Tesla Updates Powerwall Software For Easier EV Charging During A Blackout

Tesla | April 17, 2020

Let’s say you have a Tesla electric car that you typically charge at home. Everything goes swimmingly until the electricity goes out. Now what? If you have a Tesla Powerwall installed at your home, you can use it to recharge your car, but at some point all the stored electricity can go into the battery of your car, leaving none left over to power your home. Not to worry, though. Elon Musk and his minions have figured out a way to let you program how much of your Powerwall’s capacity should be devoted to charging your car and how much should be reserved for domestic use, thanks to a new software upgrade to the Powerwall app. The change only applies to Model 3 and Model Y cars in North America for the moment, but Tesla plans to make it work with Model S and Model X vehicles soon and expects to expand it to other parts of the world shortly.

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AEP Energy And Global Energy Generation Execute Solar Power Purchase Agreement In PJM

American Electric Power | May 03, 2021

AEP Energy, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) and one of the largest electric energy wholesale and retail suppliers in the U.S., and Global Energy Generation LLC (Doral LLC), a leading developer of renewable energy projects, primarily in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, announced today that they have signed a long-term renewable energy purchase agreement for the Mammoth Solar project in Indiana. Mammoth Solar 1, a 480 megawatt direct current (MWdc) solar energy project, is the first phase of the 1.65 gigawatt direct current (GWdc) Mammoth project being developed by Doral LLC. The Mammoth solar project covers more than 12,000 acres in Starke and Pulaski counties in northern Indiana. Mammoth Solar 1 is expected to begin construction during the fourth quarter of 2021 and reach commercial operation by the second quarter of 2023. "AEP Energy is focused on providing customers with integrated, carbon-free energy supplies that deliver long-term price stability while benefitting the environment and surrounding communities. Agreements like the one with Doral LLC demonstrate how our innovative energy solutions can support the development of new renewable clean energy resources, boost local economies and help our customers power their homes and businesses with clean, reliable energy," said Greg Hall, president, AEP Energy. "This is one of the largest solar power purchase agreements in the PJM market. Mammoth 1 will displace 40,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and save 1 billion gallons of irrigation well water annually. Reduced farming chemicals and fertilizers along with allowing the land to be fallow, like in a CRP program, will only enhance the quality of the land for future generations. The investment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the community will create jobs and uplift the economy," said Nick Cohen, President & CEO, Global Energy Generation (Doral LLC). "Doral LLC, the entrepreneurial platform, of Doral Renewable Energy Resources Group Ltd (Doral Group) in the U.S., is continuing its rapid growth in the region," said Yaki Noyman, chief executive officer of Doral Renewable Energy Resources Group. "This is another significant milestone in Doral LLC' strategy to develop, execute and operate quality large-scale utility renewable energy projects." AEP Energy, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP), is a certified competitive retail electricity and natural gas supply provider operating in 27 service territories in six states and Washington, D.C. AEP Energy supplies electricity and natural gas solutions for more than 500,000 residential and business customers and takes pride in making it easy for customers to buy, manage and use energy. Based in Columbus, Ohio, and Chicago, AEP Energy is committed to excellence by delivering value, innovative energy solutions and excellent customer service. Doral LLC was founded in 2019 as a joint venture between Doral Group and Clean Energy Generation LLC. Doral LLC currently has over 3 GWdc of projects under development and 30,000 acres of land control, mainly in Midwest and Mid-Atlantic U.S. The management team of Doral LLC includes experienced multidisciplinary individuals who worked together for many years in the renewables industry in the US. Doral Group, is a publicly traded company on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in Israel (DORL) and is a global renewable energy leader, holding hundreds of long-term revenue generating renewable energy assets. With over 6 GWdc under development, Doral Group is active, inter alia, in Israel, Europe, and the United States. Doral Group is also emerging as a worldwide leader in the field of solar + storage solutions, following its win of Israel's biggest solar + storage tenders to build approximately 800MW(DC) + 1,500MW of storage facilities in Israel.

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Recycle Avengers Partners with The Original Pancake House DFW to Launch Gaming App and Electronic Waste Collection Point

Re-Teck | May 10, 2022

Re-Teck, a leader in electronic waste recycling, held a launch event at The Original Pancake House DFW as they partner with restaurants nationwide to serve as electronic waste (e-waste)recycling collection points and to launch their new gaming app, Recycle Avengers. The game character Kit was on-site signing posters and assisting Guests in downloading the educational game to be entered to win an electric car. "The Original Pancake House DFW is excited to partner with Re-Teck by placing an e-waste collection bin at our Northwest Highway location. We hope to help educate our Guests and Associates about the dangers of dumping electronics in landfills, Re-Teck's gaming app, Recycle Avengers, will help educate players about the opportunities that exist when an old device is recycled." -Mark Davis Bailey, Co-Owner of The Original Pancake House DFW. The Recycle Avengers game concept was created by kids for kids. Re-Teck worked with high school students and developed game concepts that mobilize young adults to make a difference. Students from R.L. Turner High School worked with developers to create an interactive game that allows players to complete challenges as they progress through the game. Re-Teck is in communication with schools, businesses, restaurants and government facilities who are seeking ways to proactively create a more sustainable environment by reducing the need for raw materials and safely dispose of electronics.

