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Green Mountain Energy Enters Agreement to Offer Arizona 100 Percent Renewable Energy Ahead of State Deadlines

Green Mountain Energy | January 19, 2022

Arizonans have moved closer to having the power to choose clean, renewable energy for their homes and businesses. Green Mountain Energy (GME) has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Sawtooth DevCo, LLC, to provide locally sourced renewable energy to Arizonans from new solar facilities to be located in Arizona. The LOI was executed to support expected customer enrollment following GME’s 2021 application to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to provide competitive retail electric services in accordance with the Energy Competition Act (ECA). The approval of GME’s application by the ACC will allow GME to move forward on purchasing solar energy from the Sawtooth projects.

Through the LOI, GME will provide 100 percent local renewable energy from new projects to its Arizona customers pending a favorable decision by regulators to allow consumers to exercise their existing right to choose their electric provider. When approved, GME will be the first and only Arizona electricity provider to provide only clean renewable energy to all its customers, meeting the ACC’s pending 100 percent clean energy requirement nearly 50 years ahead of the proposed 2070 deadline. GME estimates that customer interest in its local renewable offering would support 100 MW of locally generated solar from the projects.

GME’s ACC application and this LOI provide Arizonans the option to get green energy from a 100 percent local Arizona solar generator -- if customers are given their existing right under law to choose. Arizonans will be able to access 100 percent renewable offerings once GME’s application with the ACC is approved.

Arizona’s current electric monopolies are actively attempting to block the ability of all customers to choose GME’s 100 percent local renewable product through efforts at the legislature. If their efforts succeed, this freedom for Arizonans to choose their electric provider and products they desire would be denied.

Arizona consumers deserve the freedom to choose clean energy, now. This agreement supports Green Mountain’s mission to change the way power is made and brings the state one step closer to meeting their clean energy goals. Green Mountain can help Arizonans accelerate the transition to renewables with our commitment to clean energy and local jobs.”

Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain

About Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun, and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid 90 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Stellantis Partners With DTE Energy to Add 400 Megawatts of New Solar Projects in Michigan Through DTE's MIGreenPower Program

Stellantis | December 13, 2022

Stellantis and DTE Energy announced a clean energy commitment to add 400 megawatts of new solar projects in Michigan - enough clean energy to power approximately 130,000 homes annually - through DTE's MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy program. The clean energy commitment is the second largest renewable energy purchase ever made in the U.S. from a utility1 and will avoid more than 670,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually2. Earlier this year, Stellantis announced aggressive goals to achieve carbon net zero globally by 2038 as part of its Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, beginning by cutting CO2 emissions in half by the end of the decade, using 2021 metrics as the benchmark. The company's push to net zero addresses all sources of greenhouse gas emissions, from vehicles to supply chain to industrial sites, with energy efficiency being a cornerstone of Stellantis' approach. With its participation in MIGreenPower, Stellantis will be able to attribute 100% of its electricity use at 70 southeast Michigan sites (manufacturing and non-manufacturing) to solar by 2026, which will reduce the company's carbon emissions in North America by 50% and across its manufacturing facilities by 30%. "While this day and this historic agreement are about clean and efficient power, I'd like to suggest that today is also about the power of partnerships in this new era of sustainable mobility,Our success — indeed our survival — will depend more and more on how completely we embrace the values of collaboration and partnership as strategic imperatives that help us achieve breakthrough business outcomes. This agreement is an outstanding example of how truly great companies like DTE Energy and Stellantis can unleash their passion and expertise to shape a more sustainable world for our customers and our communities." -Mark Stewart, COO, Stellantis North America. 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Adding 400 megawatts of new solar for Stellantis will result in a cleaner environment for Michigan families, communities and businesses, and create hundreds of jobs during project construction. "DTE Energy and Stellantis are working together to boost Michigan's energy capacity and position us as a national leader in job-creating, cost-reducing climate action,Today's collaboration is the second largest renewable energy purchase through a utility in American history, second only to another announcement right here in Michigan earlier this year. With our innovative companies and the MI Healthy Climate Plan, we are taking immediate, tangible steps in Michigan to face climate change head-on, shore up our energy independence, and create and support good-paying jobs. We are the number one state for energy-sector job growth and we will keep our foot on the accelerator to bring more investment and opportunity to Michigan." -Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer DTE is Michigan's largest producer of and investor in renewable energy and is committed to transitioning to cleaner sources of energy. In its CleanVision Integrated Resource Plan filed last month with the Michigan Public Service Commission, DTE proposed increasing investment in solar and wind energy, accelerating the retirement of coal plants, and investing in the development of new energy storage – all reinforcing DTE's commitment to cleaner energy. If the new plan is approved, the company will add more than 15,000 megawatts of new renewable energy projects over the next two decades. Based on BloombergNEF's Corporate PPA Database (accessible here for BloombergNEF and Bloomberg terminal clients)  Includes 15% renewable energy already provided by DTE Energy through the State of Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard. Avoided emissions and equivalencies are based on the Environmental Protection Agency equivalencies calculator at epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator. Avoided emissions and equivalencies are based on the Environmental Protection Agency equivalencies calculator at epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator. Stellantis North America Stellantis (NYSE: STLA) is one of the world's leading automakers and a mobility provider. In North America, it's best known for producing and selling vehicles in a portfolio of iconic and award-winning brands such as Jeep®, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Alfa Romeo and Fiat. Powered by its diversity, Stellantis leads the way the region and the world move – aspiring to become the greatest sustainable mobility tech company, not the biggest, while creating added value for all stakeholders as well as the communities in which it operates. For more information, visit www.stellantis.com.

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Aris Water Solutions, Inc. Announces Creation of Strategic Agreement with Chevron and ConocoPhillips for Beneficial Reuse of Produced Water

Aris Water Solutions, Inc. | November 08, 2022

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SAJ Inks Agreement with Leading European Solar Distributor Solarclarity, Strengthening its Presence in Europe

SAJ | December 05, 2022

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SQUADRON TO LEAD AUSTRALIA'S ENERGY TRANSITION

Squadron Energy | December 12, 2022

Squadron Energy (Squadron) announced it has acquired CWP Renewables (CWP), in an agreement that takes Squadron's renewable energy operating portfolio to 2.4 gigawatts (GW) with an Australian development pipeline to 20GW. Squadron, part of the Tattarang group of companies, is 100 per cent Australian owned and operated, and dedicated to accelerating Australia's decarbonisation. Once fully operational, Squadron's portfolio will provide enough electricity to power 8.5 million homes, more than double the number of homes in New South Wales. 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It means that Squadron has the renewable energy critical mass to help Australia step beyond fossil fuels," -Chairman of Tattarang Dr Andrew Forrest AO Australian industries' ability to consign fossil fuel to history, is robustly demonstrated by the strong track record and commitment of Fortescue Metals, Fortescue Future Industries and other world- leading companies committed to decarbonising. We share a vision of Australia and the world, looking back on the dark era of fossil fuel as an aberration in humanity's history. One that could have ended with that fuel, but is now powered by cheap, pollution free, democratic inexhaustible energy. It is paramount that Australia continues to increase cost-efficient renewable green energy, to economically power homes and industry at pace and rid the Australian consumer of its forced reliance to increasingly expensive, dangerously pollutive fossil fuels. 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