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FortisBC Rebooting RNG Program on Oct. 15 (Ind. Report)
FortisBC
Date: 2021-09-17
In British Columbia, Canada, FortisBC Energy Inc. reports it will reopen its renewable natural gas (RNG) program to its natural gas customers on Oct. 15, 2021. The program was temporarily halted in 2019 when demand exceeded supply with around 10,000 customers subscribers.

FortisBC's RNG program kicked off in 2011 and was the first utility in North America to offer RNG to customers as a simple way to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. FortisBC now has 15 new RNG supply agreements approved by its regulator, the British Columbia Utilities Commission. FortisBC currently works with nine biogas producers (six in in BC and three out of province) to produce RNG. The company also aims to have contracts in place for around 24 petajoules of renewable gas by 2025, representing around 10 percent of its natural gas supply (Source: FortisBC, PR, Website, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: FortisBC RNG, Jason Wolfe, Dir. Energy Solutions, www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisinc.com/rng

More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC ,  RNG,  


Clarke Energy, BioTown Tout Indiana RNG Project (Ind. Report)
Clarke Energy, BioTown
Date: 2021-09-17
In Waukesha, Wisconsin, Clarke Energy USA Inc., a KOHLER Company, is reporting a turn-key agreement with Reynolds, Indiana-based BioTown Biogas under which Clarke will design, supply and install equipment to an upgraded biogas digester plant to process 500-- 600,000 gpy of locally sourced dairy farm waste and slurry into biomethane for the national gas grid in Indiana.

The biogas will be used for two functions: 460 scfm of treated biogas will fuel an INNIO engine to generate renewable electricity and heat to support the local operations and; over 1,500 scfm of raw biogas will be cleaned and injected into the national gas grid where it will be marketed into the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard program and capture D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs). The installation will also enable the avoidance of 150,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Clarke Energy Inc. USA, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: BioTown AG, Chad Hoerr, GM, (219) 984-5915, www.biotownag.com; Clarke Energy, James Clarke, CEO, 262 565 5020, usa@clarke-energy.com, www.clarke-energy.com/us/usa

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clarke Energy,  BioTown,  Biogas,  RNG,  


Chevron, Gevo Partnering on SAF Investment (Ind. Report)
Chevron, Gevo
Date: 2021-09-17
Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., and Gevo Inc. are reporting a letter of intent to jointly invest in building and operating one or more new facilities that would process inedible corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), proteins and corn oil.

Gevo would operate its proprietary technology to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable blending components for motor gasoline to lower its lifecycle carbon intensity. In addition to co-investing with Gevo in one or more projects, Chevron would have the right to offtake approximately 150 million gallons per year to market to customers. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Chevron, www.chevron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Gevo,  SAF,  


Aemetis Biogas, PG&E Ink RNG Pipeline Agreement (Ind. Report)
Aemetis Biogas, PG&E
Date: 2021-09-17
Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis Inc., a renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, reports its subsidiary Aemetis Biogas LLC has signed the standard renewable gas interconnection agreement with San Francisco-headquartered utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) and funded the final $1.2 million payment for installation of PG&E's interconnection equipment to deliver renewable natural gas (RNG) into the utility gas pipeline in Q4 2021.

The PG&E RNG interconnect equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the Keyes plant and installed during the next three months. RNG produced by the Aemetis Biogas Central Diary Digester Project will be delivered into the PG&E natural gas pipeline for sale to customers throughout California as transportation fuel. (Source: Aemetis Inc. , PR, Website, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis Biogas,  PG&E,  Biogas,  RNG ,  


Greenlane Renewables, Green Impact Partners Colorado RNG Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables,Green Impact Partners
Date: 2021-09-17
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-headquartered Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed with Green Impact Partners, through its EPC contractor, a biogas upgrading system supply agreement for $6.1 million (US$4.8 million) for a renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Colorado.

The Colorado Project will utilize two Greenlane pressure swing adsorption (PSA) upgrading systems, one for each of the two dairy farms in the project . The project got underway in July for completion in the second half of 2022. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Green Impact Partners, Jesse Douglas, CEO, www.greenipi.com; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  Green Impact Partners,  RNG,  


Neste, Kinder Morgan Partner on Biofuels Logistics (Ind. Report)
Neste, Kinder Morgan
Date: 2021-09-15
Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it is partnering with Texas-based energy infrastructure developer Kinder Morgan, Inc. to support the increased production of renewable diesel (RD), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable feedstocks such as used cooking oil for polymers and chemicals production.

As part of the initial phases of the project, Kinder Morgan will modify 30 existing storage tanks and piping at its Harvey, Louisiana facility to accommodate segregated storage for a variety of raw material. The project includes the installation of a new boiler for heating tanks and railcars and infrastructure improvements The project, which is supported by a long-term commercial commitment from Neste, is expected to begin operations in Q1, 2023. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website News, 13 September 2021) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, Pres., Neste U.S., +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Kinder Morgan,  Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Diesil,  Biodiesel,  SAF,  


New Energy Equity Closes on $50Mn for Community Solar (Funding)
New Energy Equity
Date: 2021-09-15
Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered solar energy developer New Energy Equity reports closing on a $50 million facility, with $41 million led by Silicon Valley Bank and joined by SVB Capital, two innovative financial partners in the renewable energy and technology sector. The facility will be used for the construction of community solar projects in New York State and other markets, expected to total more than 60MW of installed capacity.

New Energy Equity develops and finances solar power generation assets for commercial, industrial, municipal, and utility customers under long-term contracts totaling more than 250MW since 2013.

The company was ranked as the 7th Top Solar Developer and the 8th Top Solar Contractor on Solar Power World's "2021 Top Solar Contractors" list and was voted one of the fastest-growing energy companies in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia by Inc. Magazine in 2020, according to the company release. (Source: New Energy Equity, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: New Energy Equity, Matthew Hankey, Pres., CEO, 443-267-5012, www.newenergyequity.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Energy Equity,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


CSI Solar, Crimson Ink Solar+Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar Inc
Date: 2021-09-15
Guelph, Ontairi-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports its majority-owned subsidiary, CSI Solar Co., Ltd. has closed a 350 MW / 1400 MWh EPS contract to provide the fully-integrated battery storage system and maintenance service to Recurrent Energy's stand-alone battery storage project in Riverside County, California.

