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EDF Renewables North America Signs Virtual Power Purchase Agreement with Nucor Corporation

DIEGO (Nov. 13, 2020): EDF Renewables North America and Nucor Corporation, a diversified steel and steel products company, today announced the signing of a 15-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) for 250 megawatts (MWac) of solar energy in Texas.

The project, selected by Nucor under a competitive RFP process, is expected to begin delivering clean electricity in Q2 2023. The agreement marks the first solar power purchase agreement for Nucor and the largest of its kind for the steel industry.
Construction is expected to commence in Summer 2022, creating hundreds of construction-related jobs during its peak. The local community will benefit over its operating life through land lease, tax, and other payments. The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of nearly 50,000 average Texas homes1.

“EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with Nucor, and help them with their sustainability initiatives in a cost-effective manner,” said Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President, Grid-Scale Power at EDF Renewables. “Nucor’s decision to procure solar energy allows this project to move forward into construction, which will provide an economic boost to the local economy through new construction jobs and expanded tax base.”

“Nucor is one of the most efficient and cleanest steel producers in the world, and we are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. That is why we are proud to make our production process even cleaner by supporting the development of this solar energy project,” said Leon Topalian, President & CEO of Nucor Corporation. “We are already North America’s largest recycler, and supporting the addition of more clean power to the regional grid via this agreement, further demonstrates Nucor’s commitment to sustainable steelmaking.”

With 35 years of experience and 16 gigawatts (GW) of renewable projects developed throughout North America, EDF Renewables provides a fully integrated bundle of energy solutions from grid-scale wind, solar, and solar plus storage projects to electric vehicle charging and energy storage management. 1

According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2018 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data

CONTACTS:
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Sandi Briner, +1 858-521-3525
MediaRelations@edf-re.com

About EDF Renewables: EDF Renewables North America is a market leading independent power producer and service provider with 35 years of expertise in renewable energy. The Company delivers grid-scale power: wind (onshore and offshore), solar photovoltaic, and storage projects; distributed solutions: solar, solar+storage, EV charging and energy management; and asset optimization: technical, operational, and commercial skills to maximize performance of generating projects. EDF Renewables’ North American portfolio consists of 16 GW of developed projects and 11 GW under service contracts. EDF Renewables North America is a subsidiary of EDF Renouvelables, the dedicated renewable energy affiliate of the EDF Group. For more information visit: www.edf-re.com


About Nucor Corporation: Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel and steel products, with operating facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel — in bars, beams, sheet and plate; hollow structural section tubing; electrical conduit; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; precision castings; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and hot briquetted iron / direct reduced iron; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America’s largest recycler. For more information visit: www.nucor.com

New Polling Highlights Broad Public Support for Renewable Energy Across America’s Sun Belt

A series of recent polls released by the Advanced Power Alliance (APA) shows strong public support for the continued growth of renewable energy development across America’s “Sun Belt”. For the purposes of this research, APA focused on eight states including portion of the area including the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Polling measured other concerns of voters, including their perceptions of the public response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the volatile nature of the economy, and the growth of clean energy in their states. Overwhelmingly, voters supported expanding clean energy development to bring economic growth and to restart the economic rebuilding process. Jeff Clark, President of APA, commented, “Voters appreciate the energy transition that is underway, and they want their states to play a leadership role benefiting from investments in cleaner, cheaper, home grown energy options. With benefits for consumers, schools, local governments, rural communities, and the environment, it’s no surprise that clean power investments remain popular. Americans see that wind, solar, energy storage investments are valuable economic development options throughout the region.”

The polling research was conducted by Victory Enterprises, a comprehensive political and corporate consulting and communications firm based in Davenport, Iowa. Victory Enterprises routinely conducts survey research and market research for campaigns, associations and corporations across the country. Victory was selected by APA because it is non-partisan and has a reputation for accuracy and integrity. Polling was conducted between August and October of 2020 and has a margin of error of 4 – 4.3%, with a 95% level of confidence.

Respondents were asked to name the issues most of concern to them and, while many issue were on their minds, two related areas, “Combating the spread of COVID-19” and “Jobs and Economy”, were consistently cited as the greatest concerns of respondents. Conservative voters responded with more concern over jobs and the economy progressives were more concerned with the ongoing pandemic and its spread. Question: In your own words, what is the single greatest challenge facing the state today? 

