Vega Biofuels Completes Reseller Agreement to Market Biochar to Alaska’s Legal Cannabis Industry

NORCROSS, Ga., March 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vega Biofuels, Inc. (OTCPink:VGPR) announced today that it has completed a reseller agreement with Alaska-based AK Provisions, Inc. (AKP) to market Vega’s biochar product to the legal cannabis industry throughout the state of Alaska. The state of Alaska is the most recent state to legalize both medical and recreational cannabis use.

The Agreement with AKP gives Vega Biofuels an immediate presence in the fast growing cannabis market in Alaska.  Vega Biofuels recently announced that the Company has entered into a five year agreement to provide AKP with biochar for its own grow facilities.  Today’s agreement allows AKP to market Vega’s biochar throughout the state to other cannabis grow facilities.

Biochar is a highly absorbent specially designed charcoal-type product primarily used as a soil enhancement for the agricultural industry to significantly increase crop yields. Biochar offers a powerfully simple solution to some of today’s most urgent environmental concerns. The production of Biochar for carbon sequestration in the soil is a carbon-negative process.  Biochar is made from timber waste using torrefaction technology and the Company’s patent pending manufacturing machine.  When put back into the soil, biochar can stabilize the carbon in the soil for hundreds of years.  The introduction of biochar into soil is not like applying fertilizer; it is the beginning of a process.  Most of the benefit is achieved through microbes and fungi.  They colonize its massive surface area and integrate into the char and the surrounding soil, dramatically increasing the soil’s ability to nurture plant growth and provide increased crop yield.

Vega Biofuels recently announced that the Company received the first Purchase Order from the five year agreement with AKP.  The first order has been completed and is being shipped to Anchorage this week.  AKP is in the process of setting up their own grow facility in Anchorage and will include Vega’s biochar in its soil mixture. 

“Things are moving faster than we expected in the Alaska market,” stated Michael K. Molen, Chairman/CEO of Vega Biofuels, Inc.  “We are pushing to get this first shipment to AKP in time for their first planting. This Reseller Agreement will allow us to have an immediate presence throughout Alaska.  Since making our first announcement about the Alaska market, we’ve received requests from growers all over the world that are interested in using our biochar product.  The return on investment is substantial and the result on the plants is staggering.  We are already in discussions with growers in other states that are interested in reselling our product.  This reseller model will allow us to grow faster and create a much larger footprint within the cannabis industry.”

For plants that require high potash and elevated pH, Biochar can be used as a soil amendment to significantly improve yield. Biochar can improve water quality, reduce soil emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce nutrient leaching, reduce soil acidity, and reduce irrigation and fertilizer requirements. Biochar was also found under certain circumstances to induce plant systemic responses to foliar fungal diseases and to improve plant responses to diseases caused by soil-borne pathogens. The various impacts of Biochar can be dependent on the properties of the Biochar, as well as the amount applied. Biochar impact may depend on regional conditions including soil type, soil condition (depleted or healthy), temperature, and humidity. Modest additions of Biochar to soil reduces nitrous oxide N2O emissions by up to 80% and eliminates methane emissions, which are both more potent greenhouse gases than CO2.

About Vega Biofuels, Inc. (OTCPink:VGPR):

Vega Biofuels, Inc. is a cutting-edge energy company that manufactures and markets a renewable energy product called Bio-Coal and a soil enhancement called Biochar, both made from timber waste using unique technology called torrefaction.  Torrefaction is the treatment of biomass at high temperatures under low oxygen conditions.  For more information, please visit our website at vegabiofuels.com.   

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “ongoing,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time the statements are made and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainty and other factors that may cause our results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release.

