NASA waits for propulsion test module for the Orion spacecraft program.

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Program of Orion spacecraft, joint project by NASA and ESA, reached another milestone.

Airbus Defence and Space announced that delivered for further tests to NASA The Propulsion Qualification Test Model (PQM), necessary for further testing Orion European Service Module (ESM) and its propulsion subsystems. As European Space Agency is key partner for Orion project; Airbus was designated as main contractor. PQM started its journey on ship to NASA’s White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) in New Mexico from Bremerhaven, with Houston as first destination point in the United States. it will reach White Sands around half of February. The Propulsion Qualification Test Model will not be part of first or any Orion spacecraft designated for real space missions. It was designed and manufactured only for testing and it will be

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MULTIMEDIA UPDATE: AltaGas Celebrates Opening of North America’s Largest Battery Storage Facility

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/EINPresswire.com/ — CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Jan 27, 2017) –

Editor’s Note: There are two photos associated with this release.

Today, AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) celebrated the grand opening of its Pomona Energy Storage Facility at the site of its existing Pomona generation facility in the East Los Angeles Basin of Southern California (the “Facility”). At 20 megawatts (MW) of electricity storage capacity, it is currently the largest battery storage facility in operation in North America. In addition to AltaGas constructing the Facility on-time and on-budget, the company completed construction of the lithium-ion battery system in less than four months, which ranks as one of the fastest deployments of battery storage capacity on this scale in the industry to date.

“We are pleased to advance our California power strategy by bringing 20 MW of battery storage online within a precedent setting four months,” said David Harris, President and CEO of AltaGas. “Providing energy from electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries provides clean reliable energy that complements California’s renewable energy portfolio while adding to the versatility of our asset base which is well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments.”

In August 2016, AltaGas’ subsidiary, AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Inc., signed a 10-year Energy Storage Resource Adequacy Purchase Agreement (“ESA”) with Southern California Edison (‘SCE”) for 20 MW of energy storage at AltaGas’ existing Pomona facility. Under the terms of the ESA, AltaGas will provide SCE with 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity for a continuous four hour period, which represents the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. AltaGas will receive fixed monthly resource adequacy payments under the ESA and will retain the rights to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the lithium-ion batteries. Commercial operations of the Facility under the terms of the ESA began on December 31, 2016.

“Offsetting periods of peak power with 80 MWh from battery storage is enough power to feed the electricity needs of approximately 15,000 homes over the four-hour period,” said Harris.

The Facility features industry leaders in the energy storage industry including Samsung SDI, Parker Hannifin, Power Engineers and Greensmith Energy Management Systems. ARB was the General Contractor with support from the California Building Trades.

AltaGas’ other assets in California include six natural gas-fired power generating facilities, as well as development projects.

AltaGas is an energy infrastructure company with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on clean energy sources.

This release contains forward-looking statements. When used herein, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “can”, “will”, “be”, “intend”, “possible”, “plan”, “develop”, “anticipate”, “target’, “believe”, “seek”, “propose”, “continue”, “estimate”, “spur”, “expect”, and similar expressions, as they relate to AltaGas or an affiliate of AltaGas, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, and without limitation, this release contains forward-looking statements with respect to AltaGas’ ability to advance its California power strategy, the ability of electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries to provide clean reliable energy that compliments California’s renewable energy portfolio, the ability of the Facility to add versatility to AltaGas’ asset base, AltaGas’ asset base being well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments, AltaGas ability to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the Facility the provision of 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity to SCE under the terms of the ESA and the ability of the Facility to provide the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect AltaGas’ current views with respect to future events based on certain material factors and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, changes in market, competition, governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions and other factors set out in AltaGas’ public disclosure documents. Many factors could cause AltaGas’ actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those described in this release, including without limitation those listed above. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this release as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, sought, proposed, estimated or expected, and such forward-looking statements included in, or incorporated by reference in this release, should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this release. AltaGas does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

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SmallGEO’s first flight reaches orbit

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“The launch of this first SmallGEO platform marks another major success for ESA’s programme of Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems, known as ARTES, which aims to boost the competitiveness of its Member State industry through innovation,” noted Magali Vaissiere, ESA’s Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications.