  • Alabama                    30.5% (Jobs and Economy – 19.2%)
  • Arkansas                    27.6% (Jobs and Economy – 20.1%) 
  • Georgia                       35.4% (Jobs and Economy – 11.6%)
  • Louisiana                   25.0%  (Jobs and Economy – 27.7%)
  • Mississippi                 21.3% (Jobs and Economy – 20.5%)
  • Oklahoma                  26.5% (Jobs and Economy – 16.0%)
  • Tennessee                  32.7% (Jobs and Economy – 19.5%)
  • Texas                           34.0% (Jobs and Economy – 10.0%)

When asked to share their thoughts on energy issues facing their states, respondents consistently showed support for energy development, including renewable energy development. Question: The cost of renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, have become more competitive than traditional sources of energy, like coal. Knowing this, would you support or oppose bringing wind or solar power production projects to your county/parrish?  

  • Alabama                    72.7% Support/Probably Support (7.7% Unsure)
  • Arkansas                   74.7% Support/Probably Support (7.5% Unsure)
  • Georgia                      76.5% Support/Probably Support (5.5% Unsure)
  • Louisiana                  71.6% Support/Probably Support (6.0% Unsure)
  • Mississippi                69.3% Support/Probably Support (12.2% Unsure)
  • Oklahoma                  67.0% Support/Probably Support (10.0% Unsure)
  • Tennessee                  74.8% Support/Probably Support (5.0% Unsure)
  • Texas                           70.0% Support/Probably Support (10.0% Unsure)

When the value of renewable energy projects to local schools and communities is introduced, support for renewable energy development is even more pronounced, and the opposition diminishes as uncertain voters become more certain. Question: Many renewable energy projects involve landowner lease payments, where the energy production company leases land to house solar panels or wind turbines. These projects not only provide additional income to landowners, but also provide tax benefits for local schools. Knowing this, would you support or oppose bringing landowner-lease wind or solar projects with energy storage to your community? 

  • Alabama                    73.5% Support/Probably Support (9.3% Unsure)
  • Arkansas                   77.0% Support/Probably Support (7.0% Unsure)
  • Georgia                      78.8% Support/Probably Support (7.5% Unsure)
  • Louisiana                  76.0% Support/Probably Support (7.2% Unsure)
  • Mississippi                77.0% Support/Probably Support (9.5% Unsure)
  • Oklahoma                  75.0% Support/Probably Support (7.0% Unsure)
  • Tennessee                  76.9% Support/Probably Support (4.5% Unsure)
  • Texas                           73.0% Support/Probably Support (7.0% Unsure)

Voters in these states also see the value of bringing advanced manufacturing to their communities, to contribute to the economic rebuilding that lies ahead. When asked if they would support state incentives to recruit advanced manufacturing to their states, respondents were overwhelmingly supportive. APA monitors this areas because, often times, the availability of renewable energy is a key consideration to companies when selecting locations for these advanced manufacturing facilities. Question: Would you support or oppose (your state) providing incentives in order to recruit data centers and advanced manufacturing to the state? 

  • Alabama                    72.7% Support/Probably Support (7.7% Unsure)
  • Arkansas                   74.7% Support/Probably Support (7.5% Unsure)
  • Georgia                      76.5% Support/Probably Support (5.5% Unsure)
  • Louisiana                  71.6% Support/Probably Support (6.0% Unsure)
  • Mississippi                69.3% Support/Probably Support (12.2% Unsure)
  • Oklahoma                  66.0% Support/Probably Support (23.0% Unsure)
  • Tennessee                  74.8% Support/Probably Support (5.0% Unsure)
  • Texas                          61.0% Support/Probably Support (28.0% Unsure)

Jeff Clark, President of the Advanced Power Alliance, further commented on the findings, “No doubt, this is a time of anxiety for all of us with the pandemic, and economic uncertainty creating stresses for all Americans. We are resilient and we will rebuild our economy, put our citizens back to work, and create a more prosperous future. Renewable energy will play a key role in this recovery. We have seen the tremendous economic value of clean energy development in communities across the country. Voters continue to make their preference clear. Across the country, they want to see clean energy expanded to bring jobs, affordable energy, tax revenue, and new income to their states.”