CONTACT: CONTACT: 
Vega Biofuels, Inc.: 800-481-0186
info@vegabiofuels.com
vegabiofuels.com
@vegabiofuels

One of the World’s Largest Geothermal Power Plants Commences Commercial Operation

First Unit of the Sarulla Geothermal Power Plant Starts to Provide Indonesia with 110 MW of Clean, Renewable Energy; Plant combines Toshiba’s flash and Ormat’s binary technologies to maximize efficiency

RENO, Nevada and TOKYO, March 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) and Ormat Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ORA) today announced that the first unit of the Sarulla geothermal power plant, one of the world’s largest power plants, located in Indonesia’s North Sumatra, has commenced commercial operation.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/1aab7da4-5cad-4fb5-ab04-ef0e9aec610b

The approximately 110 MW power plant, which combines flash and binary technologies to provide a high efficiency power plant and 100% reinjection of the exploited geothermal fluid, is operated by Sarulla Operations Ltd. (SOL). As participants in the project, Toshiba supplied the geothermal steam turbines and generators (STGs) for the flash systems, while Ormat provided the conceptual design of the Geothermal Combined Cycle Unit (GCCU) power plant and supplied its Ormat Energy Converter (OEC), which serve as the condensing units for the steam turbines and utilize the separated brine for maximum resource exploitation and maximum power output. Toshiba and Ormat will continue to collaborate strategically on global promotion of highly-efficient geothermal combined cycle flash and binary systems, and both companies continue to seek to utilize and promote renewable energy globally.

Commenting on the official start, Mr. Takao Konishi, Vice President of Toshiba’s Energy Systems & Solutions Company said, “We are very proud to have installed our highly reliable geothermal STGs in one of the world’s largest geothermal power plants. Toshiba has the number one market share in the geothermal sector. We continue to support development of power and infrastructure solutions in Indonesia.”

Isaac Angel, Ormat’s CEO, added, “The commencement of commercial operation at Sarulla is a significant milestone for Ormat, both as an owner of SOL and as a supplier of our 25-year-proven binary technology. The Sarulla supply contract is the largest single contract that Ormat has signed to date. We manufactured and delivered our equipment ahead of schedule, mainly due to the improvements implemented across our entire value chain and to our professional teams. We continue to share our expertise as work continues on the second and third units of the Sarulla project that are expected to come on line by 2017 and 2018, respectively. Ormat’s proven GCCU technology, which was also utilized in the Sarulla reservoir, will assure optimal and sustainable utilization of the resource to deliver to Indonesia clean, cost effective and baseload capacity.”

Toshiba and Ormat have fostered a cooperative relationship through the Sarulla project. After signing a Strategic Collaboration Agreement in 2015, the companies also won orders to supply STG and OEC, respectively, for Unit 2 of the Kizildere III Geothermal Combined Cycle Unit Power Plant in Turkey. This project is now making smooth progress.

Project Outline

1. Project Sarulla Geothermal Power Plant Project, Indonesia
2. Operation Company   Sarulla Operations Ltd.
3. Sponsors Itochu Corporation – 25%
Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc. of Japan – 25%
PT Medco Power Indonesia of Indonesia – 18.9975%
INPEX CORPORATION – 18.2525%*
ORMAT International, Inc. – 12.75%
Note: * INPEX joined the Project by acquiring a 49% share in a Medco affiliate through a wholly owned subsidiary in 2015.
4.EPC Contractor Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd.
5. Site location Sarulla region, North Sumatra province, Indonesia
6.Capacity 320.8MW in three units


About Toshiba

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba Corporation is a Fortune Global 500 company that contributes to a better world and better lives with innovative technologies in Energy, Infrastructure and Storage. Guided by the philosophy of “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba promotes operations through a global network of 551 consolidated companies employing 188,000 people, with annual sales surpassing 5.6 trillion yen (US$50 billion; March 31, 2016).

Find out more about Toshiba at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

About Ormat Technologies

With over five decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a leading geothermal company and the only vertically integrated company engaged in geothermal and recovered energy generation (REG), with the objective of becoming a leading global provider of renewable energy. The company owns, operates, designs, manufactures and sells geothermal and REG power plants primarily based on the Ormat Energy Converter – a power generation unit that converts low-, medium- and high-temperature heat into electricity. With 73 U.S. patents, Ormat’s power solutions have been refined and perfected under the most grueling environmental conditions. Ormat has 474 employees in the United States and over 700 overseas. Ormat’s flexible, modular solutions for geothermal power and REG are ideal for the vast range of resource characteristics. The company has engineered, manufactured and constructed power plants, which it currently owns or has installed to utilities and developers worldwide, totaling over 2,200 MW of gross capacity. Ormat’s current 713 MW generating portfolio is spread globally in the U.S., Guatemala, Guadeloupe, and Kenya.

