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Portland, Oregon-based Western Machine Works Expands its Hydro Power Capabilities with the Hiring of Industry Pro, Rob Adams

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Western Machine Works, an engineering-focused equipment service and maintenance provider based in Portland, Oregon is pleased to announce the hiring of Rob Adams as a dedicated Hydro specialist, sales engineer to provide in-depth knowledge and expertise to its hydro clients.

Rob brings more than 13 years of experience in the Hydroelectric power industry. Previously with PGE (Portland General Electric), Rob was appointed primary maintenance engineer and was tasked to oversee the project management of hydro turbine and generator overhauls. Prior to PGE, Rob worked with Southern California Edison as a field engineer, and with Delaval Turbine/Engine division in California and overseas.

"Rob Adams is the ideal Hydro Sales Engineer to fuel our growth in the industry. He has the technical expertise, business growth mindset, and solid reputation in the hydro industry. I have worked with Rob on previous projects, and I know first-hand that what sets him apart is his work ethic. We are excited to work with Rob in building and growing relationships with the hydro power providers, O&Ms and OEM clients," said Frank Van Liew, President of Western Machine Works, LLC.

"I am pleased to work for Western Machine and look forward in helping fellow utility peers on repairing their vintage hydro components to ensure long-term reliability," Rob Adams added.

Hydropower accounts for over 90% of all electricity that comes from renewable resources, producing more than 90,000 megawatts of electricity annually. In the Northwest, up to 80% of electricity is produced by hydropower each year.

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About Western Machine Works:

Western Machine Works was founded in 1985 in Portland, Oregon, specializing in equipment repair, upgrades, and manufacture of heavy machinery, including critical hydro components such as turbine runners, wicket gates, turbine shafts, gate shift rings, and other precision equipment.

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Track the Sudden Conversion to Renewable Fuels

BOULDER, Colo. -- The Jacobsen Publishing has launched a hub for tracking the rapidly changing landscape of fuel producers adopting renewables, with a focus on renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuels and co-processing operations.

The special coverage includes tracking on:
* Current US Renewable Diesel Production Refineries
* US Co-Processing Refineries
* US Refinery Conversions and New Builds
* Renewable Diesel Facilities List with 10 Year Projections
* Renewable Diesel Feedstock Balance Sheets
* Price Forecasting and Supply and Demand Analysis

The Jacobsen's position between agriculture and energy gives them a practical and insightful understanding of how these two industries will converge at an ever-increasing rate in the upcoming year.

Access to the hub is available to the public and can be accessed at

About the Jacobsen:

The Jacobsen has been a price reporting agency since 1865 which puts us in a rarefied field of companies that have survived for so long. We set the benchmark for a wide range of commodities trading as a result of our unbiased, rigorous, neutral position in the market. Our team is unparalleled in experience on supply-demand fundamentals, reporting and forecasting in both long-standing and emerging markets.

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Oscilla Power Inc. Plans to Demonstrate Utility-Scale Ocean Wave Energy in India

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Oscilla Power Inc. would like to announce that they are now in the planning stages of a demonstration of their 1MW 'Triton' ocean wave energy system in Southern India. The particular location targeted for this utility-scale project is adjacent to Vizhinjam International Seaport, near Thiruvanathapuram, in the state of Kerala.

This region has been identified as having one of the highest wave energy intensities in India. As a whole, the annual average incident wave energy intensity in India is about 60 GW, and about 5-10 GW of this may be practically utilizable.

The project will involve a number of key local and national agencies in India. Kerala's Agency for New and Renewable Energy (ANERT) will lead implementation of the project, while Dr. Jayakumar, the CEO of Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd. (VISL) will act as the Principle Investigator. Mr. Rajesh Jha, Chief Executive Officer of Adani Vizhinjam Port Private limited (AVPPL) has also expressed support for the project. Senior researchers from the Department of Ocean Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras (Chennai) will also participate in the proposed project.

In 2019 India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) formally declared wave energy a renewable resource eligible for renewable purchase obligations (RPOs). Oscilla Power is seeking MNRE support for this Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) project.

"A rapidly growing energy market, attractive local manufacturing costs, an energetic west coast, and a central government that is championing a transition to renewable energy options make India a very attractive location for early wave energy projects," said Balky Nair, President of Oscilla Power.

Oscilla Power's Triton Wave energy Converter provides many unique elements that allow it to extract energy from the ocean at a much lower cost than has been achieved by others. Oscilla is currently finishing construction of a smaller 100kW version of this system which is expected to be installed in Hawaii next year.

About Oscilla Power Inc.:

Oscilla Power Inc. is an ocean wave energy technology company that is developing an advanced wave energy converter aiming to unlock the tremendous renewable energy potential of the world's oceans.

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EPIC Insurance Acquires Product Warranty Analytics Specialist After, Inc.

NORWALK, Conn. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today the acquisition of After, Inc. - a product warranty analytics firm based in Norwalk, Conn. The Acquisition was made primarily to further strengthen and grow EPIC subsidiary company, PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services - a renewable energy program manager based in the United States.

Founded in 2005 as a subsidiary of Fulcrum Analytics, After, Inc. was formally created in 2015 to offer the industry's most advanced warranty products and services. Clients include a number of the world's top brands, including Canon, Electrolux, Ford, Generac, Jaguar Land Rover, Polaris, and Seagate Technologies,

Led by Chief Executive Officer Nathan Baldwin and Chief Technology Officer David King, After, Inc. has four core product offerings: warranty marketing, warranty analytics, warranty administration and the After Protection Plan which includes data recovery services.

PowerGuard provides an innovative 25-year, non-cancellable quality and performance guarantee solution to back up a manufacturer's own warranty terms. Guaranteeing warranty terms through the use of insurance provides the certainty manufacturers and their customers seek, as well as long-term stability for the industry.

Said EPIC CEO and Co-founder John Hahn, "For several years we have been searching for the right data analytics partner to strengthen and augment PowerGuard's offerings, and to create new capabilities for their diversification into product warranty fields other than wind and solar. It became evident to us that After, Inc. provided the best platform and partnership to enhance and grow PowerGuard. This is a very exciting development for PowerGuard's clients and their other business partners around the world."

The PowerGuard solution - available through EPIC and other top retail insurance brokers globally - provides certainty and security to the solar manufacturer's end customers, with warranty terms that are non-cancellable - surviving even insolvency and bankruptcy. Third-party rights to the policy in case the original solar manufacturer goes out of business are also offered, backed by the capital strength of the insurance market.

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has 1,100 team members operating from offices across the U.S., providing Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to more than 20,000 clients.

With run rate revenues approaching $300 million, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States. Backed by the Carlyle Group, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country. For additional information, please visit

About PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services:

PowerGuard is a specialty renewable energy program manager specializing in the design and underwriting of unique insurance and risk management solutions for wind, solar and other alternative energy companies.

PowerGuard's PowerClip warranty product is the most comprehensive contractual liability coverage available to renewable energy manufactures, project developers, power generation operators and the financial institutions who invest in them.

PowerGuard's PowerWrap Solar Project Guarantee Policy is a simple and straightforward insurance policy that guarantees the performance of the entire solar energy system - written on investment grade paper with an insurance company holding an AA- rating from Standard & Poor's. For more information please visit

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