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Jones Walker Welcomes Power and Renewable Energy Attorney Joe Tirone
Jul 16, 2024

Jones Walker Welcomes Power and Renewable Energy Attorney Joe Tirone

Jones Walker LLP is pleased to welcome Joe Tirone as a partner in the Corporate Practice Group and a member of the Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Industry Team in the Washington, DC, office.Joe_Tirone

“We are pleased to have Joe join the firm. His knowledge and experience in both the national and international renewable energy and power sectors further increases our energy, environmental and natural resources industry team depth,” said Bill Hines, managing partner of Jones Walker.

Joe is an experienced energy attorney who focuses his practice on the power sector and diversified energy transactions. Over the course of his career, he has counseled leading multinational energy-sector businesses on energy and infrastructure development around the globe, including in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Joe has advised clients on transactions, financings, public-private partnerships, regulatory compliance, and other matters involving the full range of traditional and renewable energy sources, including biofuels, offshore wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen, oil and gas, and coal.

Regarding his new role at the firm, Joe said, “I am excited to join Jones Walker, a firm nationally recognized and recommended for its work in the energy and environmental sectors, as well as for its client service. I look forward to continuing to build my practice alongside a team of skilled attorneys to bring real value to our clients.”

He routinely counsels clients in areas such as financing and building new facilities; complex engineering, procurement, and construction contracts; power purchase agreements; sales and acquisitions of power generation facilities; cross-border and international ventures; alternative fuel vehicles; electric vehicle charging networks; and the development and operation of cogeneration and power generation plants. 

Jones Walker LLP | joneswalker.com

Ascend Elements EV Battery Recycling Facility Certified to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard by DQS Inc.
Jul 16, 2024

Ascend Elements EV Battery Recycling Facility Certified to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard by DQS Inc.

DQS Inc., an independent certification body, recently certified Ascend Elements’ electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling facility in Covington, Ga. to the ISO 9001:2015 standard for Quality Management Systems. ISO 9001 is a globally recognized standard for quality management, helping organizations of all sizes and sectors improve performance, meet customer expectations and demonstrate a commitment to quality. The requirements of ISO 9001 define how to establish, implement, maintain and continually improve a quality management system (QMS). The certification process includes onsite audits and extensive policy and documentation reviews. 

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“This is a major achievement for any manufacturing company, but especially for a startup organization in an emerging field like battery recycling,” said Andrew Aberdale, CFO/COO at Ascend Elements. “ISO certification signals our commitment to quality, customer service and rigorous safety procedures. Our team members in Covington should be very proud of this accomplishment.” 

The Ascend Elements facility in Covington is one of the largest EV battery recycling facilities in North America with capacity to process 30,000 metric tons of used lithium-ion batteries and scrap per year. The 154,000 square foot facility in Newton County contains battery discharge and disassembly processes, battery shredding, lithium extraction and analytical testing capabilities. 

Ascend Elements | https://ascendelements.com/

LF Energy CitrineOS 1.3.0 Revolutionizes EV Charging Management with Enhanced Features and Open Source Innovation
Jul 16, 2024

LF Energy CitrineOS 1.3.0 Revolutionizes EV Charging Management with Enhanced Features and Open Source Innovation

LF Energy, the open source foundation focused on harnessing the power of collaborative software and hardware technologies to accelerate the energy transition, announces the release of LF Energy CitrineOS 1.3.0. This new release marks a significant advancement in CitineOS' implementation of an Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 2.0.1 compliant Charging Station Management System (CSMS). S44 Energy, a global leader in EV charging solutions, lead contributions to the latest version as part of an open source community developing CitrineOS.  This underscores S44 Energy's commitment to driving innovation and scalability within the electric vehicle charging industry.

Key Features of CitrineOS 1.3.0

CitrineOS 1.3.0 introduces several major new features designed to streamline operations and enhance user experience. The first is support for OCPP 2.0.1 Smart Charging, which enables intelligent and efficient management of charging stations, optimizing energy use and cost.

