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Google Shuts Down Its Moonshot Wind Energy Unit Makani

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which invested in Makani, said it’s exploring options to use Makani’s technology.

Bloomberg News: Mark Bergen: February 18, 2020: 6:17 PM EST

(Bloomberg) — Alphabet Inc. is shutting down Makani, a subsidiary working on wind energy, as Google’s parent company pares back its experimental technology in favor of its main internet business.

Makani was formed in 2006 to make flying kites that would harness wind power and, eventually, replace more expensive turbines. Google acquired the startup in 2013, placing the group inside its X lab with other “moonshots” like self-driving cars. Makani later became its own Alphabet unit. But the initiative suffered personnel problems and waning support from its parent company, which has pulled back on several green energy projects. read more

Shell to Buy Power From U.K.’s Largest Battery Storage Plant

Shell Energy Europe Ltd. has agreed to trade power from what will be the U.K.’s largest battery storage project.

The Royal Dutch Shell Plc unit agreed to a multi-year deal to “optimize the use of renewable power” in the China-backed project, which is expected to come online by the end of this year. Batteries, Shell says, will play a key role in the energy transition as these will be able to store excess energy and feed it back to the grid when demand calls for it.

China Huaneng Group and China’s state-backed CNIC fund are backing the Minety power storage project, which consists of two 50-megawatt batteries in southwest England. “Projects like this will be vital for balancing the U.K.’s electricity demand and supply as wind and solar power play bigger roles in powering our lives,” according to David Wells, vice president of SEEL. read more

Wind Approval sought for low-cost offshore wind PPAs in Massachusetts

February 12 (Renewables Now) – The electric distribution companies (EDCs) in Massachusetts are seeking the state Department of Public Utilities’ approval of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Mayflower Wind LLC for the output of an 804-MW offshore wind farm.

The contracts with Unitil, National Grid and Eversource Energy have terms of 20 years.

The project, developed by Shell New Energies and EDP Renewables, was the winner in Massachusetts’ second Request for Proposals (RfP) for offshore wind projects. The levelised price agreed for the wind farm’s output stands at USD 58.47 (EUR 53.6) per MWh in real 2019 dollars, according to a letter in support of the long-term power contracts by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The Mayflower wind park is projected to bring direct savings to ratepayers of USD 24/MWh in real 2019 dollars, on average, over the term of the power contracts. read more

Shell New Energies boss calls time on role

The vice president of Shell New Energies has announced he will step down from his role to be replaced by the firm’s global vice president of strategy.

Mark Gainsborough, who has worked with Shell for 39 years, said today he would relinquish the reigns of the New Energy division.

He will be succeeded by Elisabeth Brinton, who has been with Shell since 2018 and previously worked for AGL Energy in Australia and Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco.

Ms Brinton takes over the role in April.

Mr Gainsborough, who led the New Energies team for over three years, spent more than 15 years with Shell as a vice president. read more

Shell’s New Energies boss Gainsborough to step down

The Anglo-Dutch company has made a number of large investments in renewables, electric vehicle technologies and power markets under Gainsborough, including acquiring British utility First Utility…

By Ron Bousso: 9 January 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s <RDSa.L> New Energies boss Mark Gainsborough will step down in April and be replaced by Elisabeth Brinton, who joined the business in 2018 and will oversee the company’s plans to expand its low-carbon and power business.

Gainsborough, a 39-year Shell veteran, set up Shell’s New Energies four years ago as the oil and gas company faces heavy investor pressure to meet the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming. read more

Shell-owned floating wind firm to ‘review future’ of Scottish office with oil major

A floating wind firm purchased by Shell in November is to review the future of a Scottish office registered before the buyout, the company’s head of projects said last night.

Brittany-headquartered Eolfi, a French renewable energy developer specialising in floating wind projects, registered the Edinburgh office for Eolfi Scotland in late October 2019.

It was announced that Shell would buy up 100% stake in the company on November 5 – but the deal was not finalised until December 20. read more

SHELL DOUBTFUL OF ACHIEVING THE CLEAN ENERGY TARGETS

Published by Industry Global News24: 06 Jan 2020

The Anglo-Dutch company had promised its investors in 2017 that, it will spend $1 bn to $2 bn per year. The fund will be invested in developing a clean energy project till the end of 2020. The company is falling short of the planned $4 billion-$6 billion to be invested between 2016 to end of 2020. This slow progress is likely to raise concerns from environmental groups that oil companies are not contributing to environmental conservation.

Since setting up the “new energies” division, the country has spent approximately $2 billion in setting up a low-carbon energy and electricity production facility. With only a year left to go, the company is far behind the set investment target of $4 bn-$6 bn. read more

Royal Dutch Shell may fail to reach green energy targets

Shell’s green spending plans were dealt a blow earlier this year when the company missed out on a multibillion dollar race to buy Dutch utility Eneco, which has a large renewable energy portfolio. Shell and its pension fund partner lost out to a consortium of investors led by Japan’s Mitsubishi, which paid $4.5bn for the company.

The deal might have pushed Shell’s green investment towards its planned spending range. Shell said it was disappointed it lost the bid, and said that it would continue to invest growing gas and electricity generation from renewable sources. read more

Electricity marks greenest year on record in 2019

First Utility were rebranded as Shell Energy in March 2019, more than a year after Shell purchased the supplier, and announced they were switching to 100% renewable energy. They later announced they were purchasing fellow small supplier Green Star Energy, another renewables specialist.

By Lucy Brown: 3 January 2020

Extracts

Records were broken in 2019 as more UK electricity was produced via renewables rather than from fossil fuels.

Wind and solar both saw record generation peaks, plus a day in August has been labelled as the ‘greenest’ ever. read more

Shell boosts Smart Export Guarantee tariff following criticism

Energy supplier moves tariff from 0.001p per kWh to 3.5p per kWh, insisting first price was a ‘pilot’ tariff

Shell Energy has significantly bumped the price it will pay for solar energy produced by domestic customers, after attracting criticism from climate campaigners for initially having the lowest rates on the market.

Under the new Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) launched on Wednesday large suppliers must pay for energy provided to the grid by small scale producers, including people with rooftop solar panels. read more

Shell’s difficult relationship with UK wind energy

Shell’s difficult relationship with UK wind energy

When Shell pulled out of London Array offshore wind project in 2008, it probably didn’t realise it would mean more than 10 years in the UK offshore wind wilderness.

But according to accounts at the time, many in the sector felt scorned – some were downright angry.

Shell was eventually bought out of the £2 billion project by Masdar, but a message had filtered through that the company was perhaps no longer looking at offshore wind as viable option.

Danish firm Dong Energy, one of the major partners in the 341-turbine project, is now Orsted – arguably the biggest offshore wind firm in the world. read more

Shell Energy signs solar PPA for energy produced by EDF California project

Shell Energy signs solar PPA for energy produced by EDF California project

Rod Walton:

EDF Renewables North America and Shell Energy North America have signed a 15-year power purchase agreement for 132 MW of solar output in Riverside County, California.

The Maverick 7 project is part of the Palen Solar site to be built on 3,140 acres of federal lands. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management completed the federal permitting process approving the project in October 2018.

The project is expected to be completed and operational by the end of 2021.

“Palen Solar, with a total of 500 MW of solar capacity, demonstrates EDF Renewables’ long-term commitment to solar development in California,” said Dai Owen, vice president of power marketing for EDF Renewables. “The project uniquely positions the company to help load-serving entities meet their long-term carbon goals and obligations under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by offering smaller tranches at industry-leading prices.” read more

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