CSI Solar will supply and construct a fully bankable, lithium iron phosphate-based technology battery system which is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2022. In addition, CSI Solar will support the battery storage system with 15-year service agreements as well as capacity and performance guarantees,

The Crimson storage project is 80 pct owned by Axium Infrastructure -- an independent portfolio management firm dedicated to generating long- term investment returns through investing in core infrastructure assets in North America -- and 20 pct owned by Recurrent Energy -- Canadian Solar's wholly-owned subsidiary. Crimson holds two 15-year stand-alone storage contracts with local utilities Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric.

CSI Solar will supply and construct a fully bankable, lithium iron phosphate-based technology battery system which is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2022. In addition, CSI Solar will support the battery storage system with 15-year service agreements as well as capacity and performance guarantees, ensuring system output, safety and reliability. The long term service agreement includes the operation and maintenance of the battery systems as well as their future augmentation services. The project will be augmented with planned additional installed battery capacity of approximately 300 MWh to be installed on regular frequencies over the 15-year term of the long term service contract. (Source: Canadian Solar, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, VP, 514-954-3781 asroy@axiuminfra.com, www.infrastructure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar Inc,  Solar+Storage,  


Ameresco Upgrading Mesquite Infrastructure Metering (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-09-15
Framingham, Mass-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has been selected by the City of Mesquite, Texas, to install a comprehensive smart metering infrastructure improvement project for the city of 159,000 residents' residential and commercial water utility customers.

The project will include installation of solid-state water meters and an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system to allow for wireless reading of water usage data. Ameresco will replace more than 42,000 water meters and 41,000 meter boxes citywide, all of which are expected deliver significant operational savings. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Website, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: City of Mesquite City Manager Cliff Keheley, Water Dept., 972-216-6208, www.cityofmesquite.com/225/Utilities; Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Metering,  


Nickel-Hydrogen Battery Startup Raises $100 Mn (Ind. Report)
EnerVenue
Date: 2021-09-15
Battery startup EnerVenue is touting its nickel-hydrogen batteries that the company says will revolutionize stationary energy storage.

According to EnerVenue , its nickel-hydrogen batteries can withstand super-high and super-low temperatures , require little to no maintenance; and it has a far longer lifespan than lithium-ion batteries.EnerVenue's batteries can charge and discharge at speeds ranging from a 10-minute charge or discharge to as slow as a 10-20 hour charge-discharge cycle, though the company is optimizing for a roughly 2 hour charge and 4-8 hour discharge. The batteries are also designed for 30,000 cycles without experiencing a decline in performance.

EnerVenue has raised $100 million in Series A funding from energy infrastructure company Schlumberger and Saudi Aramco's VC arm, along with Stanford University which the company has earmarked for ramping-up nickel-hydrogen battery production and a Gigafactory in the U.S.. The company has a manufacturing and distribution agreement with Schlumberger for international markets. (Source: EnerVenue, PR, TachCrunch, Sept., 2021) Contact: EnerVenue Inc. , Jorg Heinemann, CEO, Chad Spring, Bus. Dev., www. enervenue.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy STorage,  


SK E&S Seeking U.S. Hydrogen, Renewables Investments (Int'l.)
SK E&S, Plug Power
Date: 2021-09-13
Further to our March 1st coverage, In Seoul, South Korean municipal gas supplier SK E&S Co, reports it is prepared for an additional investment in the US renewable energy sector through its U.S. SK E&S Americas Inc. unit. The company presently has roughly $650 million invested in the U.S, biogas, solar PV, Energy storage systems (ESS) sectors, plus a $1.6 billion controlling stake in hydrogen fuel cell maker Plug Power Inc.

Additionally SK Holdings, the holding company of SK Group, has established a Hydrogen Business Development Center comprised of members from SK's energy companies, including SK Innovation and SK E&S. The new Business Development Center will guide the companies' transition into the production and distribution of hydrogen energy, including the creation of a mass production facility and investments in global business opportunities. SK Group companies already are making strategic investments in their existing energy businesses and forming partnerships with global leaders in hydrogen energy technology. (Source: SK Holdings, SK Group, SK E&S, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, 518-782-7700, www.plugpower.com; SK Group, www.skgroupinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  SK E&S,  Plug Power,  Renewanle Energy,  


Chevron, Mercuria CNG, RNG JV Announced (Alt. Fuel Ind. Report)
Chevron, Mercuria
Date: 2021-09-13
Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., reports it will form a joint venture with Swiss-based multinational commodities trader Mercuria Energy Trading (Mercuria) to own and operate American Natural Gas LLC and its network of 60 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations across the US.

Chevron is building a large-scale, vertically integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) business in the US. Through its partnerships with Brightmark and California Bioenergy, Chevron is developing projects to produce RNG from dairy digesters across the country.

Chevron is aiming to open more than 30 Chevron-branded CNG stations and increase increase its RNG volumes tenfold by 2025 compared to 2020. (Source: Chevron PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Mercuria , Brian A. Falik, CEO, www.mercuria.com; Chevron, www.chevron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Mercuria,  CNG,  RNG,  


Starwood, BerQ RNG Partnering on RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
Starwood Energy Group
Date: 2021-09-13
Greenwich, Conn.-headquartered private energy infrastructure equity investor Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC is reporting an investment partnership with Oakville, Ontario-based RNG developer BerQ RNG Inc. to develop and acquire RNG projects in all stages in the U.S. and Canada. The platform is majority owned by Starwood Energy and will operate under the name BerQ RNG.

BerQ's present RNG pipeline of RNG projects includes landfill gas, animal waste, and wastewater. As a part of the transaction, BerQ will contribute its projects, team and development expertise and Starwood Energy will contribute its existing farm-based RNG investments and fund the platform. (Source: Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC, PR 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: BerQ RNG, Bas van Berkel , CEO, 416-479-4067, info@berqrng.com, www.berqrng.com; Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC, Himanshu Saxena, CEO, www.starwoodenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Starwood Energy Group ,  BerQ,  RNG,  


United, Honeywell to Invest in SAF Startup (Ind. Report)
United Airlines, Honeywell,Alder Energy
Date: 2021-09-10
United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. are reporting a multi-million dollar investment in Alder Energy LLC, a clean-technology company to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale.

