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  • September 22, 2021 11:45 AM | Anonymous


    We are excited to share our all-star line up of industry experts for EMA's 25th Annual Meeting on October 12 & 13, 2021. Join us in Austin or from the comfort of your screen.


    Hear from the following panelists and presenters:

    • Maud Texier, Head of Energy Development, Google
    • Brian Rybarik, Director, Energy Markets,  Microsoft
    • Ben Gerber, M-RETS
    • Ali Shajrawi, Manager Environmental Markets & Trading, LS Power
    • Michael Leschke, Director, Certification Programs, Center for Resource Solutions
    • Michael Enger, City of Austin 
    • Bob Shults, Head of North American Markets, Xpansiv 
    • Stephanie Harris, Director Carbon Markets, 3Degrees
    • Scobie Mackay, Macquarie
    • Matt Lithgow, Carbon Pulse
    • Adam Raphaely, Mercuria
    • Natasha Beilstein, Manager of Renewable Fuels Market, WM Renewable Energy


    Sessions Include:

    Net Zero to Negative: How Big Tech Is Pushing Into The Next Frontier Forum (45 minutes)

    When you are Google and Microsoft, you think big. Hear how these tech giants are going well beyond the popular climate pledges to set new carbon standards.  Google is pushing for 24/7 carbon-free energy while Microsoft is going carbon negative.  What will it really take for these global companies and what will be the role of environmental markets to get there? Sometimes it takes negative thinking, 24/7. 


    Breaking Down the Complexities of Hourly REC Markets (15 minutes)

    As corporates and even some governments look at a 24/7 renewable market, how will the existing market evolve to meet these demands. M-RETS was the first REC tracking system to complete an hourly retirement in collaboration with Google, and this discussion will explore hourly RECs as well as thoughts on clean peak standards and other programs that rely on more granular market data.


    The Great REConing: How RECs are Emerging (75 minutes)

    As states and companies get more aggressive on renewable targets, compliance and voluntary REC markets are showing unprecedented growth. Our panel of RECsperts will explore these ever-changing markets and what is driving them today and, in the year, ahead. Just how big can RECs get?


    Updates in Offshore Wind & What it Means for the Market (30 minutes)


    The Mechanics of Digital Natural Gas and the Methane Performance Certificate (15 minutes)

    The market for responsibly sourced fuels is growing.  New standards, improved GHG measurement, and evolving best practices now enable producers to issue digital assets, including Digital Natural Gas, that precisely quantify the environmental impact of their production methods and facilities, including methane emissions intensity, other GHG attributes, and water usage. This presentation will review the mechanics of Digital Natural Gas (including the Methane Performance Certificate) and provide practical insights gleaned from producers, marketers, and utilities involved in recent transactions.  


    Summer Of Fun:  Carbon Markets Drivers and Dives (60 minutes)

    This past summer, North American carbon markets were on a tear. CCAs, RGGI and Voluntary Carbon markets not only posted record prices but attracted new, influential participants as well.  Our panelists will dissect and debate the who, what, why and where of carbon markets.  What role will policy play? What's next for compliance and voluntary carbon markets? What impacts might EUAs have on North American carbon? And just who or what could sink these markets in the coming months?


    Page Turner: Writing the Renewable Fuels Thriller (60 minutes)

    Like every good suspense novel, renewable fuels markets are full of promise, politics, conflict and potential. Our panel of renewable fuels experts will provide an in-depth examination of what is happening at the state level in California, Oregon and soon enough in Washington, and contrast that with the topsy-turvy EPA markets. What is next for the West Coast LCFS markets and might we see the beginnings of a regional market? What policy moves will the EPA make in the near-term? And is there a national LCFS program taking shape? How might the EV trend impact all of this? This is a story with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

     

    Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to take part in the conversations shaping the future of environmental markets. Register Today!

  • August 17, 2021 8:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (August 17, 2021) -  Today, the City of Cozad and N Solar cut the ribbon on a 2.4 MWdc solar energy system that will provide power directly to the city’s electric utility. The system is located at 2nd and Monroe Streets will provide enough electricity to power 400 homes annually.

    Although the City contracts its power through Nebraska Public Power District, it can generate up to 2.4 MWdc of its power on its own, opening the possibility for the City to add solar energy to its portfolio. The City’s utility will purchase energy from the array at a fixed-price over a 30-year period providing energy savings and protection from price volatility present in a typical retail electricity contract.

    Read more here: https://www.solsystems.com/news/n-solar-and-cozad-cut-the-ribbon-at-citys-new-solar-energy-facility/

  • August 13, 2021 9:30 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (August 13, 2021) - Uniper recorded adjusted EBIT of €580 million in the first half of 2021. The prior-year figure was €691 million.

