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NEW YORK, April 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (NASDAQ:WETF), an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor and asset manager driven by research and technology, and AdvisorEngine Inc., a digital wealth management platform, jointly announce their commitment to providing advisor growth solutions through AdvisorEngine’s acquisition of Kredible Technologies, Inc. (“Kredible”), a technology-enabled, research-driven practice management firm designed to help advisors acquire new clients. WisdomTree and AdvisorEngine: Collectively Helping Advisors Grow Their Businesses In November 2016, WisdomTree, an independent-thinking asset manager with a focus on research and a history of innovation, and AdvisorEngine, a B2B full enterprise wealth management technology platform, established a strategic relationship with a common goal: to help financial advisors grow their businesses and better connect with their clients in a rapidly evolving industry and regulatory environment. “AdvisorEngine has been continuously focused on helping financial advisors scale and grow. Our investment in Kredible’s powerful, research-based marketing tools further demonstrates our commitment to the financial services space,” said AdvisorEngine CEO, Rich Cancro. “So many advisors struggle with building out a solid online presence; Kredible’s platform streamlines the process with the goal of acquiring new clients.” Thomas Skrobe, WisdomTree Head of Client Solutions, said, “WisdomTree and AdvisorEngine are committed to building a global advisor solutions program to help meet evolving client needs. With the wealth management industry changing quickly and significantly, financial advisors need to evolve the way they do business. Kredible’s solutions are a natural addition to our offerings, enabling advisors to differentiate themselves and grow their businesses through digital enhancements and modern techniques.” Beyond WisdomTree’s ETF, ETP and CIT offerings, the Company provides access to an advisor solutions program, which includes portfolio consulting services, model portfolios and practice management, incorporating leadership, organizational development and marketing services. The Incredible Opportunity for Kredible Kredible is a technology-enabled practice management firm targeting financial advisors with the goal of helping advisors modernize and enhance their online presence. Kredible research, including eye tracking studies of high net worth clients, shows that approximately 72% of the clients surveyed said online information is “extremely” or “very” influential to who they hire. Brad Shepard, Kredible Founder and CEO, said, “Based on our research, more than 50% of new prospects indicate that they have eliminated a financial advisor from consideration based on what they did or didn’t find about them online. The modern advisor must evolve to meet ever-changing expectations including the way their prospects and clients find them to determine if they are credible to manage their financial life and communicate with them on an ongoing basis.” “We’re thrilled to join WisdomTree and AdvisorEngine in this effort,” Shepard adds. Enhancing Connectivity Between Client and Advisor In February, AdvisorEngine announced the acquisition of a financial planning technology that both streamlines the onboarding process and includes an easy-to-use digital prospecting tool that helps financial firms create and deliver advice, execute on that advice and monitor client progress.  Going forward, AdvisorEngine will continue to be an open architecture platform with key integrations to other financial planning tools and CRMs, as such tools are often very personal to the advisor. AdvisorEngine’s Cancro adds, “The financial investment and strategic relationship with WisdomTree has allowed us to expand the AdvisorEngine platform to deliver an innovative and sophisticated set of tools that advisors can use to differentiate themselves from the competition. Add Kredible to the platform, and you have a deeper, broader layer of advisor growth solutions to complement our existing solutions.” In November 2016, WisdomTree made a $20 million minority equity investment in AdvisorEngine and announced a strategic agreement whereby WisdomTree’s asset allocation models would be made available through AdvisorEngine’s open architecture platform and WisdomTree would actively introduce the AdvisorEngine platform to its deep distribution network. WisdomTree is also announcing an additional $5 million investment in AdvisorEngine to continue to fuel its growth, leadership and innovation in the advisor solutions space. About WisdomTree WisdomTree Investments, Inc., through its subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada (collectively, “WisdomTree”), is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and exchange-traded product (“ETP”) sponsor and asset manager headquartered in New York.  WisdomTree offers products covering equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities and alternative strategies.  WisdomTree currently has approximately $43.8 billion in assets under management globally.  For more information, visit our Investor Relations website. WisdomTree® is the marketing name for WisdomTree Investments, Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide. About AdvisorEngine Inc. AdvisorEngine, a pioneer in digital wealth management technology, was the first company to integrate private-label robo-advice technology within a full enterprise B2B digital wealth management platform. AdvisorEngine integrates online and traditional wealth management processes and workflows to help advisors build deeper relationships with their clients.  Its open architecture platform provides fully customizable robo-advisor tools​, ​dashboards to analyze and track business development online account opening and funding, billing, data aggregation and performance reporting. AdvisorEngine helps investment firms scale their existing business profitably and connect with the next generation of clients and advisors. More information about the firm, which is headquartered in New York, is available at www.AdvisorEngine.com. About SenaHill Partners SenaHill Partners is a merchant bank offering a full suite of investment, operating and advisory services to the financial technology sector. From inception and capital raising through scaling and growth to strategic exit, SenaHill bridges the gap between FinTech innovators and global financial institutions to bring a new level of efficiency, collaboration and success to the industry. For more information please visit www.SenaHill.com. SenaHill Securities, LLC acted as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to AdvisorEngine. Inertia Advisors, a division of KEMA Partners LLC, acted as exclusive financial advisor to Kredible in connection with the transaction.