Ormat’s Safe Harbor Statement

Information provided in this press release contains statements that address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future, including such matters relating to current expectations, estimates, forecasts, Ormat’s business strategy and goals, development or operation of assets, market and industry developments and the growth of Ormat’s business and operations that are “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “may”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “projects”, “potential” or “contemplate” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such words or expressions.  These forward-looking statements generally relate to Ormat’s plans, objectives and expectations for future operations and are based upon its management’s current estimates and projections of future results or trends.  Although we believe that our plans and objectives reflected in or suggested by these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we may not achieve these plans or objectives.  You should read this press release completely and with the understanding that actual future results and developments may differ materially from those projected as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control.  For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see “Risk Factors” as described in Ormat Technologies, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2017.

These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, even though our situation may change in the future.

CONTACT: Ormat Technologies Contact:		
Smadar Lavi                                                
slavi@ormat.com  			
Investor Relations	                         
775-356-9029 (ext. 65726)	           
Investor Relations Agency Contact:	
Rob Fink/Brett Maas
Hayden - IR				
646-415-8972/646-536-7331
rob@haydenir.com / brett@haydenir.com

Toshiba Corporation Contact
Seiji ISHIBASHI
Public Relations & Investor Relations Div.
Phone: +81-3-3457-2100
Email: media.relations@toshiba.co.jp

Chaparral Energy Successfully Emerges from Chapter 11; Company Eliminates $1.2 Billion of Outstanding Debt & Approximately $100 Million in Annual Interest Expense

OKLAHOMA CITY, March 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Chaparral Energy announced today that it has successfully completed its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company, whose financial reorganization plan was confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Delaware on March 10, converted $1.2 billion of pre-petition debt to equity and eliminated approximately $100 million of annual interest expense.

“I would like to thank our lenders, noteholders, advisors and members of our former board of directors for their guidance and efforts in helping Chaparral successfully complete this process,” said Chief Executive Officer K. Earl Reynolds. “I would also like to express our gratitude to our vendors, contractors and royalty owners for their patience and support, as well as our outstanding employees, whose tireless efforts and commitment to excellence allowed us to complete this process without any interruption to our day-to-day operations.”

Chaparral’s new capital structure includes its cash on hand, as well as a reserve based lending facility with an initial borrowing base of $225 million and an additional $150 million term loan. Both the revolver and term loan will mature in four years. The company also received an additional $50 million in cash after issuing equity from a rights offering. Chaparral currently has more than $100 million in liquidity.

“Our emergence marks a new and prosperous time in Chaparral’s storied history,” said Reynolds. “Our balance sheet now provides the stability and opportunity needed to focus our operations on developing our approximate 100,000 net acre position in the STACK Play. With more than 5,000 potential STACK locations and one of the industry’s lowest operating cost structures, we are well-positioned to generate significant returns for Chaparral and our investors in the near- and long-term future.”

Board of Directors
In accordance with its restructuring plan, Chaparral’s newly appointed independent, seven-member board of directors also became effective today. The company’s new board includes Reynolds, Douglas Brooks, Matt Cabell, Robert Heinemann, Sam Langford, Ken Moore and Gysle Shellum.

Chaparral has been advised through this process by financial advisor Evercore, restructuring advisor Opportune LLP and the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. Additional information is available on the company’s website chaparralenergy.com.  

About Chaparral
Chaparral is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Oklahoma City. Founded in 1988, Chaparral is a leading Mid-Continent operator with focused operations in Oklahoma’s fast-growing STACK Play. The company is also the third-largest oil producer in Oklahoma with approximately 400,000 net surface acres and potential production reserves of more than 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent. For more information, please visit chaparralenergy.com.

