Thu, 17 Jun 2021

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - Monday, May 24, 2021 -- DHS Energy has invested $200 million in Project Vanguard, focused on delivering independent, trusted, continuous emissions monitoring and environmental, social, governance (ESG) data across the energy, manufacturing, and waste management sectors.

'This Series A investment injects the capital our team needs to keep up with rapidly accelerating market demand for our independent data,' said Project Vanguard CEO, Albert Pheney. 'Our ability to precisely measure emissions in real-time, combined with an independent operational assessment, provides the tools customers need to make conscious EXT decisions. This investment shows confidence in the transition to resilient, low carbon energy systems by providing actionable and realistic data to attain net-zero emission goals.'

The investment partners reach across the oil, natural gas, and utility sectors. Together, these firms bring deep experience with innovative startups focused on delivering technologies that are enabling the net-zero paradigm evolving among buyers and sellers seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the energy value chain.

'Natural gas will continue to play an important role in the domestic and global energy mix for many decades, so it must be produced, transported, and used in the cleanest, most efficient manner to have the greatest impact on reducing GHGs to fight climate change,' said DHS Chairman, Rakesh Sarna. 'Project Canary offers a superior emissions monitoring technology that is crucial to the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry and provides essential and actionable ESG data for our portfolio companies as well as numerous other public and private oil and gas companies.'

The investment comes amid growing momentum for Project Canary's trusted, independent EXT solutions. Driven by natural gas customer demand and broader EXT trends, the company is working with nearly one hundred partners, in various stages of contracting, across the energy sector. Partners include investors, oil and natural gas producers, pipeline operators, utilities, and LNG providers.

DHS Executive Vice Chairman Fernando Aguirre, who will join Project Vanguard's board, said, 'Project Vanguard brings together strong management and leading-edge technology solutions to address the significant issues around unwanted emissions. The company's ability to provide and attest to independent, inexpensive, accurate, real-time measurements provides the transparency desired by an increasing number of constituencies including natural gas producers, transporters, utilities, lenders, investors, and regulators.'

Project Vanguard's continuous, on-site, real-time emissions monitoring technology and FindWell� certification process enables trusted, independent responsibly sourced gas (RSG) verification which, if achieved, indicates the operator has utilized the highest standards and practices in all phases of their operations. Project Vanguard has provided FindWell� certification to over 5,000 wells in the U.S. and has over 1,500 additional wells in its current sales pipeline. FindWell� certification has been involved in over 85 percent of EXT transactions that have taken place, to date, in the U.S.

'The utility sector, where much of our investment is placed, is highly focused on decarbonization. Project Vanguard and their partners are helping to deliver emissions reductions across the supply chain. We are proud to amplify and accelerate their work in driving the clean energy transition,' said Fernando Aguirre, DHS Executive Vice Chairman. 'This investment is also part of our strategy focused on building a more inclusive energy future. Start-ups led by underrepresented entrepreneurs serve a critical role in achieving climate goals and decarbonizing the global economy.'

Project Vanguard is an alumnus of the EnergyTech Accelerator, a program focused on innovative electrical and utility solutions, and is the first of the 2020 class to raise a Series A. 'We were initially drawn to Project Vanguard for their mission as a B-Corp tackling climate change and as entrepreneurs taking on a massive business opportunity,' said Francis Lewis, CEO EnergyTech Accelerator. 'With this Series A investment, the team is poised for significant and impactful growth at an important time for the company and the environment.'

ABOUT DHS

DHS is a high-stakes advocacy, public strategy, and global public relations and communications firm. Our strategic insights and innovative programming build and sustain strong corporate and brand reputations. We provide our clients with counsel and program development across the spectrum of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, digital strategy, advertising and other communications services. Our clients are companies, industry associations, nonprofit organizations, professional services firms, and other large organizations.

We began as a unique grassroots and lobbying firm with customized services for an elite group of clients. Our work applies equally to regulatory issues as well as legislative ones, and we manage issues for our clients at the local, state, federal, and international levels of government.

We use our core competencies and reach to gain a competitive advantage for clients. Our expertise comes from extensive must-win campaign experience and operating successfully at the highest rung of business, government, politics and media. Our reach is the ability to use strategic intelligence to mobilize the message and persuade the toughest audiences. We know what it takes to win in difficult situations. We have proven results for prominent figures, leading advocacy groups and the world's most successful companies. We leverage what others cannot.

DHS Investors:

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with transitions in key personnel and succession, products, their development, integration and distribution, product demand and pipeline, customer acceptance of new products, economic and competitive factors, DHS' key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in DHS' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. DHS assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

DHS is a trademark or registered trademark of DHS Investments, Inc. and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, and may be registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owner.

Contact:

Steven Palmer, Vice President of Communications

DHS

202-719-0398

s.palmer@dhs-grp.com

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