The Advanced Power Alliance was formed to promote the growth of clean power generation technologies. APA focuses on expanding the use of wind energy, solar energy, energy storage, and other technologies that provide consumers with cleaner, cheaper energy, made closer to their communities. For more information on the polling and clean energy, please visit: https://poweralliance.org/

APA Calls on Lawmakers and Regulators to Expand Economic Opportunity With Infrastructure

APA Vice President Mark Yates: “Critical Infrastructure and Clean Energy Can Save the Midwest Economy

Americans are proud of the resilience that runs through our veins. As a nation, we have persevered through monumental challenges, often achieving what seemed impossible in order to overcome adversity, protect our liberties and way of life, and to create a country unrivaled in the world. Despite obstacles, the American spirit overcomes and has never faltered.

​This year has brought an onslaught of new challenges unique to our modern world. After months of quarantine, record-low global oil demand, and the highest unemployment rates in our nation’s history, America is ready to turn the corner and rebuild its economy. As we move forward, it is apparent that the status quo policies of pre-pandemic life are no longer sufficient to address the needs of this new world.

​A huge component of our nation’s future success will be our ability to look inwards as a country, increasing our energy independence by expanding our use of domestic energy resources. We will need to expand pro-business, pro-growth policies which help all energy producers succeed. These policies set the stage for America’s dominance of emerging energy sources like renewable generation, electric vehicles, energy storage technologies, and an upgrade of our nation’s transmission infrastructure.

Over the course of the last century, America has risen through the international ranks to become the world-leading energy powerhouse by harnessing new technologies to facilitate oil and natural gas exploration and production. Now, technological innovation is enabling the United States to sustain one of the most productive clean-energy markets in the world. Already, states embracing clean energy have seen billions in cost-savings for businesses and consumers. When combined, these two energy industries can make America an unstoppable force while revitalizing our rural communities. Strong policy commitments to energy development of all types, and legislative support for needed infrastructure, will help all of America’s energy providers succeed.

The American Midwest, home to millions of hard-workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators, has been hit hardest by the recent economic blows. The success of the oil and gas industry in this region and an overreliance on that one sector has made us vulnerable, as entire local economies have been built around a singular source of revenue. These hard-working Americans face widespread job insecurity, uncertain what the future holds for the oil and gas industry. Investment in energy innovation and infrastructure will help carry Americans out of this uncertainty and into energy independence by diversifying economic portfolios and attracting business development.

Job opportunities in clean energy sources augment and complement those in traditional energy, from operations and maintenance, to construction, manufacturing, to the corporate positions which come with companies seeking clean, cheap energy. Working together, our complementary energy industries can keep Americans working during the busts that always follow the booms.

The growing renewables industry also provides a crucial financial cushion for rural economies built around the energy industry. When coupled with America’s strong natural gas industry, clean energy sources like wind and solar power become a reliable, steady source of electricity and revenue for communities and landowners hosting energy projects. Farmers and ranchers hosting wind or solar projects can enjoy a new source of income through landowner payments, while increased tax revenue provides local counties with the funds to improve schools, roads, and emergency services without raising taxes on citizens.

America’s Heartland is home to enough energy to power the nation perpetually, but the region lacks the infrastructure needed to export this energy to the rest of the nation in need of energy. In order to reach our full economic potential and achieve energy independence, states must continue to support the infrastructure that helps our industries deliver their products. Like the farmers who rely on our farm- to-market roads, energy companies rely on the backbone of pipelines, transmission lines, and energy-storage facilities to deliver life enhancing resources. Improved infrastructure capabilities will allow states to connect centers with high energy resources to centers of high energy demand, bringing economic prosperity back to our region’s energy producers.

The coronavirus pandemic and the oil price crash have exposed the vulnerabilities in our current energy economy. As our nation moves forward, we can secure the bright future we envision by remaining committed to our diverse energy industries and building the policies and infrastructure energy producers need to power the American economic renaissance that lies just ahead. Together, we can remain an energy-secure, economic powerhouse for decades to come. 