A new recommended practice will provide industry guidance on optimal collection and assessment of site conditions which will lead to time, cost and risk reduction in offshore wind farm designing HAMBURG, 18-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — DNV GL invites industry partners to start a Joint Industry Project (JIP) for improving the collection and assessment of site conditions data for offshore wind farms. Aiming to increase the efficiency of collecting site conditions, the new JIP will work with stakeholders from across the wind industry. The knowledge generated from the JIP is planned to be ultimately incorporated in a DNV GL recommended practice. The design of an offshore wind farm is dependent on the quality of the calculated site conditions used to derive the design parameters. To achieve an optimal quality in data collection and assessment, extensive and costly investigations are needed at a very early stage of the development, long before final investment decision is made. A recommended practice will allow stakeholders to improve their planning, investigation and design. “The development of this recommended practice will create an industrial consensus on an agreed set of practices to follow for the analysis of the system and its validation. This will allow stakeholders to increase transparency and reduce the risk in the early phases of the development,” says Kim Moerk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification at DNV GL. Incorporating the experience and objectives of stakeholders along the wind energy value chain will add significant value for all parties involved. They will be able to contribute and influence the development of the assessment criteria to ensure their concerns are covered, practices are acknowledged and the objectives of all stakeholders are met. The involvement provides early access and insight into the results, ensuring participants are best prepared for its implementation. Companies interested in joining the JIP can contact the project manager Helena Hunt via Helena.Hunt@dnvgl.com. About DNV GL Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. DNV GL in the Energy industry In DNV GL we unite the strengths of DNV, KEMA, Garrad Hassan, and GL Renewables Certification. DNV GL’s 2,500 energy experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribu¬tion, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our testing, certification and advisory services are delivered independent from each other. Learn more at www.dnvgl.com/energy


News Article | July 20, 2017
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The loan was fully funded at closing with a five-year term bearing interest, initially, at 12 percent per annum with interest-only payments for up to the first eighteen months (payable quarterly).  The interest-only period may be adjusted based upon Imprimis meeting certain revenue requirements. Winston Black, CEO of SWK Holdings stated, "We have enjoyed working with the Imprimis team during our extensive due diligence process and look forward to supporting the company as it continues to execute its growth strategy.  Imprimis' innovative ophthalmic formulations have significant opportunities in large markets and we believe in the company's ability to achieve their vision of delivering innovative medicines to physicians and patients at affordable prices." Mark L. Baum, CEO of Imprimis, said, "We are pleased to partner with the SWK team, a firm renowned for its healthcare investing expertise, and appreciate their thorough understanding of our business and the confidence they have placed in our long-term growth potential.  This debt facility provides us with a non-dilutive source of capital at favorable terms and we believe adequate working capital to enable us to reach expected profitability in the near term." WestCape Advisors, a division of KEMA Partners LLC, served as exclusive financial advisor to Imprimis in connection with the financing. SWK Holdings Corporation (SWKH.OB) is a specialized finance company with a focus on the global healthcare sector. SWK partners with ethical product marketers and royalty holders to provide flexible financing solutions at an attractive cost of capital to create long-term value for both SWK's business partners and its investors. SWK believes its financing structures achieve an optimal partnership for companies, institutions and inventors seeking capital for expansion or capital and estate planning by allowing its partners to monetize future cash flow with minimal dilution to their equity stakes.  Additional information is available on the company's website at www.swkhold.com. Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMMY) is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to producing and dispensing high quality innovative medications in all 50 states.  The company's unique business model increases patient access and affordability to many critical medicines.  Headquartered in San Diego, California, Imprimis owns and operates three production and dispensing facilities located in California and New Jersey. For more information about Imprimis, please visit the corporate website at www.ImprimisRx.