    The main reason for the decline was a price- and volume-driven increase in provisions for carbon allowances relative to the prior-year period. The provisions are mirrored by carbon hedging transactions that will be unwound in the fourth quarter of 2021. This effect therefore will not adversely impact adjusted EBIT for the year as a whole. The underlying business is stable.

    Read more here: https://www.uniper.energy/news/unipers-operating-business-delivers-stable-performance-earnings-forecast-for-2021-affirmed

  • August 12, 2021 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Thriving Communities. Thriving Landscapes. Action and impact are core to Delta as we strive to create a Midwest and Great Lakes region with a healthy environment, robust economy, and vibrant communities. Delta creates programs that show how policies, ideas, and resources can be harnessed for a more sustainable and resilient region. We take a systems view on how businesses, communities, and government and are impacted by the environment and economy and create comprehensive solutions that pull these pieces together. Delta is proud to have a multidisciplinary team, and we strive to attract a diversity of experience, skillsets, and perspectives to enable us to challenge assumptions and create new approaches to long-standing problems.

    Functional Hive – Programs

    All Midwest communities and landscapes thrive through an integrated approach to environmental, economic, and social challenges. Our work is organized into distinct initiatives that move our mission forward, clearly define our work, and articulate impact. The programs functional hive strives to successfully address the challenges and creatively assist in sustainable solutions.

    Core Skillset

    A Director manages and provides leadership to a staff team delivering projects in multiple program areas, multiple administrative or organizational development functions or manages the day-to-day implementation of multiple programs for the Delta Institute. Directors play key leadership roles representing the organization, developing new programs and obtaining funding and other resources for the work within their assigned responsibilities. Other core skillset attributes are:

    • Lead and strategize programs team and projects
    • Lead, direct and advise team with programmatic implementation
    • Articulate a vision for meeting Delta’s mission in strategic priority areas
    • Work in a timely and collaboratively manner on multiple deliverables
    • Developing new strategies that advance Delta and its mission
    • Manage multiple aspects of Delta’s work portfolio
    • Have strong analytical and problem-solving skills as well as written and verbal skills
    • Have advanced knowledge of environmental and economic issues not only in the Great Lakes region but globally

    Director, Programs

    Position Specifics

    A Director provides strategic, technical, programmatic and analytical leadership for Delta’s programs team. A Director provides leadership and mentorship to their team and is accountable for all activities and processes for their functional area. A Director provides oversight and management to initiative Leads and all functional hive staff to ensure the delivery of high-quality, on-time, and on-budget work scopes. A Director stewards the implementation of the strategic plan, and works closely with the CEO to create, implement, and iterate effective strategies to meet the goals of the organization. A Director serves as a member of the executive leadership team and collaborates with other Directors and Chiefs on a consistent basis to identify organizational issues for continuous improvement and impact. In this role, they collaborate with the CEO, other Directors and project teams to implement tasks as assigned. A Director raises funds for implementing project work that creates impact on Delta’s strategic priority areas and serves as an external representative of the organization A Director is accountable for the management and implementation of their budget for their entire portfolio.

    A Director should be at home tackling difficult environmental and social problems with often unclear paths to success or take iterative approaches with a long-term goal of seeking solutions to larger social and environmental issues. They will also need to be comfortable working by yourself, with multiple types of personalities, on tight deadlines, in ambiguous and circuitous circumstances, and have an overall positive outlook on the change that can happen in the world. A Director will also be expected to provide and accept feedback, welcome and adapt to change, challenge the status quo and be committed to the success of others.

    As part of a truly multidisciplinary organization, a Director will also interface and support other projects that require unique skills and knowledge; and, have a knack translating complex ideas to a variety of audiences both internally and externally.

    What you’ll be doing:

    Program Development and Implementation

    • Develop and lead the strategy for one or more the program areas of Delta Institutes Strategic and Implementation Plans
    • Develop business plans to support the operations for the implementation team
    • Lead, direct and advise implementation team on programmatic initiatives, deliverables, budget and development
    • Identify development opportunities to advance innovative new programs and services to achieve Delta’s mission
    • Conceptualize and develop proposals and engage team members in proposal development
    • Manage multiple projects as necessary to ensure high quality deliverables and on time and on budget completion
    • Work closely with Program Leads to develop work plans with tasks, timeframes, milestones, resources, and dependencies
    • Facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing across the team
    • Keep informed of key policies and environmental, economic and social conditions that affect the organization. Understand near-term and long-range plans and determine how to best be positioned to achieve the mission