“SmallGEO is part of our continuous efforts to strengthen the position of European and Canadian industry in the commercial telecommunications market, expanding the current range of available products.

“The next satellite based on SmallGEO will be EDRS-C, as the second node to the European Data Relay System.”

Carlos Espinós Gómez, CEO of Hispasat, said: “For Hispasat, this new satellite represents an important step forward in its innovation strategy.

“Hispasat 36W-1 is not only the first mission of the new SmallGEO platform, but also incorporates an advanced regenerative payload that will provide the satellite with greater flexibility and signal quality thanks to its reconfigurable antenna and onboard processor, thus improving the telecommunications services it will provide to our clients.

“We are very satisfied with our collaboration with ESA, which has allowed us to participate in a leading technological project to which they have added significant value with their knowledge and experience in the space sector.”

Marco Fuchs, CEO of OHB System AG, commented: “The launch is a major milestone in the history of OHB. Hispasat 36W-1 proves that OHB’s concept of a modular and flexible SmallGEO platform fits into the market.

“SmallGEO is destined to build a cornerstone for Europe’s future activities in the segment of geostationary satellites in the three-tonne class.

“For OHB, Hispasat 36W-1 is the first project of a wide scope of future missions based on the SmallGEO platform, including a revolution in satellite technology: the full electric propulsion mission Electra.” 

UHY LLP Reports: Personal Property Tax Filing Season is Underway

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PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX FILING SEASON IS UNDERWAY

2016 brought significant changes to personal property tax filing in Michigan. Updates to the General Property Tax Act allowed businesses involved in manufacturing to significantly reduce their personal property tax liability by filing a Form 5278, thus classifying all personal property on a parcel as ‘eligible manufacturing personal property’ (EMPP). Qualified new EMPP (property purchased 2013-2016) and qualified previously existing EMPP (property purchased in years 2006 and prior) are exempt from personal property tax. Property purchased in years 2007 to 2012 remain subject to ad valorem taxation in 2017, albeit this property will become phased out and exempt from local level tax rates over the next six years. In summary, filing a Form 5278 rather than a traditional personal property tax return will:

  • Exempt all qualified new, and previously existing EMPP from personal property taxation. Property will become subject to the essential services assessment (ESA). The ESA is applied at a significantly lower rate than personal property taxation.
  • Significantly lower the state equalized value of property purchased between 2007 and 2012, thus lowering the amount of tax assessed.

There are three steps to filing the Form 5278:
1. FILE – File Form 5278 with your local assessor by Feb. 21, 2017
2. CERTIFY – After May 1, 2017, you must go online via the MTO (Michigan Treasury Online) system and “certify” the return (approve it)
3. PAY – the ESA must be electronically paid through MTO between May 1 – Aug.15, 2017 It is important to note that Form 5278 is not mailed to taxpayers, but can be found here. The Small Business Taxpayer Exemption will still provide a complete exemption from personal property tax for industrial or commercial personal property when the combined true cash value of all industrial personal property and commercial personal property owned by, leased by or in the possession of the owner or a related entity claiming the exemption is less than $80,000 in the local tax collecting unit. Form 5076 must be received at the assessor’s office by Feb. 10 and postmarks with Feb. 10 dates are acceptable. In conclusion, businesses with personal property will have the following options available for 2017:

  • If the true cash value of the personal property held in a taxing jurisdiction is less than $80,000 at Dec. 31, 2016, file Form 5076 by Feb. 10, 2017. This will claim an exemption from personal property tax, or
  • If you are a manufacturer, and hold EMPP, file Form 5278 by Feb. 21, 2017 (postmarks dated Feb. 21, 2017 are NOT acceptable). You will then be assessed property tax on the non-exempt EMPP and assessed the ESA on the exempt EMPP, or
  • If you are a non-manufacturer, file Form 632 (Personal Property Statement) by Feb. 21, 2017 (postmarks dated Feb. 21, 2017 are NOT acceptable). The form may not be mailed to you, a copy may be obtained here.

