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3Degrees Adds April Salas to Board of Directors and Forms New Advisory Board

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April Salas3Degrees today announced the addition of energy industry expert April M. Salas to its Board of Directors, as well as the formation of a strategic Advisory Board. 

“We are so pleased to welcome April to our Board of Directors,” said Dan Kalafatas, Chairman of 3Degrees. “She has deep global experience in the public and private sector, where she has worked to transform the energy landscape toward a cleaner, equitable, and more resilient energy future. As 3Degrees enters into a next phase of growth, April’s contributions will help support our global expansion into new markets, products, and services, enabling us to partner with even more companies as they take urgent action on climate change.”

April brings nearly 20 years of public and private sector experience in global and domestic energy markets, rooted in energy systems analysis. Her broad industry knowledge covers a range of energy domains, including electric power, liquid fuels, natural gas, energy finance, distributed energy resources, technology integration, resilience, cyber security, energy equity, and sustainability. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Revers Center for Energy at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. 

Previously, April directed the White House’s Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force Secretariat, publishing more than 70 recommendations for the future of the nation’s energy system. She has also served in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Energy, including Director of the State Energy Assurance Program, where she worked with industry, state, and local energy officials, regulated utility commissioners, and state emergency management directors. In addition, April served as Chief of Planning and Analysis for all federal energy emergency responses with FEMA, including emergency response around the globe, and held roles at the United Nations, UNESCO, in corporate social responsibility, and in energy finance consulting. She has represented U.S. government interests at NATO, is leading dialogue on emerging technologies and society with the National Academy of Sciences Arab-American Frontiers program, and is presenting at the International Energy Agency on the role of behavioral change in the energy transition.

April holds four Master’s degrees — an MBA from Cornell University; an MBA in International Business from Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business; an M.A. in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development from American University of Paris; and an M.A. in International Security and Economics from L’Institut Catholique de Paris, focused on energy poverty and development. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish. April has worked or lived in over 65 countries. 

“I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors for 3Degrees, a true industry thought leader,” said April Salas. “I look forward to supporting the important work the company is doing to help companies and utilities decarbonize in ways that are transformative for the climate and the communities they serve.” 

In addition to expanding its Board of Directors, 3Degrees also announced the formation of an  Advisory Board. This Advisory Board will engage with the Board of Directors and executive leadership of 3Degrees in shaping its strategic direction. The inaugural members of the new group are executives Gilbert G. Campbell III, Britt Ide, and Luke Schneider, who will bring their substantial collective expertise in the renewable energy, mobility, grid electrification, utility, and energy equity spheres.

“I am pleased to welcome Gilbert, Britt, and Luke to the 3Degrees Advisory Board,” said Steve McDougal, CEO of 3Degrees. “Together they have decades of experience leading and advising transformational organizations along their decarbonization journeys. As 3Degrees rises to the urgency of this moment — marked by the accelerating climate crisis and a rapidly evolving energy landscape — their guidance will help us find new ways to serve our customers and maximize our impact.”

3Degrees Advisory Board members:

Gilbert CampbellGilbert Campbell is a leading voice in energy equity and the Co-Founder and CEO of Volt Energy, a national minority-owned renewable energy firm that finances and develops utility-scale, distributed generation, and community solar projects, electric-vehicle charging stations, and energy storage solutions for commercial, government, educational, and non-profit institutions. Gilbert serves on the Board of Directors at Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), and is a Founding Member of Renewables Forward. Gilbert graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University and received the White House Champions of Change Award from the Obama Administration in advancing climate change equity.


Britt Ide

Britt Ide has deep expertise on ESG in board governance and the utility of the future. Britt sits on the Board of Directors of NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE), serving on its Governance and Innovation and Audit committees, and is also President of Ide Energy & Strategy, where she consults on energy, sustainability, climate, and ESG. Britt has over 25 years of experience as an engineering, legal, and business leader working on all sides of energy issues including with associations, industrial users, large commercial users, utilities, non-governmental organizations, developers, and regulators. Britt holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and a Juris Doctor and serves on the Board of the Coalition for Green Capital, which creates green banks across the world to leverage public funding with private investment for climate solutions, and is an ambassador for the US Secretary of Energy’s Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (“C3E”) program.


Luke SchneiderLuke Schneider has broad C-level experience at the forefront of next generation mobility. His experience includes guiding companies, ranging from start-ups to large enterprises, through major business milestones to scale. Currently the CEO of Refraction AI, a company building and deploying autonomous robotic platforms for last mile delivery in urban areas, Luke previously served as CEO of Silvercar, COO of wejo, Ltd, CTO at Zipcar, CTO at Flexcar, and has held various roles at Ford. Luke holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSIA (MBA) in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon. Luke currently serves on the board of directors of Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a hydrogen fuel cell company, and Iteris (NASDAQ:ITI), a smart mobility technology company.

3Degrees Joins CDP as a Global Renewable Energy Partner

Joining forces to further the vision of a world where it is universally more valuable to solve environmental problems than to create them.

CDP and 3Degrees are pleased to announce that 3Degrees is coming on board as a partner to bring renewable energy products and services to CDP responding companies worldwide.

For more than 10 years, 3Degrees has been working with Fortune 500® clients, developing strategies to help them meet their carbon reduction and renewable energy goals. During this time, 3Degrees has played a leadership role in the renewable energy sector and has been named an EPA Supplier of the Year eight times.

“Climate change crosses political and geographic boundaries, and so must our solutions. 3Degrees has been working on this important issue for over a decade,” says Kim Fiske, vice president of Renewable Energy Procurement. “This partnership with CDP will allow us to make a larger impact as we work to connect people and businesses with cleaner energy on a massive scale.”