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements in this release that are not historical facts may be considered such "forward looking statements." Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which may cause results to differ materially and adversely from the statements contained herein. Some of the potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those predicted include our ability to make commercially available our compounded formulations and technologies in a timely manner or at all; physician interest in prescribing our formulations; risks related to our compounding pharmacy operations; our ability to enter into other strategic alliances, including arrangements with pharmacies, physicians and healthcare organizations for the development and distribution of our formulations; our ability to obtain intellectual property protection for our assets; our ability to accurately estimate our expenses and cash burn, and raise additional funds when necessary; risks related to research and development activities; the projected size of the potential market for our technologies and formulations; unexpected new data, safety and technical issues; regulatory and market developments impacting compounding pharmacies, outsourcing facilities and the pharmaceutical industry; competition; and market conditions. These and additional risks and uncertainties are more fully described in Imprimis' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Such documents may be read free of charge on the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required by law, Imprimis undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date they are made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Other than drugs compounded at a registered outsourcing facility, all Imprimis compounded formulations may only be prescribed pursuant to a physician prescription for an individually identified patient consistent with federal and state laws.


News Article | August 8, 2017
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UNIONDALE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Three top retail energy executives have joined technology start-up Jasmine Universe, LLC, signaling the company’s focused commitment on bold and strategic paths to growth. Soner Kanlier has joined Jasmine Universe as the new Chief Executive Officer. With over 17 years of experience, he spent the last 5 years building and accelerating competitive energy markets as the VP of DNV GL’s (formerly KEMA) industry-leading competitive energy practice and Energy Executive Forum. As CEO of Jasmine Universe, Soner will apply his unparalleled strategic vision and competitive firepower where the industry is seeking to develop the next generation business model and create new value for the end-use customer. “I am extremely excited to join Jasmine Universe. Our core mission revolves around leading the transition of the energy industry. We are all entering a New Energy Economy. That means the way we create and deliver value, and synchronize all of the complex industry dynamics, must result in something customers love and want to adopt as a seamless and valuable part of their lives. That is job one of Jasmine Universe.” Kristie Deiuliis, a 20-year energy industry veteran, is also joining Jasmine Universe as its Chief Operating Officer. With deep and broad expertise in designing and delivering innovative solutions, Kristie will bring a seasoned discipline and focused execution to all aspects of Jasmine’s strategic vision and creating a unique competitive advantage for Jasmine Universe. Also joining Jasmine Universe as its new Director of Market Strategy is Aileen Currier. Aileen brings nearly a decade of market design, regulatory, and technology expertise from her experience at Sandia National Labs, FERC, and most recently at DNV GL. Aileen’s market expertise will help establish Jasmine as a dominant player in the energy ecosystem. Jasmine Universe’s Founder and Chairman, Mohan Wanchoo said, “The vision, execution, and insights that this new executive team brings to an already powerful product team will open up amazing strategic possibilities. We are energized, inspired, and ready to make the customer experience the focus of how technology can be more valuable than ever before.” Jasmine Universe is a fully customizable end-to-end energy management and data analytics platform. It allows users to create action plans, control their energy usage, and instantly access automated insights at both the customer location, and in aggregate for the energy provider. Jasmine Universe combines energy expertise, IoT, Big Data, and machine learning, allowing energy providers and end-users to increase productivity and value, while spending less time worrying about their own energy management. The capabilities it provides to residential and commercial customers are powerful – a set of tools that create custom analysis and predictive analytics according to practically any criteria. As smart meter demands and types of usage change and expand, the Jasmine system can evolve and adapt through advanced machine learning.


