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3Degrees’ new Smart Launch Solution™ helps gas utilities deliver on customer demand to address emissions

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The product provides a cost-effective, low-risk solution to easily launch a voluntary program

3Degrees, a global climate solutions provider that helps utilities build, launch, and grow successful voluntary programs, is launching a new product offering, Smart Launch Solution™, designed to help gas utilities offer their customers choice to address emissions from their natural gas use. As the climate crisis intensifies, gas utilities across the United States are under growing pressure from customers, investors, legislators, and other stakeholders to accelerate their decarbonization efforts. Smart Launch Solution enables gas utilities to easily launch a voluntary program to meet customer demand now without distracting from the utility’s other efforts toward decarbonization.

Headquartered in San Francisco, 3Degrees has two decades of experience helping electric and gas utilities across the U.S. launch and run successful voluntary programs. The company works with six of the top 10 NREL utility green power programs, and has helped enroll over 570,000 residential participants in voluntary programs.

“3Degrees has been talking to gas utilities nationwide about the challenges they’re facing around decarbonization, including pressure from investors and customers,” said Amanda Mortlock, Vice President, Utility Partnerships. “We’re in a race against the clock with climate change, and gas utilities are certainly feeling the pressure to offer solutions today. Smart Launch Solution was born out of these conversations and was designed specifically to offer any gas utility a low-cost, low-risk solution to easily launch their own voluntary program, which allows any customer the ability to take climate action now.”

Smart Launch Solution includes a blended supply of carbon credits and renewable natural gas (RNG) certificates, along with the marketing tools and program management support necessary to get a program approved, launched, and stood-up as efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible. It includes four primary features:

  • Program regulatory filing toolkit
  • Low-risk, long-term supply of carbon credits and RNG
  • Program marketing and communications toolkit
  • Dedicated program management support

To learn more about Smart Launch Solution, please visit the webpage.

Seattle City Light Selects 3Degrees for Green Power Programs

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Scope includes green program design, marketing services and support for community solar, energy efficiency

3Degrees Inc., a leader in utility green power programs, recently signed a multi-year contract with Seattle City Light to support innovations in their renewable energy programs. Through this contract, 3Degrees will provide consulting services to Seattle City Light on a number of green power topics.

In addition, 3Degrees will be responsible for a variety of marketing activities, including support for an overall green program marketing strategy which is designed to cross promote energy efficiency and renewable energy through all appropriate marketing channels. 3Degrees also will provide marketing and outreach services for the utility’s existing green power programs, including Green Up and the utility’s  award-winning community solar program.

“Seattle City Light has been a leader in offering renewable energy options to its customers,” says Adam Capage, Vice President of Utility Partnerships at 3Degrees. “We are excited by the opportunity to help them as they grow and expand the Green Up and community solar programs.”

About Seattle City Light

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

First RGGI carbon offset project launched by 3Degrees

Offers new opportunities to reduce carbon emissions within RGGI

3Degrees, in partnership with Dorchester Renewable Energy LLC, registered the first ever carbon offset project under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a mandatory cap and trade program covering the electric sector in nine states in the eastern U.S.

The project destroys methane gas from the New Beulah Landfill located on Maryland’s eastern shore. It is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to more than 20,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

“We are pleased to continue our history of ‘firsts’ in the carbon market, which dates back to a time when we were still known as TerraPass,” said Mark Mondik, Vice President of Carbon Markets at 3Degrees.  TerraPass, renamed Origin Climate in 2014, became part of 3Degrees in a merger between the companies earlier this year.

The sale of RGGI offsets will provide the sole source of revenue to support the operation of the project.

“RGGI support is critical to this project,” said Tom Koch, Principal of Dorchester Renewable Energy. “Voluntary market prices for landfill gas offsets aren’t sufficient to make projects like this economically viable, but through RGGI we are able to reach higher-value buyers.”

According to the latest “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks” published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), landfills in the United States still account for around 115 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions per year.

