Afternoon Coffee: The Top States for Renewable Energy Procurement, DCR Workforce Recognized by CIOReview

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A new report from the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance commercial and industrial renewable energy market currently totals around 5 gigawatts of contracted wind and solar power, with these large-scale customers planning to procure an additional 60 gigawatts by 2025. Based on the report’s Corporate Clean Energy Index, Iowa comes out on top because of the opportunity to procure renewable energy (RE) through regulated utilities within the state, followed by Illinois, because of its leadership in the direct renewables procurement category and its attractive third-party purchasing options.

DCR Gets a Nod

DCR Workforce (DCR), a provider of services procurement solutions, announced it was recognized as one among the "20 Most Promising Procurement Solution Providers 2016" by CIOReview. As Spend Matters covered in a recent Vendor Snapshot series, DCR provides both a next-generation vendor management system (VMS) and several other capabiliites that set it apart from standard VMS offerings.

"We're thrilled to be part of this list of promising procurement providers," said Ammu Warrier, DCR's President and Technopreneur, of the recognition by CIOReview. "It shows that our technology is continuing to shake up the industry with our innovative solutions."

Ohio Pre-Qualifies Analytics Providers

The state of Ohio is looking to procure “most disruptive thing we're going to see the next 5, 10 years," Ohio Chief Information Officer Stu Davis told StateScoop: vendors for data analytics that specialize in artificial intelligence and machine learning. What may be even more interesting, however, is just how Ohio is going about the process.    

“Rather than seeking vendors for a specific project, the state now seeks to pre-qualify vendors for future data analytics efforts,” StateScoop writes. “Ohio found more than 100 Ohio-based vendors working in the data analytics and machine learning space during its research ... and many of them have never been big enough to compete for state contracts. So the state scaled back its qualifications so it could start catching up to a private sector several years ahead of state government in the analytics space.”

OPEC Output Concerns

And finally, news from the energy sector: Oil prices sank to a one-month low Tuesday after new reports put OPEC’s pledged production cuts into doubt. Data in recent days showed growing exports from Iran and Iraq, and Libya appears to have more than tripled its crude output.

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