1.3.0 also introduces support for the OCPI 2.2.1 protocol. The Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol powers interoperability between charging networks and eMobility operators, letting users of one mobile app access charging stations from multiple charging networks. The backend of eMobility operators’ mobile apps will use this protocol to communicate with CitrineOS. Its main features include:

·       Registration (Credentials & Versions): Simplifies the onboarding process for new eMobility partners looking to access your charging network.

·       Cdrs (Charge Detail Records): These records are provided to your eMobility partners to enhance tracking and reporting of charging utilization for billing and operational analysis.

·       Charging Profiles: These profiles can be pushed to CitrineOS from eMobility partners to provide smart charging enhancements to their users during charging sessions.

·       Commands (Start, Stop, & Unlock Connector): Remote management capabilities for your eMobility partners to control charging sessions.

·       Locations (Push & Pull): Share charging station location details with eMobility operators.  

·       Sessions (Push & Pull): Real-time session data pushed to eMobility operators so that they can track their EV drivers’ charging.

·       Tariffs: Pricing info given to eMobility operators so that it can be shown to their customers when selecting a charging station.

·       Tokens: Secure authorization mechanisms provided by eMobility operators to CitrineOS for seamless user access to charging stations.

Finally, CitrineOS’s 1.3.0 release open sources Stackbox’s Payments module. The Payments module supplies a web payment option via Stripe, enhancing payment flexibility and security.

This release also introduces the Scan&Charge feature to the Payments module: CitrineOS provides QR Codes to charging stations that when scanned send the user to a Stripe payment portal.

"We're particularly excited about the release of our Stackbox Payments Module as open source," added Olga Haygood, CEO of S44 Energy, the organization which authored CitrineOS. "This underscores our commitment to fostering community-driven development and innovation in the EV charging sector."

"As EV adoption continues to accelerate, initiatives like CitrineOS are essential to speed the deployment of reliable, interoperable EV chargers to ensure drivers can charge rapidly and conveniently," said Alex Thornton, Executive Director of LF Energy. "The latest release of CitrineOS helps push us further in that direction, while optimizing for energy use and cost. The LF Energy community is grateful to S44 Energy for their leadership in the CitrineOS project, and their efforts to advance the project to this important stage."

CitrineOS 1.3.0 represents a collaborative effort under LF Energy with the global EV charging community, aligning with S44 Energy's vision to drive industry standards and facilitate widespread adoption of sustainable mobility solutions.

CitrineOS 1.3.0 | https://citrineos.github.io/

LF Energy | https://www.lfenergy.org

​​​​​​​Solar is the Largest Source of New U.S. Generating Capacity for the Ninth Month in a Row
Jul 16, 2024

​​​​​​​Solar is the Largest Source of New U.S. Generating Capacity for the Ninth Month in a Row

A review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reveals that the mix of renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) is now nearly 30% of total U.S. electrical generating capacity. Moreover, for the ninth month in a row, solar was the largest source of new capacity and is on track to become the nation’s second-largest source of capacity – behind only natural gas – within three years.

Renewables were 94% of new generating capacity in May and 90% YTD:

In its latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through May 31, 2024), FERC says 50 “units” of solar totaling 2,517 megawatts (MW) were placed into service in May along with two units each of wind (277-MW) and hydropower (211-MW). Combined they accounted for 94.23% of all new generating capacity added during the month. Natural gas provided the balance – 184-MW. [1]

For the first five months of 2024, solar and wind added 10,669-MW and 2,095-MW respectively. Combined with 212-MW of hydropower and 3-MW of biomass, renewables year-to-date (YTD) were 89.91% of capacity added. The balance consisted of the 1,100 Vogtle-4 nuclear reactor in Georgia plus 348-MW of gas, 5-MW of oil, and 3-MW of “other.”