Alder's technology converts woody biomass, forest and agricultural waste to produce SAF while using the same refineries, pipelines and engines as traditional fuel. United, which began using biofuels in 2009, has also pledged to buy 1.5 billion gallons of SAF over the next 20 years.

The company in 2015 made a similar commitment with alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., agreeing to buy up to 900 million gallons of low-cost sustainable biofuels from waste, particularly woody biomass from the paper and pulp industry, the food industry and others.

The companies hope to commercialize the technology by 2025. (Source: United Airlines, PR, 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: United Airlines, Scott Kirby, CEO, www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/contact/headquarters.html; Alder Energy/Investment, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, info@alderinvestment.com, www.alderinvestment.com; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alder Energy,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  Honeywell,  United Airlines,  


Kinder Morgan Completes $310 Mn Entry into RNG Space (M&A)
Kinder Morgan, Kintrex
Date: 2021-09-08
Houston-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it has closed closed the $310 million acquisition of Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy, marking the Houston-based pipeline operator's entry into the renewable natural gas (RNG) market. Kinetrex is the leading supplier of LNG in the Midwest and a rapidly growing player in producing and supplying RNG.

The deal follows the formation in March of Kinder Morgan's Energy Transition Ventures group, which has been tasked with identifying commercial opportunities emerging from the low-carbon energy transition.

At time of closing, the Kinextrex portfolio included two small-scale, domestic LNG production and fueling facilities, a 50 pct interest in a landfill-based RNG facility in Indiana, and signed commercial agreements for three additional RNG facilities with construction to begin shortly.

As the three new RNG facilities are expected to become operational over the next 18 months. The company will continue operations as Kinetrex Energy, a Kinder Morgan company. Additionally, key members of Kinetrex's management team, including President and CEO Aaron Johnson, were expected to join Kinder Morgan as part of the acquisition. (Source: Kinder Morgan, 20 Aug., Sept., 2021) Contact: Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com; Kintrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kintrex Energy,  RNG,  


Gevo Plans Hydrocarbon-Process Pilot at Luverne Plant (Ind. Report)
Gevo
Date: 2021-09-08
Englewood, Colorada-headquartered isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. reports it plans to install an alcohol-to-hydrocarbon process pilot unit at its facility located in Luverne, Minnesota. The pilot unit is being designed to produce market development quantities of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable premium gasoline and other renewable fuel products, as well as supply market development quantities of chemical products. The installation is estimated to begin in Q3 2022 with start-up demonstration production expected in Q4 2022.

In addition, the company expects to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into Gevo's state-of-the-art Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota. Installation of the pilot unit at the Gevo-Luverne facility is part of the plan to use the facility as a technology development and piloting site. The pilot unit will also be used in training of employees for Net-Zero 1 and other future projects. (Source: Gevo, Website PR, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  SAF,  


Canadian Solar Inks U.S. Solar+Storage O&M Agreements (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar,Recurrent Energy
Date: 2021-09-08
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has entered into long-term operations & maintenance (O&M) agreements with the Slate and Mustang solar PV plus battery storage projects in Kings County, California. The projects were both developed by Canadian Solar's subsidiary Recurrent Energy and are currently owned by Goldman Sachs Asset Management Renewable Power.

The agreements cover the full Slate Project, which is a 300 MW AC solar plant designed with a 140 MW / 561 MWh battery energy storage system. It also covers the storage component of the Mustang Project, which is a 100 MW AC solar plant retrofitted with a 75 MW / 300 MWh battery storage system. Canadian Solar O&M work will include plant monitoring, NERC registration, performance management, and preventative and corrective maintenance. (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., PR, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com Canadian Solar Inc.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Recurrent Energy,  Canadian Solar,  Solar+Storage ,  


Arevon Taps Nextracker for Solar Portfolio Smart (Ind. Report)
Arevon, Nextracker
Date: 2021-09-03
Fremont, California-based solar tracker specialist Nextracker™ reports it has been selected by Arizona-based Arevon Energy, Inc. to supply its upcoming 1.5 GW portfolio of solar projects in Indiana and Nevada. Nextracker will supply NX Horizon™ smart solar trackers with TrueCapture™ and NX Navigator™ software and control systems for advanced monitoring, control, and asset management.

Indiana will host five of these solar power plants: Elliott -- 200 MW; Gibson – 280 MW; Ratts 1 and Ratts 2 (both 150 MW), and Posey - 300 MW. The 250 MW Citadel project will be located outside of Reno, Nevada, and the 232 MW Townsite plant in Boulder City, Nevada. (Source: Nextracker, Website PR, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Arevon Energy, Justin Johnson, Executive VP, COO, 480-653-8450, www. arevonenergy.com; Nextracker, (510) 270-2500, [www.nextracker.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arevon,  Nextracker,  Solar,  


Blue Biofuels Adds Cellulose-to-Sugar Espertize (Ind. Report)
Blue Biofuels
Date: 2021-09-03
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based Blue Biofuels, Inc. is reporting Dr. Travis Baughman, Ph.D., has joined to company to lead the development of biodegradable bioplastics and nanocellulose from the company's patented Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS) technology system.

CTS technology is a near zero carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin which are processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into bioplastics. The CTS process is an independently-developed patented and proprietary technology that is fully owned by the Company. The company believes that bio-fuel originating from the Company's CTS process will be eligible to receive EPA D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) of roughly $3 per gallon of ethanol in addition to the market price of ethanol. This incentive is offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers. (Source: Blue Biofuels Inc., PR, 1 Sept., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels Inc., Ben Slager, CEO, Ben@Bluebiofuels.com, www.bluebiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Biofuels news,  Ethanol news,  Bioplastic news,  Cellulosic news,  


TransAlta Snares 122 MW, NC Solar Portfolio (M&A, (Ind. Report)
Copenhagen Infrastructure,Transalta
Date: 2021-09-03
Calgary-based TransAlta Renewables Inc. is reporting definitive agreements for the acquisition of a 122 MW portfolio of operating solar facilities located in North Carolina from a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners for $96.65 million, subject to working capital adjustments and the assumption of existing tax equity obligations.

