding the current state of energy consumption, benchmarking Meijer with their competition, and developing a tailored renewable energy strategy to meet Meijer's sustainability goals. The scope of this project included understanding the baseline of Meijer's electricity consumption, evaluating on-site generation opportunities, evaluating off-site procurement opportunities, and developing a pre-development guide tool to be used to analyze specific projects before making investments into project development. The project resulted in a per year prioritization list that considered the economic benefit of potential projects at every store site given annual budgetary constraints and project NPVs, an analysis of off-site Power Purchase Agreement opportunities, a comprehensive renewable energy strategy for on-site and off-site renewable energy generation, and an excel based pre-development guide to further analyze specific projects.
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green house gas emission
Chang, Chun Yin Anson, Xiaodan Zhou, and Geoffrey Murray. (2018) “Meijer Renewable Energy Strategy.” Master’s Project, University of Michigan: Ann Arbor: 1-76.