Invenergy is building innovative solutions for a sustainable world. Through our first annual sustainability report, Invenergy Impact, we invite you to learn more about the many ways Invenergy is investing in social, environmental and economic sustainability.
Tons of Carbon
Invenergy’s portfolio of clean energy projects offset 11.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2017, bringing our lifetime total to nearly 60 million tons of emissions offset. In addition to leaving our air and water cleaner through the operations of these projects, we take care to develop each of our projects in an environmentally responsible way and run our business sustainably.
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Since 2008, Oracle has presented Sustainability Innovation awards to select customers and business partners that demonstrate a commitment to making environmental issues a priority across their enterprises. In honoring Invenergy with a 2017 Sustainability Innovation Award, Oracle cited Invenergy’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the development of renewable energy projects and our commitment to sustainable business practices including reducing waste and resource consumption.
In 2017, our North American fleet of renewable energy generation projects reduced paper consumption by an estimated 70% compared to 2015. How did we do it? By equipping technicians with iPads instead of paper service-manuals, work orders and checklists. Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Mobile is a tool that digitizes information resources and workflows used by wind technicians in the field. After a pilot with EAM Mobile, we digitized fleet-wide. EAM Mobile improves operations by providing technicians 24/7 access to our maintenance database and virtual document libraries, making digital downloads and uploads seamless and eliminating the need to scan documents manually.
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Invenergy wind technician, Jason Jensema, using EAM technology.
Invenergy’s community investments support workers, landowners, and state and local governments. In addition to these investments, Invenergy projects drive economic activity at restaurants, gas stations, hardware stores and other businesses in the communities where we work. Tax revenues from Invenergy projects support community services, strengthen schools, improve infrastructure, and fund critical police, fire and EMT departments leading to a higher quality of life for residents.
Additionally, Invenergy and its employees invest in the communities where we live and work through philanthropy and volunteerism supporting education, veteran and military causes, emergency services and environmental sustainability initiatives.
Total Home Community Investments
Invenergy projects generate much-needed revenue for local communities in the form of state and local taxes, wages and benefits for employees, and payments to landowners. In some cases, rural communities are able to alleviate tax burdens on residents because of annual tax or host community payments from our energy centers. Like the Town of Sheldon, New York, which cut residents’ property tax bills to $0 between 2009 to 2017, thanks to revenues from our High Sheldon Wind Farm. Describing Invenergy, Sheldon Town Supervisor Brian Becker said, “I give them an A-plus rating with their interactions here within the community.”
Horses on pasture land within footprint of Invenergy’s High Sheldon Wind Farm.
Following two devastating hurricanes, Irma and Maria, in late 2017, the electric grid in Puerto Rico was destroyed, leaving 100% of the island without power. The effort to rebuild has been slow and challenging. Invenergy partnered with other Chicago-based companies, including LuminAID, a clean energy technology startup that makes affordable and easy-to-distribute solar powered lanterns, to provide safe light for residents in Puerto Rico. Through October and November 2017, Invenergy helped raise $100,000 for LuminAid’s Give Light Program by matching donor contributions to the Chicago4PR campaign. More than 10,000 solar lanterns were pledged through this effort.
The need remains in Puerto Rico, and you can sponsor a light or get one for yourself at LuminAid’s Give Light, Get Light page.
Image courtesy of LuminAID.
Our colleagues do meaningful, challenging work, and our culture empowers every employee to take ownership over their personal safety and professional responsibilities, while bringing new ideas to the table. Invenergy works to support employees’ professional growth and well-being while offering opportunities to give back through their work.
In 2017, Invenergy increased focus and investment on employee training and development. We put greater emphasis on safety, resource groups, individual wellness, professional development and performance growth.
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Safety is a core Invenergy value. Empowering each Invenergy employee to take personal ownership for their and their coworkers’ safety is how we strive to create a workplace where everyone goes home the same way they came in. Our extensive safety training program totaled 21,767 hours for operations and maintenance (O&M) employees in 2017, equating to 47 hours per employee during the year. Throughout the year, O&M team members received regular emergency safety training in areas such as CPR, AED and First Aid. Our teams also participated in training sessions customized for Invenergy’s needs and operating environments. Substation Safety Training provided technicians with customized instruction, as each substation adjacent to our energy centers is unique. MoveSmart training taught industrial ergonomics. And, our Rescue at Heights programming brought in a training professional from world-renowned Gravitec to prepare our teams for up-tower incidents at wind farms.
Emergency response training being conducted at Spring Canyon Energy Center in Peetz, Colorado.
Invenergy Women’s Network Entered Its Third Year
The Invenergy Women’s Network (IWN), an employee resource group, entered its third year. IWN promotes the development, mentorship and advancement of women at Invenergy to create a more inclusive workplace and industry.
Ninth Year as a Corporate Sponsor of WRISE
Invenergy has been a corporate sponsor of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) since 2009. WRISE builds community, promotes education and cultivates leadership among women in the renewable energy industry.
Scholarship Sponsor for Society of Women Engineers
Society of Women Engineers awards scholarships to women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering and computer science in the U.S. In 2017, Invenergy Women’s Network members led efforts to raise employee and corporate dollars for these scholarships.
Debuted the Employee-Led Invenergy Veterans Network
Launched in 2017, the Invenergy Veterans Network (IVN) is an employee resource group created to support veterans and veteran family members employed at Invenergy. The IVN focuses on employee engagement, recruitment and community outreach.
Sponsored First Annual Veteran’s Energy Seminar
Invenergy sponsored the first annual Veteran’s Energy Seminar, which convened veterans and energy professionals in Chicago in December 2017 to educate veterans, reservists and military spouses on global energy security and career paths.
Sought Veteran Talent at Recruit Military Job Fairs
Veteran representatives and members of Invenergy’s Human Resources team attended military recruiting events at Fort Hood in Texas and Soldier Field in Chicago.