The North Carolina Solar portfolio incorporates 20 solar photovoltaic facilities across North Carolina, with an aggregate capacity of 122 MW. The facilities are all operational and were commissioned between November 2019 and May 2021, and have PPAs in place with Duke Energy subsidiaries with an average remaining term of 12 years. Under the PPAs, Duke receives the renewable electricity, capacity, and environmental attributes from each facility. (Source: Transalta, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; TransAlta, (855) 255-9184, www.transalta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure,  Transalta,  Solar,  Duke Energy,  


TransAlta Renewables Acquired 122 MW, NC Solar Portfolio (M&A)

Date: 2021-09-02
Calgary-based TransAlta Renewables Inc. is reporting definitive agreements for the acquisition of a 122 MW portfolio of operating solar facilities located in North Carolina (collectively, “North Carolina Solar”).

The assets will be acquired from a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners for US$96.65 million, subject to working capital adjustments and the assumption of existing tax equity obligations. The acquisition will be funded using existing liquidity. Income distributions to the Company will be net of cash and tax attributes provided to the tax equity investor. The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. The transaction is structured so that at closing, TransAlta Renewables will acquire a 100% economic interest in North Carolina Solar from a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransAlta Corporation through a tracking share structure.

. The North Carolina Solar portfolio consists of 20 solar photovoltaic facilities across North Carolina, with an aggregate capacity of 122 MW. The facilities are all operational and were commissioned between November 2019 and May 2021. The facilities are secured by long-term power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) with two subsidiaries of Duke Energy (“Duke”), which have an average remaining term of 12 years. Under the PPAs, Duke receives the renewable electricity, capacity, and environmental attributes from each facility. North Carolina Solar is expected to generate an average annual EBITDA of approximately US$9 million and average annual cash available for distribution (“CAFD”) of approximately US$7 million. The $96 million acquisition is expected to produce approximately 195,000 MWh per year; average annual EBITDA and CAFD of approximately US$9 million, and US$7 million; respectively; an investment Tax Credit (ITC) Partnership flip-based tax equity structures with target flip dates in 2026-- 2028, with assumed tax equity obligations of US$28 million at close, reducing to US$11 million by end of 2021 upon monetization of the ITC; and long term contracted cashflows with investment grade counterparties. The portfolio includes: 20 operating facilities across North Carolina ranging in size from 3.2 MW to 6.7 MW;commercial operational dates ranging from November 2019 to May 2021, andaverage remaining PPA term of 12 years with Duke. (Source: Transalta, PR, Sept., 2021


Apollo Commits $150MN to FlexGen Power Systems (Funding)
FlexGen Power Systems
Date: 2021-09-01
The Apollo Fund managed by affiliates of Denver-based Apollo Global Management, Inc. is reporting a $150 million equity commitment to Durham, North Carolina-based FlexGen Power Systems, Inc., an integration services and software technology provider for energy storage solutions. The investment will be made in partnership with FlexGen's existing investors Altira Group and the founding investment group led by Jerry Miller and Mark Dreyfus.

Founded in 2009, FlexGen delivers utility-scale storage projects integrated with traditional and renewable power generation globally and has supported deployments of more than 1.2 GWh of energy storage systems across the U.S. and internationally for utility, microgrid, and C&I customers.

The Company's proprietary software platform allows energy storage owners to deploy various power market strategies and combine storage solutions with any form of generation. (Source: FlexGen, Website PR, Aug., Sept., 2021) Contact: FlexGen, Kelcy Pegler, Jr., CEO, 855-327-5674, info@flexgen.com, www.flexgen.com; Apollo Global, www.apollo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FlexGen Power Systems,  Energy Storage,  


Gevo Files for Net-Zero 1 Project Environmental Permits (Ind. Report)
Gevo, GEVO
Date: 2021-09-01
Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. reports it has filed air quality and wastewater permit applications for its 45 million gpy Net-Zero 1 project in Lake Preston, South Dakota, with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

According to the Gevo website, "The concept of a Net-Zero Project is to convert renewable energy (photosynthetic, wind, renewable natural gas, biogas) from a variety of sources into energy dense liquid hydrocarbons that when burned in traditional engines, have the potential to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole lifecycle of the liquid fuel: from the way carbon is captured from the atmosphere, processed to make liquid fuel products, and including the burning as a transportation fuel."

Net-Zero 1 is currently expected to have a capacity of 45 million gpy of hydrocarbons (for gasoline and jet fuel, based on current take-or-pay contracts), to produce more than 350,000,000 ppy of high protein feed products for use in the food chain, to produce enough renewable natural gas to be self-sufficient for the production process needs, and also to generate renewable electricity with a combined heat and power system. Net-Zero 1 is also expected to utilize wind energy. (Source: Gevo, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  


Greenlane Claims $12.8MN in U.S. RNG Project Contracts (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Renewables
Date: 2021-09-01
In Vancouver, Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a total of Cdn. $12.8 million (US$10.2 million) in contracts for renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the U.S. One of the contracts involves the supply by Greenlane of its membrane separation biogas upgrading system for a project owned by an international energy company. This is a repeat order within eight months from the last one.

Greenlane is also announcing contracts signed for the supply of two biogas upgrading systems, one each for separate RNG dairy farm projects in Wisconsin and New York State. These two projects will each utilize Greenlane’s pressure swing adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system. ((Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, Aug., 2021) )Contact: Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  Biogas,  RNG,  


Corteva, Indigo Ag Collaborate on Farm Carbon Credit (Ind. Report)
Corteva
Date: 2021-09-01
Wilmington, Delaware-headquartered Corteva Agrisciences Inc, a seed and farm chemicals firm, is reporting a partnership with farm technology and services provider Indigo Ag to expand its U.S. agricultural carbon credits program for the 2022 season. The Corteva Carbon Initiative would initially pay farmers $15 per acre for switching to practices that pollute less, use fewer pesticides, or grow crops that extract carbon from the atmosphere and lock it in the soil.