OAKLAND, Calif., May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DNV GL’s Karen Conover has been recognized by A Word About Wind in the Women’s Power List: The Top 100 Women Working in Wind, ranking at number 18. The report aims to celebrate exceptional women around the world contributing to the continued growth and success of the wind industry. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6a5d4464-0ffe-444b-99e9-0dda676b6c5c The report is the first of its kind, with rankings compiled by the A Word About Wind editorial team in collaboration with an impartial senior advisory board.  Karen Conover’s position on the list testifies her recognition as thought leader in the American wind energy market. Currently being vice president at DNV GL – Energy, Conover has been a member of the American Wind Energy Association’s board of directors since 1997. She is a former president of the AWEA Board, has served as chair of WINDPOWER and is the current chair of the Membership and Awards Committees. She also serves on the board of Women of Wind Energy. Conover has worked in the wind industry for more than 25 years in multiple executive positions. In 1994, she founded and served as CEO of Global Energy Concepts, an engineering and technology consultancy that specialized in the analysis, design, evaluation, testing and management of wind energy systems and projects. When GEC was acquired by DNV in 2008, Conover became the director of its wind energy operations, before becoming vice president of DNV GL in 2012. “Karen is one of the true pioneers of wind energy in the US, promoting a wind vision way ahead of most of us who are active in the business today,” said Carole Barbeau, DNV GL president of energy advisory for the Americas region. “Since she joined DNV GL, Karen has made a significant impact on our company, not only from her leadership and strategic mindset, but also by sharing her knowledge and passion for the wind industry.” The report was released on March 7, 2017 in honor of International Women’s Day and in partnership with renewable energy finance specialist Green Giraffe. Each woman selected was first nominated by her peers and then assessed and ranked by an independent judging panel made up of senior industry representatives. “It is no secret that there is a gender imbalance in the wind industry,” A Word About Wind wrote on their website about the report. “This is a trait that wind shares with other parts of the energy and financial services industries, and we don’t pretend we can change that. What we can do, however, is mark the achievements of the top women working in wind – and hopefully inspire more talented individuals to enter the sector.” For more information and to obtain a copy of the Women’s Power List report, please visit: http://www.awordaboutwind.com/reports/wind-industry-report-womens-power-list-2017/. DNV GL Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. In the Energy Industry In DNV GL we unite the strengths of DNV, KEMA, Garrad Hassan and GL Renewables Certification. DNV GL’s 2,500 energy experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy supply. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribu­tion, smart grids and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our testing, certification and advisory services are delivered independent from each other.


OAKLAND, Calif., May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DNV GL’s Karen Conover has been recognized by A Word About Wind in the Women’s Power List: The Top 100 Women Working in Wind, ranking at number 18. The report aims to celebrate exceptional women around the world contributing to the continued growth and success of the wind industry. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6a5d4464-0ffe-444b-99e9-0dda676b6c5c The report is the first of its kind, with rankings compiled by the A Word About Wind editorial team in collaboration with an impartial senior advisory board.  Karen Conover’s position on the list testifies her recognition as thought leader in the American wind energy market. Currently being vice president at DNV GL – Energy, Conover has been a member of the American Wind Energy Association’s board of directors since 1997. She is a former president of the AWEA Board, has served as chair of WINDPOWER and is the current chair of the Membership and Awards Committees. She also serves on the board of Women of Wind Energy. Conover has worked in the wind industry for more than 25 years in multiple executive positions. In 1994, she founded and served as CEO of Global Energy Concepts, an engineering and technology consultancy that specialized in the analysis, design, evaluation, testing and management of wind energy systems and projects. When GEC was acquired by DNV in 2008, Conover became the director of its wind energy operations, before becoming vice president of DNV GL in 2012. “Karen is one of the true pioneers of wind energy in the US, promoting a wind vision way ahead of most of us who are active in the business today,” said Carole Barbeau, DNV GL president of energy advisory for the Americas region. “Since she joined DNV GL, Karen has made a significant impact on our company, not only from her leadership and strategic mindset, but also by sharing her knowledge and passion for the wind industry.” The report was released on March 7, 2017 in honor of International Women’s Day and in partnership with renewable energy finance specialist Green Giraffe. Each woman selected was first nominated by her peers and then assessed and ranked by an independent judging panel made up of senior industry representatives. “It is no secret that there is a gender imbalance in the wind industry,” A Word About Wind wrote on their website about the report. “This is a trait that wind shares with other parts of the energy and financial services industries, and we don’t pretend we can change that. What we can do, however, is mark the achievements of the top women working in wind – and hopefully inspire more talented individuals to enter the sector.” For more information and to obtain a copy of the Women’s Power List report, please visit: http://www.awordaboutwind.com/reports/wind-industry-report-womens-power-list-2017/. DNV GL Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. In the Energy Industry In DNV GL we unite the strengths of DNV, KEMA, Garrad Hassan and GL Renewables Certification. DNV GL’s 2,500 energy experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy supply. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribu­tion, smart grids and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our testing, certification and advisory services are delivered independent from each other.