For more information regarding the personal property tax exemptions, please contact your professional at UHY LLP in Detroit 313 964 1040, Farmington Hills 248 355 1040 or Sterling Heights 586 254 1040, or visit us on the web at http://www.uhy-us.com.

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MULTIMEDIA UPDATE: AltaGas Celebrates Opening of North America’s Largest Battery Storage Facility

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CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Jan. 27, 2017) –

Editor’s Note: There are two photos associated with this release.

Today, AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) celebrated the grand opening of its Pomona Energy Storage Facility at the site of its existing Pomona generation facility in the East Los Angeles Basin of Southern California (the “Facility”). At 20 megawatts (MW) of electricity storage capacity, it is currently the largest battery storage facility in operation in North America. In addition to AltaGas constructing the Facility on-time and on-budget, the company completed construction of the lithium-ion battery system in less than four months, which ranks as one of the fastest deployments of battery storage capacity on this scale in the industry to date.

“We are pleased to advance our California power strategy by bringing 20 MW of battery storage online within a precedent setting four months,” said David Harris, President and CEO of AltaGas. “Providing energy from electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries provides clean reliable energy that complements California’s renewable energy portfolio while adding to the versatility of our asset base which is well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments.”

In August 2016, AltaGas’ subsidiary, AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Inc., signed a 10-year Energy Storage Resource Adequacy Purchase Agreement (“ESA”) with Southern California Edison (‘SCE”) for 20 MW of energy storage at AltaGas’ existing Pomona facility. Under the terms of the ESA, AltaGas will provide SCE with 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity for a continuous four hour period, which represents the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. AltaGas will receive fixed monthly resource adequacy payments under the ESA and will retain the rights to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the lithium-ion batteries. Commercial operations of the Facility under the terms of the ESA began on December 31, 2016.

“Offsetting periods of peak power with 80 MWh from battery storage is enough power to feed the electricity needs of approximately 15,000 homes over the four-hour period,” said Harris.

The Facility features industry leaders in the energy storage industry including Samsung SDI, Parker Hannifin, Power Engineers and Greensmith Energy Management Systems. ARB was the General Contractor with support from the California Building Trades.

AltaGas’ other assets in California include six natural gas-fired power generating facilities, as well as development projects.

AltaGas is an energy infrastructure company with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on clean energy sources.

This release contains forward-looking statements. When used herein, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “can”, “will”, “be”, “intend”, “possible”, “plan”, “develop”, “anticipate”, “target’, “believe”, “seek”, “propose”, “continue”, “estimate”, “spur”, “expect”, and similar expressions, as they relate to AltaGas or an affiliate of AltaGas, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, and without limitation, this release contains forward-looking statements with respect to AltaGas’ ability to advance its California power strategy, the ability of electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries to provide clean reliable energy that compliments California’s renewable energy portfolio, the ability of the Facility to add versatility to AltaGas’ asset base, AltaGas’ asset base being well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments, AltaGas ability to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the Facility the provision of 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity to SCE under the terms of the ESA and the ability of the Facility to provide the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect AltaGas’ current views with respect to future events based on certain material factors and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, changes in market, competition, governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions and other factors set out in AltaGas’ public disclosure documents. Many factors could cause AltaGas’ actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those described in this release, including without limitation those listed above. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this release as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, sought, proposed, estimated or expected, and such forward-looking statements included in, or incorporated by reference in this release, should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this release. AltaGas does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

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MULTIMEDIA UPDATE: AltaGas Celebrates Opening of North America’s Largest Battery Storage Facility

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CALGARY, ALBERTA — (Marketwired) — 01/27/17 — Editor’s Note: There are two photos associated with this release.

Today, AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX: ALA) celebrated the grand opening of its Pomona Energy Storage Facility at the site of its existing Pomona generation facility in the East Los Angeles Basin of Southern California (the “Facility”). At 20 megawatts (MW) of electricity storage capacity, it is currently the largest battery storage facility in operation in North America. In addition to AltaGas constructing the Facility on-time and on-budget, the company completed construction of the lithium-ion battery system in less than four months, which ranks as one of the fastest deployments of battery storage capacity on this scale in the industry to date.