    Financial Management

    • Understand Delta’s strategic areas and identify revenue sources to drive the vision
    • Plan, develop and accomplish budgets for programmatic work
    • Oversee efficient allocation of resources in conjunction with other team members
    • Communicate financial status and obligations of projects to CEO and management team

    Staff Management

    • Inspire, motivate and guide others toward goal accomplishments. Encourage and facilitate cooperation within the organization and with stakeholder groups
    • Support an inclusive environment where diversity and innovation are valued and embrace a culture of continuous learning
    • Mentor staff and model productive working relationships

    Relationship Management

    • Grow and maintain key professional affiliations in support of organizational and professional development goals
    • Leverage talents and networks of board members and key stakeholders to build organizational support and growth
    • Communicate and manage relationships with clients and stakeholders

    What you’ll have:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or related field with Master’s degree desirable or equivalent experience;
    • At least 10 years of management experience
    • Strong record of accomplishment as an effective manager and a skillful, innovative leader capable of delivering results
    • Deep knowledge of environmental and economic development
    • Strong demonstrated fundraising experience and/or earned income generation with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including government, foundations, corporate sponsors, and practitioner groups
    • Ability to create and nurture a culture of continuous learning, personal accountability, creative problem solving, and collaboration.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • Ability to motivate and inspire high performing staff teams, boards and committees, and partners
    • Knowledge of and a base of relationships with key stakeholders in the Great Lakes region
    • Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for Delta’s mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a leadership team
    • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple tasks and deadlines, and manage work in sometimes ambiguous situations

    Core competencies are the values and defined behaviors that we believe are central to the ability of every employee to do the work of the Delta Institute. These core competencies are a combination of knowledge, skills and behaviors that are the mark of a good Delta employee. Core competencies are a distinguishing characteristic of Delta employees for our clients, customers and stakeholders. They are a visible demonstration of our shared values and are evident in how we work together. Individuals can be at different levels of ability on a specific core competency which is why we measure ability each year and provide feedback and development suggestions.

    All Delta employees have these core competencies:

    • Adaptive
    • Cooperative
    • Equitable
    • Passionate
    • Pragmatic
    • Transparent
    • Tenacious

    Physical Demands and Work Environment

    • Continually required to sit
    • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
    • Continually required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl
    • Continually required to talk or hear
    • While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
    • The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 10 pounds

    Please email application packet (one PDF) that includes the following:

    • cover letter
    • resume

    All as one PDF to: careers@delta-institute.org
    Subject line: Director, Programs
    Application submission due date: 8/30/21
    No phone calls, please.


    https://delta-institute.org/position/director-programs-apply-2021/

  • August 06, 2021 11:12 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    Call for EMA Nominations: Board of Directors

     
    The Environmental Markets Association Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for three positions on the EMA Board of Directors.  

    Terms expiring at the Annual Meeting (October 11-13, 2021 in Austin, TX) are Daniel Scarbrough, IncubEx and Ken Nelson, Blue Delta Energy.  

    Your suggestions as to possible candidates may be sent in writing to the Nominating Committee via EMA’s Executive Director Lauren LeMunyan no later than August 27, 2021 

    Nominees must be dues paid members of the EMA (Green, Bronze, Silver or Gold level). Elections will be held electronically prior to the 25th Annual Meeting and the terms of the elected directors will begin immediately following the meeting. 

  • August 04, 2021 8:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (August 4, 2021) - McDonald’s Corporation and eBay Inc. today announced agreements with Lightsource bp to purchase power from what will be Louisiana’s largest solar project, located 30 miles northwest of Baton Rouge in Pointe Coupee Parish.

    The 345 megawatt Ventress Solar project will help McDonald’s and eBay meet their sustainability goals and advance their commitment to climate action, while growing Lightsource bp’s expanding footprint of solar assets across the Southeast. 

    Read more here: https://3degreesinc.com/news/mcdonalds-and-ebay-team-up-with-lightsource-bp-to-power-us-operations-with-solar/

  • August 03, 2021 10:19 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    Lead of Environmental Commodities Strategies and Operations

    Sol Systems is seeking an Environmental Commodities Strategy & Operations Lead to help manage and grow Sol’s portfolio of SRECs, RECs, LCFS, and other commodities.  This is an ideal position for an experienced manager with a proven track record in shaping expansion strategies and building partnerships in environmental commodity markets as well as a high-level understanding of the operational mechanics of trading platforms.  This position will be at a Director, Senior Director, or VP level based on the candidate’s experience level.    

