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NSI secures $464 million in funding for clean energy clients

Washington, D.C. — June 23, 2010 —National Strategies, LLC (NSI) has helped clients obtain $464 million in government funding for clean energy projects in the past year, including significant funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), it was announced today.

"This is a three-fold win," said Al Gordon, chief executive officer of NSI. "Cleantech companies gain access to the capital they need to grow, while the economy gains jobs and the environment benefits from the introduction of new, cleaner technologies. Now is the time for companies that are in the process of developing sustainable products to pursue and access the federal funds they need."

NSI assisted in securing a commitment for more than $450 million in government contracts for MWH Constructors, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MWH Global, a Colorado-based engineering, design and construction firm. MWH Global is known for its work on some of the most challenging water infrastructure projects in communities around the world, providing water, wastewater, energy, natural resource, program management, consulting and construction services to industrial, municipal and government clients in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, India, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

"We have benefitted greatly from our strategic partnership with NSI. Their team assisted us in developing the right relationships and in communicating our key messages," said Blair M. Lavoie, senior vice president and director of US Operations for MWH Constructors. "NSI's assistance was invaluable."

NSI also obtained funding for venture capital-backed companies, Power Assure and SeaMicro, both of which develop data management products that increase energy efficiency. Initially supported by Silicon Valley investment capital companies, NSI helped them secure $14 million in grants from DOE to apply their innovative products to improve energy efficiency IT projects.

"NSI has been invaluable in ensuring the success of our portfolio by helping SeaMicro and Power Assure gain access to the funding they need for continued growth," said Warren Packard, managing director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, who also serves on SeaMicro's Board of Directors. "These are companies that are making a significant difference in this space, and NSI has played a vital role in helping to foster their continued vitality and growth."

Power Assure helps companies meet energy reduction targets and regulatory requirements by lowering the amount of energy consumed at data centers by an average of 50 percent. The DOE award was granted to Power Assure based on its principal goal of transforming data center energy strategy from an "Always On" to an "Always Available" model. A root cause of high-fixed energy expenses in data centers is that they are built to remain "always on," consuming their full power load regardless of user demand.

"NSI's expertise was a major factor in our ability to secure these grants," said Brad Wurtz, president and CEO of Power Assure. "Without their skill and assistance, we would not be where we are today."
Since its inception in 1995, NSI has generated more than $7.3 billion in new revenue from government sources for its clients. In addition, NSI has helped shape the legislative and regulatory environment in which its clients function, creating and protecting markets for a variety of goods and services. NSI's Sustainability team focuses on helping clients drive revenue from federal, state and local governments as well as creating opportunities and solving problems through legislative, policy and regulatory activities. Its success is based on a strong foundation of seasoned experts who have served at the highest levels of private business and government.

"Building a partnership with government requires a completely different approach and skill set than is normally found in the private sector," said Kevin Matthews, Director of NSI's Sustainability Practice. "Knowing government expectations and knowing how to meet them are vital when competing for federal, state and local dollars. We help our clients make their case in a way the market they are trying to penetrate understands. A grant proposal could be dead in the water if every step isn't executed flawlessly."

NSI's Sustainability group is composed of a distinguished cadre of senior experts who share their considerable experience with clients to successfully navigate the complexities of procurement, legislative and regulatory issues. Mr. Matthews' team includes Scott Sklar, president and founder of the Stella Group, Ltd and former executive director of the Solar Energy Industries Association; Terry Tamminen, former advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute.



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