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First State Investments Acquires Stake in Terra-Gen from Energy Capital Partners

Prnewswire | August 28, 2020

First State Investments (FSI), a leading global investor in infrastructure, and Energy Capital Partners (ECP), a leading power and renewables private equity investor, today announced that FSI is acquiring a 40% stake in Terra-Gen from ECP. Terms were not disclosed. Terra-Gen, based in New York, develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind, solar, energy storage, and geothermal electrical generation facilities throughout the United States. Terra-Gen's portfolio spans more than 30 generating facilities located primarily in California, with additional locations in Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Texas and Wyoming. The company currently operates more than 1,600 megawatts (MW) of facilities and has more than 3,000 MWs of projects under advanced development.

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SGS assesses that NaaS reduces Carbon Emissions by 896,800 tons a year

NaaS | February 14, 2022

It is commonly said that new energy vehicles (EV) promotes green energy and travel, so then just how much are emissions reduced by EVs, as compared to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles? Recently, NaaS, one of China's leading new energy operations and technology providers, revealed the answer by enabling the transition from ICEs to EVs and facilitating the aforementioned emissions and carbon reduction, receiving recognition from the international testing agency SGS for the amount of emissions reduced in the process. According to SGS's "Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions on Alternative Traveling by NaaS Electric Vehicles" (the "SGS Assessment Report"), in 2021, NaaS, through the Company's cooperation with Kuaidian and other partners, provided charging services that reduced carbon emissions by 896,800 tons, based on emissions of 661,100 tons versus the 1,557,9000 tons that would have been emitted by traditional ICEs for the same distances travelled. The SGS Assessment Report relied on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, and the China Certified Emission Reduction (CCER)'s related process and methodologies to make the assessment, and primarily focused on the greenhouse emissions related to EVs that used NaaS' partner Kuaidian's related charging services. Recently, the global adoption of EVs has reached a breakthrough. In 2021, China's EV sales and penetration rate continues to grow rapidly month on month, and the market has reached a stage of explosive growth. According to statistics from the Public Security Bureau, at the end of 2021, the total number of EVs in China reached 7.84 million, representing 2.6% of all automobiles, and an increase of 59.25% year on year. According to the China Passenger Cars Association (CPCA)'s latest projections, total sales of new EVs is expected to exceed 6 million in 2022, representing a market penetration rate of approximately 22%. In addition, based on the Ouyang Team's analysis and estimates, China's new EV sales will reach between 17 million and 19 million by 2030. In terms of total number of EVs on the road, total EVs in China will reach approximately 100 million by 2030, nearly 200 million by 2035, and nearly 300 million by 2040. Based on the expected increase in the number of EVs on the road in China, it can be anticipated that the trends driving the transition from ICEs to EVs will continue to strengthen, and bring with it an increasingly strong decarbonization effect. These trends also mean that the market for EV charging services in China have tremendous room for growth and potential for development. NaaS, as an enabler and strong supporter of EV adoption and the government's "Dual Carbon" goals, provides the charging infrastructure and services that enables green energy and travel. NaaS, through the Company's electric charging partners, reliable technology, and strong operational capabilities, will continue to contribute strongly to the decarbonization of transportation services. As an EV charging operations and technology provider, NaaS services China's fast public charging network by providing software services, hardware and equipment, and integrated technical support, and is a preferred partner within the EV charging industry. NaaS aims to make EV charging more convenient, faster, and the experience better, and enable all members of the industry value chain to improve efficiency and effectiveness. The Company aims to raise the utilization rates of chargers as part of the structural adjustments in China's energy industry, and help realize "Carbon Neutrality" in the process. SGS is an organization with over 140 years of history in testing, inspection and certification, and is headquartered in Switzerland. SGS is globally recognized for quality and trusted standards assessment. SGS has for six continuous years been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, and for the past three years in the FTSE ESG index. SGS has over 96,000 employees globally in 2,600 related branch organizations and laboratories. In China, SGS' services already cover the apparel and shoe industry, electronics, agriculture, food and beverage, chemicals and petroleum, mining, environmental, transportation and e-commerce industries' upstream and downstream supply chain. About NaaS Established in 2019, NaaS is one of China's leading new energy operations and technology providers. NaaS is China's leading comprehensive EV charging service platform and is servicing China's #1 fast charger network with over 175,000 fast chargers. NaaS also offers hardware, software, and technology services and solutions to charger operators and works with all members of the EV charging value chain. NaaS aims to make EV charging easier, better, and more efficient for all stakeholders, and to promote and ensure decarbonization and carbon neutrality throughout the automotive value chain.

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