Solar was 74% of new capacity in the first five months of 2024:

The new solar capacity added from January through May this year was more than double the solar capacity (4,885-MW) added during the same period last year. YTD, solar accounted for 73.91% of all new generation placed into service in the first five months of 2024.

New wind capacity YTD accounted for most of the balance – 14.51% but that was slightly less than that added during the same time frame in 2023 (2,760-MW).

In May alone, solar comprised 78.93% of all new capacity added, followed by wind (8.69%).

Solar has now been the largest source of new generating capacity for nine months straight: September 2023 – May 2024. For seven of those nine months, wind took second place.

Solar plus wind are now more than a fifth of U.S. generating capacity:

The combined capacities of just solar and wind now constitute more than one-fifth (20.55%) of the nation’s total available installed utility-scale generating capacity.

However, a third or more of U.S. solar capacity is in the form of small-scale (e.g., rooftop) systems that is not reflected in FERC’s data. Including that additional solar capacity would bring the share provided by solar + wind closer to a quarter of the nation’s total. [2]

Solar’s share of U.S. generating capacity puts it in fourth place:

The latest capacity additions have brought solar’s share of total available installed utility-scale (i.e., >1-MW) generating capacity up to 8.78%, further expanding its lead over hydropower (7.83%). Wind is currently at 11.77%. With the inclusion of biomass (1.12%) and geothermal (0.32%), renewables now claim a 29.82% share of total U.S. utility-scale generating capacity.

Installed utility-scale solar has now moved into fourth place – behind natural gas (43.38%), coal (15.79%) and wind - for its share of generating capacity after having recently surpassed that of nuclear power (8.05%). [1]

Solar is on track to become the second largest source of generating capacity:

FERC reports that net “high probability” additions of solar between June 2024 and May 2027 total 89,852-MW – an amount almost four times the forecast net “high probability” additions for wind (23,449-MW), the second fastest growing resource.

FERC also foresees growth for hydropower (558-MW), geothermal (400-MW), and biomass (94-MW). On the other hand, there is no new nuclear capacity in FERC’s three-year forecast while coal, natural gas, and oil are projected to contract by 18,386-MW, 2,785-MW, and 1,269-MW respectively.

If FERC’s current “high probability” additions materialize, by June 1, 2027, solar will account for more than one-seventh (14.65%) of the nation’s installed utility-scale generating capacity. That would be greater than either coal (13.42%) or wind (12.68%) and substantially more than either nuclear power (7.52%) or hydropower (7.36%). The installed capacity of utility-scale solar would thus rise to second place – behind only natural gas.

Meanwhile, the mix of all renewables would account for 36.10% of total available installed utility-scale generating capacity - rapidly approaching that of natural gas (40.30%) - with solar and wind constituting more than three-quarters of the installed renewable energy capacity.

The combined capacities of all renewables could exceed natural gas within three years:

As noted, FERC’s data do not account for the capacity of small-scale solar systems. If that is factored in, within three years, total U.S. solar capacity (i.e., small-scale plus utility-scale) would likely approach – and possibly surpass – 300 gigawatts (GW). In turn, the mix of all renewables would then exceed 40% of total installed capacity while natural gas’ share would drop to about 37%.

Moreover, FERC reports that there may actually be as much as 211,968-MW of net new solar additions in the current three-year pipeline in addition to 70,433-MW of new wind and 7,646-MW of new hydropower. Thus, renewables’ share could be even greater by late-spring 2027.

"Step-by-step, installed solar capacity is surpassing all other energy sources," noted the SUN DAY Campaign's executive director Ken Bossong. "It has now advanced to fourth place and should be in second within a few years, with wind not far behind." 

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FERC's 8-page "Energy Infrastructure Update for May 2024" was released on July 15, 2024, and can be found at: https://cms.ferc.gov/media/energy-infrastructure-update-may-2024.

For the information cited in this update, see the tables entitled "New Generation In-Service (New Build and Expansion)," "Total Available Installed Generating Capacity," and "Generation Capacity Additions and Retirements."