Corteva's two-crop pilot study in three states this year will be expanded to an 11-state program covering 17 different crops as part of the agreement. Using soil tests and farming data such as planting dates, seed kinds, fertilizer treatments, and weather, the software will predict how much carbon is trapped and sequestered.

Farmers must sign up for a minimum five-year term, with payments made progressively over that time to guarantee that carbon is not re-released if the soil is tilled, for example, Farmers will receive 75 pct of the credit's worth, with the remaining 25 pct going to the businesses to cover administrative costs

. Corteva, Inc. is a publicly traded, worldwide pure-play agriculture company that offers farmers around the world the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, including a well-balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital solutions aimed at increasing productivity and profitability. (Source: Corteva, Inc., PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Corteva, Inc., (833-267-8382), www.corteva.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corteva,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Crop,  


Brightmark, Chevron Expanding Dairy RNG Projects JV (Ind. Report)
Brightmark, Chevron
Date: 2021-08-30
San Francisco-based Brightmark LLC and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. are reporting the second expansion of their previously announced joint venture -- Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC -- to own projects to produce and market dairy biomethane (RNG) across the U.S.

Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC's subsidiaries currently own RNG projects in New York, Michigan, Florida, South Dakota and Arizona. Additional joint equity investments will fund construction of infrastructure and commercial operation of 10 dairy biomethane projects, including new sites in Iowa and Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota. Chevron will purchase and market RNG produced from these projects for use in vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG). (Source: Brightmark, Website PR, 24 Aug., 2021) Contact: Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO, Kavitha Ramakrishnan, kavitha.ramakrishnan@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com Chevron, www.chevron.com

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Ameresco Tackles Tarleton State's Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-08-27
Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports inking an an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, to develop an energy and water conservation project.

Planned improvements at Tarleton State include light-emitting diode (LED) lighting retrofits and replacements, water fixture improvements, occupancy and similar controls and instrumentation improvements and HVAC upgrades and replacements, all of which are expected to cut the university's electric power and natural gas consumption by 21-23 pct and water consumption by 33 pct per year.

The project is slated to be completed by June, 2022, and will be self-funded using the utility savings. (Source: Ameresco, Inc., PR, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency; Tarleton State University, 254-968-9000, www.tarleton.edu

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Energy Vault Touts Gravity Energy Storage Platform (Ind. Report)
Energy Vault
Date: 2021-08-27
In the Land Down Under, Energy Vault Inc. reports it raised $137 million (AUS) ($100 million US) in Series C funding for its EVx tower which stores gravitational potential energy for grid dispatch. The funds will support the ramp up of EVx platform deployments in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the US where the first project is slated to get underway before the year end.

Energy Vault's EVx platform is a six-arm crane tower designed to be charged by grid-scale renewable energy. The crane lifts large composite blocks that discharge kinetic energy to the grid when lowered. There is zero degradation in the storage capacity of the raised blocks, which can remain in the raised position for unlimited periods of time. (Source: Energy Vault, Website, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Energy Vault Inc., www.youtube.com/c/EnergyVaultInc, www.energyvault.com

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Altus Power Snares 79 MW Solar Power Portfolio (M&A)
Altus Power
Date: 2021-08-27
Greenwich, Conn.-based solar energy developer Altus Power, Inc. is reporting acquisition of a 79 MW portfolio of solar projects from private equity funds managed by True Green Capital Management, LLC. The portfolio of sites in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York and Tennessee includes rooftop, ground-mount and carport solar arrays that deliver clean electricity via long term PPAs to predominantly investment-grade customers, including municipalities, commercial entities and utilities.

The acquisition expands Altus Power's portfolio of operating projects to more than 340 MW, according to the company website. (Source: Altus Power Inc.. Website PR, Aug 26, 2021) Contact: Altus Power Inc., Lars Norell, Gregg Felton, Co-CEOs, (203) 698 0090, Fax: (203) 661 2797, www.altuspower.com

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IoEnergy Helps PG&E Business Customers Tap Building Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
IoEnergy Solutions
Date: 2021-08-27
Carmel, California-headquartered IoEnergy Solutions is touting its new On-Bill Finance division to help Bay Area PG&E businesses access utility-sponsored, zero out-of-pocket lighting efficiency upgrades.

IoEnergy provides start-to-finish, on-site project identification, utility application management and retrofit implementation for buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger.

On-bill financing gives commercial building owners the opportunity to retrofit the lighting in their buildings with ultra-efficient LED luminaries and tech-forward sensors and controls. The projects are financed through the energy cost savings associated with the upgrade. For upgrades on large commercial facilities, these savings, combined with lowered maintenance costs over time, can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, according to the company release. (Source: IoEnergy Solutions, PR, 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: IoEnergy Solutions, Danny Krueger, CEO, (831) 298-0048, www.ioenergyinc.com

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USDA Awards $26Mn in Biofuels Infrastructure Grants (Funding)
USDA, USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
Date: 2021-08-25
Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels, such as E15 and flex fuels such as E85, by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The announcement includes investments in 23 states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.

The announcement marks the one-year anniversary of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. To date, USDA has invested $66.4 million for projects that are expected to increase biofuels sales by 1.2 billion gallons annually.

Through this program, USDA helps transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities offer higher ethanol and biodiesel blends to customers by sharing the costs to install fuel pumps, equipment and infrastructure.

In California, AltAir Paramount LLC will use a $1.5 million grant to install a pump, safety infrastructure and piping at its fuel distribution facility. Funds will also be used to retrofit and upgrade a biodiesel storage tank. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 135 million gallons per year.

In Ohio, United Dairy Farmers Inc. will use a $634,000 grant to replace 21 dispensers and four storage tanks at four fueling stations. The company also will install 13 dispensers at two more fueling stations in Ohio and Kentucky. This project is expected to increase ethanol sales by 4 million gallons per year.

In North Carolina, Zenith Energy Terminals Holdings LLC will use a $614,930 grant to install a truck rack biodiesel blending system at a fuel distribution facility. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 24 million gallons per year.

