Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving middle market clients globally, today announced it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to BTR Energy, a cleantech company enabling electric vehicles to interact with electricity markets, in receiving a growth equity investment from Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”), a global investment group and bp ventures. The joint investment between CDPQ and BP is the first of a new co-investment collaboration targeting ventures in the sustainable energy sector.
This first CDPQ-bp ventures co-investment, which included additional co-investors Clean Energy Fuels, Innovatus LP, and SineWave Ventures, will support BTR Energy in growing its platform to help support the decarbonisation of the transportation sector by using data to enable interactions between electric vehicles and electricity markets. Today, BTR Energy’s “Bridge” platform automates participation in low carbon fuels programs, like California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, by connecting leading EV manufacturers, fleet operators, and charging station networks to renewable electricity generators. BTR Energy will use the proceeds from the investment to scale its existing operations and expand into new markets, including emerging clean fuels markets in Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe.
“Now more than ever, investors are directing capital toward innovations that will allow us to fight and adapt to climate change. CDPQ is delighted to collaborate with a world-class player such as bp ventures to invest in energy technologies and companies that are accelerating the transition toward a low-carbon economy,” said Geneviève Bouthillier, Managing Director, Private Mid-Market Companies and Stewardship Investing at CDPQ. “Our co-investment in BTR Energy is a good example of what we aim to do with bp ventures: invest in promising companies that have demonstrated their capability to have a concrete impact, in order to propel their growth.”
Nacho Gimenez, Managing partner at bp ventures, said, “BTR Energy is exactly the type of game-changing business we look to invest in at bp ventures. They identified a value chain that could increase the clean electricity used in EV charging, developed an innovative solution to make it work and successfully deployed it. We welcome BTR Energy to our portfolio and look forward to working with the team, exploring ways to expand the company outside of its Californian base. It’s also our first investment with CDPQ, and an exciting first step for a collaboration that through shared knowledge and opportunities will help us continue to accelerate innovation across the entire energy spectrum.”
“Our partnership with bp ventures and CDPQ will enable us to strengthen our core capabilities, expand into new low-carbon fuels markets in North America and Europe, and launch new, proprietary products designed to further reduce emissions by directly engaging EV drivers. Nearly a dozen EV manufacturers participate in programs like California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard through the BTR Energy platform because we have a unique, expert understanding of the regulations and requirements, and because we provide a single, automated point of access to multiple programs,” said Jack Barrow, Chief Executive Officer, BTR Energy. “With this investment, we will continue to outperform in these markets while also committing resources to support new electrification initiatives led by our clients.”
“Congratulations to the team at BTR Energy – this impressive investment partnership is a testament to the efficacy of the BTR technology platform, the team and the incredible opportunity in front of them. We were thrilled to be a part of this transaction,” notes Jamie Boyd, Managing Director and head of Cascadia Capital’s Energy Transition and Climate Technology group.
This transaction represents another successful Energy Transition and Climate Technology transaction for Cascadia.
For more information about this transaction, please contact Jamie Boyd at Cascadia Capital: