ESG at Clearway

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Clearway is leading the transition to a world powered by clean energy by providing affordable, reliable, clean power to customers and communities across the country. A full-scope development and operations platform, we participate in every stage of the lifecycle of our projects – from origination and development, through construction and financing, to long term ownership, management, and operations. In everything we do, we strive to create an enduring platform for our customers, counterparties, partners, and stakeholders.

Clearway Energy Group LLC and our public affiliate Clearway Energy, Inc. own and operate over 7.5 gigawatts (GW) of renewable and conventional energy assets across the country. As we develop our 10 GW pipeline of new renewable energy projects nationwide, Clearway’s 5 GW of wind, solar, and energy storage assets – one of the largest renewable fleets in the country – is estimated to offset the equivalent of nearly 8.8 million metric tons of carbon emissions for our customers annually.

Our commitment to making the world a better place begins with considering the long-term impacts of everything we do. We prioritize care for the environment, respect our employees, neighbors and their communities, and strive to build lasting relationships with our business partners. We take our responsibility to operate sustainably very seriously because we know it’s the right thing to do – for ourselves, our stakeholders, and future generations.

Clearway’s 5 GW of wind and solar deliver benefits equivalent to:

8.8 million metric tons of CO
2
avoided for our customers annually
1.9 million cars
taken off the road each year
1.3 million homes
powered by clean energy each year

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Clearway’s Equity, Partnership and Inclusion Council (EPIC)

Diversity of perspective, background, and experience are highly valued at Clearway, and our commitment to inclusivity and belonging is integral to who we are as a company. In 2020, we launched our Equity, Partnership and Inclusion Council (EPIC). The Council focuses on our diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and charting the company’s course toward progress in these areas. The Council is sponsored by the CEOs of Clearway Energy Group LLC and Clearway Energy, Inc., led by two co-chairs, and comprised of individuals from various levels, roles, and disciplines across the company.

We Advocate

We advocate for racial and social justice at Clearway, in our industry, and in our nation.

We Create

We create safe spaces and robust resources for employees to examine, listen, share, and put into action what we are learning.

We Commit

We commit our time and resources in a thoughtful, transparent and sustainable manner.

We Adapt

We adapt our approach to acknowledge our gaps and meet people where they are.

We Embody

We embody our DEI program by turning action into impact in all facets of our business.

Building an epic vision of DEI at Clearway

The EPIC Planning Team reports to the Council and is made up of colleagues who are passionate about having a direct impact on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. The Team focuses on how Clearway addresses DEI in three key business areas:

Our People

How we recruit, retain, engage, and train our employees.

Our Products and Customers

How we can better partner with and understand the needs of underserved markets, as well as diversify our customer base.

Our Purchasing

How we establish and maintain non-discriminatory practices in our purchasing as we lay the groundwork for a full-fledged supplier diversity program and endeavor to set ourselves apart as a leader within the industry around supplier diversity.

EPIC’s work in these areas will be guided by input from several employee-led inclusion groups formed around common communities and shared experiences. In 2020, our Black Inclusion Group and our Allies Inclusion Group were created, and in early 2021 we will launch Latinx, LGTBQIA+, Pan-Asian, Women, and Veterans inclusion groups.

EPIC hosts regular educational events to encourage discovery and dialogue on a range of topics. All employees, contractors, and subcontractors are welcome to participate. These events begin with a Clearway employee sharing information about their life experiences and background to help introduce the topic and speaker. This helps increase understanding and empathy and offers attendees the opportunity to gain a fuller appreciation of one another that extends beyond knowledge gained in standard workplace interactions.

Following this, an external speaker and subject matter expert provides insights on a selected topic, and employees have the opportunity to engage in dialogue through multiple channels. We survey attendees after each event to get feedback and ideas for future discussion topics and suggestions for improvement.

Environmental Stewardship

Clearway’s focus on clean energy production is rooted in a desire to protect and conserve the natural resources around us. Our commitment to environmental stewardship begins with understanding the potential and actual impacts of our projects on animal, bird, and plant species, and preventing or mitigating these impacts when they occur.

In the U.S., all power generation projects are required to go through extensive environmental review and permitting processes at the federal, state, and/or local level. This can include comprehensive environmental impact assessments that evaluate a project’s potential impact on wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and other aspects of the natural environment.

Our robust environmental policies and procedures ensure that new projects meet or exceed federal, state, and local environmental requirements. Environmental performance at our operational sites is tracked through our environmental management system, which is also used to monitor and report incidents. Material information including key performance indicators (KPIs), metrics, and if applicable, any incidents, violations, inspections by agencies, or the emergence of potential risks is reported to senior management on at least a monthly basis, and in turn to our Board of Directors. In addition, numerous quarterly and annual performance metrics are reported to our owners.

Bio-Monitors

For our sites within the migration corridor used by the Aransas-Wood Buffalo population of whooping cranes we conduct mandatory awareness training for all staff who work at these sites. At other wind sites, we use bio-monitors to watch for eagles flying near the wind turbines and stop the operation of those wind turbines to protect the eagles.

Seasonal Curtailment

“Seasonal curtailment” is used to help protect bats at a wind site with significant bat activity. During the summer and fall seasons when bat activity is highest, the site’s turbines are stopped if wind speeds are below a set “cut-in” speed – if wind speeds are above this cut-in speed, bats are unlikely to be flying.

Conservation

We created a 50-acre conservation easement within the Alpine Solar facility to protect land suitable for the restoration and enhancement of burrowing owl nesting and foraging habitat. At several sites we maintain wildlife corridors for small mammals by creating openings in the bottom of security fences at our solar sites. At California Valley Solar Ranch, site lands within the conservation easement had been degraded by past farming and grazing. In 2020 we completed seeding 71 acres of the easement with native shrubs to enhance the habitat for giant kangaroo rat, San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope squirrel, and pronghorn antelope.

Habitat Protection

We protected approximately 4.75 acres of habitat for the black-capped vireo, a small bird native to the U.S. and Mexico, at our Langford wind site in Texas. In addition to barriers to protect the habitat, we conduct awareness training for all visitors and staff to educate them about the black-capped vireo and the importance of conserving biodiversity.

Climate Scenario Analysis

Clearway’s core purpose as a company is to address the global challenge of climate change by accelerating the world’s transition to zero-carbon renewable energy sources like wind and solar. As we work to create a sustainable future, we’re mindful that climate change is already occurring and has the potential to significantly impact our future business activities through changes in weather patterns and extreme weather events.

To understand these potential impacts and manage the attendant risks, in 2020 we conducted a climate scenario analysis. The analysis examined three scenarios and the associated physical and transitional risks associated with each:

  • 1

    Sustainable Futures Scenario

    less than a 1.5 degree increase in global temperatures by 2050

  • 2

    2 Degree Scenario

    a 2 degree increase in global temperatures by 2050

  • 3

    Current Policies Scenario

    business as usual resulting in a 3 degree or greater increase in global temperatures by 2050

Each of these scenarios paints a different picture of the world in 2050 and allows us to assess our current and future strategies against them. To learn more, please read the full analysis.