The National Biodiesel Board notes the funding for 12 projects from California to Connecticut will support nearly 771 million gpy of biodiesel per year and reduce the nation's carbon emissions by more than 7.2 million metric tpy at a cost of less than $2.25 per ton. (Source: USDA, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

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BorgWarner Takes $10Mn Stake In Enexor BioEnergy (M&A)
BorgWarner, Enexor Bioenergy
Date: 2021-08-25
Auburn Hills, Michigan-headquartered multinational automotive supplier BorgWarner Inc. is reporting a $10 million investment in Franklin, Tenn.-based energy and carbon conversion solutions provider Enexor Bioenergy Inc.

Enexor's patented and modular Bio-CHP system uses locally sourced biomass wastes or plastic waste to generate clean onsite energy. The investment is in line with BorgWarner's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, the release notes. (Source: BorgWarner, PR, Benzinga 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: BorgWarner Inc., www.borgwarner.com; Enexor BioEnergy Inc., 615-656-0762, www.enexor.com

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Xfuels Set to Begin Biodiesel Production in Alberta (Ind. Report)
Xfuels Inc.
Date: 2021-08-25
Calgary, Alberta-based Xfuels Inc. reports it is set to begin biodiesel (B100) production at its Bieseker plantwhich will be equipped a continuous biodiesel production system capable of processing 50 barrels per hour -- expandable to 100 barrels per hour.

"To further enhance the project, the company will also purchase a blending unit to produce our own B-20 biodiesel product to run in the Cycle Energy Services rigs and equipment. Fuel cost is one of the largest expenses when utilizing our equipment for abandonment or work-overs and recapturing some of those costs while increasing 20 pct renewable utilization is a win-win for the company," according to the release.

The company will also integrate its priority grinding and oil extraction for maximum yield of usable oil. The spent waste will be utilized in the retrofitted incinerator to produce gas for power production.

Xfuels Inc. produces responsible energy products both traditional and renewable with a focus on carbon footprint reduction and cutting-edge technologies, according to its website. (Source: Xfuels, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Xfuels, Michael McLaren, mikem@xxfuels.com, www.xxfuels.com

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Sensata Technologies Snares Spear Power Systems (M&A)
Spear Power Systems,Sensata Technologies
Date: 2021-08-25
Attleboro, Mass.-based Sensata Technologie, an industrial technology company and provider of sensor-rich solutions and insights for customers, is reporting acquisition of Grandview, Missouri-based lithium-ion battery energy storage specialist Spear Power Systems.

Spear Power Systems' scalable lithium-ion battery storage systems are cell-agnostic and include proprietary battery management and monitoring for all lithium-ion chemistries from multiple battery suppliers offering high energy density, modular architecture, light weight, and extreme safety and reliability.(Source: Sensata Technologies Inc., PR, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: Sesata Technologies Inc., 508-236-3800 www.sensata.com; Spear Power Systems, Jeff Kostos, Founder, CEO, 816-237-5007, www.spearpowersystems.com

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Kinder Morgan Nails Kintrex Energy Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Kinder Morgan, Kintrex Energy
Date: 2021-08-25
Houston-headquartered Kinder Morgan, Inc. is reporting closure on its previously announced $310 million acquisition of Indianapolis-based LNG specialist Kinetrex Energy. The deal includes two small-scale, domestic LNG production and fueling facilities, a 50 pct interest in a landfill-based renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Indiana, along with signed commercial agreements for three additional RNG facilities with construction to begin shortly.

Kinetrex supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Midwest and is a rapidly growing player in producing and supplying RNG under long-term contracts to transportation service providers. The company will continue operations as Kinetrex Energy. (Source: Kinder Morgan, PR, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com; Kintrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

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Ethanol Producers Announce Nebraska CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Chief Industries, Catahoula Resources
Date: 2021-08-23
As previously reported, Nebraska ethanol producer Chief Industries Inc reports it has inked an agreement with Catahoula Resources to jointly develop carbon capture and sequestration (CSS) within the state.

The agreement follows a May, 2021, announcement that Catahoula and Battelle are partnering to develop solutions for the capture, transport and sequestration of carbon dioxide produced at ethanol facilities in Nebraska.

Chief Industries is currently working with Catahoula to evaluate CCS infrastructure investments that will enhance the sustainability and improve the economics of ethanol production. The work follows legislation, LB 650, that creates a legal framework for CCS projects located within the Cornhusker State. (Source: Chief Industries, Oil & Gas News, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: Chief Industries, Inc., D.J. Eihusen, CEO, (308) 389-7200, www.chiefind.com ; Catahoula Resources, Jeff Rawls, CEO, 713.324.640o, info@catahoularesources.com, www.catahoularesources.com

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FortisBC RNG Program Celebrates First Decade (Ind. Report)
FortisBC Energy
Date: 2021-08-23
Surrey, British Columbia-based utility FortisBC Energy Inc. is reporting the 10th anniversary of its Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) program. Fortis BC was the first utility in North America to offer RNG to its customers and is focused on growing RNG supply and advancing a number of projects and agreements to meet the growing demand for renewable energy, according to the company release.

"Increasing the amount of RNG in the natural gas system is an important part of FortisBC's "30BY30" target, an ambitious goal to reduce customers' greenhouse gas emissions 30 pct by 2030. Within this target, FortisBC has committed to making 15 per cent of all gas in its system carbon neutral by 2030 -- aligning with the provincial government's CleanBC strategy," according to the company press release. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: FortisBC, Jason Wolfe, Dir. Energy Solutions, www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisinc.com/rng

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USDA Supports Kansas Biofuel Availability Projects (Funding)
USDA Rural Development
Date: 2021-08-23
In Topeka, the USDA has announced a $5.19 million Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program investment to build infrastructure and expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels in Kansas through the following projects:

  • TA Operating LLC will replace 28 dispensers and two storage tanks at two fueling stations in Salina, Kan., and Gary, Ind. The $190,000 investment is expected to increase the compay's ethanol sales by over 1.1 million gpy;

  • Three G Energy Inc. will replace four dispensers at a fueling station in McPherson. The project is a $117,000 investment and is expected to increase the company's ethanol sales by over 894,000 gpy;

  • Magellan Pipeline Company LP will install a 25,000 barrel storage tank, piping, pumps, gauging, manways, tank insertion heater and insulation, as well as a small biodiesel mechanical building in Kansas City, Kan. The company will also install a 10,000 barrel storage tank with piping, pumps, gauging, tank insertion heater and insulation, as well as a small biodiesel mechanical building at a distribution facility in Brookline, Mo. The $4.8 million project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by over 223.6 million gpy. (Source: USDA, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

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  • Standard Solar Snares 35 MW Maine Solar Portfolio (M&A)
    Standard Solar
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Rockville, Maryland-based Standard Solar Inc. is reporting acquisition of 35 MW of solar projects in Maine being developed under the state's Net Energy Billing (NEB) program. The program allows customers to benefit from clean energy savings by offsetting their electrical bills with either owned or shared energy projects, like community solar, which, in turn, spurs further development of these assets within the state.

