Facebook 'tops US clean power buyers chart'

Facebook | February 05, 2020

Facebook was the largest buyer of renewable energy in the US in 2019, according to research by the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). REBA said Facebook procured 1.546GW of the 9.33GW sold last year, with Google coming in second with 1.107GW. AT&T came in third place buying 960MW, followed by Microsoft with 624MW and T-Mobile with 581MW. Walmart, Amazon, Ball Corporation, McDonald's and Honda made up the remaining companies in the top 10 clean buyers list last year. The 2019 top 10 list was calculated through REBA’s Deal Tracker, which analyses historic renewable energy market trends, as well as the annual number and volume of deals announced in the US.

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The Clean Energy Standard Cost Study (Study) complements and advances the Clean Energy Standard (CES) Staff White Paper (White Paper)(1). The White Paper was published on January 25, 2016 and proposes the CES as New York’s policy to deliver the goals of generating 50% of our electricity from renewable resources like solar, wind, and hydro renewable electricity by 2030, while also ensuring that upstate nuclear plants continue to generate so that the carbon savings provided by these plants are maintained.


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Fraugster entering e-mobility boom by partnering with elvah

Fraugster | March 09, 2022

Fraugster, a payment intelligence company, has partnered with e-mobility innovator elvah to provide a comprehensive managed service risk solution. This collaboration allows elvah to access compliance, chargeback protection, risk management solutions and credit scoring through one AI platform and integration. Fraugster will support elvah to detect friendly fraud, identity theft, and abuse by enriching AI data for accurate, real-time decisions through a single integration to protect against fraud and improve customer experience and revenue. elvah's charging solutions address a current megatrend of consumers adopting electric vehicles. In 2021, new registrations of all-electric, battery-powered cars (BEVs) doubled to 4.5 million worldwide. According to the EY Mobility Lens Consumer Index, more than 40% of people worldwide who want to buy a new car are considering an electric car. This trend is supported by the expansion of charging networks. A key challenge that drivers face is that there are several charging providers - all with different billing systems which leads to frustration and uncertainty. elvah is uniquely positioned to offer convenient access to all public charging stations in Germany as well as in 30 other countries. Provider-independent and completely digital in one app with different subscription models. "Fraugster is the perfect partner allowing our teams to focus on our core business to provide the best possible service to our customers, without worrying about risk management. They offer an easy-to-integrate solution that meets all our risk requirements." -elvah CEO, Gowry Sivaganeshamoorthy "We are thrilled to support elvah, a fast-growing company, with our scalable fraud prevention solutions and enter the booming e-mobility market." -Fraugster CEO, Christian Mangold About Fraugster Fraugster is a Berlin based payment intelligence company. Fraugster enables the world's leading merchants, global payment companies like Worldline and Ratepay to intelligently manage the impact of fraud to minimize the costs of fraud, maximize revenue and improve customer experience. Fraugster has developed one of the most accurate AI fraud prevention solutions in the market and is backed by leading deeptech investors Earlybird, Speedinvest, CommerzVentures and Munich Re Ventures. About elvah elvah is a fast-growing company founded in 2021 that offers its customers a straightforward charging solution by providing provider-independent and convenient access to all public charging stations in Germany and more than 30 other countries. By choosing their preferred subscription model, customers can pay for their charge and completely digitally in an app.

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ROVENSA becomes global leader in BioSolutions through the integration of COSMOCEL

ROVENSA | May 27, 2022

ROVENSA, a global leader of agricultural inputs for sustainable agriculture, today announces that it has agreed to integrate COSMOCEL, a leading player in specialty biostimulants and high-tech products for agriculture. The completion of the integration is subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities. Based in Monterrey, Mexico, COSMOCEL is a market-leading developer, manufacturer, and distributor of specialty biostimulant solutions with over 60 years of experience. COSMOCEL's portfolio of over 100 products spans biostimulants, biocontrol and adjuvants. COSMOCEL has more than 700 employees, 3 state of the art manufacturing facilities, 11 offices and 26 warehouses to serve its customers in more than 50 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and South Africa. It has a strong and long-established market reach through commercial teams and strategic partnerships, as well as a highly experienced R&D team. This strategic integration positions ROVENSA as global leader in BioSolutions for sustainable agriculture and it is squarely aligned with its strategy to provide distributors and farmers with innovative solutions to increase land productivity and output profitability, whilst enabling farming in a sustainable and responsible way to protect and preserve the environment for future generations. COSMOCEL complements ROVENSA's geographical footprint, bringing exposure to new geographies and enhanced access to strategic markets in the Americas. It also brings sizeable and versatile production capabilities in Mexico, additional R&D competences, and material product synergies. COSMOCEL and ROVENSA share a similar business culture and go-to-market approach, a critical cornerstone to achieve continued commercial growth and value creation in partnership with distributors and farmers. "We are thrilled to welcome COSMOCEL to the group to strengthen our global presence as a reference provider of well-balanced solutions for agriculture. This strategic integration highlights our growth ambitions in the BioSolutions international market and our strong commitment to sustainable agriculture. The high quality and complementary range of biostimulants and bio-performance products of COSMOCEL, their culture, their market approach, the quality and commitment of their people and management, and their production capacities will give us a unique position to offer the best nature-based solutions for our distributors and farmers, leveraging on our global scale and capabilities. We are determined to have a strong impact in sustainable agriculture that should be both productive and regenerative, in harmony with nature, making crops more resilient to climate change, and ultimately feed the world guarantying equity and health". -Eric van Innis, ROVENSA´s CEO