Notes:   

[1] Generating capacity is not the same as actual generation. Fossil fuels and nuclear power generally have higher "capacity factors" than do wind and solar. For example, EIA reports capacity factors in calendar year 2023 for nuclear power and natural gas were 93.1% and 58.8% respectively while those for wind and utility-scale solar were 33.5% and 23.3%. See Tables 6.07.A and 6.07.B in any of EIA's recent "Electric Power Monthly" reports. 

[2] See Table ES1.B of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” report issued on June 26, 2024. For the first third of 2024, EIA reports “estimated total solar” to be 81,885 thousand megawatt-hours including 25,239 thousand megawatt-hours of “estimated small-scale solar photovoltaic” – i.e., 30.82%. Because small-scale solar has a lower capacity factor than does utility-scale solar, relatively more capacity is needed for each unit of electricity generated. Hence, the combined capacity of small-scale systems nationwide is estimated to be somewhat more than a third of all solar capacity.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission | https://ferc.gov/

Canter Resources Engages Cascade for Phase II Drilling at the Columbus Lithium-Boron Project
Jul 16, 2024

Canter Resources Engages Cascade for Phase II Drilling at the Columbus Lithium-Boron Project

Canter Resources Corp. (CSE: CRC) (OTC Pink: CNRCF)  (FSE: 6O1) ("Canter" or the "Company") is pleased to report that the Company has engaged Cascade Drilling LP for Phase II drilling at its Columbus Lithium-Boron Project ("Columbus", "Columbus Basin", or the "Project"), located near Tonopah, Nevada. The Phase II program will include approximately 10 holes with an expected start date of August 12, 2024.

"Our Phase II program has been designed to target a third aquifer zone below the limits of Phase I drilling, demonstrate lateral continuity between our Phase I grids and test regional discovery targets to the north," stated Canter CEO, Joness Lang. "The Phase II program will include select multi-element geochemical analysis, provide samples suitable for preliminary direct extraction considerations, further validate and refine our exploration model and deeper lithium targets, while concurrently assessing the extent and mineral resource potential of the significant near-surface boron mineralization." 

Phase II Geoprobe Drilling Objectives:

  • Target third Aquifer Zone: Past downhole geophysics highlights the potential for a third shallow aquifer zone between 100-150 feet ("ft") / 30-45 metres ("m") and Phase II will employ a Geoprobe drill rig model and tooling with greater depth capabilities.
  • Demonstrate Lateral Continuity: Phase II drilling will include broadly spaced drill hole locations along pre-existing east-west road networks with the aim of demonstrating potential continuity within the five (5) kilometre ("km") gap between the previously completed north-south grids. 
  • Test Discovery Potential to the North: The Phase II program includes two proposed wildcat exploration holes located more than 4 km to the north near favourable structure, surface sampling and geothermal input.
  • Enhance Precision of Deeper Lithium Targeting: Testing a third aquifer zone and completing multi-element geochemical analysis will further support the Company's 3D geological model, mineralization patterns in brines and mobility/solubility analysis.
  • Evaluate Shallow Boron Mineral Resource Potential: Phase I delivered excellent boron concentrations in brines from shallow aquifers and Phase II will aim to further delineate, correlate and map the extent of near-surface boron mineralization.
  • Establish Preliminary Direct Extraction Considerations: The Company is actively engaging with companies that specialize in direct lithium and boron extraction and plans to supply samples suitable for preliminary considerations. 

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Figure 1: Plan view showing Phase I completed and Phase II planned/proposed locations. A total of 16 permitted Phase II locations are shown and the Company plans to drill approximately 10 of these locations, which will be selected based on real-time observations in the field.

Phase II Program Details

Phase II GeoProbe drilling is set to commence in the second week of August, with brine results expected before the end of Q3/2024. This phase builds significantly on the findings and insights gained from Phase I and collectively the comprehensive geochemical datasets (clays and brines) will provide a more thorough understanding of the subsurface environment within the Company's district-scale property package at Columbus. 

