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EBI News for July 03, 2024 – SWCA joins World Business Council for Sustainable Development

EBI News for July 03, 2024 – The following news section contains the latest stories for the environmental industry. Including, SWCA joins World Business Council for Sustainable Development, acquisitions, and more!

Stantec selected for Phase 2 of Pure Water San Diego

Stantec (Edmonton, Alberta) has been selected to provide program management and engineering technical services for Phase 2 of the City of San Diego’s Pure Water San Diego water reuse program. Phase 2 is a multibillion-dollar potable reuse initiative. Stantec will provide services for a new group of projects that include an advanced water treatment facility, water reclamation plant, pump stations, and pipelines. Recycled water will undergo an advanced water treatment process and be used as a drinking water source. When complete, the City anticipates that it will supply up to half of its drinking water through potable reuse while reducing ocean discharges. San Diego has historically imported 85% of its water from the Colorado River and California State Water Project. 

 

UES makes strategic acquisition in Midwest

UES (Orlando, Fla.), a provider of specialized engineering, environmental, materials testing, and inspection services, has acquired CSI (Lexington, Ky.), a consulting firm focused on engineering and construction science. Founded in 2009, CSI provides geotechnical engineering, drilling, testing, inspection, and environmental services. Recent projects include geotechnical engineering for a large natural gas power plant for Louisville Gas and Electric in Kentucky, and quality testing services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. CSI has a second office in Cincinnati, Ohio and joins UES’ Midwest region. UES has made multiple acquisitions since 2019, building a staff of 4,000 professionals across more than 90 branches.

 

SWCA joins World Business Council for Sustainable Development

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) named SWCA Environmental Consultants (Phoenix, Ariz.) as its latest member in June. By becoming a WBCSD member, SWCA gains access to additional avenues to impact global strategies and technical challenges. “Our greatest opportunity to make positive contributions to the environment and society is through the solutions that we’ve been providing clients for over 40 years,” said Joseph J. Fluder, III, president and CEO of SWCA. “Joining WBCSD allows us to gain an even better understanding of the challenges that the world’s leading companies face when it comes to business sustainability and offers us opportunities to share our expertise and continue to make positive, lasting, and meaningful impact.”

 

Recurrent Energy closes $103M tax credit transfer agreement

Recurrent Energy (Austin, Texas), a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) and a developer of utility scale solar and energy storage, has signed a $103 million tax credit facilitation agreement with Bank of America for its North Fork Solar Project. This agreement marks Recurrent Energy’s first production tax credit transaction and first tax credit transfer transaction. The 160-MW project, southwest of Oklahoma City, is now operational, and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority will purchase 100% of the energy produced. Recurrent Energy began developing North Fork Solar in 2018.

 

Archaea Energy and Republic Services mark first RNG plant

Archaea Energy (Houston), a subsidiary of BP, and waste disposal company Republic Services (Phoenix, Ariz.) announced the first renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in the companies’ Lightning Renewables joint venture (JV). The Archaea Modular Design (AMD) plant at Republic’s National Serv-All Landfill in Fort Wayne, Ind., is the first of approximately 40 landfill gas-to-RNG projects targeted by the JV and is scheduled to come online this summer. The Fort Wayne plant will convert landfill gas from Republic’s landfill into RNG and is expected to process enough gas to heat more than 25,000 homes annually. According to BP, the 2022 acquisition of Archaea makes it the largest RNG producer in the United States.

 

Heritage Environmental expands into demilitarization market

A subsidiary of Heritage Environmental Services (Indianapolis, Ind.) is set to acquire EBV (Joplin, Mo.) from General Dynamics. EBV provides demilitarization and energetics waste disposal services. The firm’s 55-acre facility includes one rotary kiln incinerator, one car bottom furnace, 11 thermal treatment units, and several automated demilitarization lines. Services include characterization, analysis, and transportation for on-site storage, treatment, disposal, and recycling. Heritage Environmental is an EQT Infrastructure portfolio company.

 

Azuria adds to portfolio

Azuria Corporation (St. Louis, Mo.), a pipe rehab and water solutions company, announced the acquisition of Infrastructure Services Group LLC (ISG, Greenville, S.C.), a firm that acquires private companies specializing in inspection, repair and rehabilitation of water and wastewater infrastructure systems. The acquisition includes the purchase of ISG partner companies, including Mr. Rehab, Green Mountain Pipeline Services, and Inland Waters. 

 

Weston Solutions and TEKSOL forge mentor-protégé partnership 

Weston Solutions Inc. (West Chester, Pa.) announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved its Mentor Protégé Agreement with TEKSOL Integration Group Inc. (Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) an SBA certified 8(a) small disadvantaged business. The partnership will provide design-build and design-bid-build services, in addition to maintenance and repair. With offices in Florida and Puerto Rico and a staff of more than 60 employees, TEKSOL has nearly 15 years specializing in power, controls, and automation for federal agencies and regulated industries including pharmaceutical, medical, and food/beverage. The partnership’s delivery model leverages national program and regional project management, with local field construction and integrated teams of suppliers and specialty subcontractors to provide delivery.

 

SewerAI raises $15M Series B 

SewerAI (Walnut Creek, Calif.), a specialist in AI and cloud-driven sewer condition assessment, announced a $15 million Series B funding round led by Innovius Capital. “The U.S. is facing critical infrastructure challenges, and AI solutions that drive down costs and speed up remediation will be key,” said Justin Moore, CEO of Innovius Capital. SewerAI clients include the city of Houston and the Puris Corporation. “U.S. municipalities spend about $50 billion annually just to maintain their aging pipe infrastructure. Our software has saved tens of thousands of engineering hours and tens of millions of dollars for our customers,” said Matthew Rosenthal, SewerAI’s founder and CEO.

