7 January 2019

Utilities in Transition: Vattenfall AB accelerating switch to renewables

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Sweden´s Vattenfall AB is accelerating the transition to renewables, as German newspaper F.A.Z. reports.

The large utility, which is 100 percent owned by the Swedish state, plans to quadruple the share of renewables by 2025. This includes the expansion of wind power capacities from 3 GW (end of 2018) to 11 GW (2025). Within “one generation”, the group as well as its customers and suppliers should be “fossil-free”.  Currently, Vattenfall generates about  25 percent of its power from fossil fuels.

In Germany, Vattenfall has abandoned its lignite assets a few years ago and is abandoning its German nuclear assets. In Sweden, however, the company will continue to operate its large nuclear plant Ringhals.

Vattenfall is already one of the largest offshore wind power operators in Europe. Further wind farms are currently being built in the Baltic Sea. To finance these projects, the company intends to make greater use of external sources. Parts of wind farms could also be sold to investors.

Unlike E.ON (Innogy/RWE) or Ørsted, however, the company does not intend to become a global player, but continues to concentrate on Northern Europe and Great Britain.

In addition to wind farms, green hydrogen will play an important role in its corporate strategy. This includes a pilot plant in Luleå. Here, a steelworks replaces coke with hydrogen generated by green electricity (wind, hydro).

Additional RE activities are:

  • Vattenfall´s electrolysis plants near Gothenburg are involved in the production of biofuels from cellulose.
  • In Germany, a centralized power-to-heat project (Berlin) will provide district heating to consumers.

Find more on the latest utility strategies in the next edition of our Global Energy Briefing (German/English version available)

23 November 2018

Global Energy Briefing No.169: Big Oil in Transition? The Path to Decarbonization (English Edition)

By |2018-11-23T15:47:35+00:00Friday, 23 November 2018|Categories: company strategies, decarbonization, investment strategies, oil industry|0 Comments

Oil and gas account for more than half of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. International oil companies are now under pressure to demonstrate the sustainability of their portfolio and adapt their business models to the global transformation of energy systems. Investors, NGOs and the media are questioning them critically.

In this issue of our newsletter you will find 37 pages of background information on the discussion about Big Oil and company-specific strategies. How high are the emissions caused directly and indirectly by Shell, Respol or BP? What options does the industry have to move quickly to a sustainable 2°C path? Which companies are changing in the direction of “Energy Company”; which companies are sticking with their traditional business model?