Phase II drilling will continue to utilize the low-impact and cost-effective GeoProbe direct push technology, with modified tooling aimed at allowing the Company to test a third aquifer zone (>100 ft), which has been interpreted based on previous downhole geophysics. The Phase II drilling includes a series of drill hole locations between the previously completed north-south grids from Phase I (see Figure 1), designed to further validate the HSAMT anomaly and geophysical model, while demonstrating lateral continuity of up to three (3) aquifer zones. 

The Company is employing a science-driven approach to discovery at Columbus and the results from the multi-phased GeoProbe drilling will provide a foundation for potential near-surface mineral resource definition and the technical analysis (mineralization/migration patterns) will help guide the Company's deeper drilling to ensure exploration well locations are optimized. 

To learn more about the lithium market visit the Company's Lithium 101 webpage.

To learn more about boron and its more than 300 applications, visit the Company's Boron 101 webpage.

Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC)

In a continued commitment to ensuring the highest standards of data accuracy and reliability, the Company has implemented a rigorous quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) protocol for both groundwater and sediment sampling and analysis. This initiative is designed to enhance the precision and credibility of sampling techniques and assay results.

Upon reaching the target lithology depth during drilling, groundwater sampling is initiated with care to avoid surpassing the designated zone. Utilizing a drive-point screen sampler or mechanical bailer, groundwater is extracted to ensure a clean and uncontaminated collection process. Initial purging is conducted, and a Myron Ultrameter II is used to measure general parameters, such as temperature, pH, total dissolved solids (TDS), specific conductivity, and oxidation-reduction potential (ORP). For wet samples, a minimum 350 mL of groundwater is collected for comprehensive analysis, with all samples handled under strict chain of custody (COC) protocols and stored under optimal conditions until delivery to Western Environmental Testing (WETLAB). 

The Company's QA/QC procedures involve collecting additional samples every tenth sample, including duplicates, umpire, and blank samples, to validate the consistency and accuracy of the data. Laboratory analyses cover general parameters and both total and dissolved metals, adhering to stringent testing methods and holding times. More specifically, the following analysis is carried out at WETLAB: Density and pH: SM 4500-H+B; Temperature: SM 2550 B; Total Dissolved Solids (TDS): SM 2540 C; ICP Metals Total Li, B & K: EPA 200.7; Digestion for Total Metals: EPA 200.2; ICP Metals Dissolved Li, B & K: EPA 200.7; Digestion for Dissolved Metals: EPA 200.0 and Sample Filtration: SM.

Qualified Person (QP)

The technical information contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Eric Saderholm, P.Geo, Director and Technical Advisor of Canter, a Qualified Person (QP), as defined under National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Canter Resources Corp. | https://canterresources.com/

UGE Achieves Commercial Operation for Rooftop Community Solar Project in Staten Island, New York
Jul 16, 2024

UGE Achieves Commercial Operation for Rooftop Community Solar Project in Staten Island, New York

UGE International Ltd. (TSXV: UGE) (OTCQB: UGEIF) (the "Company" or "UGE"), a leader in commercial and community solar, announces that its 510kW rooftop community solar project in Staten Island, New York reached commercial operation and has begun generating electricity.

UGE's newest community solar project is built atop Expressway Plaza, a shopping center on Staten Island. At just over half a megawatt, the project will offset roughly 700 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year and will produce enough electricity to power approximately 140 homes. 

Subscribers to the Expressway Plaza community solar project will save a minimum of 10% on their electricity bills. As electricity rates continue to rise across the country, these savings become increasingly meaningful for Americans looking for ways to save money in today's inflationary environment. 

The Expressway Plaza community solar project will join UGE's Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) program, meaning that at least 30% of the energy generated by the project will be reserved for LMI households. Strengthening renewable energy equity is one of UGE's guiding goals; the Company's stated target is for more than 25% of the off-take from its operational portfolio to serve LMI households by 2026. 

