Businesses poised to benefit from Illinois' renewable energy boom

Daily Herald | January 23, 2020

If 2019 is ending a decade of increased awareness of environmental issues, 2020 will usher in the next decade of more aggressive action on combating climate change in Illinois. For many local residents, the solution is clear: decarbonizing Illinois' economy in the fastest and most effective way possible to sustain a healthy environment -- while growing jobs and the state's economy. For business owners, this presents a number of new opportunities to be a part of the solution. As CEO of Hero Power, a renewable electricity supplier serving northern Illinois, I've seen firsthand how this growing sector supports business goals, and has the potential to transform the economy.

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The island of Ta’u in American Samoa, located more than 4,000 miles from the West Coast of the United States, now hosts a solar power and battery storage-enabled microgrid that can supply nearly 100 percent of the island’s power needs from renewable energy. This provides a cost-saving alternative to diesel, removing the hazards of power intermittency and making outages a thing of the past.

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The island of Ta’u in American Samoa, located more than 4,000 miles from the West Coast of the United States, now hosts a solar power and battery storage-enabled microgrid that can supply nearly 100 percent of the island’s power needs from renewable energy. This provides a cost-saving alternative to diesel, removing the hazards of power intermittency and making outages a thing of the past.

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ESG Clean Energy Signs Letter of Intent with Ethatec GmbH to Use Carbon-Free Power Generation for Ethanol Production

ESG | December 14, 2021

ESG Clean Energy, LLC, developers of net zero, distributed power generation and clean energy manufacturing solutions, announced it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ethatec GmbH for the use of ESG’s patented CO2-free power generation technology to power its production of ethanol. Under the LOI, US-based ESG Clean Energy will provide its patented carbon-capture system to enable Ethatec GmbH to produce different products in a sustainable way while preventing tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere every year. Ethatec uses a unique process using waste from bakeries and pizza factories (old bread, dough, and other starch-based foods). The method involves first crushing and mixing the raw waste with water before being fed into a hammer mill. The resulting liquid is then mixed with water and enzymes and heated in a multi-stage mashing process to saccharify the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks. Yeast is then added for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar and after 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained. Ethatec can also produce and manufacture other products using this unique system, including biogas and nitrogen fertilizer. In order to meet the growing power demand for their production process, significant amounts of energy are required to run the operation. By using the ESG Clean Energy carbon-capture power generation system, Ethatec will be able to use natural gas to power their manufacturing plants while achieving a net zero carbon footprint. We are excited to explore the new opportunities with Ethatec and see how our carbon-capture system can augment their unique manufacturing system.Combining their system with ESG’s carbon-capture technology would create one of the most environmentally friendly systems in the industry today.” Lutz Deyerling, VP European Operations and Corporate Finance at ESG Clean Energy The ESG system is truly unique with its ability to create a Net Zero carbon outcome from a conventional, natural gas, internal combustion engine without loss of efficiency. Exhaust gas contains a significant amount of water vapor and CO2 as naturally occurring byproducts of the combustion process. By separating those two elements, the ESG system can produce distilled water – and other commodities such as urea, methanol, and recycled plastics – while capturing close to 100% of the CO2. As a result, Net Zero Carbon Footprint power production is achieved. Besides electrical power generation, the ESG system can also be utilized in a number of different environments, including: Plastics Recycling Operations – Can be made more affordable and safer for the environment by providing low-cost, CO2-free heat that is critical to its processing. Nitrogen Removal – Can be done more efficiently and cleanly. Nitrogen can cause algae blooms in wastewater treatment plants and is a risk to human health, so its removal has become an emerging, worldwide concern. Stranded Natural Gas Wells – Can be effectively converted from non-operating revenue producers to operating revenue producers by incorporating the ESG system into its production process. Microgrids – Can be made more reliable in times of emergency with the distributed power abilities of ESG power generation when regional grids go down. Data Centers – Can provide large data centers with clean low-cost energy in a relatively small package. Crypto Mining Operations – Can meet the energy demands of crypto mining operations without emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. About ESG Clean Energy, LLC ESG Clean Energy, LLC (ESG) develops Net Zero Carbon Footprints and clean energy solutions for businesses and power providers using natural gas. The ESG system utilizes patented, off-the-shelf technology to efficiently produce electricity while capturing and converting 100% of the carbon dioxide and water vapor, which can be used in the production of various commodities, such as distilled water, ethanol, and urea.