    Sol Systems is a solar energy project development and financial services company with a national footprint and a diverse customer, investor, and partner base.  It has financed or developed over $2 billion of solar energy assets to date.  As a leading renewable energy developer, financier, trader and operator, Sol empowers entrepreneurs to have a meaningful impact on the world with a focus on catalyzing the development and operation of sustainable infrastructure.

    Over the last decade the company has evolved its environmental commodity desk to build a leading solar development company serving Amazon, Walmart and a number of the Fortune 500 companies, and one of the largest solar infrastructure funds in the country.  

    Sol’s Environmental Commodities division is the oldest division at Sol, founded in 2008. The team is an innovative market maker having helped open several state markets and developing solutions to make environmental commodity market participation accessible to all – whether they generate a few credits each year or hundreds of thousands of credits each year.  In addition, Sol has pioneered long-term strips and upfront contracts for several commodities to help market participants hedge against market volatility.  Sol was the first company to offer long-term strips and upfronts for SRECs across PJM and NEPOOL.  In addition, the Environmental Commodities team has also raised capital with institutional and individual investors to build out solar projects with optimized environmental credit investing.  The Environmental Commodities team now manages one of the largest portfolios in the country serving over 17,000 customers via 200+ exclusive partnerships and 400+ MWs of capacity.   

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Work with senior leadership to build out and manage a 7 member team focused on strategy, business development, and operations in environmental commodity markets
    • Lead market expansion into new products, services, and geographic areas
    • Develop channel partnerships with solar installers, solar / wind developers, EV charging and fleet network operators, other environmental commodity market participants
    • Manage and maintain several existing key client relationships
    • Build pro-active outreach strategies to our customers and partners to keep them engaged and up to date on Sol’s offerings and market happenings
    • Represent Sol at industry events
    • Work with Marketing to create new collateral and marketing materials including thought leadership pieces
    • Work with IT to build out new technology solutions to better serve our partners and customers as well as internal teams
    • Work with Legal to ensure contracts and compliance needs are being met at the highest standard
    • Manage, train and mentor junior staff

    A successful candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

    • 7+ years of experience in environmental commodity markets; particularly, SRECs, RECs, or LCFS
    • Business development, sales, and operations experience within environmental commodity markets (trading experience a plus but not required)
    • Strong understanding of solar and energy markets
    • Experience managing and coaching team members
    • Experience originating new partnerships and leading sales
    • Ability to communicate and understand trading or aggregation strategies to an investment committee and risk groups
    • Understanding of environmental commodity financial products (ex. spot transactions, long-term contracts, upfronts, etc)
    • Drive, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work at and build up a small but growing business
    • Strong interest to make an impact in the clean energy industry
    • Demonstrated commitment to excellence
    • Creative problem solver
    • Hungry to build something that you will own

    Location & Hours: This is a full-time role and will be based in our Washington, DC office.

    Commitment & Compensation: This position will be at a director, senior director, or VP level based on candidate experience and compensation will be commensurate with experience. In addition, Sol Systems provides health insurance, retirement benefits, partial gym reimbursement, education benefits, parental leave, paid vacation, sick and federal holidays, and the opportunity to work in a unique and dynamic environment.

    To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.

    Deadline: We hope to hire for this position immediately and will review applicants on a rolling basis.

    Sol Systems is an equal-opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, orientation, creed, or other traits. Sol Systems supports and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

  • August 02, 2021 9:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (August 2, 2021) - Evolution Markets facilitated the first trade in the CME Group-listed CBL NatureBased Global Emissions Offset (N-GEO) futures contact.

    The trade, which involved Hartree Partners and Andurand Climate and Energy Transition Fund as counterparties, represents an important marker in the development of a listed futures market for high-quality carbon offsets.

    Read more here: https://www.evomarkets.com/content/news/news_releases_50_news_release_pdf.pdf

  • July 27, 2021 8:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (July 27, 2021) - Xpansiv is experiencing tremendous growth, with increased market share being driven by the rapid rise of ESG markets as companies seek to fulfill carbon-neutral commitments; to date, more than 1,500 global corporations have announced a commitment to net-zero. This growing dedication to decarbonization is expected to underpin market growth for decades to come, with Xpansiv’s digital infrastructure uniquely positioned to facilitate this transition.

    Read more here: https://xpansiv.com/interview-with-executive-chairman-will-stewart/

  • July 23, 2021 12:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (July 23, 2021) - Burton’s experience in utility incentives, restaurant operations, and HVAC replacement all intersected when a large client with over 2,200 restaurants mentioned they were replacing HVAC units at their restaurants in the Chicago market. 

    We quickly inquired about the incentives they were receiving for the units and their response was, “What incentives?”.

    Read more here: http://www.theenergytrail.com/everybody-likes-free-money/

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