Volkswagen’s Making Big Promises About Electric Vehicles and the Energy Grid

The Truth About Cars | March 16, 2020

Volkswagen Group’s transition toward electric vehicles has been no secret. Since getting busted with software designed to defeat emissions testing five years ago, the manufacturer has trumpeted the merits of electrification at every opportunity. Still, some continue to wonder how an EV-dominant world will work, expressing concerns that peak charging hours could stress national energy grids past the breaking point. One proposed solution is to use the connectivity available in modern cars to take power from the grid only when surplus energy is available, while feeding electricity back into it during peak draw hours. Michael Jost, VW’s head of product strategy, said this was something the automaker has been working on.

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Renewable Energy Group Enters Strategic Partnership with CFN and Pacific Pride to Expand Distribution of Cleaner Fuels

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. | May 23, 2022

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) (NASDAQ: REGI), a global producer and supplier of bio-based diesel, has entered into strategic collaboration agreements with CFN and Pacific Pride, two of North America’s largest cardlock fueling networks, to provide cleaner fuels through their branded cardlock networks. Partnering REG’s portfolio of bio-based diesel with CFN and Pacific Pride’s vast network of cardlocks will allow the companies to play a critical role in furthering the utilization of cleaner fuels by fleets across North America.REG’s bio-based diesel is easy to adopt and immediately begins reducing fossil carbon emissions. Under the new arrangement, REG’s UltraClean BlenD™, a proprietary blend of biodiesel and renewable diesel, and other fuels from REG’s EnDura Fuels™ product line, will be available to customers via CFN and Pacific Pride’s vast cardlock network. CFN and Pacific Pride operate cardlocks in a number of regions across the U.S. and Canada. “We continue to provide our Marketers with the tools and products they need to adapt to a changing marketplace, Our alliance with Renewable Energy Group will position our networks for the future by ensuring we have the products available to meet the needs of the growing biofuels market.” -CFN and Pacific Pride President, Eric Lind For REG, this opens up new customer opportunities through a larger geographic footprint, and allows the business to provide bio-based diesel directly to end users. The businesses are committed to continuing to provide customers with the quality and service they expect, with an expanded offering of cleaner fuel options. This collaboration exemplifies what we want to do at REG: work with industry leading companies and help guide customers during the energy transition by enabling them with access to clean fuel alternatives, said Bob Kenyon, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at REG. “Our cleaner fuels and customer service are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions today and offer a plug-and-play solution for most fleets across North America. The organizations hope to begin expanding availability of bio-based diesel later this year, initially focused on cardlocks on the West Coast. Renewable Energy Group’s technical services team will support the implementation, ensuring customers are receiving the best products for their region and season. About Renewable Energy Group Renewable Energy Group is leading the energy and transportation industries’ transition to sustainability by converting renewable resources into high-quality, sustainable fuels. Renewable Energy Group is an international producer of sustainable fuels that significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions to immediately reduce carbon impact. Renewable Energy Group utilizes a global integrated procurement, distribution and logistics network to operate 11 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2021, Renewable Energy Group produced 480 million gallons delivering 4.1 million metric tons of carbon reduction. Renewable Energy Group is meeting the growing global demand for lower-carbon fuels and leading the way to a more sustainable future. About CFN and Pacific Pride CFN and Pacific Pride provide fuel card authorization, transaction processing, cardlock site branding, and reciprocal site access for independent petroleum marketers. Marketers join the CFN and Pacific Pride networks to provide their fleet customers access to cardlock network locations, and realize the economic benefit from customers of other members fueling at their locations. Through a CFN or Pacific Pride affiliation, petroleum marketers can offer commercial fleets an integrated fueling solution with access to over 57,000 locations via the Fuelman® network, a FLEETCOR® company. Based in Seattle, Washington, CFN and Pacific Pride are the largest private-branded cardlock networks in North America. CFN and Pacific Pride are part of the FLEETCOR® (NYSE: FLT) portfolio of brands.

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Leading Roofing Company American Home Contractors Brings Timberline Solar from GAF Energy to the Mid-Atlantic region.