CONTACT: Investor Contact
Joe Evans 
Chief Financial Officer
405-426-4590
joe.evans@chaparralenergy.com

Media Contact
Brandi Wessel 
Manager – Corporate Communications
405-426-6657
brandi.wessel@chaparralenergy.com

GreenLearning Turns Young Canadians into Sustainability Superstars

KITCHENER, Ontario, March 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GreenLearning is giving Canadian youth a critical and informed voice in creating a low-carbon and prosperous Canada by engaging twenty-five high school classes across the country in a national youth dialogue on climate change called Climate Action 150.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, students will conduct research into the impacts of climate change in their communities and present their findings to government leaders in a virtual town hall in May. Through this project, GreenLearning hopes young Canadians will have a better awareness of how climate change impacts society and be empowered to take personal actions towards building resilient communities for the next 150 years.

“We are pleased to partner with TakingITGlobal and The Centre for Global Education on this unique project. It promises to turn young Canadians into sustainability superstars who are resilient, skilled and knowledgeable leaders prepared for a shifting economy and society,” says Mary McGrath, Executive Director of GreenLearning. “With support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the project is engaging students from several Northern Indigenous communities as well as in other regions.”

Youth participating in the project are from grades 8 to 12 and from a wide range of classes including science, geography, world issues and environmental resource management. They will work together in a series of virtual seminars to combine their research and create solutions to tackle climate change that they will share through blogs, videos, photography, social media and more.

GreenLearning will provide professional development for teachers and resources for students to conduct their inquiry, including a final virtual event where they can present their findings to government officials plus other decision makers in the business and non-profit industry. The national inquiry will also include a photo contest in which students can win various prizes.

About GreenLearning Canada Foundation

GreenLearning creates free programs about energy, climate change and sustainability that engage and empower students to create positive change for our evolving world. The organization’s mission is to develop innovative teaching resources and rich educational experiences that empower young Canadians to effect positive social and environmental change in their own lives, schools and communities. For more information on GreenLearning, please visit the website: www.greenlearning.ca.

CONTACT: For more information, contact:

Jamila Kyari
Communications Manager
(226) 600 – 5164 
Jamila@greenlearning.ca

GreenLearning transforme les jeunes Canadiens en superstars de développement durable

KITCHENER, Ontario, March 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GreenLearning Canada donne aux élèves Canadiens une voix critique et légitime dans la création d’un Canada prospère et à faible carbone en engageant 25 classes au niveau secondaire d’un bout à l’autre du pays dans un dialogue national sur le changement climatique appelé Action Climatique 150.

Pour célébrer le 150e anniversaire du Canada, les élèves feront des recherches sur les impacts du changement climatique dans leurs communautés et présenteront leurs trouvailles et des idées de solutions aux leaders gouvernementaux lors d’une assemblée publique virtuelle en mai. GreenLearning espère que ce projet saura sensibiliser les élèves sur comment le changement climatique affecte leur société, et les incitera à prendre action au niveau personnel pour bâtir des communautés résilientes pour les prochaines 150 années.

‘Nous sommes heureux de travailler en partenariat avec TakingITGlobal et The Centre for Global Education dans ce projet unique et innovateur. Celui-ci promet de transformer les jeunes Canadiens en superstars de développement durable qui seront résilients, qualifiés et bien informés sur la transition de l’économie et des sociétés Canadiennes,’ dit Mary McGrath, directrice générale de GreenLearning. ‘Avec le support d’Environnement et Changement climatique Canada, le projet engage les élèves de plusieurs communautés Premières Nations à travers le Canada’.

La jeunesse qui participe à ce projet est diversifiée : de la 8e à la 12e année, dans une variété de cadre de cours- comme la science, la géographie, le développement international et la gestion des ressources environnementaux. Ceux-ci collaboreront dans une série de séminaires virtuels pour fusionner leurs recherches et pour développer des solutions pour combattre le changement climatique. Par la suite, les élèves partageront ces idées via des blogues, des vidéos, des photos, des réseaux sociaux, etc.

GreenLearning se chargera de donner des formations professionnelles pour les professeurs ainsi que des ressources pour les élèves afin qu’ils puissent faire leurs Enquêtes. À la fin du projet, les élèves participeront à une assemblée publique virtuelle finale, dans laquelle ils pourront présenter leurs trouvailles et suggestions à des représentants du gouvernement ainsi qu’à d’autres leaders d’industrie et de fondations à but non lucratif.  Le projet inclura un concours de photo dans lequel les participants pourront gagner des prix divers.