“We are pleased to advance our California power strategy by bringing 20 MW of battery storage online within a precedent setting four months,” said David Harris, President and CEO of AltaGas. “Providing energy from electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries provides clean reliable energy that complements California’s renewable energy portfolio while adding to the versatility of our asset base which is well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments.”

In August 2016, AltaGas’ subsidiary, AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Inc., signed a 10-year Energy Storage Resource Adequacy Purchase Agreement (“ESA”) with Southern California Edison (‘SCE”) for 20 MW of energy storage at AltaGas’ existing Pomona facility. Under the terms of the ESA, AltaGas will provide SCE with 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity for a continuous four hour period, which represents the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. AltaGas will receive fixed monthly resource adequacy payments under the ESA and will retain the rights to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the lithium-ion batteries. Commercial operations of the Facility under the terms of the ESA began on December 31, 2016.

“Offsetting periods of peak power with 80 MWh from battery storage is enough power to feed the electricity needs of approximately 15,000 homes over the four-hour period,” said Harris.

The Facility features industry leaders in the energy storage industry including Samsung SDI, Parker Hannifin, Power Engineers and Greensmith Energy Management Systems. ARB was the General Contractor with support from the California Building Trades.

AltaGas’ other assets in California include six natural gas-fired power generating facilities, as well as development projects.

AltaGas is an energy infrastructure company with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on clean energy sources.

This release contains forward-looking statements. When used herein, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “can”, “will”, “be”, “intend”, “possible”, “plan”, “develop”, “anticipate”, “target’, “believe”, “seek”, “propose”, “continue”, “estimate”, “spur”, “expect”, and similar expressions, as they relate to AltaGas or an affiliate of AltaGas, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, and without limitation, this release contains forward-looking statements with respect to AltaGas’ ability to advance its California power strategy, the ability of electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries to provide clean reliable energy that compliments California’s renewable energy portfolio, the ability of the Facility to add versatility to AltaGas’ asset base, AltaGas’ asset base being well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments, AltaGas ability to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the Facility the provision of 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity to SCE under the terms of the ESA and the ability of the Facility to provide the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect AltaGas’ current views with respect to future events based on certain material factors and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, changes in market, competition, governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions and other factors set out in AltaGas’ public disclosure documents. Many factors could cause AltaGas’ actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those described in this release, including without limitation those listed above. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this release as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, sought, proposed, estimated or expected, and such forward-looking statements included in, or incorporated by reference in this release, should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this release. AltaGas does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

To view the photos associated with this release, please visit the following links:

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Swarm-B after close pass near post soviet space debris

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ESA decided to cancel maneuver planned for 25 January 2017 and let Swarm-B satellite to fly freely close to piece of space debris.

Pieces of space debris from weighing around 3 t before self destructive explosion, post soviet Kosmos-375 ASAT satellite remains on orbit since 1970. Particle piece, which was considered as potential thread is known as 091U. It is 15 cm in size and could easily shatter Swarm-B. Finally, after passing Swarm-B with along-track miss distance of 361 m and a radial miss distance of 21.7 m at around 23:10 UTC (according to ESA), 091U stopped to dangerous in anyway and is continuing its flight still remaining on 498 by 764 km orbit (with inclination at 62.74 degrees). Swarm-B is still operating fine and remains on its orbit

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AltaGas Celebrates Opening of North America’s Largest Battery Storage Facility

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/EINPresswire.com/ — CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Jan 27, 2017) – Today, AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) celebrated the grand opening of its Pomona Energy Storage Facility at the site of its existing Pomona generation facility in the East Los Angeles Basin of Southern California (the “Facility”). At 20 megawatts (MW) of electricity storage capacity, it is currently the largest battery storage facility in operation in North America. In addition to AltaGas constructing the Facility on-time and on-budget, the company completed construction of the lithium-ion battery system in less than four months, which ranks as one of the fastest deployments of battery storage capacity on this scale in the industry to date.