 

First-ever Peace REC
(P-REC) transaction drives renewable energy development in Africa

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For Immediate Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The first-ever Peace Renewable Energy Credit (P-REC) transaction has been executed by Microsoft with Energy Peace Partners (EPP) and project developer Nuru. In the agreement, Microsoft is purchasing P-RECs issued by EPP from a new solar project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which will directly finance the installation of streetlights in a recently electrified neighborhood of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. The streetlights are connected to the same solar-plus-storage system which generates the electricity associated with the P-RECs. The transaction was facilitated by renewable energy, transportation decarbonization, and climate solutions specialist 3Degrees.

P-RECs are international renewable energy certificates (I-RECs) with a supplementary label from issuer EPP certifying the co-benefits associated with the new renewable energy generation. P-REC projects are located in countries that are characterized by high risk of conflict, high vulnerability to climate change, low levels of electrification, and limited access to renewable energy finance. The agreement with Nuru requires that the majority of funds from the sale of P-RECs support a project that creates social and economic co-benefits in that community. Microsoft is the first company to execute a P-REC transaction.

The P-RECs purchased by Microsoft will be issued by EPP from Congolese solar developer Nuru’s newly commissioned 1.3 MW commercial solar-plus-storage project in Goma’s Ndosho neighborhood. Goma is located in conflict-affected eastern DRC, where only 3% of residents have access to electricity in many neighborhoods. Microsoft’s P-REC purchase allowed Nuru to fund the construction of mini-grid-connected streetlights in Ndosho, a community impact project co-designed with local stakeholders. Installation of the streetlights was completed earlier this year and has already improved nighttime road safety and neighborhood security, allowing businesses to stay open later at night, and reduced reliance on diesel generators, which are both expensive and highly polluting, in an area that has never had grid infrastructure.

“We developed the P-REC in order to support new renewable energy projects in fragile, energy poor regions of the world,” said David Mozersky, President, Energy Peace Partners. “With this inaugural P-REC purchase, Microsoft is demonstrating that corporate renewable energy procurement can be high impact by making a difference in communities like Ndosho, where increased access to sustainable and affordable power will be transformative. Energy Peace Partners is proud of this groundbreaking collaboration with Microsoft, 3Degrees and Nuru.”

“We applaud Microsoft’s innovative approach to its renewable energy and community development goals, and their willingness to lead with this inaugural purchase of P-RECs,” said Steve McDougal, CEO, 3Degrees. “This unique transaction unlocks a new energy attribute option that other organizations can now leverage to drive renewable projects in underserved communities around the globe. It’s been an honor for 3Degrees to partner with these three pioneering organizations to help bring this first-of-its-kind project to life.”

“Nuru is thrilled to be working with Microsoft, Energy Peace Partners, and 3Degrees to launch the P-REC in eastern DRC,” said Jonathan Shaw, Co-Founder and CEO, Nuru. “This bold, forward-thinking commitment is exactly what is required to unlock the human potential of complex, challenging contexts like eastern Congo. Thousands will benefit from this initiative, and we could not have asked for more committed and innovative partners throughout the process.”

“With P-RECs, companies like Microsoft that are looking to procure renewable energy can invest in regions that are the most impacted by climate change and that are currently deprived of access to modern energy,” said Vanessa Miler, Director, Energy Innovation and Impact, Microsoft. “Companies can maximize the impact of their investments not only from a carbon reduction perspective but also from a climate equity perspective.”

Read the case study to learn more.


About Energy Peace Partners
Energy Peace Partners leverages climate finance solutions to support peace in places affected by violent conflict. We believe that a paradigm shift toward climate-sensitive development can deliver enduring benefits to the planet’s most vulnerable populations. The Energy Peace Partners team brings together expertise in international peacebuilding, renewable energy, and climate security. Our efforts create an enabling environment for introducing renewable energy that can serve as the building blocks for peace.

About Nuru
Nuru is a company dedicated to enhancing connectivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nuru deployed Congo’s first solar-based mini-grid in 2017 and most recently deployed a 1.3 MW commercial solar-plus-storage hybrid site in Goma, North Kivu—one of the largest off-grid mini-grids in sub-Saharan Africa. Nuru, meaning “light” in Swahili, encapsulates our vision to inspire and catalyze the incredible human potential in Congo by providing 5 million delighted clients with world-class connectivity by September 24, 2024.