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Next Earth and SEE Turtles Collaborate on Metaverse Charity Game for Earth Day

Next Earth | April 23, 2022

Our planet is in crisis, but you can help make a difference, even from the comfort of your home. Next Earth , the third largest metaverse, is teaming up with SEE Turtles to launch a new game with a cause: players can purchase land in the metaverse, with a portion of the proceeds going to real-life environmental projects. Having already allocated $1 million to environmental issues, Next Earth is committed to making a difference. Users can now buy land in select metaverse territories, with a chance to win $200,000 worth of NXTT or five unique NFTs. In each transaction, 20% of the proceeds will go to SEE Turtles, which will use the funds to implement plastic removal projects in the same locations in the real world. How to participate in the game In this campaign, players can help clean up the environment by purchasing land on one of the designated territories. In the game, you will participate in a treasure hunt by looking for prizes hidden under the garbage. Next Earth placed $200,000 worth of NXTT in various denominations under the tiles, along with 5 unique NFTs made by TinyWasteland. The campaign will launch in May, and Next Earth will announce the exact date soon. Noemi Magyar , Head of CSR at Next Earth, and Brad Nahill , President of SEE Turtles, joined forces for a live stream on April 21 to discuss their partnership and how donations turn into aid real. TinyWasteland artist Peter Csakvari also joined them to discuss his art and how NFTs can be used in these campaigns. A “metaverse for doing good” project The collaboration between Next Earth and SEE Turtles illustrates how the metaverse can be used for good causes and for social responsibility. Together they have a positive impact on the environment and help endangered species recover. As a metaverse that already donates 10% of proceeds to environmental initiatives, Next Earth is thrilled to launch its latest social responsibility campaign in partnership with its community.

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Zendure Welcomes Jim Haflinger as Chief Technical Advisor

Zendure | January 21, 2022

Zendure USA Inc. announced that it has hired Jim Haflinger to the role of Chief Technical Advisor. As the Silicon Valley portable charger company expands into the sustainable energy sector, Haflinger will lend his decades of electrical engineering experience to Zendure's research and development team. Prior to joining Zendure, Jim Haflinger was a Senior Principal Engineer at Nortek, where for 11 years he designed many products for home automation, security, personal safety, and solar backup power. He served Kodak for over six years as a Lead Electrical Engineer for the company's printer division, designing printheads and multi-protocol interfaces. The role had him coordinating product design and manufacturing in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He was also the engineering representative for the Customer Experience team to make the products more user friendly and easier to install and use. In total, Jim Haflinger has over 30 years of experience designing a wide variety of products, including SCSI interfaces and diagnostic equipment, data management tools, and switching power supplies for medical applications. Haflinger holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Santa Clara University and owns over a dozen patents on a variety of technologies. He is a member of IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the Electric Auto Association and is the author of the 2nd edition of "Making SCSI Work". Recently, the company raised over $1.3 million in crowdfunding for their new SuperBase Pro power station. This year at CES, Zendure set up a high-tech camping experience for visitors and debuted even more energy storage solutions and solar power generators and has plans to further expand into sustainable energy and home power management. With Jim Haflinger's product development and engineering expertise, the company hopes to come up with innovative solutions to bolster and accelerate the green energy revolution, including next-gen solar power and energy storage products. We are elated to have Jim advising our team, and the timing couldn't be better. With his immense experience in all things electric, Jim will help us lead the global charge toward a sustainable future." Bryan Liu, Zendure CEO and founder Zendure is a sustainable energy company located in Silicon Valley in the United States and the Guangdong - Hong Kong - Macao Greater Bay Area in China. Since its establishment, Zendure has continuously launched innovative products, made rapid breakthroughs in the core technologies of energy storage and power supplies, and continues to bring pleasant surprises to the user experience. The company recently received a multi-million dollar series-A round of funding from a joint investment from Shanghai GP Capital and YOTRIO group.

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The Clean Energy Standard Cost Study (Study) complements and advances the Clean Energy Standard (CES) Staff White Paper (White Paper)(1). The White Paper was published on January 25, 2016 and proposes the CES as New York’s policy to deliver the goals of generating 50% of our electricity from renewable resources like solar, wind, and hydro renewable electricity by 2030, while also ensuring that upstate nuclear plants continue to generate so that the carbon savings provided by these plants are maintained.

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