“We are pleased to advance our California power strategy by bringing 20 MW of battery storage online within a precedent setting four months,” said David Harris, President and CEO of AltaGas. “Providing energy from electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries provides clean reliable energy that complements California’s renewable energy portfolio while adding to the versatility of our asset base which is well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments.”

In August 2016, AltaGas’ subsidiary, AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Inc., signed a 10-year Energy Storage Resource Adequacy Purchase Agreement (“ESA”) with Southern California Edison (‘SCE”) for 20 MW of energy storage at AltaGas’ existing Pomona facility. Under the terms of the ESA, AltaGas will provide SCE with 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity for a continuous four hour period, which represents the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. AltaGas will receive fixed monthly resource adequacy payments under the ESA and will retain the rights to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the lithium-ion batteries. Commercial operations of the Facility under the terms of the ESA began on December 31, 2016.

“Offsetting periods of peak power with 80 MWh from battery storage is enough power to feed the electricity needs of approximately 15,000 homes over the four-hour period,” said Harris.

The Facility features industry leaders in the energy storage industry including Samsung SDI, Parker Hannifin, Power Engineers and Greensmith Energy Management Systems. ARB was the General Contractor with support from the California Building Trades.

AltaGas’ other assets in California include six natural gas-fired power generating facilities, as well as development projects.

AltaGas is an energy infrastructure company with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on clean energy sources.

This release contains forward-looking statements. When used herein, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “can”, “will”, “be”, “intend”, “possible”, “plan”, “develop”, “anticipate”, “target’, “believe”, “seek”, “propose”, “continue”, “estimate”, “spur”, “expect”, and similar expressions, as they relate to AltaGas or an affiliate of AltaGas, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, and without limitation, this release contains forward-looking statements with respect to AltaGas’ ability to advance its California power strategy, the ability of electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries to provide clean reliable energy that compliments California’s renewable energy portfolio, the ability of the Facility to add versatility to AltaGas’ asset base, AltaGas’ asset base being well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments, AltaGas ability to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the Facility the provision of 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity to SCE under the terms of the ESA and the ability of the Facility to provide the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect AltaGas’ current views with respect to future events based on certain material factors and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, changes in market, competition, governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions and other factors set out in AltaGas’ public disclosure documents. Many factors could cause AltaGas’ actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those described in this release, including without limitation those listed above. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this release as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, sought, proposed, estimated or expected, and such forward-looking statements included in, or incorporated by reference in this release, should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this release. AltaGas does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

AltaGas Celebrates Opening of North America's Largest Battery Storage Facility

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CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Jan. 27, 2017) – Today, AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX:ALA) celebrated the grand opening of its Pomona Energy Storage Facility at the site of its existing Pomona generation facility in the East Los Angeles Basin of Southern California (the “Facility”). At 20 megawatts (MW) of electricity storage capacity, it is currently the largest battery storage facility in operation in North America. In addition to AltaGas constructing the Facility on-time and on-budget, the company completed construction of the lithium-ion battery system in less than four months, which ranks as one of the fastest deployments of battery storage capacity on this scale in the industry to date.

“We are pleased to advance our California power strategy by bringing 20 MW of battery storage online within a precedent setting four months,” said David Harris, President and CEO of AltaGas. “Providing energy from electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries provides clean reliable energy that complements California’s renewable energy portfolio while adding to the versatility of our asset base which is well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments.”

In August 2016, AltaGas’ subsidiary, AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Inc., signed a 10-year Energy Storage Resource Adequacy Purchase Agreement (“ESA”) with Southern California Edison (‘SCE”) for 20 MW of energy storage at AltaGas’ existing Pomona facility. Under the terms of the ESA, AltaGas will provide SCE with 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity for a continuous four hour period, which represents the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. AltaGas will receive fixed monthly resource adequacy payments under the ESA and will retain the rights to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the lithium-ion batteries. Commercial operations of the Facility under the terms of the ESA began on December 31, 2016.

“Offsetting periods of peak power with 80 MWh from battery storage is enough power to feed the electricity needs of approximately 15,000 homes over the four-hour period,” said Harris.