GAF Energ | March 01, 2022

American Home Contractors is pleased to announce that they are one of the first roofing companies in the Mid-Atlantic region to offer the new, award-winning Timberline Solar roof. GAF Energy, a Standard Industries company and a leading provider of solar roofing in North America, recently launched Timberline Solar to deliver the first true solar roof to market. Timberline Solar incorporates roofing materials into a clean energy-generating system, resulting in a durable, attractive roof that produces energy. The solar roof is now available to residents in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey areas. "We know that homeowners want a solar roof and we believe Timberline Solar is the best on the market," said Joshua Dunevant, Vice President at American Home Contractors. "Installing a solar roof creates local, good-paying jobs, puts money directly into our economy, helps homeowners save money on energy use and is a net benefit for entire communities." This is about investing in American manufacturing and clean energy jobs. That's why GAF Energy is partnering with American Home Contractors to introduce solar roofing to U.S. communities from New Jersey to West Virginia. These are good-paying, local jobs that fuel our potential for energy independence and the transition to a clean energy future." Jason Barrett, Senior Vice President at GAF Energy This new system incorporates the world's first nailable solar shingle, the Timberline Solar Energy Shingle (ES), which has received three awards from CES 2022 — including its highest honor, the Best of Innovation Award, in the "Smart Cities" category. The product is assembled domestically at GAF Energy's U.S. manufacturing and research facility in California. About American Home Contractors We are a company that values relationships. With over 100 years of combined industry experience and 35+ years in business, American Home Contractors prides themselves on making and maintaining connections with our customers and manufacturers. This means that we are able to bring the best solutions for your project, as well as the best materials, the best warranties, and the best prices. About GAF Energy GAF Energy is transforming the rooftop solar industry to generate "Energy from every roof". As a Standard Industries company, GAF Energy works in partnership with North America's largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, GAF, offering homeowners elegant, roof-integrated solar options. The company also facilitates commercial tax equity financing for large-scale rooftop solar projects.

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Vistra Announces Expansion of World's Largest Battery Energy Storage Facility

Vistra | January 25, 2022

Vistra announced that it plans to further expand its Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility in Moss Landing, California. The company has entered into a 15-year resource adequacy agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for a new 350-megawatt/1,400-megawatt-hour battery system. This would complement the existing 400 MW/1,600 MWh of energy storage capacity already at the site. On Jan. 21, 2022, PG&E filed its application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve the contract, with a decision expected within 180 days. Through this partnership with PG&E, Vistra is bringing its capabilities and expertise to lead the clean energy transition and provide much-needed electricity to the people of California. These innovative battery energy storage systems are necessary to maintain electric grid reliability as increasing levels of intermittent renewable power are integrated into the electric grid." Curt Morgan, Vistra CEO Like previous phases, Moss Landing Phase III will be able to move quickly due to the utilization of an already-approved development permit and its location on a Vistra-owned power plant site with existing interconnection and infrastructure. At its plant sites in California and across the country, Vistra is leading the way in responsibly reclaiming and repurposing sites that have been historically used for fossil fuels, transforming them with renewables and battery storage, leading to economic activity and tax base for the communities. This announcement brings the Moss Landing site's total energy storage capacity to 750 MW/3,000 MWh, the largest of its kind in the world: Morgan continued, "With this planned expansion, we are moving the Moss Landing site closer to its full potential. With additional phases, this project could eventually reach 1,500 MW – enough to power approximately 1.125 million homes across the state of California with emission-free electricity. Vistra is committed, through our Vistra Zero portfolio, to transitioning the company to address climate change – and our Moss Landing site is a shining example of the pivot of our generation fleet toward carbon-free technologies." Pending the receipt of CPUC approval, Vistra anticipates construction on the third phase of the Moss Landing battery energy storage project will commence in May 2022 and will begin commercial operations prior to June 2023. With a robust pipeline of projects, Vistra plans to grow its zero-carbon Vistra Zero portfolio to 7,300 MW by 2026. This includes 5,000 MW of renewables and energy storage and the company's 2,300-MW emission-free nuclear facility, Comanche Peak. In addition to its California projects, the company currently has six solar installations and 11 other storage and solar-plus-storage facilities, all in various stages of development and operations in Texas and Illinois. Ahead of this summer, Vistra will bring online its 50-MW Brightside Solar Facility, the 108-MW Emerald Grove Solar Facility, and the 260-MW DeCordova Energy Storage Facility – all in the Texas ERCOT market. About Vistra Vistra is a leading Fortune 275 integrated retail electricity and power generation company based in Irving, Texas, providing essential resources for customers, commerce, and communities. Vistra combines an innovative, customer-centric approach to retail with safe, reliable, diverse, and efficient power generation. The company brings its products and services to market in 20 states and the District of Columbia, including six of the seven competitive wholesale markets in the U.S. and markets in Canada and Japan, as well. Serving nearly 4.3 million residential, commercial, and industrial retail customers with electricity and natural gas, Vistra is one of the largest competitive electricity providers in the country and offers over 50 renewable energy plans. The company is also the largest competitive power generator in the U.S. with a capacity of approximately 39,000 megawatts powered by a diverse portfolio, including natural gas, nuclear, solar, and battery energy storage facilities. In addition, Vistra is a large purchaser of wind power. The company owns and operates the 400-MW/1,600-MWh battery energy storage system in Moss Landing, California, the largest of its kind in the world. Vistra is guided by four core principles: we do business the right way, we work as a team, we compete to win, and we care about our stakeholders, including our customers, our communities where we work and live, our employees, and our investors.

