LyondellBasell | August 01, 2022
LyondellBasell announced it has made another step forward in its journey to net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The company signed two additional long-term renewable electricity power purchase agreements (PPA) with Buckeye Partners for a total of 165 megawatts (MW) to be sourced from Buckeye's solar farms currently under construction in north Texas. This announcement is another example of the progress LyondellBasell is making towards achieving its 2030 goal of procuring at least half, approximately five million megawatt hours (MWh) per year, of its current electricity consumption from renewable sources.This agreement is the fourth renewable energy PPA for LyondellBasell and comes just one month after the company announced PPAs with ENGIE North America for 100 MW and Buckeye for 116 MW. The four agreements represent a total of 381 MW of renewable energy, estimated to generate approximately 1,037,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean power annually. This is equivalent to the yearly electricity consumption of over 96,000 American homes.
"Infused in the work we do and products we make is our commitment to continually improve the quality of life and the environment, Renewable energy is an important step to achieving our GHG emission reduction goals on our journey to net-zero by 2050. Through their use in the production of wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles, our products are critical to the energy transition. Expanding our investment in wind and solar energy sources helps reduce the emissions associated with producing the vital products which make renewable energy possible."
-Peter Vanacker, CEO of LyondellBasell.
Buckeye Crown and Sol Solar Projects
Buckeye's Crown and Sol solar projects are located in Falls County, Texas on adjacent sites and are expected to commence commercial operations in the third quarter of 2023. Each PPA term with LyondellBasell is for 15 years. The projects are estimated to generate over 400,000 MWh of clean power annually for LyondellBasell, equivalent to 152,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide or the yearly electricity consumption of nearly 37,000 average American homes.
Decarbonizing electricity supply through the purchase of renewable electricity is important to meeting LyondellBasell's 2030 targets. The renewable energy source target is estimated to reduce approximately 1.5 million metric tons of greenhouse emissions from its scope 2 emissions annually.
As a leader in the global chemical industry, LyondellBasell strives every day to be the safest, best operated and most valued company in our industry. The company's products, materials and technologies are advancing sustainable solutions for food safety, access to clean water, healthcare and fuel efficiency in more than 100 international markets. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is Advancing Good with an emphasis on our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce. The company takes great pride in its world-class technology and customer focus. LyondellBasell has stepped up its circularity and climate ambitions and actions to address the global challenges of plastic waste and decarbonization. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year. For more information, please visit www.lyondellbasell.com or follow @LyondellBasell on LinkedIn.
STRATEGY AND BEST PRACTICES,ENERGY
Scout Clean Energy | August 12, 2022
Scout Clean Energy (Scout), a Colorado based renewable energy developer-owner-operator, and its joint venture partner Elawan Energy, a global operator in the renewable energy industry, announced they have completed the sale of the 199-megawatt (MW) Persimmon Creek Wind Farm (Persimmon) in western Oklahoma to Evergy, Inc (NYSE: EVRG) for a total consideration of approximately $250 million.Michael Rucker, CEO and founder of Scout Clean Energy, said, "The Persimmon Creek Wind Farm has been a reliable source of renewable energy over the last four years making it a solid investment for Scout. We are excited to execute the sale to Evergy as it seeks to deliver carbon-free wind energy directly to their customers."
Persimmon achieved commercial operation in 2018 with 80 General Electric turbines across 17,000 acres in Dewey, Ellis and Woodward counties in Oklahoma. The renewable energy generated from Persimmon will serve customers in Evergy's service area.
"Evergy continues to tap into the Midwest's affordable, renewable energy resources to serve our customers, Expanding our portfolio of owned renewable generation positions us to ensure customers receive the long-term benefits of these assets."
-David Campbell, Evergy president and CEO
Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (Quinbrook), a global investment manager specializing in lower carbon and renewable energy infrastructure.
"We are delighted that Evergy has agreed to purchase Persimmon from Scout which will serve Evergy's renewable energy plans well over the coming years. Persimmon was designed and constructed to a very high standard by the Scout team and this is reflected in the value achieved in this transaction," said David Scaysbrook of Quinbrook and Chairman of Scout's Board of Directors. "Quinbrook continues to support Scout's efforts as a leading renewables IPP in the US market to build a diverse and growing wind, solar, and storage portfolio which has rapidly expanded to over 15 GW in 24 states."
The sale of Persimmon Creek Wind Farm is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023 and remains subject to closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Scout's legal advisor was McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Evergy's legal advisor on the transaction was Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
About Scout Clean Energy
Scout Clean Energy is a renewable energy developer, owner-operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with over 1,200 MW of operating assets. Scout is actively developing a portfolio of over 15,000 MW of onshore wind, solar PV, and battery storage projects across 24 US states. Scout has expertise in all aspects of renewables project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction, 24/7 operations, and asset management. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. For more information, please - visit https://scoutcleanenergy.com/
Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG), serves 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. Evergy's mission is to empower a better future. Our focus remains on producing, transmitting and delivering reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy for the benefit of our stakeholders. Today, about half of Evergy's power comes from carbon-free sources, creating more reliable energy with less impact to the environment. We value innovation and adaptability to give our customers better ways to manage their energy use, to create a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees, and to add value for our investors. Headquartered in Kansas City, our employees are active members of the communities we serve.
About Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (http://www.quinbrook.com) is a specialist investment manager focused exclusively on renewables, storage and grid support infrastructure needed to drive the energy transition n the US, UK, and Australia. Quinbrook is led and managed by a senior team of power industry professionals who have collectively invested c.USD 8.2 billion equity in energy infrastructure assets since the early 1990s, representing a total enterprise value of c.USD 28.7 billion or 19.5 GW of power supply capacity. Quinbrook has completed a diverse range of direct investments in both utility and distributed scale onshore wind and solar power, battery storage, reserve peaking capacity, biomass, fugitive methane recovery, hydro and flexible energy management solutions in the US, UK, and Australia. Quinbrook is currently developing and constructing some of the largest renewables and storage infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the US, UK and Australia.
About Elawan Energy
Elawan Energy is a global operator in the renewable energy industry with over 1.1 GW of wind, solar, and hydropower projects in operation and over 11 GW of renewable energy under development. Elawan offers integrated solutions along the green energy life circle, from the promotion, development and construction of wind farms, photovoltaic plants and hydropower plants until their operation, maintenance and sale of the green energy produced. Elawan Energy is part of the ORIX Group.
STRATEGY AND BEST PRACTICES,INDUSTRY UPDATES
BitNile Holdings, Inc. | July 19, 2022
BitNile Holdings, Inc. (NYSE American: NILE) announced that its green energy technology and power supply subsidiary, TurnOnGreen, Inc. (“TurnOnGreen”), has multiple Level 2 Electrical Vehicle (“EV”) chargers and DC fast chargers approved for rebate by the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (“CALe-VIP”) and Southern California Edison Charge Ready Program. The Company has also earned an ENERGY STAR certification for its EV700 32-amp EV charger for residential and commercial installations. ENERGY STAR is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing credible information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions and is a requirement for many of the rebate programs throughout the United States.The United States Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) awards ENERGY STAR certification to EV chargers proven to be the most energy-efficient after meeting rigorous energy efficiency and sustainability standards.
The ENERGY STAR certified TurnOnGreen EV700 smart charger features innovative technology compatible with most electric vehicles on the road, including Ford, Chevrolet, Mullen, Lucid, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes, and Tesla when using the J1772 adapter. The EV700 can add up to 32 miles of range for every hour of charging and features an easy-to-use LCD touch screen and smartphone application. TurnOnGreen launched the EV700 in North America in January 2022. Consumers and businesses can purchase the EV700 at www.TurnOnGreen.com/EV700 or through major e-commerce retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and DigiKey.
The CALe-VIP program offers incentives for purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure at publicly accessible sites throughout California. As of June 2022, it has awarded over $146 million in EV charger rebates. The program has helped install 1,339 DC Fast Chargers and 6,180 publicly accessible Level 2 chargers in California. Southern California Edison (“SOCAL Edison”) is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States and a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The $436 million SOCAL Edison Charge Ready Program seeks to add 38,000 new EV car chargers throughout the Utility’s service area in Southern California over the next four years.
“We are committed to developing innovative products that can help EV drivers reliably charge their vehicles using the right amount of power, We are proud to provide EV charging solutions that are rebate eligible and meet the needs of consumers and businesses while offering them a path to sustainability.”
-Amos Kohn, TurnOnGreen CEO and Chief Engineer
To be part of the two largest EV Charging infrastructure rebate programs in California is a major milestone for TurnOnGreen and will help expand our EV charging footprint throughout the state,” said Marcus Charuvastra, TurnOnGreen’s Chief Revenue Officer. “The Energy Star Certification for the EV700 is also a major event for TurnOnGreen as it enables the product to become eligible for the hundreds of rebate programs offered by federal, state, and municipal government agencies as well as the multitude of Utility rebate programs throughout the United States.
According to a report by Grand View Research, as of 2021, the U.S. EV charging infrastructure market has an estimated value of $2.85 billion and is expected to advance at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36.9% from 2022 to 2030. The market growth is a result of the expansion of government initiatives to fund public and private EV charging infrastructure projects and programs that encourage consumers to buy electric vehicles.
For more information on BitNile Holdings and its subsidiaries, BitNile recommends that stockholders, investors, and any other interested parties read BitNile’s public filings and press releases available under the Investor Relations section at www.BitNile.com or available at www.sec.gov.
About BitNile Holdings, Inc.
BitNile Holdings, Inc. is a diversified holding company pursuing growth by acquiring undervalued businesses and disruptive technologies with a global impact. Through its wholly and majority-owned subsidiaries and strategic investments, BitNile owns and operates a data center at which it mines Bitcoin and provides mission-critical products that support a diverse range of industries, including defense/aerospace, industrial, automotive, telecommunications, medical/biopharma and textiles. In addition, BitNile extends credit to select entrepreneurial businesses through a licensed lending subsidiary. BitNile’s headquarters are located at 11411 Southern Highlands Parkway, Suite 240, Las Vegas, NV 89141; www.BitNile.com.
About TurnOnGreen, Inc.
TurnOnGreen Inc. designs and manufactures innovative, feature-rich, and top-quality power products for mission-critical applications, lifesaving and sustaining applications spanning multiple sectors in the harshest environments. The diverse markets we serve include defense and aerospace, medical and healthcare, industrial, telecommunications and e-Mobility. TurnOnGreen brings decades of experience to every project, working with our clients to develop leading-edge products to meet a wide range of needs. TurnOnGreen’s headquarters are located at Milpitas, CA; www.TurnOnGreen.com.For more information on TurnOnGreen’s product line, please visit www.TurnOnGreen.com.