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RWE launches construction for 1.4GW Sofia offshore wind farm

RWE Renewables | June 11, 2021

RWE Renewables has started construction of its 1400MW Sofia (formerly Dogger Bank Teesside B)
wind farm in the UK North Sea.

UK firm Jones Bros Civil Engineering has begun onshore preparation works at the site of the new high-voltage direct-current converter station in Teesside, north-east England.

GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions division is due to start construction of the offshore converter station in early 2022.

Initial work on the 7km onshore cable route is due to kick off around the same time. RWE plans to announce the contractor for the job later this year.

The developer aims to complete the 100-turbine project in the fourth quarter of 2026.

It made a final investment decision on the £3 billion (€3.5 billion) project in March 2021.

RWE secured a contract for difference (CfD) for Sofia – the largest project in its renewables fleet – in 2019, with a bid of £39.65/MWh in 2012 prices.

Sofia will be located on Dogger Bank, 195km off England's north-east coast.

The site will feature one offshore converter platform to export electricity via a high-voltage direct-current export cable to landfall 220km away. It will also need a new onshore converter station and has already agreed a grid connection point at an existing substation.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is due to supply 100 of its 14MW turbines – the SG 14-222 DD model.

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Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017. Recent and near-term additions are supported by the industry’s primary federal incentive the production tax credit (PTC) as well as a myriad of state-level policies. Wind capacity additions have also been driven by improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, yielding low-priced wind energy for utility, corporate, and other power purchasers. The prospects for growth beyond the current PTC cycle remain uncertain, however, given declining tax support, expectations for low natural gas prices, and modest electricity demand growth.


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Enviva Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Grow Career Opportunities for African Americans in Renewable Energy

Enviva | December 17, 2021

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Clean Energy Buyers Association Announces Top 10 U.S. Energy Customers in 2021

Clean Energy Buyers Association | February 17, 2022

Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA), formerly the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), announced the release of its annual Deal Tracker Top 10 list, showcasing the leading energy customers that procured clean energy in the U.S. in 2021. Amazon leads the list for the second straight year with 2.85 gigawatts (GW) of announced projects. Energy customers continued to demonstrate their critical role in influencing the evolution of the energy market with more than 100 projects announced totaling 11.06 GW of contracted capacity in 2021. CEBA recently set an ambitious aspiration to achieve a 90% carbon-free U.S. electricity system by 2030 and a global community of energy customers driving clean energy. Energy customers have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to decarbonization over the last decade. The overall impact of companies that make up the 2021 Deal Tracker Top 10 showcases that our vision for customer-driven clean energy for is truly possible, and beyond that, within reach if we continue to advance market and policy solutions together.” Miranda Ballentine, CEBA CEO As the strategies used to transact in the energy market have evolved to reflect increasingly ambitious climate action goals, so too has the profile of what was once considered a typical energy customer company. The CEBA Deal Tracker Top 10 showcases that a variety of industries now play a critical role in decarbonization of the energy system and have established increasing bold climate action goals, including telecommunications services, consumer staples, and industrials. “We’re proud of Amazon’s rapidly growing renewable energy portfolio, which is driven by a sense of urgency to reduce carbon emissions and curb the climate crisis. We believe investing in clean energy is the right thing to do for our business, our customers, and the planet,” said Kara Hurst, Vice President of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon. “Amazon is on an accelerated path toward powering our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of our original 2030 target. We’re grateful for this recognition and welcome CEBA’s continued leadership in cultivating a global community of energy customers dedicated to securing clean energy access for all." The energy customer mindset regarding the true impact of clean energy has shifted Beyond the Megawatt with a focus on optimizing carbon-reduction emissions, community engagement and environmental impacts. For example, Microsoft’s new vision integrates a commitment to invest clean energy generated revenue toward community impact initiatives. McDonald’s strategy integrates job creation in local communities while harnessing solar and wind energy through virtual power purchase agreements. “We are proud of our renewable energy partnerships because they represent progress toward McDonald’s net zero climate ambition, while also creating jobs and driving local impact. These investments are another meaningful way McDonald’s is working toward a more sustainable future,” said Jenny McColloch, McDonald’s Chief Sustainability Officer. In 2021, CEBA introduced a simple, yet powerful vision of customer-driven clean energy for all. The 2021 Deal Tracker Top 10 demonstrates the scale and influence of energy customers that have contracted nearly 47 gigawatts of clean energy – about 20% of all wind and solar capacity in the U.S. – over the last decade. As a business trade association, CEBA will continue to catalyze its community of nearly 300 members thorough foundational education, stakeholder collaboration and acceleration of advanced and innovative market strategies. The CEBA Deal Tracker is a unique tracking mechanism that focuses on U.S.-based utility-scale corporate procurement. The annual CEBA Deal Tracker Top 10 list features the top companies, or energy customers, leading renewable energy procurement. You can download the full CEBA Deal Tracker here.