À propos de GreenLearning Canada

GreenLearning développe des programmes gratuits sur l’énergie, le changement climatique et le développement durable pour engager les élèves et les inciter à créer des changements positifs dans notre monde évoluant. La mission de l’organisation, c’est de fournir ces ressources pédagogiques afin de créer des expériences d’apprentissage enrichissantes en espérant que les jeunes utiliseront ces outils pour changer de manière constructive leurs vies, leurs écoles et leurs communautés. Pour plus d’information sur GreenLearning, veuillez vous rendre au site web : www.greenlearning.ca.

NB : Le masculin est utilisé pour alléger le texte.

CONTACT: Pour des renseignements supplémentaires:
Jessica Karafilov
Assistante de programme bilingue
514.805.5747
Jessica@greenlearning.ca

Educating customers an essential element of Columbia Water & Light’s new partnership with Apogee

ATLANTA, March 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Columbia Water & Light has selected Apogee Interactive to provide new customer engagement technologies to its customers to help them understand how behaviors, appliances and thermostat settings can impact their energy bill.

The municipal utility serving Columbia, Mo., began this month implementing Apogee’s Energy Advisor Enterprise, which includes the Energy Forecaster and Bill Analysis applications along with personalized messages and alerts for customers. Columbia Water & Light chose Apogee because its solutions would be the most intuitive and easiest for customers to use, according to Jim Windsor, Assistance Director of Columbia Water & Light. The personalized video messaging for customers was also a key selling point, said Windsor.

“Many customers don’t understand how personnel decisions and weather impact their bill,” said Windsor.  “We believe the Apogee solution will engage customers and act as an extension of our energy efficiency and rebate programs.”

Columbia includes the University of Missouri and other colleges, which results in a customer base made up of many younger adults, some of whom are first-time utility customers. Columbia officials believe engaging their customers with new technologies is essential to delivering a positive customer experience and helping educate those customers. The customer engagement tools included in the Energy Advisor Enterprise will help direct customers to other efficiency and energy management programs and services when they go to their utility’s website, thus allowing the utility to save its advertising dollars previously spent to promote these programs or reallocate those funds to other communication needs.

Columbia’s customer service representatives will also be able to rely on Energy Advisor when customers call with questions about their energy usage.

“Our Energy Advisor has been helping hundreds of utilities for more than two decades, which gives us great insight to what customers need and expect from their utility,” said Susan Gilbert, President, and CEO of Apogee. “With our latest addition of proactive, personalized messaging, we look forward to helping Columbia Water & Light engage and educate their customers.” 

About Columbia Water & Light

Columbia Water & Light is the municipal utility governed by the City of Columbia, Mo. It was formed by voter approval in 1904. Since that time, the utility has been furnishing Columbians with low cost, reliable electricity and high quality water. Columbia Water & Light serves more than 49,000 customers.  

About Apogee Interactive

Apogee Interactive is the nation’s leading provider of customer engagement technology for utilities. Partnering with utilities since 1993, Apogee’s digital engagement platform delivers proactive, personalized communication to residential and commercial customers nationwide. Apogee’s proven SaaS platform enables more meaningful customer engagement, proven sustainable energy results, reduced operating costs, and improved program performance for utilities. For more information, please visit www.apogee.net. Follow us on Twitter at @apoweb and on Linkedin.

CONTACT: Apogee Contact: Karen Morris – 678-684-6801 – kmorris@apogee.net

Saint Jean Carbon Provides Update on Anode Material Order

OAKVILLE, Ontario, March 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Saint Jean Carbon Inc. (“Saint Jean” or the “Company”) (TSX-V:SJL) (OTCQB:TORVF), a carbon sciences company engaged in the design and build of green energy storage, green energy creation and green re-creation through the use of carbon materials.  The Company is pleased to provide an update with respect to the anode material order (the “Order”) described in the press releases dated February 28, 2017 (the “February 28 Press Release”) and March 3, 2017 (the “March 3 Press Release”).  The Company has received numerous requests for details regarding the Order and the offtake agreement described in the February 28 Press Release and the March 3 Press Release.