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Media Contacts:

Sherwin Das, Energy Peace Partners
[email protected]

Kyle Hamilton, Nuru, 1.225.456.6680
[email protected]

Rachel Fagan, 3Degrees, 1.512.402.8683
[email protected]

Photo courtesy of Nuru

ChargeNet Stations and 3Degrees Collaborate to Launch EV Charging at CA Fast Food Restaurants

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Today, ChargeNet Stations opened the first DC fast charging station in a rapidly expanding network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers at quick-serve restaurants across California. The DC fast charging network developer is celebrating its first operational station at a South San Francisco Taco Bell® location. ChargeNet Stations has a partnership with Diversified Restaurant Group, one of the largest Taco Bell franchisees, to install DC fast chargers at 100 locations throughout the state, with many additional stations planned. The agreement includes the installation of primarily 75kW and 100kW chargers, with plans to roll out 150kW stations as well.

3Degrees, a firm that helps organizations around the world achieve renewable energy and decarbonization goals, worked with ChargeNet Stations to develop an innovative financing approach that guarantees the company a minimum amount of long-term revenue from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), a program designed to reward the deployment of equipment and infrastructure that reduces transportation emissions in the state.

“Our goal at ChargeNet Stations is to make EVs available to everyone everywhere – to democratize EV charging by providing a fast, convenient, and affordable charge,” said Founder and CEO Tosh Dutt. “Great partners like 3Degrees help us expedite our mission. It’s good for the planet and it’s good for business.”

ChargeNet Stations is compatible with all EV connector types and offers a 100-mile charge in 20 minutes, or less, for about $20. For context, a 100-mile charge on a Level 2 charger would take about six hours.

Transportation is California’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, representing 41% of the state’s total1. The LCFS was launched in 2011 to reduce emissions from this hard-to-abate sector. The program allows companies using, producing, or furthering the use of low-carbon fuels to generate credits to be sold at market value to fossil fuel producers. The program also incentivizes the deployment of DC fast chargers by providing a guaranteed minimum number of LCFS credits for the first 5 years of the station’s life, reducing concerns around infrastructure utilization.

The program does not, however, guarantee the price of the credits generated from this infrastructure, and the LCFS market has been particularly volatile of late, dropping from ~$150 at the start of the year to lows of ~$60 in early October. Despite this state of flux in the market, 3Degrees and ChargeNet worked together to develop a structure that helped to unlock funding for the charging stations, and the companies plan to expand on this partnership as ChargeNet’s deployments grow.

“Meeting California’s EV adoption and transportation decarbonization goals requires mass deployment of EV charging infrastructure,” notes Dave Meyer, Director, Transportation Markets at 3Degrees. “One of the primary barriers to this deployment is uncertainty around utilization. The infrastructure provisions of the LCFS reduce this uncertainty, and our innovative financing arrangement eliminates market uncertainty. We congratulate the ChargeNet Stations team on this first station opening and look forward to working together on many more.”

About ChargeNet Stations:

ChargeNet Stations is an electric vehicle fast-charging station development and AI-driven software company. Our software platform creates a seamless opportunity for Quick Serve Restaurants to offer customers a superior EV charging experience in mere minutes. ChargeNet Stations’ hardware-agnostic SaaS platform, ChargeOpt, optimizes EV chargers and renewable energy to transform parking lots into profit centers.

Renewable Energy Procurement Team Expands with New Hire

3Degrees welcomes Tyler Espinoza as our newest Renewable Energy Analyst3Degrees welcomes Tyler Espinoza as our newest Renewable Energy Analyst. Tyler joins Kim Fiske’s team at 3Degrees which is focused on advising  customers through the direct purchase of renewable energy, such as via PPAs or on-site solar. In this role, Tyler will evaluate direct procurement energy deals with an eye for risk and opportunity, an assignment that is trickier than it sounds.

“These transactions can have a real financial upside,” said Tyler.  “However, there are many variables to be considered. For example energy prices may remain low,  or curtailment or congestion issues may develop and have a significant and unexpected financial impact. My goal is to paint the entire picture for decision makers so they can make a fully informed decision.” Also important to consider is the contract structure. Term, price and location must meet the client’s risk, environmental and financial goals. The experience Tyler brings to 3Degrees will help illuminate these details for clients.

