Microsoft pledging that data centers will use 100 percent renewables by 2025

Microsoft | January 16, 2020

Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday that the commitment will happen “not just across our direct emissions, but across our supply chain, too.” It’s a major step up from Microsoft’s previous green pledges. The tech company had previously said its data centers would be 60% powered by renewable electricity by the end of last year, but environmental groups have said it has fallen short of such rivals as Google and Apple by relying too much on purchasing renewable energy credits to make up for its carbon emissions. “Microsoft has really been in the middle of the pack,” said Elizabeth Jardim, senior corporate campaigner for Greenpeace USA. “Not an ‘A’ student but clearly not doing nothing.”

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This video demonstrates how to properly ground a SunPower Equinox® system. For the purposes of this demo, we’ll assume that ALL of the roof attachments, InvisiMount rails, the rail-mounted j-box, and homerun conduit with wiring or UF cables have been installed, torque values applied, and checklist with photos completed.


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Quidnet Achieves Major Milestones in US Department of Energy Contracts

Quidnet Energy | April 20, 2021

Houston, TX – Quidnet Energy (Quidnet) today announced it has achieved two key milestones in its projects with the US Department of Energy’s Water Power Technology Office (WPTO) and Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), to commercialize the company’s Geomechanical Pumped Storage (GPS) technology. Quidnet pumps water underground and stores it in-between layers of rock. The natural elasticity of the rock performs like a spring and holds the water under pressure until it is needed, at which time it is released through a hydroelectric turbine to produce electricity to send back to the grid. Quidnet partnered with the WPTO through its HydroWIRES Initiative to develop an innovative reversible injector-generator that will enable deployment of modular hydropower conversion in high-pressure pumped hydro applications such as for Quidnet’s GPS technology. The milestone was achieved by the completion of system-level design and engineering as well as testing of key operating components in an industrial machining facility in New York State. Quidnet is working with ARPA-E through their Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS) program to develop the GPS resource in key power markets across the US by planning and executing exploratory wells to characterize, evaluate, and validate this geologic resource. This milestone is marked by the completion of project development of the exploration well sites – including sites that reuse inactive O&G wells – and achieving resource performance targets during exploration well hydraulic testing. Analogous work was performed by DOE in the early 2000s to similarly characterize North American wind resources. “WPTO and ARPA-E have been vital partners in the development of our long duration energy storage technology,” said Joe Zhou, Quidnet CEO. “These leading energy technology organizations have brought valuable resources and oversight to the development process, helping steward our technology toward commercialization. Their experience, guidance and partnership are very much appreciated.” “Long duration storage technologies such as Quidnet’s can play a crucial role in advancing our transition to a zero-carbon electric grid,” said Jenn Garson, WPTO Acting Outreach, Engagement & Analysis Manager. “Based on the strong results we have seen to date, we are optimistic about Quidnet’s contribution to our energy future.” “Quidnet Energy, as well as the rest of ARPA-E’s DAYS teams, are working to develop innovative long-duration energy storage systems and create new technologies to increase grid resilience and performance,” said ARPA-E DAYS Program Director Dr. Scott Litzelman. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with Quidnet as they continue to design energy storage solutions of the future.” Quidnet’s technology operates in a closed loop configuration, powered by excess grid electricity. Because most of the process is subsurface, projects have a relatively small footprint (well head, pump/generator building, and holding pond), allowing farmers and landowners to generate significant new lease revenue with minor impact. Quidnet utilizes much of the same subsurface knowledge, workforce, and supply chains as the oil and gas industry, making it a seamless opportunity to re-channel thousands of displaced workers—and the supply chains they operate--toward accelerating a clean energy future. Early resource investigations project sufficient North American geologic resources to provide multiple times the long duration energy storage needed by the grid. “The very talented, dedicated and rapidly-growing Quidnet team is hyper-focused on ensuring a reliable energy transition,” said Quidnet CEO Joe Zhou. “We are committed to being a major part of the solution.” Contact: Steven C. Sullivan 518-441-7272 sullivan@quidnetenergy.com

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Amshore Renewable Energy Announces New Executive Appointments