OAKLAND, Calif., May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DNV GL’s Karen Conover has been recognized by A Word About Wind in the Women’s Power List: The Top 100 Women Working in Wind, ranking at number 18. The report aims to celebrate exceptional women around the world contributing to the continued growth and success of the wind industry. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6a5d4464-0ffe-444b-99e9-0dda676b6c5c The report is the first of its kind, with rankings compiled by the A Word About Wind editorial team in collaboration with an impartial senior advisory board.  Karen Conover’s position on the list testifies her recognition as thought leader in the American wind energy market. Currently being vice president at DNV GL – Energy, Conover has been a member of the American Wind Energy Association’s board of directors since 1997. She is a former president of the AWEA Board, has served as chair of WINDPOWER and is the current chair of the Membership and Awards Committees. She also serves on the board of Women of Wind Energy. Conover has worked in the wind industry for more than 25 years in multiple executive positions. In 1994, she founded and served as CEO of Global Energy Concepts, an engineering and technology consultancy that specialized in the analysis, design, evaluation, testing and management of wind energy systems and projects. When GEC was acquired by DNV in 2008, Conover became the director of its wind energy operations, before becoming vice president of DNV GL in 2012. “Karen is one of the true pioneers of wind energy in the US, promoting a wind vision way ahead of most of us who are active in the business today,” said Carole Barbeau, DNV GL president of energy advisory for the Americas region. “Since she joined DNV GL, Karen has made a significant impact on our company, not only from her leadership and strategic mindset, but also by sharing her knowledge and passion for the wind industry.” The report was released on March 7, 2017 in honor of International Women’s Day and in partnership with renewable energy finance specialist Green Giraffe. Each woman selected was first nominated by her peers and then assessed and ranked by an independent judging panel made up of senior industry representatives. “It is no secret that there is a gender imbalance in the wind industry,” A Word About Wind wrote on their website about the report. “This is a trait that wind shares with other parts of the energy and financial services industries, and we don’t pretend we can change that. What we can do, however, is mark the achievements of the top women working in wind – and hopefully inspire more talented individuals to enter the sector.” For more information and to obtain a copy of the Women’s Power List report, please visit: http://www.awordaboutwind.com/reports/wind-industry-report-womens-power-list-2017/. DNV GL Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. In the Energy Industry In DNV GL we unite the strengths of DNV, KEMA, Garrad Hassan and GL Renewables Certification. DNV GL’s 2,500 energy experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy supply. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribu­tion, smart grids and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our testing, certification and advisory services are delivered independent from each other.