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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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I&M is Powering the Next Tomorrow with Plans to Add More than 2,000 MW of Solar, Wind Energy

Indiana Michigan Power | February 02, 2022

Indiana Michigan Power, an American Electric Power company, submitted a plan with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that calls for adding more than 2,000 megawatts of wind and solar energy generation by 2028. The Powering the Next Tomorrow plan is designed to ensure reliable, sustainable energy for I&M customers from a resilient grid using diverse generation sources. I&M is pleased to continue its responsible, systematic transition to cleaner generation sources while ensuring we will meet our customers' needs for safe, reliable energy long into the future. I&M is Powering the Next Tomorrow by harnessing energy from the sun and wind, while ensuring we continue to have the necessary resources to power the homes, businesses and factories we serve 24/7." Steve Baker, president and chief operating officer of I&M I&M's intentions are described in its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which provides a detailed analysis of future energy needs and how the company will meet those needs over the next 20 years. Though long-term plans are subject to revisions, I&M's near-term plans to add more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar by 2028 have a higher degree of certainty. The new clean resources are expected to generate enough energy to power 400,000 typical homes. The first step will occur in coming months, when I&M issues a request for proposal (RFP) for approximately 800 MW of wind and approximately 500 MW of solar to meet customer needs, with half of those resources generating energy in 2025 and the remainder by 2026. A second RFP is planned for later seeking proposals for about 800 MW of solar, 60 MW of battery storage and 1,000 MW from gas "peaking" units to meet the needs by 2028. Together, the new resources would more than quadruple I&M's current solar and wind generation. I&M continues to evaluate the best ways to ensure customers have reliable power 24/7/365, including when the sun doesn't shine or wind doesn't blow. With the retirement of I&M's coal-fueled Rockport Plant scheduled by 2028, the company's plans include natural-gas "peaking" units that are expected to be the most cost-effective, reliable source of additional power. These resources would generate power only during periods of high energy use and would potentially utilize hydrogen as a future fuel source to optimize environmental performance. Powering the Next Tomorrow significantly reduces reliance on coal-fueled generation and is another step toward supporting parent company AEP's goals of achieving net zero carbon by 2050. Including Cook Nuclear Plant, wind and solar resources as well as power from six water-powered hydro-electric plants, 85% of the energy I&M generated in 2020 was carbon-emission free. I&M is required to submit a 20-year plan to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission every three years. The plan was developed during 2021 and included five meetings with stakeholders representing a variety of interests. About Indiana Michigan Power Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its approximately 2,100 employees serve more than 600,000 customers. More than 85% of its energy delivered in 2020 was emission-free. I&M has at its availability various sources of generation including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, more than 22 MW of hydro generation in both states, nearly 35 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states, and 2,620 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana. About American Electric Power American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. AEP's approximately 16,700 employees operate and maintain the nation's largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to safely deliver reliable and affordable power to 5.5 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation's largest electricity producers with approximately 31,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,900 megawatts of renewable energy. The company's plans include growing its renewable generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2030. AEP is on track to reach an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2000 levels by 2030 and has committed to achieving net zero by 2050. AEP is recognized consistently for its focus on sustainability, community engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion. AEP's family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, which provides innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

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Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017. Recent and near-term additions are supported by the industry’s primary federal incentive the production tax credit (PTC) as well as a myriad of state-level policies. Wind capacity additions have also been driven by improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, yielding low-priced wind energy for utility, corporate, and other power purchasers. The prospects for growth beyond the current PTC cycle remain uncertain, however, given declining tax support, expectations for low natural gas prices, and modest electricity demand growth.

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