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ADAMA Mourns Death of Joe Krkoska, Executive Vice President of Global Operations

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TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ADAMA Ltd. (the “Company”) mourns the loss of Joe Krkoska, 59, Executive Vice President of Global Operations, who passed away late last week, with his family by his side.

“Our hearts go out to the family of our friend and fellow management member, Joe Krkoska, at this time of terrible loss,” said Ignacio Dominguez, President and CEO of ADAMA. “Joe is recognized as a thought leader in the AgChem industry who led complex operations and organizational structures throughout his career. He was a great role model who willingly and generously shared his passion and expertise with everyone at ADAMA. Joe was a key decision maker in our path towards Health, Safety, Environment and Compliance, and helped us make great strides in these crucial areas for ADAMA’s sustainable future. He was an inspirational example of commitment and serenity in the face of illness and has made us better people.”

Mr. Krkoska joined ADAMA in 2018 and was responsible for overseeing the Company’s Global Operations, including Corporate EHS (Environment, Health and Safety), Manufacturing, Procurement, Supply Chain, Quality, Engineering, and Strategic Projects. He was in charge of ensuring the effective and efficient operation of 19 sites around the world.

Prior to joining ADAMA, Mr. Krkoska served as Global Supply Chain Director at Dow AgroSciences for eight years and had been with the Dow organization for over thirty years, serving in multiple senior positions including Head of Global Formulation & Packaging, Head of External Manufacturing, Site Director, and Business Manufacturing Leader. His career started in R&D, doing process development, scale-up and applied R&D, and also includes large capital expansions and start-ups.

About ADAMA

ADAMA Ltd. is a global leader in crop protection, providing solutions to farmers across the world to combat weeds, insects and disease. ADAMA has one of the widest and most diverse portfolios of active ingredients in the world, state-of-the art R&D, manufacturing and formulation facilities, together with a culture that empowers our people in markets around the world to listen to farmers and ideate from the field. This uniquely positions ADAMA to offer a vast array of distinctive mixtures, formulations and high-quality differentiated products, delivering solutions that meet local farmer and customer needs in over 100 countries globally. For more information, visit us at www.ADAMA.com and follow us on Twitter® at @ADAMAAgri.

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Energy Transition Jobs: FERC chairman, iBUILT, Maxeon Solar, NeoVolta, Bernhard Capital, Rubicon Capital, and more

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Richard Glick was named by President Biden to be Chairman of the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Jan. 21 and is serving a term that ends June 30, 2022. Glick was nominated to the FERC by President Trump in August 2017. In a Tweet, Glick thanked Biden, saying,  “This is an important moment to make significant progress on the transition to a clean energy future.” Before joining the Commission, he was general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, serving as a senior policy advisor on numerous issues including electricity and renewable energy. Prior to that, he was vice president of government affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electric and gas utility, and natural gas storage businesses in the United States.

Also at FERC, Mark Christie, former chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, was sworn in. The FERC became fully staffed with commissioners for the first time in nearly two years. In a related move, Angela Navarro, a member of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s administration during the passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, has been appointed as a commissioner of the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Katherine Peterick

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Katherine Peretick, the director of engineering for energy storage project developer NRStor, to the Michigan Public Service Commission. Peretick was also a vice president of Advancing Women in Energy and a member of Michigan Clean Energy Leaders.

Telsa’s Gonzalo Gonzalez has joined iBUILT, a new end-to-end smart construction company, as chief manufacturing officer. Before joining iBUILT, Gonzalez served as senior director of manufacturing engineering at Tesla, where he led the engineering teams responsible for manufacturing Tesla’s battery pack, drive unit, and energy storage systems.

Mark Babcock has joined Maxeon Solar Technologies’ executive management team as chief revenue officer. Babcock, previously a managing partner at Eurogility, held senior positions in the distributed generation solar businesses of Flex, SunEdison and SunPower.

NeoVolta, a manufacturer and innovator of smart residential energy storage systems, announced that General James F. Amos of the U.S. Marine Corps (retired) has joined its board of directors.

Yi Cui

The Department of Energy announced that Yi Cui, who was named director of Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy in late 2020, will receive the DOE’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award. Cui, a pioneer in clean energy technology at Stanford and at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will be honored for his work in nanosciences and battery research.

Luther C. “Luke” Kissam has joined the infrastructure-focused private equity management firm Bernhard Capital Partners Management as a partner. Kissam previously served as chairman and CEO of Albemarle Corp. In this role, Kissam helped transform Albemarle into a global leader in the lithium business, which is a critical enabler for electric reliability, energy storage and the emerging clean energy economy.