APA Vice President Mark Yates

Economic Study of Texas Renewables Investment Highlights Massive Benefit to Rural Communities

Energy and economic analysts IdeaSmiths recently released The Economic Impact of Renewable Energy in Rural Texas – a report commissioned by Conservative Texans for Energy Innovation and Powering Texas – which examined the economic development, tax, and landowner impacts of utility scale renewable energy development in Texas.

The findings of the research showed that the financial impacts of these developments are positive, substantial, and growing. Some key findings include:

  • If all projects with interconnection agreements are built, existing and planned utility-scale wind and solar projects will pay between $8.1 billion and $10 billion in total tax revenue over their lifetimes. 
  • Existing utility-scale solar and wind projects in Texas will pay Texas landowners between $4.8 billion and $7.3 billion over the lifetime of the projects. 
  • If all of the projects with signed interconnection queues are built, Texas landowners will directly receive between $8 billion and $13.1 billion over the existing and planned project lifetimes. 
  • Of these taxes and landowner payments, over 70% are paid to rural counties. 
  • A county in Texas could expect to receive between $9.4 million and $13.1 million in lifetime taxes (including school taxes) for a 100 MW solar project located in its boundaries and between $16.8 million and $20.3 million for a 100 MW wind project. 
  • IdeaSmiths estimates that a Texas landowner could expect to collect between $16.2 and $33 million in payments over the lifetime of a 100 MW wind farm, depending on length of contract and location in the state. 
  • IdeaSmiths estimate that a Texas landowner could expect to collect between $5.2 and $27.7 million in payments over the lifetime of a 100 MW solar farm, depending on length of contract and location in the state.
  • Residents and community leaders in rural areas indicated that counties with renewable energy projects tend to see them as good neighbors.  
  • Elected county leaders look favorably on renewable energy projects for the planning stability that comes with having confidence in consistent longterm revenue streams. 
  • Even residents that do not have wind turbines or solar panels benefit from their contribution to the local economy.

For many Texas communities, renewable energy development represents an unparalleled economic opportunity. Many, especially agriculture producing areas, have a limited property tax (ad valorem) base on which to rely for school and local government funding. In an already-underfunded region, utility-scale renewable power development brings much needed infusions of tax revenue and landowner income, bringing local revenues up to meet existing needs without creating new burdens on infrastructure, housing supplies, school systems, or social services.

The full study is available on the IdeaSmiths website at: https://www.ideasmiths.net/reports-publications/.

Electric Vehicle Interim Study at the Oklahoma State Capitol Sheds Light on Oklahoma’s Growth Potential in the Automotive Industry

EVs are an opportunity for the state to innovate and improve a broken tax system.

On Thursday, September 10, 2020, the House Transportation Committee heard from industry experts on the future of electric vehicles and the many ways Oklahoma can capitalize on the rapidly growing industry. 

“As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Oklahoma City area, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) approach accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles as deeply rooted in the goals and objectives of our long-range transportation plan,” John M. Sharp, ACOG Deputy Director said.  “As the affordability and availability of EVs has increased, a unique opportunity has emerged for our state to significantly decrease emissions from cars.”

Interim study IS20-033 was requested by Representative Brian Hill, who recognizes the fiscal effects of the shift to electric vehicles on Oklahoma, a state which relies on gasoline pump taxes to repair roads and bridges. 

“Across our nation, the electric vehicle sector is growing rapidly. With many national fleets currently converting to electric vehicles and projections of over half of the transportation market converting by 2040, the time is now to begin examining how Oklahoma can bring this industry to our state and pursue job growth and economic diversification,” Hill said. “As the Energy State and the crossroads of America, Oklahoma is the perfect place for this thriving and growing industry to build the future.”

Electrification of transportation is happening quickly, with the EV industry already employing many Oklahomans. Industry experts emphasized the benefits of Oklahoma acting swiftly to adapt to the changing market. 

Electricity fuels Oklahoma and employs thousands of Oklahomans. Oklahoma has the energy resources to become a leader in the global electric transportation market. Industry experts advised that state lawmakers must act quickly to benefit most from the inevitable change.

“The reality is that we are at the precipice of an enormous shift towards the electrification of transportation. The energy sector plays a critical role in this shift. Oklahoma has the opportunity now to claim its mantle as a worldwide energy leader and be at the forefront of this transition, reaping the economic benefits that entails,” said Jonathan Gray, Manager of Public Policy and Institutional Affairs for Enel North America.