OAKLAND, Calif., May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DNV GL’s Karen Conover has been recognized by A Word About Wind in the Women’s Power List: The Top 100 Women Working in Wind, ranking at number 18. The report aims to celebrate exceptional women around the world contributing to the continued growth and success of the wind industry. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6a5d4464-0ffe-444b-99e9-0dda676b6c5c The report is the first of its kind, with rankings compiled by the A Word About Wind editorial team in collaboration with an impartial senior advisory board.  Karen Conover’s position on the list testifies her recognition as thought leader in the American wind energy market. Currently being vice president at DNV GL – Energy, Conover has been a member of the American Wind Energy Association’s board of directors since 1997. She is a former president of the AWEA Board, has served as chair of WINDPOWER and is the current chair of the Membership and Awards Committees. She also serves on the board of Women of Wind Energy. Conover has worked in the wind industry for more than 25 years in multiple executive positions. In 1994, she founded and served as CEO of Global Energy Concepts, an engineering and technology consultancy that specialized in the analysis, design, evaluation, testing and management of wind energy systems and projects. When GEC was acquired by DNV in 2008, Conover became the director of its wind energy operations, before becoming vice president of DNV GL in 2012. “Karen is one of the true pioneers of wind energy in the US, promoting a wind vision way ahead of most of us who are active in the business today,” said Carole Barbeau, DNV GL president of energy advisory for the Americas region. “Since she joined DNV GL, Karen has made a significant impact on our company, not only from her leadership and strategic mindset, but also by sharing her knowledge and passion for the wind industry.” The report was released on March 7, 2017 in honor of International Women’s Day and in partnership with renewable energy finance specialist Green Giraffe. Each woman selected was first nominated by her peers and then assessed and ranked by an independent judging panel made up of senior industry representatives. “It is no secret that there is a gender imbalance in the wind industry,” A Word About Wind wrote on their website about the report. “This is a trait that wind shares with other parts of the energy and financial services industries, and we don’t pretend we can change that. What we can do, however, is mark the achievements of the top women working in wind – and hopefully inspire more talented individuals to enter the sector.” For more information and to obtain a copy of the Women’s Power List report, please visit: http://www.awordaboutwind.com/reports/wind-industry-report-womens-power-list-2017/. DNV GL Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. In the Energy Industry In DNV GL we unite the strengths of DNV, KEMA, Garrad Hassan and GL Renewables Certification. DNV GL’s 2,500 energy experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy supply. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribu­tion, smart grids and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our testing, certification and advisory services are delivered independent from each other.


OAKLAND, Calif., May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DNV GL’s Karen Conover has been recognized by A Word About Wind in the Women’s Power List: The Top 100 Women Working in Wind, ranking at number 18. The report aims to celebrate exceptional women around the world contributing to the continued growth and success of the wind industry. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6a5d4464-0ffe-444b-99e9-0dda676b6c5c The report is the first of its kind, with rankings compiled by the A Word About Wind editorial team in collaboration with an impartial senior advisory board.  Karen Conover’s position on the list testifies her recognition as thought leader in the American wind energy market. Currently being vice president at DNV GL – Energy, Conover has been a member of the American Wind Energy Association’s board of directors since 1997. She is a former president of the AWEA Board, has served as chair of WINDPOWER and is the current chair of the Membership and Awards Committees. She also serves on the board of Women of Wind Energy. Conover has worked in the wind industry for more than 25 years in multiple executive positions. In 1994, she founded and served as CEO of Global Energy Concepts, an engineering and technology consultancy that specialized in the analysis, design, evaluation, testing and management of wind energy systems and projects. When GEC was acquired by DNV in 2008, Conover became the director of its wind energy operations, before becoming vice president of DNV GL in 2012. “Karen is one of the true pioneers of wind energy in the US, promoting a wind vision way ahead of most of us who are active in the business today,” said Carole Barbeau, DNV GL president of energy advisory for the Americas region. “Since she joined DNV GL, Karen has made a significant impact on our company, not only from her leadership and strategic mindset, but also by sharing her knowledge and passion for the wind industry.” The report was released on March 7, 2017 in honor of International Women’s Day and in partnership with renewable energy finance specialist Green Giraffe. Each woman selected was first nominated by her peers and then assessed and ranked by an independent judging panel made up of senior industry representatives. “It is no secret that there is a gender imbalance in the wind industry,” A Word About Wind wrote on their website about the report. “This is a trait that wind shares with other parts of the energy and financial services industries, and we don’t pretend we can change that. What we can do, however, is mark the achievements of the top women working in wind – and hopefully inspire more talented individuals to enter the sector.” For more information and to obtain a copy of the Women’s Power List report, please visit: http://www.awordaboutwind.com/reports/wind-industry-report-womens-power-list-2017/. DNV GL Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. In the Energy Industry In DNV GL we unite the strengths of DNV, KEMA, Garrad Hassan and GL Renewables Certification. DNV GL’s 2,500 energy experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy supply. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribu­tion, smart grids and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our testing, certification and advisory services are delivered independent from each other.