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UGE Expands to Pennsylvania and Secures First Two Community Solar Project Sites

UGE International Ltd. | June 30, 2021

UGE International Ltd., a global pioneer in commercial and community solar energy solutions, is delighted to announce that it has extended its presence in Pennsylvania, obtaining its first two community solar project sites. The two projects will be located in western Pennsylvania, in the greater Pittsburgh area. Once completed, the two ground-mounted solar facilities are anticipated to have a combined rated capacity of roughly 11MW DC and produce more than US$1.5 million in yearly recurring income. John Jeremko, UGE origination manager, spearheads the company's growth into Pennsylvania, bringing with him many years of expertise in the oil and gas sector. His career shift to renewable energy mirrors the transformation in Pennsylvania's energy industry, as more landowners, businesses, and corporations switch to solar power. Following Maryland, Pennsylvania is UGE's second state entry in 2021. UGE intends to expand into at least three additional states this year, complementing its usual regions of strength in New York, New Jersey, and Maine. About UGE UGE develops, owns, and manages commercial and community solar projects in the United States and key international markets. Our distributed energy solutions provide companies and individuals with cheaper, greener energy at no upfront cost. We strive every day to power a more sustainable world with over 400MW of worldwide expertise.

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Pattern Energy and Uniper have Signed Long-Term Power Purchase Agreement for New Mexico Wind Project

Pattern Energy | May 25, 2021

Pattern Energy Group LP and international energy company Uniper today announced they need to sign a 15-year power purchase agreement for up to 219,000 MWh per year of wind energy in New Mexico, enough to power quite 20,000 homes annually. the facility is going to be delivered from Pattern Energy's 1,050 MW Western Spirit Wind project, which is currently under construction in New Mexico and represents the most important single-phase renewable power build-out in U.S. history. Western Spirit Wind is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. "A large part of our business is about helping communities, municipalities, cooperatives, utility companies, and commercial and industrial loads cost-effectively achieve their energy decarbonization objectives," said Marc Merrill, President & CEO, Uniper North America. "We provide customized energy solutions that collectively address both reliability-of-supply and environmental concerns, which is why we're happy to be working with Pattern Energy to bring additional renewable generation benefits to New Mexico and other western states." "We welcome this partnership with Uniper and look forward to providing New Mexico wind power to New Mexico consumers from our new Western Spirit Wind project," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "Construction on Western Spirit Wind – the largest wind project in North America – is on schedule with 1,000 workers on site. The wind resource at Western Spirit Wind is one among the strongest within the country and has an evening ramp that makes an ideal complement to daytime solar energy ." Western Spirit Wind is going to be constructed in conjunction with the Western Spirit transmission line, an approximately 150-mile 345kV AC cable which will add much-needed accessibility for new Mexico's powerful wind resources to succeed in the electricity grid within the state and therefore the broader western markets. The Western Spirit cable is being developed jointly between Pattern Energy and therefore the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) and can interconnect directly into the general public Service Company of the latest Mexico system (PNM). PNM will acquire and operate the cable upon its commissioning. About Uniper Uniper is an international energy company with around 12,000 employees in additional than 40 countries. the corporate plans to form its power generation CO2-neutral in Europe by 2035. With about 35 GW of installed generation capacity, Uniper is among the largest global power generators. Its main activities include power generation also as global energy trading, including a diversified gas portfolio that creates Uniper one of Europe's leading gas companies. In 2020, Uniper had a gas turnover of quite 220 cm. Uniper is additionally a reliable partner for municipalities, public utilities, and industrial companies for developing and implementing innovative, CO2-reducing solutions on their way to decarbonizing their activities. As a pioneer within the field of hydrogen, Uniper is active worldwide along the entire value chain and is implementing projects to make hydrogen usable as a mainstay of energy supply. The company is headquartered in Düsseldorf and currently the third-largest listed German utility. alongside its main shareholder Fortum, Uniper is also the third-largest producer of CO2-free energy in Europe. Uniper in North America In North America, Uniper conducts sales, trading, and marketing activities across a variety of energy commodities in all major markets. the company provides sophisticated and reliable solutions to help customers in meeting their decarbonization and wider energy needs. Uniper's North America operations are located in Houston, Chicago, and Calgary. About Pattern Energy Pattern Energy is one of the world's largest privately-owned developers and operators of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects. Its operational portfolio includes 28 renewable energy facilities that use proven, best-in-class technology with an operating capacity of 4.4 GW in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Pattern Energy is guided by a long-term commitment to serve customers, protect the environment, and strengthen communities.

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