Rubicon Capital Advisors, an investment banking firms focused solely on the infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors, has named Nick Melton as a managing director and head of North America.

Emily Damon

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ClimeCo expanded its sustainability services, launching a dedicated sustainability and ESG team. The team is joined by Emily Damon, who, prior to joining ClimeCo, led the North American ESG Sustainability practice for a multinational consulting firm. Damon will serve as Vice President and leader of the Sustainability, Policy and Advisory team.

Generac Power Systems named three executives to new positions and established a new business organization, called Energy Technology (ET). Russ Minick will lead the new ET organization, with the title of president, Energy Technology. Minick will retain his duties as Chief Marketing Officer as he has since 2016. Patrick Forsythe was named to the newly created position of Chief Technical Officer. Forsythe has led Generac’s global engineering team since rejoining the company in 2015. And, Steve Goran was named Chief Strategy Officer. Goran has more than 30 years of experience with Generac, having served in many roles within the organization.

Ozop Energy Solutions hired Allen Sosis as its Director of Business Development for its Ozop Energy Systems unit. Sosis has over 20 years in solar and renewable energy, ranging from all aspects of engineering, procurement, and construction on both the residential and commercial sides of the business.

Packetized Energy said that Tim Healy, former Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC, and Allison Bates Wannop, Founder of 44 North PLC, have joined its Board of Advisors. Healy served for more than 16 years as chairman and CEO of EnerNOC, providing energy intelligence and demand response solutions to utilities, grid operators and enterprises. Wannop has directed her own consulting and legal practice, focusing on energy law and regulation. Packetized Energy provides utilities in the U.S. and Canada with energy flexibility software and IoT solutions

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Corporations bought record total of clean energy despite devastating year

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“To not only maintain, but grow, the clean energy procurement market under these conditions is a testament to how high sustainability is on many corporations’ agendas,” said the lead author of a new BNEF report.

Corporations purchased a record 23.7 GW of clean energy globally in 2020, with the U.S. market maintaining its lead and new markets propelling growth, according to a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF).

The 2020 figure is up slightly from 20.1 GW in 2019 and more than 10 GW above the 13.6 GW seen in 2018. In the report, BNEF noted the 2020 increase came despite a year devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic, a global recession, and uncertainty about U.S. energy policy ahead of the presidential election.

“To not only maintain, but grow, the clean energy procurement market under these conditions is a testament to how high sustainability is on many corporations’ agendas,” said Kyle Harrison, BNEF senior associate and lead author of the report.

BNEF found in its 1H 2021 Corporate Energy Market Outlook that clean energy contracts were signed by more than 130 companies in sectors ranging from oil and gas to big tech.

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Although the U.S. was once again the largest market, it was less dominant than in previous years. Companies announced 11.9 GW of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the U.S. in 2020, down from 14.1 GW in 2019. According to BNEF, this represented the first year-over-year drop since 2016. The first half of 2020, coinciding with the start of the pandemic, was particularly subdued, with companies announcing just 4.3 GW of corporate PPAs in the U.S. during that period.

Latin America also had a down year, with corporate PPA volumes dropping from 2 GW in 2019 to 1.5 GW in 2020. The region was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn. However, BNEF said companies in Brazil signed a record of nearly 1.06 GW of PPAs in 2020, as many continued to migrate to the country’s free market, where they can sign bilateral clean energy contracts directly with developers.

Once the main draw for corporate procurement in the Latin American region, Mexico saw deal volumes all but dissipate. BNEF claimed this is because the current administration continues to undermine the country’s clean energy sector.

While the U.S. and Latin America slipped back, other corporate procurement markets stepped up.

Corporate PPA volumes in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region nearly tripled, from 2.6 GW in 2019 to a record 7.2 GW in 2020. In Spain, companies announced contracts to purchase no less than 4.2 GW of clean energy, up from 300 MW the previous year.

BNEF said solar and wind projects in Spain yield some of the cheapest and most competitive prices in Europe, thanks to strong natural resources and a large pool of experienced developers. Companies like Total and Anheuser Busch are orchestrating “cross-border virtual PPAs” in Spain, buying clean energy in the country to offset their load elsewhere in Europe.

Corporations also purchased record clean energy volumes in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, announcing contracts for 2.9 GW of solar and wind. Taiwan established itself as a major corporate clean energy market in 2020, with companies signing PPAs totaling 1.25 GW. BNEF said Taiwan’s market should be supported by a new policy that requires companies with an annual load above 5 MW to buy clean power. Also, the island has a high concentration of large manufacturers, many of which are feeling pressure from their customers to decarbonize.