The Facility features industry leaders in the energy storage industry including Samsung SDI, Parker Hannifin, Power Engineers and Greensmith Energy Management Systems. ARB was the General Contractor with support from the California Building Trades.

AltaGas’ other assets in California include six natural gas-fired power generating facilities, as well as development projects.

AltaGas is an energy infrastructure company with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on clean energy sources.

This release contains forward-looking statements. When used herein, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “can”, “will”, “be”, “intend”, “possible”, “plan”, “develop”, “anticipate”, “target’, “believe”, “seek”, “propose”, “continue”, “estimate”, “spur”, “expect”, and similar expressions, as they relate to AltaGas or an affiliate of AltaGas, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, and without limitation, this release contains forward-looking statements with respect to AltaGas’ ability to advance its California power strategy, the ability of electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries to provide clean reliable energy that compliments California’s renewable energy portfolio, the ability of the Facility to add versatility to AltaGas’ asset base, AltaGas’ asset base being well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments, AltaGas ability to earn additional revenue from the energy and ancillary services provided by the Facility the provision of 20 MW of resource adequacy capacity to SCE under the terms of the ESA and the ability of the Facility to provide the equivalent of 80 MWh of energy discharging capacity. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect AltaGas’ current views with respect to future events based on certain material factors and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, changes in market, competition, governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions and other factors set out in AltaGas’ public disclosure documents. Many factors could cause AltaGas’ actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those described in this release, including without limitation those listed above. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this release as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, sought, proposed, estimated or expected, and such forward-looking statements included in, or incorporated by reference in this release, should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this release. AltaGas does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Global Chlorpyrifos Market Set to Grow Exponentially During, 2016-2026

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Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide, acaricide, and miticide, produced by white or colorless crystals and used to control insect pests on a variety of crops such as corn, cotton, wheat and other crops. Chlorpyrifos is used as a pesticide since 1965 in agricultural as well as the non-agricultural field. Chlorpyrifos is acting on the nervous system of insects, pests, fleas, termites and mosquito by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, which leads to the demand of the Chlorpyrifos from the agriculture as well as pet care industry. Chlorpyrifos has become the largest organophosphorus insecticide as it has been widely consumed in over 100 countries across the world.

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The global Chlorpyrifos market is anticipated to register a significant CAGR over the forecast period due to increasing demand from the agricultural industry. The use of Chlorpyrifos is widely increased due to its effective use as a pesticide and insecticide in farming and animal care sector. The Chlorpyrifos is also used in the commercial sector, such as golf courses and playgrounds to control the mosquitos and other insects which also propel the demand of Chlorpyrifos and drives the growth of the global Chlorpyrifos market. The increasing use of Chlorpyrifos in animal ectoparasiticides and new innovations due to research and development activities also boost the demand of the Chlorpyrifos and drives the global Chlorpyrifos market.

The stringent government laws and regulations to use of Chlorpyrifos in various industries such as the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) may restrain the growth of the global Chlorpyrifos market. Chlorpyrifos can cause cholinesterase inhibition in human at high enough doses which can overstimulate the nervous system and causes nausea, dizziness and respiratory paralysis, which may also hamper the demand of the Chlorpyrifos as pesticides and restrain the global Chlorpyrifos market.

The global Chlorpyrifos market segmented into the seven regions: North America, Latin America, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), Japan and Middle East and Africa (MEA). The APEJ is dominating the global Chlorpyrifos market by contributing the leading shares in terms of revenue and volume due to the high demand of Chlorpyrifos from the agricultural industry. The North America and Western Europe are also contributing the significant shares to the global Chlorpyrifos market, followed by APEJ in terms of revenue. The Latin America and Japan are expected to register the moderate shares to the global Chlorpyrifos market over the forecast period as its wide applications in commercial and residential sectors. The MEA and Eastern Europe are anticipated to grow at a healthy growth rate over the forecast period due to the lucrative market of Chlorpyrifos in the region. Overall, the global Chlorpyrifos market is projected to grow at a significant growth rate over the forecast period 2016 to 2026.

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