Power Line: $2 billion for clean energy — Schlumberger job offers disappear — 22 top energy stocks
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Investors are throwing money at clean energy as spending in oil and gas wanesOn Tuesday,
- "Companies from around the world of all sizes and stages will be considered, from pre-product startups to well-established enterprises," Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO, said in a public statement.
- The Seattle-based behemoth — which is worth more than $1.3 trillion in today's market value — didn't specify over what time frame the "initial" $2 billion would be dished out.
- The announcement follows criticism of the firm's environmental record.
- In February, Jeff Bezos, himself, said he would spend $10 billion to address climate change through an initiative called the Bezos Earth Fund.
- In January, Microsoft committed $1 billion to carbon capture and removal technologies.
- The investment firm Generate Capital raised $1 billion for clean energy.
- Sequoia Capital hinted it's now investing in climate tech.
- A nonprofit called Prime Coalition recently closed a new $50 million fund that will channel investment into early-stage clean-energy startups
- … to name a few!
- Global spending on oil exploration and production is poised to fall to $383 billion this year, the lowest level in 15 years, according to a new analysis by Rystad Energy.
- About 125 exploration and production companies have indicated that they're cutting spending, Rystad said.
- The research firm said spending would stay pretty much flat next year.
- Shale is among the oil classes that will be hit the hardest, Rystad says.
Flashback: As we previously reported, private equity investors, who fueled the US shale revolution with $125 billion, are facing a reckoning.
- Small- and medium-sized PE firms focused on oil and gas will struggle to raise new funds in the future, experts told us.
- Roughly 80% of the 500 or so PE-backed shale firms in North America will struggle to find buyers, one investor said. Exits are traditionally how PE firms recoup their investment.
'We have taken the difficult decision to rescind your job offer': Cheap oil evaporates new Schlumberger jobsPrice check: US crude oil opened this morning just under $40 a barrel. That's double where it was at the start of May, but it's still down more than 35% since the start of the year. Advertisement
Oilfield services (OFS) companies — which provide drilling tech and services — are among the companies most exposed to low oil prices.
- There are just 189 active drill rigs across the US, down 72% since March, Bloomberg reported.
- Almost 2 million barrels of oil per day have been taken out of production in that same period. The US was producing a record 13 million barrels per day in February.
Schlumberger reacts: Schlumberger is the largest OFS company in the world, with a market value of more than $24 billion, but that doesn't mean it's immune to cheap oil. Since the pandemic took root, the firm has laid off workers, cut pay, and rescinded job and internship offers.
- Scores of fresh college graduates had their job offers rescinded including international students who are now racing to find new positions that will allow them to stay in the country.
- "Schlumberger's activity and outlook has been negatively impacted by two unforeseen events: decline in
oil priceand the impact of COVID-19," the company wrote in a letter to a student whose offer was revoked. "Unfortunately, we have taken the difficult decision to rescind your job offer."
- Schlumberger has laid off about 2,000 people this year, according to the Houston Chronicle.
- In April, the firm also implemented two furlough programs for its North American staff and cut pay for some workers, according to letters we obtained.
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Analysts at Goldman Sachs say oil
- The bank favors utilities and expects the sector, as a whole, to perform well over the next year.
- On the flip side, the analysts are more hesitant to invest in companies that refine crude oil into products like fuel.
- The bank says that fuel demand is expected to recover, but it adds that "absolute gasoline demand in the US peaked in 2018."
This week's top stories
- Oil majors: The London-based oil giant BP said it's "writing down as much as $17.5 billion of its assets and might leave some of its oil and gas in the ground because of lower energy prices and weakened demand," the Wall Street Journal reports.
- Racial disparities: "Black renters and homeowners face substantially higher residential energy costs than white residents, and these persistent differences are present almost throughout the income scale," Axios reports.
- Solar: Sunrun, the nation's leading rooftop solar installer, is working with utilities to aggregate power from batteries across its customer base in an effort to create virtual power plants, Greentech Media reports.
- Wind: The CEO of Ørsted, one of the world's largest wind energy companies based in Denmark, is stepping down after eight years leading the company, Reuters reports.
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