Tyler brings extensive industry experience to the role. Previously he led renewable energy procurement services for public and private clients, including the Department of Energy’s Sunshot initiative. During his career Tyler has helped aggregate solar purchasing for several universities, helped bring 78 megawatts of new solar capacity online and assessed over seven million square feet of space for its solar potential. He will use this vast experience, and knowledge of regional power market dynamics and environmental policy trends, to thoroughly evaluate business and financial risk for 3Degrees clients. Tyler has an MA in International Energy and Policy from Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Commonly referred to as PPAs, power purchase agreements are a common  mechanism for renewable energy procurement and are a growing global trend, thanks to rising interest in sustainable business operations and declining costs of green energy options.

Connect with Tyler on Linkedin.

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For fourth year, 3Degrees recognized as a Bay Area Best and Brightest

Initiatives around Diversity and Inclusion and Work-Life Balance recognized

3Degrees announced today that it was named a 2017 San Francisco Bay Area Best and Brightest Company, which recognizes companies that provide superior work environments for their employees. The results are based on an employee survey and a review of HR practices. This year, the award highlighted 3Degrees’ focus on diversity and inclusion as well as the organization’s attention to appropriate work-life balance.

“We consider improving diversity within our workforce and our industry to be of strategic importance,” said CEO Steve McDougal. “We know we have a lot more to do, but our proud to be recognized for our progress.”  

3Degrees is known for creative human resource practices and more recently has been acknowledged for its efforts around inclusion.  As a global organization with a large part-time and seasonal workforce, the company has a long history of creating a culture that supports work-life balance through flexible work arrangements, an innovative leave policy and paid volunteer hours.

In the past year, 3Degrees has increased its focus on diversity and inclusion. An employee-led committee has organized several training sessions for employees and is currently managing an equity audit that will allow us to determine priorities for the coming year. In addition, this year, 3Degrees became a sponsor of Energy Scholars, a program that helps encourage women and minorities consider careers in renewable energy.

See a list of available jobs on our careers page.

3Degrees Helps Support Electrify America’s EV Charging Infrastructure, Sells Verified Emissions Reductions to Customers Seeking to Reduce Transportation-Related Emissions

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San Francisco, CA 3Degrees today announced that it will sell verified emissions reductions (VERs), also known as carbon offsets, from Electrify America, tapping into revenue from its voluntary carbon customers to help fund upkeep of Electrify America’s expansive, ultra-fast  electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the U.S.

3Degrees is the exclusive offtaker of the first VERs from Electrify America’s national fast charging network in voluntary carbon credit markets, which is being verified under the internationally recognized Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).  3Degrees will market and sell these VERs to prospective buyers, with the first transaction expected in the second quarter of 2021. The Electrify America project was launched as the world’s first validated carbon offset project for electric vehicle chargers earlier this year.

Electrify America has more than 500 EV charging stations with over 2,200 DC fast chargers operational today across the U.S., and plans to have approximately 800 stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021. The 3Degrees project currently incorporates charging sites deployed up through the end of 2020, and will include additional chargers in future verifications.

As more companies establish carbon neutrality or net zero goals, an increasing number of 3Degrees customers are seeking innovative ways to address shipping and other transportation-related Scope 3 emissions.

“This project is a perfect fit for our customers seeking to reduce transportation-related emissions,” said Mark Mondik, Vice President, Carbon Markets at 3Degrees. “Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S. and most of our customers don’t control the fleets used to move their goods or people around. Helping to fund the build-out of national EV charging infrastructure is an impactful way that companies can directly address this issue in the near term. We see a lot of appetite for this.”

“This project offers important benefits, including reducing the impact of fossil fuels on our environment and creating opportunities for growth in the electric vehicle industry due to more attractive investment economics,” said Wayne Killen, Director of Infrastructure Planning and Business Development at Electrify America. “We’re thrilled that the first credits from the project will now benefit customers who are exhibiting climate leadership and looking to address their transportation emissions.”

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About Electrify America

Electrify America LLC, the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S., is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. Electrify America expects to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021. During this period, the company will be expanding to 29 metros and 45 states, including two cross-country routes, delivering on its commitment to support increased ZEV adoption with a network that is comprehensive, technologically advanced and customer friendly. Electrify America’s Electrify Home® offers home charging solutions for consumers with flexible installation options. Electrify Commercial® provides expert solutions for businesses looking to develop electric vehicle charging programs. For more information, visit www.electrifyamerica.com and media.electrifyamerica.com.