Clean Energy Groups Applaud MISO/SPP Moving Forward on Needed Transmission Development

Washington D.C. (September 14, 2020) – The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), along with regional partners Clean Grid Alliance (CGA) and Advanced Power Alliance (APA), applaud the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for agreeing to move forward on a significant joint transmission planning effort on the seam between their two footprints. The two Regional Transmission Organizations today announced a joint transmission planning initiative to identify transmission projects that provide value to customers located in areas near their seam. This initiative will lead to consumer savings, greater reliability, and increased access to existing low-cost, clean, renewable resources, as well as resources in the interconnection queues of both regions.

AWEA Central Region Electricity and Transmission Director Daniel Hall, CGA Executive Director Beth Soholt, and APA Senior Vice President for Infrastructure and Markets Steve Gaw today issued the following joint statement on the MISO/SPP announcement:

“This joint effort by MISO and SPP could be a gamechanger and is a new milestone in coordination between them, their Boards and executive leadership, and state regulators and other stakeholders. Working together, the two Regional Transmission Organizations can enable and expedite needed transmission development on their seam and address related generation interconnection challenges. Transmission is a critical component of developing wind and other renewable energy resources and delivering clean, affordable power where and when it is needed most. Coordinated transmission planning will allow consumers across the country to harness the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy. This forward-thinking partnership includes an aggressive, but achievable timeline and we pledge to provide any assistance necessary to support this effort. Our organizations have been advocating on these issues for some time through the stakeholder process and we are hopeful today’s action will be part of a broader concerted effort to modernize and strengthen the national grid for the benefit of consumers.”

MEDIA INTERVIEWS:
To set up interviews on this issue contact:
For Daniel Hall, please contact Sam Brock (sbrock@awea.org). 
For Beth Soholt, please contact Kelley Welf (kwelf@cleangridalliance.org).
For Steve Gaw, please contact Sarah Pettus (sarah@poweralliance.org).

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AWEA is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry, the largest source of renewable energy in the country. We represent 1,000 member companies, 120,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, and a nationwide workforce located across all 50 states. AWEA serves as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s most efficient and targeted event for utility-scale renewable companies, the AWEA CLEANPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Indianapolis, June 7-10, 2021. An outgrowth of the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, CLEANPOWER is the first trade show focused exclusively on the utility-scale renewable power sector, bringing together all the major developers, utilities, OEMs, suppliers, and buyers under one roof. Visit AWEA’s website to learn more about the enormous economic benefits wind power brings to America and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Clean Grid Alliance (CGA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minn., whose mission is to advance renewable energy in the Midwest. Launched in 2001 as Wind on the Wires, Clean Grid Alliance was rebranded in 2018 to better reflect the growth of the renewable energy industry and its members who are working in wind, solar and storage. CGA has been an active stakeholder in the MISO process for the past 19 years, working at both the state and regional levels. CGA is unique in its membership which includes industry representatives as well as environmental nonprofit organizations, public interest groups, clean energy advocates, farm groups, and businesses providing goods and services to the wind, solar and storage industries who all come together to reduce carbon and deliver a renewable energy future. Learn more at cleangridalliance.org.

The Advanced Power Alliance is the industry trade association created to promote the development of wind, solar and energy storage as resources that can deliver clean, reliable, affordable power for American consumers. Through its advocacy programs, APA works to expand transmission capacity, to increase the use of renewable generation and energy storage within the region, and to facilitate export of this abundant power to customers around the United States. APA is leading efforts to defend regulatory, tax, and siting policies that are “technology neutral” and treat renewable energy developments equitably. APA is a business alliance of advanced energy companies and is focused on issues that affect its members’ bottom lines. APA delivers its members timely and actionable information from state legislatures and regulatory agencies while aggressively lobbying the key issues affecting the future of clean power development in our region. Learn more about us at PowerAlliance.org.