Amshore | March 03, 2022

Amshore, a leading renewable energy developer, announced promotion of Cas Purdy to Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the appointment of Leo Anzaldua as Controller. Both Cas and Leo are seasoned business executives responsible for maximizing our company’s operating performance and helping achieve corporate objectives. By promoting Cas, bringing Leo on board, and our investments in development, we are building out our management team with the talent we need to take our renewable energy development business to the next level. Our focus on delivering exceptional services to our clients will be enhanced by our ability to provide more corporate-level support to our development team—freeing them to focus on revenue-generating clean energy projects.” Deana Strunk, Owner at Amshore As Chief Administrative Officer, Cas has a broad range of responsibilities including strategic planning, finance, legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, communications and more. He was previously Executive Vice President at Amshore. Cas has more than 20 years of experience in business leadership. Prior to Amshore, he was Vice President and Head of Marketing at cybersecurity company Trustwave. He also held leadership roles at IBM, Websense (now Forcepoint) and Guidance Software (now part of OpenText). Cas received his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin, and he studied French at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne). As Controller, Leo leads and directs the accounting and finance functions at Amshore. He has more than 30 years of financial experience. For more than a decade, Leo was Controller/Vice President of Finance at ClimbTech. Before ClimbTech, he was Director of Accounting at Personal Administrators. Leo studied business administration at The Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2020 saw consumption of renewable energy in the United States grow for the fifth year in a row, reaching 12 percent of total U.S. energy consumption. Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019.1 Over the last 20 years, Amshore has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.9 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres. Recently, Amshore promoted former senior project developer Aaron Young to Vice President, Development. About Amshore Amshore Renewable Energy develops sustainable energy solutions for utility companies and independent power producers looking to expand their renewable energy projects throughout North America. Amshore has originated and developed solar and wind energy facilities generating 2.9 gigawatts of power covering over a half a million acres, and the company offers advanced energy management control and novel energy storage systems. Established in 2002, Amshore is based in the Dallas, Texas, area.

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ALAMO GROUP TARGETS 50% GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION BY 2030

ALAMO GROUP | March 08, 2022

Alamo Group Inc. (NYSE: ALG) announced today a 2030 target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% as compared to its 2019 base year. This target covers Scope 1 & 2 emissions as defined in The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standards published by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute. Additional information regarding the Company's sustainability goals and actual emissions for the past three years will be included in its forthcoming 2021 Sustainability Report. "We are pleased to announce an initial 2030 target for reducing our Company's greenhouse gas emissions. Setting meaningful Scope1 & 2 GHG emissions goals is an important step in the right direction. Since 2019, our Company has reduced, in absolute terms, its total energy consumption by about 9%, and we anticipate that we will further reduce it by an additional 30% by 2030. More efficient use of energy, which accounts for 97% of our GHG emissions, will be a primary driver toward achieving our 2030 emissions goal. Investments in LED lighting and energy management systems, as well as energy efficient welding, laser cutting, and air compression equipment have been, and are expected to be, the major contributors in this effort. Installing more efficient heating systems and other building improvements to reduce winter heat loss are also expected to produce significant favorable impacts." -Dan Malone, Alamo Group's Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, About Alamo Group Alamo Group is a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and service of high quality equipment for infrastructure maintenance, agriculture and other applications. Our products include truck and tractor mounted mowing and other vegetation maintenance equipment, street sweepers, snow removal equipment, excavators, vacuum trucks, other industrial equipment, agricultural implements, forestry equipment and related after-market parts and services. The Company, founded in 1969, has approximately 4,200 employees and operates 29 plants in North America, Europe, Australia and Brazil as of December 31, 2021. The corporate offices of Alamo Group Inc. are located in Seguin, Texas.

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Proteum Energy and Istmo Energy Sign MOU For Production of Low Cost, Clean Hydrogen in the Permian Basin

Proteum Energy | December 18, 2021

Proteum Energy, LLC entered a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Istmo Energy LLC, headquartered in Fort Worth Texas, to negotiate the terms by which Proteum Energy™ will provide low cost, low carbon intensity hydrogen to Istmo for production of "ultra-low sulfur diesel" and clean hydrogen for delivery to offtake customers in the Permian Basin, Mexico and California markets. Istmo Energy is pleased to have the option to leverage our onsite de-ethanizers to produce hydrogen from ethane for our hydrotreaters, while at the same time offer additional clean hydrogen sales in the Permian region." Alex Gutierrez, Principal and Co-Founder of Istmo Energy About Istmo Energy Istmo Energy is a midstream and downstream greenfield export platform to connect and meet the needs of poorly served markets harnessing wealth that lies within the Delaware Basin. Istmo Energy was formed by oil and gas industry professionals with decades of experience in the Mexican and US energy markets, and a solid Advisory Board consisting of industry leaders in the Energy, Financial, Legal and Regulatory space on both sides of the US/Mexico border. About Proteum Energy™ Headquartered in Phoenix Arizona, Proteum is a producer of low carbon, low-cost clean hydrogen from renewable ethanol, ethane and NGLs. With its patented and proven reformation system, Proteum can provide fuel cell grade clean hydrogen for heavy-duty transportation, low carbon hydrogen-rich designer fuels for power plants, and direct hydrogen pipeline production and injection at natural gas processing plants.

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This video demonstrates how to properly ground a SunPower Equinox® system. For the purposes of this demo, we’ll assume that ALL of the roof attachments, InvisiMount rails, the rail-mounted j-box, and homerun conduit with wiring or UF cables have been installed, torque values applied, and checklist with photos completed.

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