The February 28 Press Release announcing the Order included a comment by Paul Ogilvie, CEO, stating among other things, that, “After more than two years of working on material specifications, sampling and reworking, we could not be more pleased than to finally ship finished material to our customer.  The order is part of an offtake agreement to supply multiple tonnes of anode material monthly for a number of years.”  The March 3 Press Release clarified that the proposed offtake agreement had not been entered into with Panasonic, the Order is nominal in size and value, and that the reference to the Order being a “part of an offtake agreement” was referring to the fact that the supply of the re-engineered carbon material (the “Anode Material”) pursuant to the Order was based upon the procedures and timelines contained in a proposed offtake agreement. 

At the time of the March 3 Press Release, the Company was proceeding on the basis that Panasonic and Saint Jean were working together to finalize the proposed offtake agreement.   The Company was informed by regulatory authorities on March 8, 2017 that Panasonic had advised them that it was considering cancelling the Order and that Panasonic did not intend to enter into the Company’s proposed offtake agreement.  This information was inconsistent with the Company’s understanding of the business relationship with Panasonic at the time.  The trading of Saint Jean’s stock was promptly halted and the Company took steps to seek clarification from Panasonic with respect to its intentions in this regard.   On or about March 15, 2017, Panasonic confirmed the Order, requesting that the Company provide a 5 kg (approximately 11 lbs) sample of Anode Material for testing of its suitability for use in batteries.  The Company has already sourced the raw carbon material from a third party supplier, has completed the necessary milling and refining of the raw carbon material to make the Anode Material, and is in the process of completing the certification and analysis of the Anode Material required to meet Panasonic’s specifications under the Order.  The Company anticipates that the Anode Material will be shipped to Panasonic on or about April 17, 2017.

On or about March 13, 2017, Panasonic advised the Company that it will not sign the Company’s proposed form of offtake agreement.  When Panasonic reconfirmed its Order by email dated March 15, 2017, it also confirmed that in case of mass purchase of Anode Material from Saint Jean, Panasonic will do so under its own form of standard purchasing agreement.  Even though Panasonic is proceeding with the Order, there can be no assurance that Panasonic will proceed with a large purchase of Anode Material from the Company, nor that Panasonic will enter into any other type of commercial agreement or arrangement with Saint Jean.

Trading of the Company’s shares was halted on March 9, 2017 and has remained halted since then.  The Company is in discussions with the TSX Venture Exchange regarding the date that trading will resume.

About Saint Jean Carbon

Saint Jean is a publicly traded carbon science company, with specific interests in energy storage and green energy creation and green re-creation, with holdings in graphite mining and lithium claims in the province of Quebec in Canada.  For the latest information on Saint Jean’s properties and news, please refer to the website: http://www.saintjeancarbon.com/ 

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Saint Jean Carbon Inc.
Paul Ogilvie, CEO and Director

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: This news release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, concerning Saint Jean’s business and affairs.  In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as ‘‘plans’’, ‘‘expects’’ or ‘‘does not expect’’, “intends”, ‘‘budget’’, ‘‘scheduled’’, ‘‘estimates’’, “forecasts’’, ‘‘intends’’, ‘‘anticipates’’ or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results ‘‘may’’, ‘‘could’’, ‘‘would’’, ‘‘might’’ or ‘‘will be taken’’, ‘‘occur’’ or ‘‘be achieved’’.

These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances that may cause actual results to differ materially.  Such forward-looking statements include those with respect to the Company’s intention to ship and complete the order by April 17, 2017, the expectation that the supplied Anode Material will meet Panasonic’s specifications for such material, and the nature of any continuing relationship with Panasonic.   There can be no assurance that even if the Anode Material meets Panasonic’s specification, Panasonic will enter into any commercial agreement or arrangement with Saint Jean. 