Expressway Plaza is owned by Feldco, an East Coast-focused real estate developer. 

"Feldco is a family-owned and operated business committed to sustainable construction and forging long-term relationships with the communities in which we operate," said Greg Feldman, Partner and Vice President at Feldco. "By becoming a community solar host with UGE, we are advancing those commitments by providing energy cost savings and a source of clean energy to the community surrounding Expressway Plaza." 

Feldco will receive long-term lease payments in exchange for hosting the project. In addition, UGE covered the cost of a needed roof replacement on Expressway Plaza, ensuring the building remains structurally sound for the solar project's lifetime of at least 22 years. 

With the completion of this project, UGE's operating portfolio now stands at 7.1MW. In addition to its operating portfolio, UGE has eight projects totaling 18.1MW in deployment and construction, the final phases of development.

UGE developed one of the very first rooftop community solar projects in New York City. Now, the project on Expressway Plaza is the tenth rooftop community solar project in metro New York City to join UGE's operating portfolio. In addition, UGE has another two rooftop community solar projects in New York City currently under construction, both of which are projected to reach commercial operation early this fall.

UGE | https://ugei.com/

GCube Backs BESS Sector Growth with a New $100mn Lloyd’s Consortium
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GCube Backs BESS Sector Growth with a New $100mn Lloyd’s Consortium

GCube Insurance (GCube), a leading underwriter for renewable energy projects, has announced the launch of a new consortium, comprised of six Lloyd’s syndicates, to provide battery energy storage system (BESS) developers and asset owners worldwide with up to USD 100m of ‘A-rated’ insurance capacity.

The underwriter-led consortium, launched in response to increasing demand from brokers and the BESS market, will bring much-needed lead capacity and expertise to support the industry as it scales up to become an integral part of the global energy mix.

As larger utility-scale BESS assets start to come online with capacities of 100MW upwards and durations reaching up to 4 hours, project values – and financial risks - have increased proportionally. However, given the fast pace of technological evolution in the sector to date, there remains a shortage of long-term data to inform risk management strategies and build the confidence of underwriters in this new and emerging technology.

Despite the bullish aspirations of BESS owners and developers, progress has been met with setbacks, and these often come early in the project lifecycle. As GCube’s “Batteries not Excluded” report articulates, more than 50% of reported BESS failures have occurred within the initial two years of operation. Nonetheless, the launch of GCube’s consortium illustrates growing recognition among underwriters that the BESS market is taking action to manage its risks.

It also reflects an understanding that, to underpin the sector’s growth, it is vital to ensure that capacity is backed up with robust underwriting and claims-handling expertise from long-term experience in this evolving field.

Fraser McLachlan, Founder & CEO, GCube Insurance, said: “We have been studying developments in BESS and patiently increasing our capacity over the last 12 years. Our BESS consortium now formalises our significant commitment to the sector. BESS has reached a point of maturity where more and more capacity is required, but the complexity of mitigating losses with evolving technology also requires this capacity to be well-versed in handling claims and selecting risks. This is the basis for GCube expanding its presence in the sector.”

GCube’s arrangement with capital providers in the Lloyd’s market makes ‘full follow’ capacity accessible to brokers from all its offices in Europe, in the United States, and in Australia. Through the consortium, GCube is positioning itself to take a lead position in setting sustainable terms and pricing.

McLachlan added: “These projects are now growing in size and value, and we are pleased to be in a position to provide additional coverage, as well as to guide the development of sustainable terms and conditions based on our extensive experience in the market.”

“This experience has been testing, having handled some of the largest losses the market has seen, but it has been necessary for galvanising a transparent approach that offers insureds the best support available for their projects. BESS is already proving itself to be an integral part of the global transition to renewable energy – and it is our job to ensure that it is an asset the industry can confidently rely on to meet its objectives.”

GCube | www.gcube-insurance.com  

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