    The 35 MW acquisition includes five ground-mount projects all of which are expected to commence construction within the next 12 months. Standard Solar's generation portfolio is currently around 200 MW. (Standard Solar, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Standard Solar, 301-944-1200, www.standardsolar.com

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    Gevo Releases Corporate Governance (ESG) Report (Ind. Report)
    GEVO, Gevo
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Englewood, Colorad0-based Gevo, Inc. has published IMPACT, a sustainability report which demonstrates the company's mission to be transparent on its environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) performance.

    In addition to disclosing Gevo's progress in 2020 and goals for the future, IMPACT shares details on Gevo's holistic approach to commercializing high-value nutritional products and groundbreaking energy-dense, renewable transportation fuels. The report also demonstrates the company's environmental stewardship, workplace culture and internal leadership.

    Download Gevo's full IMPACT report HERE. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Gevo Reboots Luverne Minn. Renewable Fuels Facility (Ind. Report)
    Gevo, GEVO
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Gevo reports it has rebooted production of fuel-grade, renewable isobutanol (IBA) at its renewable fuels facility in Luverne, Minnesota. The Luverne plant as shutted last spring after the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The IBA will be used as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable premium gasoline production to fulfill existing sales contracts. These renewable hydrocarbons will be produced in Silsbee, Texas at the South Hampton Resources, Inc. hydrocarbon production facility. Gevo also expects to utilize some of the IBA produced to develop certain IBA specialty markets.

    The Luverne facility will also allow Gevo to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into the company's Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota, according to the release. (Source: Gevo, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Ameresco, HSGS Solar Joint Venture Announced (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Hannah Solar Government Services
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Framingham, Mass,-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it is entering into a joint venture with Summerville, C.C.-based Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) renewable energy company. The two firms will work collaboratively to bring cleantech solutions to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other Federal agencies.

    The joint venture was facilitated as part of the SBA Mentor Protege Program which helps eligible small businesses gain exposure and win government contracts through partnerships with more experienced mentor companies.

    HSGS is a solar PV project developer and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm specializing in the development, design, installation and maintenance of solar PV energy solutions to a range of organizations from medium-scale commercial to large-scale utility solar energy projects. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Website, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: HSGS, 843)-718-1866, www.hsgs.solar; Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    Fagen Tapped for Epitome Energy Biodiesel Soybean Crush Facility (Ind. Report)
    Fagen,Epitome Energy
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Epitome Energy reports it has awarded Fagen the EPC contract to construct a $300 million, 42 million-bpy soybean crush facility in Crookston Minnesota. A refined, bleached, and deodorised oil refining operation may be added at a later date.

    Granite Falls, Minnesota-based Fagen has reportedly constructed roughly 60 pct of the US's ethanol production capacity, as well as multiple biodiesel, wind and power projects, according to the release. (Source: Epitome Energy, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Epitome Energy, 612-325-1330, www.epitomeenergy.com; Fagen, Evan Fagen, www.fageninc.com

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    Green Plains Launches Turnkey Solution for MSC Protein Technology (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains Inc.,Tharaldson Ethanol
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Following up on our Aug. 6th report, Green Plains Inc. announced a turnkey solution for the installation of Fluid Quip Technologies' MSC system to exclusive turnkey partners including internal expertise, up to 50 pct of capital and marketing and product development of the Ultra-High Protein and post-MSC distillers grains products, and utilization of Green Plains' exclusive partnerships to help maximize product value. These turnkey solutions will include quality assurance and control (QA/QC), engineering, project management and construction services, and collaboration on any non-recourse project financing.

    Casselton, North Dakota-based Tharaldson Ethanol is the first turnkey partner, with permitting already underway and construction scheduled to begin this year for completion in 2022. Green Plains and Tharaldson have formed a 50/50 joint venture to own and operate the MSC protein technology at the 175 million gpy facility. Ultra-High Protein production is expected to be 105,000 tpy.

    Green Plains is in discussions with multiple parties and has the capacity to scale to other select partners. Fagen, Inc. is expected to serve as the exclusive general contractor for this joint venture and all future turnkey projects, according to the release. (Source: Green Plains, PR 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: Green Plains, Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.grreinc.com; Tharaldson Ethanol, www.tharaldsonethanol.com

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    JSSI, Avfuel Help Clients Offset Aviation Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Chicago-headquartered Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) reports it is joining the industry push toward a more sustainable future by enabling clients to evaluate and reduce net carbon emissions by providing an online CO2 calculator to estimate emissions and facilitating an option to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions, and boost the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation.

    Each carbon credit purchased will offset one metric ton of CO2 emissions through direct investment in a selection of carbon offset projects that meet the requirements of either the United Nations or the Gold Standard.

    Avfuel calculates carbon credits based on an industry-standardized formula, measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064 Standard, and utilizes CO2 emission coefficients as assigned by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: JSSI, PR, Aviation Pros, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; JSSI, Neil Book, CEO , www.jetsupport.com

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    OZOP Announces Brooklyn, NY Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Ozop Energy Solutions, Stem Inc.
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Warwick, NY-based OZOP Energy Solutions reports its wholly owned subsidiary, OZOP Energy Systems, Inc., will deliver a 2 MW / 4 MWh smart energy storage project with Stem Inc. artificial intelligence (AI) software to commercial property customer in Brooklyn, New York.