APA Member Enel X Partners with Uber to Support Zero-Emission EV Driving in the U.S. through New JuiceEco Product

● Enel X and Uber team up to offer drivers who use the Uber platform access to 100% clean driving through Enel X’s new product, JuiceEco

● Through the partnership drivers will receive special savings on JuiceBox smart home chargers and free access to Enel X’s new JuiceEco package that provides Green-e® Certified Renewable Energy Certificates

● JuiceEco packages will be available to all EV owners and can provide up to 20,000 EV miles of emission-free driving per year

San Carlos, California, September 8th, 2020 — Today Enel X, the leading provider of innovative energy and electric mobility solutions, introduced JuiceEco, a new option for electric vehicle (EV) drivers to power their rides with 100% renewable energy in the U.S. Available exclusively through Enel X, JuiceEco provides Green-e® certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match the consumption of any EV anywhere in the US with carbon-free electricity.

“JuiceEco provides EV drivers with a choice for their JuiceBox charging station’s electricity source. This product is based on the proven concept that RECs provide a simple, traceable and effective way to support new, renewable energy generation while allowing EV drivers to support the positive environmental benefits of 100% clean energy,” said Giovanni Bertolino, Head of e-Mobility at Enel X North America. “We’re pleased to partner with Uber and offer drivers across the U.S. JuiceEco, as we work together to make our communities more sustainable.”

Enel X and Uber have teamed up to provide special savings for the complete JuiceBox smart charging package for drivers who use the Uber platform in the U.S. As part of the partnership, drivers will also be the first to receive a 15,000 mile JuiceEco package for free via a dedicated Enel X e-store in an effort to make ridesharing more sustainable. Enel X has also qualified its flagship home charging station, the JuiceBox, in dozens of utility programs across the U.S. and drivers can easily check to see if they qualify for an additional utility rebate with a zip code tool to essentially acquire a charger for low or no cost.

“We’re excited to partner with Enel X and make charging more accessible for those with an EV,” said Nishith Kumar, Sustainability Partnerships Lead at Uber. “We think the future for EVs and Uber is bright and we look forward to more work with leaders like Enel X.”

The news comes as more drivers are considering EVs over traditional gasoline-fueled cars[1], and a majority of Americans support greater development of clean energy such as wind and solar power[2], Enel X has created JuiceEco to offer more EV drivers a way to power their vehicles with renewable energy, whether or not they can install solar panels at home. Around one-third of Enel X residential electric mobility customers in the U.S. have an onsite solar system and over 60% of recent JuiceBox customers surveyed have expressed demand for RECs. Now, Enel X customers can select how many miles they’d prefer to drive on 100% renewable energy, as they reduce emissions and match their electricity with clean energy.

“Electric vehicles are only as clean as the electricity that powers them,” said Jennifer Martin, Executive Director of Center for Resource Solutions, which administers the Green-e certification program. “JuiceEco gives drivers the ability to run on 100% clean energy, no matter where they charge up. We’re excited to see this turn into a national model, with electric vehicles across the country becoming truly emissions-free.”

JuiceEco prices start at $30, representing 3,400 kilowatt-hours of clean energy production, equivalent to the electricity needed for 10,000 miles of EV travel; $45, representing 5,100 kilowatt-hours of clean energy production, equivalent to the amount of electricity needed for 15,000 miles of EV travel; and $60, representing 6,800 kilowatt watt-hours of clean energy production, equivalent to the electricity needed for 20,000 miles of EV travel. Assuming an average lifespan of 200,000 miles, consumers can ensure that 100% of their entire lifetime mileage is powered by clean, renewable energy for only $600. JuiceEco can be purchased online at the Enel X website.

Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to the development of innovative products and digital solutions in sectors where energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries and electric mobility. The company is a global leader in the advanced energy services field with a demand management capacity of more than 6 GW globally managed and assigned and 110 MW of storage capacity worldwide, as well as a leading operator in the electric mobility sector, with 130,000 public and private EV charging ports around the globe.