Merge Electric Fleet Solutions Announces Partnership with Global Climate Solutions Provider 3Degrees to Support EV Fleet Transition

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  • 3Degrees partners with Merge Electric Fleet Solutions to provide actionable electric vehicle analysis and decades of expertise to existing and new fleet customers. 
  •  3Degrees will monetize Merge’s charging in the Clean Fuels States (CA, OR, WA) and offset all EV charging with RECs.

3Degrees, a leading global climate solutions provider and certified B Corp, announces today its collaboration with Merge Electric Fleet Solutions (Merge),  a company and technology platform that provides commercial fleets with a clear, affordable, and data-driven path to fleet electrification.  The confluence of these top two service providers allows corporate customers to leverage 3Degrees’ decades of climate consulting experience alongside Merge’s leading EV and infrastructure analysis to help accelerate EV fleet transitions and make progress toward broader climate goals such as Net Zero or Science Based Targets.  Merge customers will now have the ability to tap into 3Degrees’ expertise in helping businesses access the most value possible through Clean Fuels Programs incentives available in CA, OR, WA, and a growing number of regions across North America as well as match all EV charging with RECs.

In addition to announcing the partnership, Merge and 3Degrees have completed their first joint electrification analysis pilot utilizing telematics, a first for 3Degrees, as previous electrification assessments have been carried out using fuel data.  Telematics provides high-fidelity granular driving data to build greater operational confidence while more precisely assessing emissions reductions in Total Cost of Ownership.  The analysis resulted in the following insights:

  1. Nearly 50% of their fleet could be easily electrified with little changes to their standard operating processes 
  2. Electrification would save 20-45% on all operational costs when compared to their traditional fleet vehicles
  3. Transitioning to an electric fleet could save 50+ metric tonnes per vehicle of CO2 over the lifetime of use even when charged from the grid.   

The new collaboration aims to provide better access to 3Degrees’ services for fleet owners and connect EV fleet initiatives to broader net zero plans. Merge customers can now seamlessly leverage 3Degrees’ large-scale environmental commodity solutions, including Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) transactions, long-term renewable energy procurement, carbon credit portfolio management, transportation commodity and climate advisory services.

3Degrees will be able to draw upon the various EV services that Merge provides today, namely the EVSnapShot™ and the EV360™ Analysis, which are pre-implementation EV services that assess the viability of an electric fleet and identify the key next steps to begin the transition, followed by ongoing infrastructure deployment, operations, and reporting services.  Additionally, 3Degrees’ customers will have the opportunity to trial popular electric vehicles, namely the Ford F150 Lightning, to further de-risk their electric transition with real-world experiences before committing to millions in upgrades. 

“Our customers rely on us to bring forward the most impactful and data-driven solutions to address climate change. Electrifying the transportation sector, which is currently the single largest source of emissions in the U.S., is possible but not without challenges,” said Steve McDougal, 3Degrees CEO. “We want our clients to be set up for success from the start. Merge’s granular, customer-specific fleet data paired with 3Degrees’ industry-leading climate consulting expertise allows our clients to reduce risk as they transition to an electric fleet.”

“Fleet electrification lies at the intersection of environmental, economic, and operational considerations,” said Glen Stancil, Merge CEO. “Fleets transitioning to electric face the new challenge of capturing cost savings, maximizing emissions value, and ensuring operational success. Merge’s vehicle and charging services coupled with 3Degrees’ climate and environmental commodity leadership can guide customers successfully from their first EV deployed to their ultimate target.”

To learn more about the first joint electrification analysis pilot between 3Degrees and Merge, read the case study.

About Merge Fleet Solutions:

Merge is a fleet electrification service and finance company. Our mission is to deliver the economic, environmental, and experiential benefits of fleet electrification in comprehensive solutions that are simple, affordable, and scalable. The Merge team brings decades of EV experience from designing, delivering, and operating integrated charging solutions for commercial and residential applications on L2 and DC platforms at thousands of sites all around the U.S. To learn more about Merge and its fleet electrification capabilities, visit mergefleet.com and follow us on LinkedIn.