This partnership represents a new opportunity for 3Degrees to leverage their industry experience and help organizations worldwide reduce their carbon footprints by making direct investments in renewable energy.

“We are excited to welcome 3Degrees as a Gold Renewable Energy Partner that will help our global network drive the transition to a low-carbon future through renewable energy procurement,” says Paul Robins, Head of Partnerships at CDP.  “3Degrees’ extensive expertise in this field will be a positive addition to CDP and will add great value to our responding companies.”

MORE ON 3DEGREES + ENERGY & CLIMATE CONSULTING

For fourth year, 3Degrees is named Best Trading Company by Environmental Finance

3Degrees was recently named the 2017 Best Trading Company in Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) – North America for the 4th year in a row by Environmental Finance magazine. These awards honor the expertise and ingenuity of the leading brokers, traders and intermediaries in environmental markets worldwide and are based on a survey of customers and peers.

“It is an honor to be recognized once again by our partners, customers and peers and a testament to the hard work, integrity and creativity of our entire team,” says Scott Eidson, vice president of environmental markets. “Our work – and the work of everyone in our industry – is key to continuing to our ongoing fight against climate change.”

3Degrees offers products and services across the globe and it is our extensive industry knowledge and focus on high-touch customer service that keeps hundreds of energy suppliers and buyers returning to 3Degrees each year. “In today’s volatile markets, our steadfast focus on building strong relationships that create value has served our partners extremely well,” says Eidson.

3Degrees recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary and has transacted more than 130 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy. Overall, this is the sixth time 3Degrees has earned a top designation by Environmental Finance readers in this category.

3Degrees Announces Restructuring of its Energy and Climate Practice, Welcomes New Leadership Members

3Degrees Energy and Climate Practice

Advisory Practice Enhances Full Suite of Global Solutions to Support Net Zero Goals

3Degrees, a firm that helps organizations around the world achieve renewable energy and decarbonization goals, today announced that it is restructuring its Energy and Climate Practice into two teams, Climate Strategy and Power Markets, and adding several new leadership roles. 

The move comes at a time when the company is experiencing a record number of requests to assist organizations around the world with their net zero commitments, and is designed to ensure the Energy and Climate Practice is increasingly well positioned to offer a full suite of global solutions tailored to every stage along each organization’s decarbonization journey — whether that customer is just getting started and needs assistance setting climate goals, has purchased global EACs to address its Scope 2 emissions and is now ready to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA), or is interested in developing a new carbon project as part of its Scope 3 emissions reduction strategy. 

Climate Strategy Team

Sak NayagamSak Nayagam has joined 3Degrees as Senior Director in the Energy and Climate Practice and will head up the Climate Strategy team. In this role, Sak leads a group of seasoned advisors who help organizations set and meet their global climate goals, including net zero, carbon neutrality, and science-based targets. Prior to his arrival at 3Degrees, Sak most recently held senior positions in energy technology with Baker Hughes, where he was the Global Marketing Director for a digital technology joint venture together with C3.ai. He has also worked as a Consulting Partner with EY in Southeast Asia, and was Head of Climate Change for Accenture across Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Sak is based in London, England, and will play a key role in supporting 3Degrees’ European clientele. 

Katherine CanoyTo further enhance the Climate Strategy team’s capabilities, Katherine Canoy is joining 3Degrees as a Director in the Energy and Climate Practice. Katherine has significant experience in the energy, sustainability, and climate industries, including more than a decade with the Walmart energy division. While at Walmart, Katherine led teams of internal and external stakeholders to manage greenhouse gas reduction projects as part of the company’s goal to reduce supply chain greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million metric tons (a precursor to its well-known Project Gigaton), awarded 420 MW of renewable energy contracts, and managed a portfolio of 154 MW of installed onsite solar. Most recently, Katherine was at C2 Energy Capital, a distributed generation solar developer and investor.

Together with Kelly Rytel, a Director in the Energy and Climate Practice, and the rest of the Climate Strategy team, Sak and Katherine will help expand 3Degrees’ global consulting capabilities, providing support for customers who range from the early to more mature stages of the net zero journey, with services that include:

  • Goal setting, pathway development, and implementation around net zero, carbon neutrality, and science-based targets
  • Renewable energy options assessments
  • Scope 1 and 3 emissions reduction strategies and solutions, including carbon and supply chain engagement initiatives 
  • Carbon strategy, origination, and procurement
  • Fleet decarbonization, electrification, and transportation strategy
  • Innovative global projects in renewables and carbon

 

Power Markets Team

Tyler EspinozaThe Power Markets side of the practice will be led by 3Degrees veteran Tyler Espinoza, Senior Director in the Energy and Climate Practice. During his tenure with the company, Tyler has enabled over 2,400 MW of renewable energy through his work on power purchase agreements (PPAs), retail electricity supply, utility green tariffs, and onsite solar and storage solutions for 3Degrees’ customers worldwide. Tyler and Lauren Tatsuno, a Director in the Energy and Climate Practice, will lead the evolution of the Power Markets team as it expands its capabilities to offer tailored renewable energy solutions to meet customers’ global climate goals, including: 

  • Corporate PPA procurement 
  • Renewable retail electricity supply procurement
  • Renewable energy aggregations
  • Utility green tariff program evaluation and design
  • Onsite solar and energy storage

“We are thrilled to welcome Sak and Katherine, congratulate Tyler, and announce these exciting changes to support the continued evolution of our Energy and Climate Practice,” said Rebecca Sternberg, VP, Energy and Climate Practice at 3Degrees. “With the addition of these new leadership roles, 3Degrees’ ability to meet the needs of our growing global customer base is stronger than ever. Our team’s collective expertise is a huge asset as we deliver on customers’ increased demand for comprehensive, tailored solutions across Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.” 

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