Enel X in North America manages over 10.5 billion US dollars in customers’ annual energy spend for approximately 4,500 business customers, spanning more than 35,000 sites. The company has approximately 4.7 GW of demand response capacity and over 70 behind-the-meter storage projects in operation or under contract. Enel X’s intelligent DER Optimization Software is designed to analyze real-time energy and utility bill data, improve performance, and manage distributed energy assets across a number of different value streams and applications. To learn more about Enel X e-Mobility visit our website: https://evcharging.enelx.com/

[1] https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/surveying-consumers-electric-vehicles

[2] https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2020/06/23/two-thirds-of-americans-think-government-should-do-more-on-climate/

Pattern Energy Closes Financing and Starts Construction of Phoenix Solar Project in Texas

Fannin County, Texas – Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Energy”) announced today it has successfully completed financing and started construction of its 105 MWdc Phoenix Solar Project located in Fannin County, Texas. ING Capital LLC provided construction and term project financing and tax equity was provided by RBC Community Investments (RBC), a subsidiary of RBC.

“This project is a win-win for Fannin County residents as it creates many benefits, including up to 200 jobs and more than $15 million in revenue for local schools and the county, while generating clean power for 20,000 homes,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. “Phoenix Solar is one of many solar projects we have in development across Texas and around the world. Clean energy projects make sense for communities because they are the cheapest form of new power and their investments return jobs, growth and positive economic impact in the rural areas where they are developed.”

“RBC is pleased to expand our longstanding relationship with Pattern Energy through the syndication of solar investment tax equity on this landmark transaction,” said Yonette Chung McLean, Managing Director at RBC. “The ability to close on the tax equity for Phoenix Solar during a global pandemic demonstrates the market’s confidence in Pattern Energy and the strength of RBC’s tax equity platform. We look forward to the successful completion of the Phoenix Solar Project.”

Phoenix Solar is expected to be completed in mid-2021. The project has a 12-year power purchase agreement with Digital Realty, a leading global provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions.

“We are pleased to be able to expand access to renewable energy for our customers while making additional progress towards our Science Based Target Initiative carbon emissions reduction commitment,” said Aaron Binkley, Senior Director of Sustainability at Digital Realty.  “The Phoenix Solar Project supplies renewable energy at scale in proximity to our Dallas data centers, expanding on our ongoing efforts to enhance local sustainable business practices across our global portfolio.” 

Fannin County will recognize both immediate and long-term economic benefits from the project. Phoenix Solar is projected to provide more than $12 million in new tax revenue to the Bonham Independent School District and more than $3 million to Fannin County over the life of the project. Additionally, the project will contribute revenue in the form of long-term lease payments to project landowners.

Phoenix Solar will utilize the highest quality components including First Solar Series 6 modules and NEXTracker NX Horizon trackers. Mortenson Construction is providing engineering and construction services for the project.

Pattern Energy acquired the development rights to the Phoenix Solar project in 2018 from Alpin Sun, a solar developer. The project expands Pattern Energy’s existing operating platform in Texas where the company has 871 MW of wind power in operation at four facilities across the state. Earlier this year, Pattern Energy repowered its Gulf Wind Facility in Kenedy County with new turbines featuring state-of-the-art technology.

APA Member Ørsted Completes Sage Draw Wind Project

The 338MW Texas wind farm reaches commercial operation.

Ørsted has completed its Sage Draw Wind project, a 338MW wind farm that straddles Garza and Lynn Counties in Texas. The 120-wind turbine project will have the capacity to meet the annual electricity needs of 120,000 American homes.

Sage Draw Wind brings Ørsted’s onshore operational installed capacity to 1.3GW. Currently, the company has an additional 0.8GW of onshore wind, solar, and storage projects under construction and due to enter operations in late 2020 and early 2021.

“I’m very proud of the Ørsted team and our partners on this project who’ve done an excellent job with another safe, on-time, on-budget project delivery,” commented Declan Flanagan, Executive Vice President of Ørsted and CEO of its Onshore business.

“The safe completion of Sage Draw amidst the escalating COVID-19 crisis is a testament to the resilience and adaptiveness of the Ørsted team and key project partners at Blattner Energy and GE Renewable Energy as well as financial partners, GE Energy Financial Services and BHE Renewables. This underscores the significant role renewable energy can play in continuing to build our economy as we manage through and beyond the current crisis.”

Sage Draw Wind marks a key step in Ørsted’s path to reach 5GW installed onshore capacity by 2025.

About Ørsted
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted ranks #1 in Corporate Knights’ 2020 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world and is recognised on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,500 people. Ørsted’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2019, the group’s revenue was DKK 67.8 billion (EUR 9.1 billion). Visit orsted.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.