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Shell may buy majority stake in solar power firm Fourth Partner Energy

Shell is said to be looking to buy a ‘significant stake’ in Fourth Partner Energy, a rooftop solar power firm, and may even acquire it read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell given EU approval for First Utility acquisition


The European Commission has given its approval for the Shell Petroleum Company (Shell) acquisition of First Utility. In December, Shell released a statement that said it will buy 100 per cent of independent energy provider, First Utility. It said at the time that the deal was set to complete in early 2018, subject to “regulatory and other approvals”. The EU Commission said in a statement: “The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Impello Limited by the Shell Petroleum Company, both of the UK. Impello is an independent energy supplier to household customers in the UK and Germany, active under the brand First Utility.” FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell’s electrifying prediction

Extracts from FT article by , Energy Editor, published Sunday 18 February 2018:

Oil majors see their chance in staid world of utilities

Maarten Wetselaar, head of Shell’s “new energy” strategy, predicts the proportion of worldwide energy consumption met by electricity would increase from less than 20 per cent today to about half in coming decades. Mr Wetselaar declines to comment on speculation that Shell’s next target could be the Dutch utility Eneco. But he says: “If we’re going to build a power business that is meaningful to Shell — a real fourth pillar alongside oil, gas and chemicals — we will need to do more of these deals.” read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

First hydrogen station opens in Esslingen, Germany

Norbert Barthle (Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport), Thomas Bystry (Project Manager Shell), Michael Reinhardt (Project Manager Air Liquide) and Sybille Riepe (H2 Mobility) at the opening in Wendlingen

By 15 February 2018

H2 Mobility Deutschland, Shell and Air Liquide today jointly opened the first hydrogen (H2) station in the district of Esslingen – the twelfth in Baden-Württemberg, taking another step towards a nationwide H2supply network in Germany. Owned and operated by the joint venture H2 Mobility, which is building a H2 infrastructure in Germany, the location is at the Shell petrol station Heinrich-Otto-Straße. Air Liquide is supplying the H2. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Inspire and Shell Energy North America Enter Multi-Year Strategic Relationship

Shell Energy will partner with Inspire to accelerate consumer adoption of clean energy, with plans to grow to over one million Inspire members

SANTA MONICA, Calif.Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Inspire, a consumer technology company focused on enabling everyone to have a smart home powered by clean energy, announced today that it has entered into a multi-year strategic relationship with Shell Energy North America. Under the arrangement, Shell will provide Inspire with a broad range of services to support the company’s aggressive expansion plans over the next several years, including a credit line for trading and a revolving credit facility. Shell’s support will facilitate Inspire’s purchase of clean energy products and accelerate membership growth, with capacity for over one million members. The new arrangement comes on the heels of Shell’s recent commitment to increase its development of new energies, spending up to $2 billion a year until 2020. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell collaborates with Oath to launch next phase of its “Make the Future” campaign

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 12 February 2018 – Today, Oath announces a global deal with Mediacom and Shell to take the energy brand’s “Make the Future” campaign into its next phase. The new phase brings the content of its “On Top of the World” music video to life through a crafted WebGL “Globe” activation, created by Oath’s RYOT Studio global solutions team in collaboration with UNIT9: allowing people to explore the five cleaner energy projects featured within the music video through its interactive design. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Electric cars pave way to end of filling stations

Peter Campbell, Motor Industry Correspondent: 11 FEB 2018

Big oil companies that own petrol stations, such as Royal Dutch Shell and BP, have committed to installing electric vehicle charging points at their retail sites. Shell will launch high-speed charging at retail sites in 10 European countries and last year bought electric charging group NewMotion, while BP last week invested $5m in FreeWire to begin offering charging at its sites.

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Shell Commits to Expanding Gas Stations as Some Rivals Retreat

Istvan Kapitany, head of Shell’s global retail business

By Kevin Orland: 9 February 2018

(Bloomberg) — While many oil producers are stepping back from their retail operations, Royal Dutch Shell Plc is doubling down.

Shell, which has about 44,000 filling stations around the world, opened its first one in Mexico last year, the start of $1 billion in investments over the next decade. Shell also is ramping up spending in China, India, Indonesia and Russia, Istvan Kapitany, head of Shell’s global retail business, said in an interview in Calgary. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell takes on Big Six energy giants

Shell said its UK energy would be “significantly organised around solar and wind”CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/GETTY IMAGES

Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to take on the Big Six energy suppliers include buying gas-fired power plants and building wind and solar farms in Britain.

The Anglo-Dutch oil company will use its network of 1,000 petrol stations to market the venture and sign up household and business energy customers, Maarten Wetselaar, an executive director of Shell, said. It aims eventually to offer related services, such as electric car charging in homes. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Don’t believe in climate change? Energy companies do

The leaders of the world’s largest and most powerful energy companies are talking about the fight to mitigate human-caused climate change.

