Aug 29, 2013

Electric Chargers for Sports Teams, Fans

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The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and the GoElectricDrive Foundation recently announced a new partnership with th...

The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and the GoElectricDrive Foundation recently announced a new partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit that brings sports organizations and environmental experts together to improve the environmental performance of sports teams and facilities. The announcement was made at the Green Sports Alliance's 3rd Annual Summit in New York City.  

“There is a clear synergy between our efforts to educate consumers about the electric drive vehicles, and what the Green Sports Alliance is working to accomplish,” said Brian Wynne, president of EDTA and the GoElectricDrive Foundation. 

“We are partnering to show organizations the benefits of integrating electric drive in their fleets, which will get their team to the next game at a quarter of the cost of gasoline, and of giving fans a place to charge up while they're watching a ballgame."      

By using electric drive vehicles for their teams and offering their fans access to vehicle charging, sports organizations across the United States have an opportunity to help improve the air quality in their local communities, combat climate change and join the effort to reduce our dependence on oil. Going electric has other benefits, including reduced transportation costs, possible access to tax incentives and enhanced sponsor revenues.  

“Partnering with EDTA will allow us to leverage their extensive network of technical resources and help our members identify opportunities surrounding the electrification of transportation, including the adoption of charging stations, use of electric and hybrid fleet vehicles and provide education for their fans about cleaner transportation solutions,” says Martin Tull, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance.

“We've already seen a significant rise in the number of electric charging stations installed at sports venues and used by both employees and fans.”

The GoElectricDrive Foundation, the charitable arm of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, was established in 2012 to spearhead consumer education and awareness campaigns that promote electric drive adoption. The teaming of these organizations reflects both the growing interest of corporate and nonprofit organizations in serving as environmental leaders and the acceleration of consumer interest in electric vehicles.  

The EDTA is the trade association promoting battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and conferences. Its membership includes vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy companies, technology developers, component suppliers, government agencies and others.

The Green Sports Alliance is a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent over 170 professional and collegiate sports teams and venues from 16 different sports leagues. Visit for information.

Source: Electric Drive Transportation Association

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
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Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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