South Korea is expected to be the next major corporate procurement market in Asia. Policymakers revised the country’s Electric Utility Act in the beginning of 2021, creating a PPA mechanism and a green tariff program with Korea Electric Power Corp. The revision will also allow companies to purchase unbundled certificates and retire them against sustainability commitments. According to BNEF, South Korean companies face similar supply-chain pressures to those in Taiwan.

Jonas Rooze, lead sustainability analyst at BNEF, said, “More than ever before, corporations have access to affordable clean energy at a global scale. Companies no longer have an excuse for falling behind on setting and working towards a clean energy target.”

Companies

BNEF found that Amazon was the leading buyer of clean energy in 2020, announcing 35 separate clean energy PPAs in 2020, totaling 5.1 GW. The company has now purchased over 7.5 GW of clean energy to date, vaulting it ahead of Google (6.6 GW) and Facebook (5.9 GW) as the world’s largest clean energy buyer. French oil major Total (3 GW), TSMC (1.2 GW) and U.S. telecom Verizon (1 GW) were the next largest corporate buyers of clean energy in 2020.

BNEF said the flow of new companies making clean energy commitments is another indicator of how much more the market can grow. 65 new companies joined the RE100 in 2020, pledging to offset 100% of their electricity consumption with clean energy. BNEF forecast that the 285 RE100 members will collectively need to purchase an additional 269 TWh of clean electricity in 2030 to meet their RE100 goals. Should this shortfall be met exclusively with offsite PPAs, it would catalyze an estimated 93 GW of new, incremental solar and wind build.

“Investor interest in sustainability is sky high, with inflows to sustainability-focused funds growing 300% between 2019 and 2020,” explained Harrison. “Companies in all sectors, including hard-to-abate ones like oil and gas and mining, are feeling the pressure to purchase clean energy and decarbonize. This group is only just scratching the surface on the amount of clean energy build it can catalyze.”

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Solar O&M providers merge

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NovaSource Power Services in 2020 took over the operations and maintenance businesses of SunPower and First Solar.

NovaSource Power Services and SunSystem Technology LLC, two operations and maintenance (O&M) providers, have merged to boost service to the U.S. and global solar markets.

NovaSource, a Texas-based portfolio company of Canadian private equity firm Clairvest Group, was founded in 2020 amid Clairvest’s acquisition of SunPower’s O&M business. NovaSource later bought First Solar’s North American O&M unit. The company said it currently manages more than 3.5 GW of commercial, industrial, and utility-scale projects.

California-based SunSystem Technology has been a leading U.S. distributed generation O&M provider, servicing residential portfolios, commercial system owners and asset managers, and EV charging station networks.

Through this merger, the combined group will operate as NovaSource and have a joint global workforce in nine different countries. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

NovaSource said the merger means its field technicians will now be within a one-hour drive of 95% of the U.S. solar infrastructure, helping cut time, save money, and increase services nationwide.

“The combined scale, coverage, and experience will bring tremendous value and capabilities to our existing and future customers,” said SunSystem CEO Derek Chase, who will lead NovaSource’s distributed generation O&M unit.

Jack Bennett, CEO of NovaSource, said that the merger will help asset owners meet their rapidly evolving needs.

Earlier this month, Consolidated Asset Management Services acquired the U.S. solar O&M unit of Belectric Inc., which oversees 141 operating sites in 11 states.

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SCE agrees to $2.2 billion payout to settle wildfire claims

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Southern California Edison agreed to pay $2.2 billion within the next 90 days to settle insurance claims stemming from the 2018 Woolsey Fire.

The utility also reached settlements with around 1,000 plaintiffs in litigation arising from the 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events, which include the Woolsey Fire, the 2017 Thomas and Koenigstein fires, and the 2018 Montecito Mudslides.

The utility offered no admission of wrongdoing or liability in reaching the settlements.

In 2019, the utility said that it may have been responsible for starting the Woolsey Fire. That statement followed an investigation by fire officials.

The fire destroyed more than 1,600 structures, injured three firefighters, and killed three people as it burned near Malibu. It became one of the most destructive fires in the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

SCE estimates that potential losses for remaining claims could reach $4.6 billion and does not include any potential fines and penalties. The amount will be reduced by the $2.2 billion paid under terms of the insurance settlement.

SCE’s parent company, Edison International, said last year that it anticipates issuing around $1 billion of equity to invest in SCE to enable the utility to debt-finance claims payments and maintain investment-grade credit ratings.

The utility also will seek to recover uninsured costs resulting from the disasters through electric rates. Recovery is subject to regulatory approval.

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