Suncor Energy to layoff up to 15% of workforce

Suncor Energy has announced plans to cut its workforce by up to 15% over the next 18 months, after crude oil demand has been reduced by the coronavirus pandemic, Kallanish Energy reports. The company, with headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, said 5% of the workers will be cut in six months and another 10% to 15%

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Engie appoints Catherine MacGregor as new CEO

French energy company Engie appointed on Monday Catherine MacGregor as its new chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2021, Kallanish Energy reports. MacGregor’s “industrial and international track record” will contribute towards the achievement of its strategic objectives that were laid out in July this year, Engie said in a statement. This strategy included a refocus

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Eden Renewables secures new 1.35 GW Indian solar project

The renewables joint venture between EDF Energy and Total has secured a contract for the development of three solar firms in India, Kallanish Energy reports. Eden Renewables, jointly owned by EDF Renewables and Total Eren, announced last Thursday it had been selected for the three solar photovoltaic (PV) projects for a total of 1.35 gigawatts

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Petrobras may need new bidding for LNG terminal lease

Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras may have to start a new bidding process for the lease of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Bahia, Kallanish Energy reports. The company said late last week it opened bids from three companies: bp, Compass Gas e Energia and Golar Power. Only one commercial proposal was received,

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Solar dominates Maine’s renewables procurement

Solar projects dominated Maine’s largest renewables procurement, Kallanish Energy reports. Solar will provide about 482 megawatts of the 546 megawatts of projects approved for long-term energy projects earlier this week by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The commission approved 17 projects including solar, onshore wind, hydro and biomass. They were the first to win approval

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Palladium, Inverdale form new solar JV

Palladium Energy LLC and Inverdale Energy Partners have formed a joint venture to develop 500 megawatts of utility-scale solar and solar storage across the United States, Kallanish Energy reports. That is the initial development portfolio. The JV is known as Palladium Energy Development LLC. The companies did not detail plans for the initial solar development. “This

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Entergy sets net-zero carbon goal by 2050

Entergy Corp. has announced that is accelerating its climate action goals with a plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, Kallanish Energy reports. The Louisiana-based utility also reaffirmed its commitments to grid reliability and affordability for customers. That new goal is “another major step forward,” said Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman of the board and

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Ohio AG files suit to block nuclear bailout payments

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is seeking to keep the owner of two nuclear power plants in Ohio from getting $1.3 billion in bailout money in what has become the largest bribery scandal in state history, Kallanish Energy reports. Yost on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to keep Energy Harbor

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Total to convert crude refinery to produce biofuels

French energy major Total announced on Thursday it will convert its Grandpuits crude oil refinery to produce renewable diesel and bioplastics, Kallanish Energy reports. Killing two birds with one stone, Total will shut down its crude refinery after a structural problem with a key pipeline reduced its operational rate to 70% of capacity. To resume

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Iberdrola to create green hydrogen business unit

Spanish utilities Iberdrola will create a dedicated green hydrogen business unit, as it aims to become a global leader in the technology, Kallanish Energy reports. CEO Ignacio Galán said in a speech during the New York Climate Week, which took place alongside the UN General Assembly, that the company will produce hydrogen from 100% renewable

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German, Scottish wind associations ink cooperation deal

German wind power association WAB and Scottish wind consortium DeepWind have signed a three-year cooperation agreement to develop a market for green hydrogen from wind power. The parties said in a joint statement on Wednesday that the aim is to promote the offshore wind industry and the production of green hydrogen at sea transnationally. The

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Biomethane may be route for decarbonizing Europe’s gas markets

Biomethane can help decarbonize Europe’s gas markets, but continued growth depends on policy support, Wood Mackenzie said this week. According to analysts Graham Freedman and Nnenna Amobi, the carbon-neutral renewable gas can be directly injected into existing natural gas infrastructure and decarbonize the heating and transport sectors. That’s because biomethane is a purified form of

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Shipping industry must not wait for ideal fuel solution: DNV-GL

The shipping industry’s “grand challenge” of decarbonization will have to rely on a mix of fuels, rather than wait for the ideal solution to arrive, according to DNV-GL. The consultancy said in its Maritime Forecast to 2050 report that currently there are at least 16 different fuel types and 10 fuel technology systems in the

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Nordex tapped for 312MW US wind farm

German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has secured a contract to supply turbines to a wind farm located in Texas, U.S., Kallanish Energy reports. Under the terms of the agreement, announced on Friday, will see Nordex deliver and install 65 N149/4.0-4.5 wind turbines in the 4.8 megawatt (MW) operating mode, for a total capacity of 312

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DOE awards $24M to battery, methane detection projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $24 million to two projects to commercialize sodium-ion battery development and methane detection technologies, Kallanish Energy reports. A $19 million grant went to California-based Natron Energy and a $5 million grant was awarded to Montana-based Bridger Photonics. The grants were awarded as part of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects

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