Business Briefs

By Anna Simet | January 03, 2019

GE sells distributed power business  
Advent International has completed the acquisition of General Electric’s distributed power business and is now a standalone energy company rebranded as INNIO. The transaction includes the Jenbacher and Waukesha product lines, the digital platform and related services offerings, with main operating sites in Austria, Canada and the U.S.

INNIO has a proven track record of more than 80 years of reciprocating engine heritage in distributed power generation and gas compression.

Kiel receives Clean Energy Legislative Champion award
On Oct. 30, Minnesota Rep. Debra Kiel was presented with the 2018 Clean Energy Legislative Champion Award by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota at an event hosted by Northwest Manufacturing. Kiel has championed a bill the past two legislative sessions that would assist Minnesota homeowners in addressing the financial challenges associated with purchasing an advanced biomass heating system. This marks the second year that CEEM recognized a member of the Minnesota Legislature for their commitment to innovative, reliable and affordable clean energy.

Bathan AG names Streetz business development director
Bathan AG has appointed Holger Streetz as director of business development, effective in December.Streetz has some 10 years of experience in the biomass and renewable energy industry, serving as a board member of Bathan AG for eight years, handling investor relations and managing international projects. In his new position, he will be responsible for expansion of strategic co-operations and the development of new markets, with a focus on biomass and animal feed in the Americas and Europe.
Covanta announces new vice president of safety and health
Covanta, a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, has hired Charles E. Clarke as vice president of safety and health.

At Covanta, he is tasked with setting the direction and driving continuous improvement of the company’s safety and health programs, identifying leading and lagging indicators for new and existing operations, construction and capital projects.
Clarke brings more than 25 years of safety, health and environmental excellence. He comes to Covanta from Air Liquide, where he was a corporate safety and industrial hygiene manager. Prior to Air Liquide, he held various senior-level positions with Ascend Performance Materials, Rhone-Poulenc/Aventis and others. 

Clarke holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (formerly known as Cook College), a Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University College of Law and a Master of Science degree in industrial hygiene from the University of Michigan.

Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas hits member milestone
With the addition of eight new members in September and October, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas—the trade association representing the North American renewable natural gas (RNG, biomethane or upgraded biogas) industry—now represents more than 150 member companies and organizations.

The RNG Coalition began with seven members in July 2011, when there were just 31 operating RNG projects in North America. Today, there are 85 production facilities, with dozens more under construction.   
The eight newest members represent the broad value chain of the RNG industry. They include engineering and consulting firm Bartlett & West, law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Northeast Gas Association, WGL, EnviTec Biogas, SysAdvance, Ingevity and the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition.

Renewable Energy Group names Warner CEO
Advanced biofuel producer Renewable Energy Group Inc. has named Cynthia Warner president and CEO effective January 14, at which time she will also join the board of directors. Randy Howard, who has served as president and CEO since July 2017, will remain on the board and assist in the transition.

Warner brings more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry, including an extensive background in refining. Most recently, she served as executive vice president of operations for Andeavor (formerly Tesoro Corp.). Prior to her most recent role, Warner served as executive vice president of strategy and business development for Andeavor. Other past positions include president, CEO and chairman of the board at Sapphire Energy, a biofuels company, and group vice president of global refining and of health, safety, security, environmental and technology for British Petroleum. Warner serves as a member of the board of directors for IDEX Corp., and as a member of the National Petroleum Council.

Verbio to buy DuPont cellulosic ethanol plant, convert to RNG
DuPont Industrial Biosciences has reached an agreement to sell its Nevada, Iowa, cellulosic ethanol facility to the U.S. subsidiary of German bioenergy producer Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG.
On Nov. 8, Dupont and Verbio North America Corp. announced the companies have reached terms for VNA to acquire the 30 MMgy facility, along with a portion of its corn stover inventory. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and was expected to close in November.

VNA intends to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) made from corn stover and other cellulosic crop residues at the site, which will be Verbio’s third facility devoted to the technology. VNA plans to start construction on the Nevada RNG plant in the spring, with commercial RNG production expected to begin summer 2020.

Doosan Babcock strengthens partnership with Drax Power
Doosan Babcock and Drax Power Ltd. have agreed a new long-term contract for the provision of maintenance and outage services to the U.K.’s largest power station. The deal, worth at least £60 million, continues to cement the strong relationship between both companies dating back to the construction of the plant near Selby, Yorkshire, which began 50 years ago. 

The new, four-year partnership, with the option for a further four years, will strengthen workforce collaboration and improve efficiencies in maintaining and extending the life of the plant, which is responsible for providing 7 percent of the U.K.’s electricity.