AMYRIS | December 24, 2021
Amyris, Inc. a leading synthetic biotechnology company accelerating the world's transition to sustainable consumption through its Lab-to-MarketTMoperating platform, announced the completion of a previously announced joint venture agreement with MF 92 VENTURES LLC ("Minerva"), a Minerva Foods subsidiary, to develop molecules for the sustainable production and distribution of animal protein ("the Joint Venture").
The Joint Venture between Amyris and Minerva will be focused on enhancing the sustainability of the Brazilian meat exporting market, which is the largest in the world. Minerva and Amyris will collaborate on the development, scale-up and production of new target molecules, which Minerva will fund and bring to market commercially. The new molecules will target several sustainability objectives, including improving and lowering the carbon intensity of producing animal protein; sustainable packaging; and fermentation-based, natural preservatives that facilitate the transport of meat around the world. Additionally, the parties expect to work on the production of fermentation-based protein as an alternative to animal-based protein.
Relevant regulatory approvals have been attained for the development and scale-up of a vertical technology and commercialization platform that aims to transform the way protein is produced. The Joint Venture is expected to generate first license revenue for Amyris before the end of 2021 and deliver first commercial production of its initial targets in 2022.
We are very pleased to partner with Amyris, the leader in synthetic biotechnology and the world's leading fermentation technology company. We have a strong track record of commercializing innovative technologies for producing animal protein and reducing carbon emissions. With Amyris' clean fermentation technology, we expect to lead the disruption of the animal protein industry and reduce our industry's carbon footprint."
Fernando Galletti De Queiroz, Chief Executive Officer of Minerva
We are excited to further expand the reach of our technology and manufacturing expertise through our partnership with Minerva Foods. We believe this collaboration will accelerate the commercialization of natural, sustainably produced molecules that are capable of transforming the production and supply chain of animal protein. We have a proven track record in biotechnology of developing and scaling molecules that are transforming several vertical markets. We are executing well and are on track for astrong fourth quarter."
John Melo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amyris
Pattern Energy | January 10, 2022
Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Energy) announced it has completed construction and begun commercial operation of its suite of Western Spirit Wind power projects. Western Spirit Wind is comprised of four wind power facilities totaling more than 1,050 megawatts (MW) located in Guadalupe, Lincoln, and Torrance Counties in central New Mexico.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich said, "The largest renewable energy project in American history is now up and running – right here in New Mexico. Western Spirit encompasses four new utility-scale wind sites that connect rural communities in central New Mexico to local customers and other major energy markets beyond our state's borders. This project literally changed the map of our state's energy landscape, allowing New Mexico to help power our nation with clean electrons."
Western Spirit Wind is a groundbreaking megaproject that demonstrates large-scale renewables can be developed and built in the United States. These projects create significant job opportunities and local economic investments. Western Spirit brought over 1,100 construction jobs to New Mexico, generated local spending, tax revenue and landowner payments in a remote area of New Mexico, and is now delivering enough renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of more than 900,000 Americans. The collaboration of our teams of workers around the state shows what can be achieved – building the largest single-phase wind project in U.S. history in less than one year – a truly remarkable achievement. This is just the beginning for New Mexico – Pattern Energy has committed to $6 billion in upcoming wind energy and related infrastructure projects in the state over the next decade. Together, we are building a cleaner and more sustainable future in New Mexico."
Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy
The four wind power facilities that comprise Western Spirit Wind utilize a total of 377 GE wind turbines ranging from 2.3 to 2.8 MW in size. The GE turbines utilize various tower heights to optimize the wind capture at each facility.
Western Spirit Wind was developed by Pattern Energy. Blattner Energy served as the construction contractor for the Western Spirit Wind projects.
The wind project and accompanying transmission line involved more than 1,100 workers on-site during the 15-month construction period, including heavy equipment operators, electricians, laborers, and others. Going forward, more than 50 workers will operate and maintain the Western Spirit Wind facilities in New Mexico.
Western Spirit Wind will have far-reaching economic benefits for the local area and is projected to provide an estimated $3 million per year for the three counties and two school districts in the project area. Stable, long-term funding directly contributes to improved quality of education, services, roads and first responder capabilities for the entire community.
Western Spirit Wind will provide clean, renewable energy to California and New Mexico through long-term power purchase agreements with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, San José Clean Energy, East Bay Community Energy, California Choice Energy Authority and member cities, and international energy company Uniper Global Commodities. Western Spirit Wind will also provide power to New Mexico municipalities, including Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, through the Uniper Global Commodities power purchase agreement.
The wind power generated by Western Spirit Wind has a complementary generation profile to solar and typically delivers power around the clock. Western Spirit's wind power will provide resource diversification to western energy markets to help meet customer demand during the crucial early evening hours when demand is high but otherwise available renewable energy supply is typically low.
Last month, Pattern Energy and the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) announced the completion of the Western Spirit Transmission line, enabling the suite of Western Spirit Wind projects to be connected to the grid. The 155-mile 345 kV transmission line, developed jointly by Pattern Energy and RETA, is delivering wind power from Western Spirit Wind in central New Mexico to the electric grid managed by Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) near Albuquerque. PNM owns and will operate the transmission line.
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 35 renewable energy facilities that use proven, best-in-class technology with an operating capacity of more than 5,900 MW in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. Pattern Energy is guided by a long-term commitment to serve customers, protect the environment, and strengthen communities.
Globenewswire | August 20, 2020
First Solar, Inc. today announced that its 141-megawatt (MW)AC Luz del Norte photovoltaic (PV) power plant is the world’s first known utility-scale solar facility licensed to deliver ancillary grid services commercially. Chile’s independent system operator (ISO), Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional, recently added Luz del Norte to its portfolio of large-scale power generators that are approved to deliver a range of grid services, including automatic generation control (AGC). The facility, located in Copiapó, Chile, is now being used by the ISO to manage the frequency of the country’s electricity system, helping ensure the grid’s reliability and stability, in addition to generating clean, renewable energy. This follows an extensive audit, jointly conducted by Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional, Laborelec Latam, and First Solar, to evaluate the plant’s capabilities. Until now, grid operators around the world had to rely exclusively on thermoelectric or hydroelectric power plants to respond to changes in load by balancing generation.