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Brightcore Energy Appoints Lauren Hildebrand as Vice President, Client Sustainability

Brightcore Energy | January 27, 2022

Brightcore Energy, a leading provider of end-to-end clean energy solutions to the commercial and institutional market, announced the appointment of Lauren Hildebrand to the newly created role of Vice President, Client Sustainability. Brightcore Energy is extremely excited to have Lauren Hildebrand join our team. She will bring critical knowledge to our strategic clients to enable them to meet building electrification and decarbonization goals.” Mike Richter, President of Brightcore Energy In her role as Sustainability Director at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., Lauren focused on sustainable and high performance residential and commercial building design, construction, renovation, and operation. Her expertise includes sustainable design, indoor air quality & energy performance testing, and project certification for both commercial and residential programs. With more than 16 years of experience, Lauren has also had true engagement in contractor training, building materials selection, energy code compliance, and incentive programs. “I am thrilled to join the Brightcore family at such a transformative time in our push towards building electrification and decarbonization,” Lauren said. “I look forward to helping our clients find the most practical, economic and efficient turnkey solutions in order to succeed in meeting their sustainability goals.” She has worked with green building certification programs since 2008, overseeing certification and consulting services for over 15,000 homes and multifamily units. Lauren is an accredited LEED AP BD+C, LEED for Homes Green Rater and WELL Performance Testing Agent, and has overseen project certification for residential programs, such as LEED, ENERGY STAR, NYSERDA, NJ Clean Energy, and Enterprise Green Communities. Awards presented to her clients include the 2013, 2018, 2019 and 2020 USGBC LEED Project of the Year Awards, 2018 Outstanding Multi-Family Developer, 2017 LEED Power Builder, and more. She also presents at events and conferences around the Northeast, such as the NYS Green Building Conference, NESEA’s BuildingEnergy Conferences, North American Passive House Conference, and more. About Brightcore Energy Brightcore Energy accelerates the deployment of proven energy-efficiency and renewable energy technologies through its innovative Clean-Energy-as-a-Service model that requires no capital investment and provides for immediate operating cost savings, making it affordable and seamless for businesses and institutional buildings to quickly and easily transition their legacy energy platforms to significantly more efficient ones. Brightcore’s end-to-end clean energy solutions include LED lighting conversions, commercial and community solar, high-efficiency renewable heating and cooling (geothermal), electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery storage. Customers include Madison Square Garden, Citi Field, Montefiore Health System, Brookfield Properties, SL Green, LAZ Parking and numerous public and private educational institutions.

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Imagine a Canada with a clean, affordable diversified energy system that leads the world in having achieved deep decarbonization. Imagine, too, an end to energy poverty in many small and remote Canadian communities that now struggle on diesel fuel. Imagine a Canada utilizing its natural endowment of energy sources – especially those that provide ample, reliable and affordable quantities of clean electricity to households and, increasingly, vehicles and transport.

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