    The front-of-meter energy storage system will be driven by Stem's Athena® intelligent software platform which uses AI to optimize the value of energy through battery discharge and recharge cycles. Utilizing Stem's AI-driven storage is also the next step in OZOP's patent-pending energy storage technologies, allowing the storage system to deliver critically timed energy to the grid as the New York City utilities demand requires it. These OZOP storage systems contribute to carbon offset programs by reducing the need for spinning reserves, an expensive but necessary support feature of the utilities.

    The Brooklyn facility will be OZOP's first project to utilize Stem's smart energy storage within the Company's portfolio of commercial properties in New York, California, Texas and Arizona.

    OZOP Energy Solutions invents, designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes ultra-high-power chargers, inverters, and power supplies for a wide variety of applications in the defense, heavy industrial, aircraft ground support, maritime and other sectors. OZOP Energy Systems, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of renewable energy products in the energy storage, solar, mcrogrids, and EV charging sector. (Source: OZOP Energy Solutions, Inc., PR 18 Aug., 2021) Contact; OZOP Energy, Brian Conway, CEO, www.ozopenergy.com; Stem Inc., www.stem.com

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    Aemetis Names Biogas Pipeline Construction Contractor (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-08-17
    Cupertino, California-headquartered renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc.reports it has awarded a construction services contract to Machado & Sons Construction Inc. to construct the Company’s 32-mile biogas pipeline extension connecting multiple dairy anaerobic digesters throughout Stanislaus and Merced Counties in California.

    The pipeline is part of the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project which is developing a network of lagoon digesters connected via a biogas pipeline to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

    The pipeline will transport the renewable biogas from the dairies to the Aemetis biogas upgrading facility at the Aemetis ethanol production plant in Keyes, California, where the biogas will be transformed into commercial-grade RNG for use as a carbon-negative “drop in” transportation fuel.

    The planned 52 dairies in the Aemetis biogas project are expected to capture more than 1.4 million MMBtu of dairy methane and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to an estimated 5.2 million metric tonnes of CO2 each year. The captured methane will be transformed to carbon-negative transportation fuel to displace petroleum-based diesel throughout the State of California. The 5.2 million metric tonnes of annual CO2 emissions reduction from the Aemetis Biogas project is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 1.1 million cars from the road.

    . Aemetis Carbon Zero products include zero carbon fuels that can “drop in” to be used in airplane, truck, and ship fleets. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, Phone: (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

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    American Manganese, Itavolt Partner on Li-Ion Battery Recycling (Int'l.)

    Date: 2021-08-16
    American Manganese Inc. is receiving advisory services and funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support its Demonstration of Continuous Recycling of Cathode Material from Lithium-ion Battery Production Scrap pilot project to help innovative Canadian small and medium-sized businesses overcome barriers to global market entry and facilitate direct adoption of technology in foreign markets. With NRC support, and in collaboration with Italvolt, American Manganese will model, commission, and test a lithium-ion battery cathode material recycling demonstration plant that will include continuous operation with specific cathode waste processing objectives, such as capacity, extraction efficiency, and material purity.

    Italvolt plans to construct one of Europe's largest lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Scarmagno, Italy, and to collaborate on developing a commercial recycling plant using the American Manganese's patented RecycLiCo™ technology that extracts cathode metals -- lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and aluminum. -- to be recycled into new battery products (Source: American Manganese Inc., PR, Investing News, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Manganese Inc. , Larry Reaugh, Pres., CEO, 778-574-4444, lreaugh@amymn.com, www.americanmanganeseinc.com; RecycLiCo, www.recyclico.com; Italvolt, www.italvolt.com


    American Manganese, Itavolt Partner on Li-Ion Battery Recycling (Int’l.)

    Date: 2021-08-16
    American Manganese Inc. is receiving advisory services and funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support its Demonstration of Continuous Recycling of Cathode Material from Lithium-ion Battery Production Scrap pilot project to help innovative Canadian small and medium-sized businesses overcome barriers to global market entry and facilitate direct adoption of technology in foreign markets. With the NRC support, and in collaboration with Italvolt, American Manganese will model, commission, and test a lithium-ion battery cathode material recycling demonstration plant to include continuous operation with specific cathode waste processing objectives, such as capacity, extraction efficiency, and material purity.

    Italvolt plans to construct one of Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Scarmagno, Italy, and to collaborate on developing a commercial recycling plant using the American Manganese’s patented RecycLiCo™ technology.

    American Manganese Inc. is a critical metals company focused on the recycling of lithium-ion batteries with the RecycLiCo™ patented process that provides high extraction and purity of cathode metals -- lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and aluminum. -- to produce recycled battery products (Source: American Manganese Inc., PR, Investing News, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Manganese Inc. , Larry Reaugh, Pres., CEO, 778-574-4444, lreaugh@amymn.com, www.americanmanganeseinc.com; RecycLiCo, www.recyclico.com; Italvolt, www.italvolt.com


    DOE Announces $83Mn to Increase Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In Washington, the US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has awarded $82.6 million in funding to 44 projects that will lower Americans' energy bills and help meet the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by investing in new energy efficient building technologies, construction practices, and the U.S. buildings-sector workforce.

    The 44 projects across 20 states will improve building energy efficiency through innovations in thermal energy storage, building envelopes, lighting, HVAC, water heating -- as well as by bolstering the energy efficiency workforce with trainings, educational programs, and other technical support. The following are among the 44 funded projects:

  • North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota will develop a novel absorption material that will efficiently store thermal energy.

  • Baryon Inc. based in Wilmington, Delaware will develop an innovative air-conditioning system based on a new method of evaporative cooling combined with dehumidification that can consume 50 to 85 pct less energy than traditional air conditioning systems.

  • In Sidney, Ohio, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions will design, fabricate, and validate a highly efficient refrigerated display case for use in supermarkets.

  • The New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark will design, prototype, install, test, and evaluate a high-performance residential wall retrofit that can achieve estimated heating and cooling energy savings of 30 pct or more.

  • The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance in Atlanta, Georgia, will develop training resources on electrified building systems such as electric heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, electric vehicle charging systems, and battery storage systems. These resources will help members of the workforce learn how to educate consumers on the benefits of these technologies.

    Download the full list of funded recipients HERE.

    The mission of the DOE EERE is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably transition America to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050, and ensure the clean energy economy benefits all Americans. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

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