 

EPA, DOE announce $850M to reduce methane pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy announced that applications are open for $850 million in federal funding for projects to monitor, measure, quantify and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. Oil and natural gas facilities are the nation’s largest industrial source of methane. Primary funding objectives include helping small operators significantly reduce methane emissions using commercially available technology, accelerating the repair of methane leaks from low-producing wells, and deploying early-commercial technology to reduce methane emissions from new and existing equipment such as natural gas compressors, gas-fueled engines, etc.

 

Cyber Enviro-Tech to acquire saltwater disposal facility

Remediation firm Cyber Enviro-Tech Inc. (CETI, Scottsdale, Ariz.) announced a memorandum of understanding to acquire a saltwater disposal (SWD) facility in the Permian Basin of West Texas. CETI plans to collaborate with a long-established SWD and oil field operating company to restore the facility and develop a pilot plant that manages water disposal and showcases advanced technologies in desalinization, water remediation, and sludge contamination removal, converting waste into saleable oil. Using biotechnology solutions, CETI aims to demonstrate that it can repurpose wastewater for agricultural use or even for potable drinking water. CETI expects to sign a definitive agreement by the third quarter of 2024 with production and revenue generation following soon thereafter

 

AECOM to help restore Ukraine’s hydropower infrastructure

AECOM (Dallas) announced a partnership with Ukrhydroenergo, the main hydropower generating company in Ukraine, to help restore Ukraine’s hydropower systems. “AECOM has many years of professional experience in the development, design and reconstruction of hydropower facilities and dams around the world. Our partnership and cooperation will be an important step in restoring the damaged Ukrainian energy infrastructure in general and hydropower generation in particular,” said Ihor Syrota, chief executive officer of Ukrhydroenergo. The partnership was signed in Berlin, Germany at the 2024 Ukraine Recovery Conference.

 

Investor guide to natural climate solutions for the voluntary carbon market

The ERM Sustainability Institute, Natural Climate Solutions Alliance, Forest Investor Club, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development have launched a comprehensive guide to help corporate investors and financial institutions understand how to invest in high-integrity natural climate solutions (NCS). According to ERM, private sector investment in NCS has been limited to date with only 18% of the $200 billion invested in nature-based solutions coming from private finance. The new guide explores how high-integrity NCS projects and increased trust in the voluntary carbon market can help to establish NCS as a valuable asset class that offers investors reliable sources of carbon credits and returns on investment, while supporting sustainability goals.

 

CWA leaves 55% of water from rivers vulnerable to pollution

The Supreme Court ruled last year that ephemeral streams–rivers that only flow in response to weather events—do not fall under the protection of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Research led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Yale University and published in the journal Science, suggests that this leaves many U.S. waterways vulnerable to pollution. Researchers built a model that identifies every ephemeral stream in the contiguous United States and found that, on average, they contribute 55% of the water that comes out of the mouth of regional river systems across the United States. While river basins west of the Mississippi are more influenced by ephemeral streams than eastern rivers, researchers were surprised to discover how influential ephemeral streams were on the East Coast as well. According to one of the study’s authors, a professor of law at Yale Law School, this work helps provide a constitutional basis to include ephemeral streams in the CWA.

 

True Environmental acquires Sphere 3

Sphere 3 Environmental Inc. (Longview, Texas) has joined True Environmental Inc. (New York, N.Y.), a company that partners with founder- and employee-owned consulting and engineering firms, providing capital to accelerate growth and liquidity events for ownership transition. Founded in 2002, Sphere 3 Environmental provides environmental consulting services to a diverse client base, including Fortune 500 companies and government, commercial, and industrial clients. Backed by Halle Capital, True Environmental is a platform focused on building a consulting and engineering organization for environmental end markets. 

 

Tigris Aquatic expands capabilities and Northeast reach

Stormwater management firm Tigris Aquatic Services LLC (Bordentown, N.J.) has acquired Aquatic Analysts Inc. (Stillwater Township, N.J.), a full-service environmental consulting company specializing in lake, pond and watershed management. Established in 1984, Aquatic Analysts is a pioneer in lake and pond management in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast and services more than 200 clients annually, including some of the most prestigious water bodies in the region. Formed in 2022, Tigris operates as a platform company and is a portfolio company of Plexus Capital.

 

Eurelectric publishes biodiversity guide developed by WSP 

Eurelectric (Brussels, Belgium), the association representing the European electricity industry, commissioned WSP (Montreal, Quebec) to deliver a guidebook for sustainable deployment of grid and renewable projects. The Power Plant Guidebook contains 12 principles for biodiversity and environmental protection and 15 case studies, alongside concrete steps for developers when siting, planning, building, operating and decommissioning renewables or grid projects. Recommendations are provided to support renewable developers and system operators to scale up the integration of biodiversity into renewable energy across wind, solar, hydro and grid and storage. In Europe, 80% of natural habitats are degraded, with climate change cited as one of the leading causes of biodiversity loss.

 

Weaver Consultants combines with Avocet Environmental

Weaver Consultants Group (Chicago, Ill.) has joined with Avocet Environmental Inc. (Irvine, Calif.), an environmental consulting company specializing in best-practice business solutions to address environmental liabilities for industrial, institutional, and commercial clients. Avocet has served a diverse client base for over 20 years on sites ranging from strip mall dry cleaners to 350-acre aerospace facilities. Avocet will become part of the Environmental Practice Group within Weaver Consultants, becoming the company’s 22nd office location. “This strategic move is set to bring long-term benefits to our clients in the environmental and industrial sectors on the West Coast,” Weaver noted in a press release.

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