These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances that may cause actual results to differ materially.  There are risks which could affect Saint Jean’s ability to satisfy the requirements of the order, and the future results of the Company which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements including negotiation failure or delay, the impact of general global economic conditions and the risk that they will deteriorate, industry conditions, including fluctuations in the price of raw materials and the risk that they will increase, that required consents and approvals from regulatory authorities will not be obtained, liabilities and risks inherent in Saint Jean’s operations, technical problems and equipment failure.

Statements of past performance should not be construed as an indication of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors, including those discussed above, could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking information is provided as of the date of this press release, and Saint Jean assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

CONTACT: Information Contact :
Email: info@saintjeancarbon.com
Tel: (905) 844-1200

Willbros to Present at the Sidoti & Co. 2017 Spring Convention

HOUSTON, March 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Willbros Group, Inc. (NYSE:WG) today announced that the Company will be attending the Sidoti & Co. 2017 Spring Convention to be held in New York City on March 29, 2017.

Van Welch, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, is scheduled to present on Wednesday, March 29 at 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time (8:15 a.m. Central Time).  A live broadcast of the presentation will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.willbros.com.

Willbros is a specialty energy infrastructure contractor serving the oil and gas and power industries with offerings that primarily include construction, maintenance and facilities development services. For more information on Willbros, please visit our web site at www.willbros.com.

CONTACT: CONTACT:
Steve Breitigam
Vice President Investor Relations
Willbros
713-403-8172

Sense Appoints Marshall Chapin as Chief Strategy Officer

BOSTON, March 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sense, the home intelligence platform that interprets the power usage and activity of devices in the home, today announced the appointment of Marshall Chapin as Chief Strategy Officer. Chapin will lead the development of Sense’s growth strategy, including collaborating with utilities to design solutions that help them improve profitability, drive customer engagement, and develop new lines to serve end consumers.

“This marks a new phase of growth for Sense,” said Sense CEO Mike Phillips. “We look forward to building on our success selling directly to consumers, to help utilities improve their profitability and exceed their energy efficiency and system reliability goals.”

Chapin joins Sense from EnerNOC, where he served as Vice President of Sales responsible for utility sales, strategic alliances, and sales operations divisions. Chapin led EnerNOC’s marketing team through its initial public offering in 2007. Prior to becoming EnerNOC’s Vice President of Sales, Chapin was co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Highland Pellets, a private equity group building wood pellet manufacturing facilities to supply the conversion of coal-fired power plants to biomass. Earlier in his career, he was the founding Chief Operating Officer of Envision Education, which built four public high schools in the San Francisco Bay area.

Chapin holds an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a BA in Philosophy from Kenyon College, where he was an NCAA All-American and was inducted into the Kenyon Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Kenyon.

“Sense has built a profoundly powerful product in their home monitor and smart-home applications. Their high-resolution metering technology will fundamentally change how consumers interact with their homes,” said Chapin. “I’m proud to join Mike and this passionate team, and I look forward to helping Sense lead the evolution of the smart home and the utility of the future.”

About Sense

Sense’s mission is to make all homes intelligent by keeping people informed about what’s happening in their homes, and helping to make them safer, more efficient, and more reliable. Founded in 2013 by pioneers in speech recognition, Sense uses machine learning technology to provide real-time insights on device behavior, even for those devices that are not “smart.” Customers rely on Sense for a wide range of uses including checking what time their kids get home, monitoring their home appliances, determining whether they left appliances running or doors open, and identifying how to reduce their energy costs. Sense is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. To make sense of your energy, visit: https://sense.com.

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Sense Labs Inc
press@sense.com

Noble Energy to Present at Upcoming Energy Conference

Houston, March 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL) announced today that David L. Stover, the Company’s Chairman, President and CEO, will present at the Scotia Howard Weil Energy Conference on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. 

The presentation will not be webcast; however, the presentation materials will be available prior to market open on the same day on the company’s website at www.nobleenergyinc.com.

Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company with a diversified high-quality portfolio of both U.S. unconventional and global offshore conventional assets spanning three continents.  Founded more than 80 years ago, the company is committed to safely and responsibly delivering our purpose: Energizing the World, Bettering People’s Lives®. For more information, visit www.nobleenergyinc.com

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Kristine Marante
281-872-3122   
kristine.marante@nblenergy.com