DNV GL's second Trade Ally Pulse Survey, which measures the challenges and opportunities these key utility partners face in the marketplace, found that a reduction in operating and maintenance costs was the most effective means to sell energy efficiency, according to the contractors that work with utilities in demand-side management (DSM) programs. The survey findings reveal how these industry, architecture and engineering professionals perceive the benefits of participating in utility DSM programs and their insights on the barriers to program participation for their own customers. "As direct links to utility customers, trade allies' attitudes and activities can provide utilities with important insights to help increase DSM program awareness, meet energy savings goals and maintain customer satisfaction," said Karen Germain, DNV GL consultant and project manager for the survey. "An engaged, well-equipped trade ally network can extend a utility's reach and help achieve energy efficiency savings goals." The survey was first conducted in 2015 to measure 2014 DSM program activity and received feedback from 354 trade allies by email. It was conducted again in 2016 to review 2015's program trends and provides a broad view that characterizes the attitudes of contractors across the United States. The contractors primarily serve non-residential customers, including the industrial, large and small commercial, government and non-profit sectors. The survey participants represent a diverse mix of company types and sizes; a nearly equal number of respondents work at very small firms (17 percent) or very large firms (15 percent). The survey identified insights both on how DSM program participation is viewed by trade allies, as well as how utility customers view energy efficiency. Three trends emerged from the research: cost reduction as a motivation for customer participation in energy efficiency programs, a continued lack of understanding of energy efficiency by many potential customers and a desire for more training and support by the trade allies themselves. A Shift in Factors Influencing Energy Efficiency Sales While there are many benefits to installing energy-efficient technologies in a facility, reduced maintenance costs were the most convincing, with 65 percent of the respondents saying that this was the top selling point, besides overall reduced operating expenses. Other factors, like improved occupancy comfort (14 percent) and environmental benefit (10 percent) were significantly lower. "This indicates that the bottom line is the key driver for investments in energy efficiency," said Germain. The survey also asked which end-use technologies were most commonly installed for energy efficiency incentive-eligible projects in 2015. As consistent with the previous survey, 68 percent of trade ally firms indicated that lighting was the most common. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) was the next most common, at 18 percent of projects delivered for utility incentive programs across sectors. While lighting still remains the most popular type of project, HVAC and energy management systems showed a slight increase in the overall share of the technologies installed compared to 2014. Consumer Attitudes Remain an Obstacle The survey revealed three main barriers to participation: a lack of understanding of the value of energy efficiency, cash flow constraints and difficulty getting in front of the right decision makers. These barriers were consistent with the findings from the previous year's survey. Customers don't understand the value of energy efficiency rated as a moderate to very high barrier for 67 percent of respondents. Customers having cash flow constraints and needing financing also rated moderate to very high for 78 percent of respondents. Difficulty getting in front of the right decision makers rated as a moderate to very high barrier for 68 percent of the responding Trade Allies. However, rebate offers associated with energy efficiency programs were not too complex for customers to understand: a majority of the survey respondents (57 percent) rated it as a very low or low barrier. More Education from Utilities Desired Trade allies rely upon utilities for education about current DSM programs, sales coaching and technical consultation to deliver energy efficiency projects to customers. Of the 38 percent of trade allies who indicated they were not meeting with designated outreach professionals, 55 percent indicated that they would benefit from regular contact with an outreach professional either monthly or quarterly. For those who were already meeting with an outreach professional, meetings on a quarterly basis are preferred. "Overall, the survey indicates that trade allies highly value their relationships with utilities -- to the point where many build selling energy efficient technologies and rebates into their business plans," said Germain. "Small changes in the market, like the incremental increase in HVAC and energy management system projects, provide utilities with new ways to expand their energy efficiency portfolios and this market transformation can be supported through continued outreach and support of their program trade allies." The complete report is available here. DNV GL Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. In the Energy Industry In DNV GL we unite the strengths of DNV, KEMA, Garrad Hassan and GL Renewables Certification. DNV GL's 2,500 energy experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy supply. We deliver world-renowned testing, certification and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our testing, certification and advisory services are delivered independent from each other.

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