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Who Invests in Renewables?

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 15, 2009

Answer: U.S. oil and natural gas companies.

According to a study released today, U.S.-based oil and natural gas company investments in renewable energy accounted for nearly one-fourth of the money invested in renewables by all U.S.-based private industry and the federal government over the past nine years. More than $6.7 billion supported development of energy sources such as wind, biofuels and solar power.

The study also found that nearly half of all investments made to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were made by U.S.-based oil and natural gas companies. In fact, between 2000 and 2008, they spent $58.4 billion to reduce GHG emissions, more than either the federal government or all other U. S.-based private industries combined. The study--"Key Investments in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Technologies by Energy Firms, Other Industry and the Federal Government"--was produced by T2 and Associated and the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas and based on data from more than 420 company annual reports, federal budget documents and other public sources.

We encourage you to view the full study below, and read more about oil and natural gas company investments in renewable energy.

Key Investments in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Technologies by Energy Firms, Other Industry and the Federal G...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.