Some are even putting their money where their mouths are.

While some conservative political leaders still deny that the Earth is heating up due to humans burning fossil fuels and releasing greenhouse gases, the people who produce those fuels and chemicals have recognized the imperative to limit global warming to a rise of 2 degrees Celsius. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell faces struggle over €3bn Eneco deal

The Sunday Telegraph understands that Shell is facing internal divisions over the deal and mounting political opposition.

Royal Dutch Shell has struck a stumbling block in its march into the European power sector over plans to pluck a Dutch utility from public ownership.

The Anglo-Dutch oil major is a front-runner in the €3bn (£2.64bn) race to snap up Eneco from the hands of 53 Dutch municipalities after the decision to privatise the green energy company. 

The group already partners with Eneco on wind power projects in Europe, which could pave the way for its next step into the power market after buying UK energy supplier First Utility for a rumoured £200m. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell LNG glut ‘conspicuously absent’: Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

by Angela Macdonald-Smith: Feb 2 2018 at 12:03 PM: Updated Feb 2 2018 at 3:19 PM

Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden has declared that the energy giant’s confidence in the LNG market has been justified with no sign of the oversupply that others had warned of. “The LNG glut is conspicuously absent isn’t it, much to the surprise of those that thought this was inevitable,” Mr van Beurden told reporters at Shell’s fourth-quarter results briefing in London. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Alternatives to Groningen gas are expensive, complex and politically sensitive

Printed below is an English translation of an article published by the Dutch Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

Louis Hoeks Carel Grol • Economics & Politics: 25 JAN 2018

Since the earthquake at Zeerijp earlier this month everyone in politics The Hague agrees that the Netherlands should stop accelerating the use of Groningen gas. But good intentions come up against the unruly reality.

The five biggest obstacles in a row.

1. Gasless homes

Today the House is talking about a bill from Liesbeth van Tongeren (GroenLinks) to remove the obligation to connect new homes to the gas grid. The Cabinet also wants the gas connection obligation to be replaced by a heat law and that in 2021 approximately 50,000 new homes will be delivered by nature without natural gas.

However, those new houses are small beer. The pain is in the existing building: about 96% of the 7.7 million Dutch homes are currently dependent on gas for heating. There are no hard figures about the costs, says a spokesperson for Vereniging Eigen Huis. But it is certain that it will be a billion-dollar job. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell buying spree cranks up race for clean energy

People take pictures of a high-efficiency petrol-burning concept car as it is unveiled by Royal Dutch Shell during a ceremony in Beijing, China April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Ron Bousso, Clara Denina: JANUARY 26, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has spent over $400 million on a range of acquisitions in recent weeks, from solar power to electric car charging points, cranking up its drive to expand beyond its oil and gas business and reduce its carbon footprint. The scale of the buying spree pales in comparison to the Anglo-Dutch company’s $25 billion annual spending budget. But its first forays into the solar and retail power sectors for many years shows a growing urgency to develop cleaner energy businesses. FULL ARTICLE read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Inside Oil Giant Shell’s Race to Remake Itself For a Low-Price World

“I am tasked,” says the oil major’s top futurist about the existential challenge ahead, “with making sure that shell isn’t a dodo.”-Jeremy Bentham, Shell scenarios leader Jeffrey Ball By JEFFREY BALL 6:30 AM EST

Last March, Royal Dutch Shell said it was selling most of its stake in Canada’s oil sands, a vast project that has extracted millions of barrels of sticky, gooey hydrocarbons from the ground in a process that resembles mining more than drilling. The oil and gas giant announced that it was unloading its oil-sands assets, for $7.25 billion, so that it could double down on businesses “where we have global scale and a competitive advantage.”

Left unsaid was a deeper reason for the divestiture. Months of deliberations behind closed doors at Shell headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, had led the top brass at the world’s largest non-state-owned oil company by sales to conclude that the energy industry was changing fundamentally—in a way that could turn the profitable oil-sands operation into a liability. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan

Shell hires solar chief for Latam -source

Reuters Staff: JANUARY 22, 2018

SAO PAULO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has hired a former executive of U.S.-based First Solar to lead its solar energy business in Latin America, a source said on Monday, as the industry invests in renewable energy to address global concerns about carbon emissions.

Maria Gabriela da Rocha Oliveira, First Solar’s former senior manager of business development for Brazil and South America, will take on a similar role at Shell’s New Energies unit for the region, said the source, requesting anonymity to discuss the confidential matter. read more and its sister websites, and are all owned by John Donovan
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