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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 Energy are con artists and cowboys?

The featured brief extracts were taken from between 6 & 8 Jan 2020. Visit the Shell Energy page on Trustpilot to view all reviews in their entirety, positive and negative. Watch out for any fake reviews. Note the reoccurring theme in negative reviews; the difficulty in speaking to the company by phone. 

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Very poor And a bad company to switch to… shell are con artists and cowboys

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Shame I have to give a minimum of one star! Moved into a house that is supplied by these jokers. Spent 40 minutes waiting for chat to be told that I cannot register via chat. Spent most of the afternoon trying to get through on the phone as they are always busy.

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Awful customer service 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

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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

Powerful new players enter the utilities sector

Jeroen van Hoof: 2 January 2020

Oil and gas companies are entering the utilities market—aiming to take advantage of rapid market transformation

In the last few years, an increasing number of International Oil Companies (IOCs) have entered the utilities sector—especially those with headquarters in Europe.

Shell, for example, has taken a series of strategic decisions to grab a share of this market. The company has now installed more than 10GW of generating capacity in North America, of which one-third is from renewable resources.  It has also invested in offshore wind near the Netherlands, acquired First Utility in the UK to supply gas and energy services to domestic consumers, and entered the US supply market through MP2 Energy, while also buying into US and Asian solar power generation through EV vehicle charging and battery technology… read more

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