Texas falls short on clean electricity, Merichem divests tech biz, and more trending Houston energy news
Editor's note:Happy Friday — let's talk about the top news of the week, which included M&A moves, funding, and more. Scroll below for some of the top headlines that resonated with EnergyCapital readers on social media and daily newsletter this week.
Merichem Company has created a new business unit that's been acquired by a private equity firm. Photo via Getty Images
A New Orleans-based private equity firm has announced the acquisition of a Houston chemical company's technology business unit, the business announced today.
Black Bay Energy Capital acquired a portion of Merichem Company’s business — including its Merichem Process Technologies and Merichem Catalyst Products, which will collectively be renamed Merichem Technologies. Merichem's caustic services business, which handles spent caustic for beneficial reuse, will be maintained by the company.
Cyndie Fredrick has been promoted to CEO of Merichem Technologies. She previously served as Merichem's senior vice president and general manager of Merichem Process Technologies. She's joined by CFO Rene Campos, Senior Vice President of Technology Jeff Gomach, and Senior Vice President of Catalysts William Rouleau, who are all former managers within Merichem. Continue reading.
In Texas only 38 percent of the state’s electricity capacity comes from clean electricity. Photo via Getty Images
In a new report that looked at states with the cleanest electricity across the country, Texas seems to have some room for improvement.
According to the report from SmartAsset, Texas has the most clean energy capacity at 56,405 megawatts, but continues to trail states with similar geographic characteristics in overall clean energy prevalence.
Texas has the largest wind capacity to help generate clean energy with over three times more than Iowa, which is the second-biggest wind power producer. Continue reading.
Among Dimensional Energy's funders are Microsoft and United. Photo via dimensionalenergy.com
Climatech company Dimensional Energy, which operates a Houston office, has scooped up $20 million in series A funding.
Founded in 2014, Ithaca, New York-based Dimensional Energy specializes in producing decarbonization technology, sustainable aviation fuel, and carbon emissions-derived fuels and materials. The company also says it’s working toward becoming a certified B Corporation. Businesses that achieve this certification seek to balance purpose and profit. Continue reading.
Houston oil companies offer $382M for drilling rights in Gulf of Mexico in last offshore sale before 2025
Companies including Houston-based Chevron and Hess and BP, each with a Houston presence, offered bids. Photo via Getty Images
Last month, oil companies offered $382 million for drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after courts rejected the Biden administration's plans to scale back the sale to protect an endangered whale species.
The auction was the last of several offshore oil and gas lease sales mandated under the 2022 climate law. It comes as President Joe Biden’s Democratic administration tries to navigate between energy companies seeking greater oil and gas production and environmental activists who want to stop new drilling to help combat climate change.
Companies including Houston-based Chevron and Hess and BP, each with a Houston presence, offered bids on more than 300 parcels covering 2,700 square miles (7,000 square kilometers), according to the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Continue reading.
"In reflecting upon my journey through Houston’s energy landscape, it’s evident that the city stands on the cusp of a transformative era." Photo via Getty Images
The following was written by Pavan Kumar Medepalli, MBA candidate at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
As I reflect on my past visit to Houston, it’s not the usual sights or activities that linger but the pulse of a city redefining its energy narrative. The vibrant energy, the breakthroughs in innovation, and the spirited conversations with passionate individuals left an indelible mark. To my LinkedIn community, I invite you to join me on this journey into the heart of Houston’s transformative landscape.
Houston, traditionally known as the “Energy Capital of the World,” is now pioneering a new path. My recent trip provided a deep dive into its evolution from a primary energy hub to a beacon of global energy transition. At the forefront of this change are entities like HETI, Ion, Renewable Energy Alliance Houston, and Greentown Labs, each shaping a vibrant ecosystem of innovation.
During my recent three-day trip to Houston, I had the incredible opportunity to immerse myself in some of the city’s most groundbreaking and influential spaces dedicated to energy innovation and sustainability. The experience was nothing short of transformative, and I’m eager to share some of the highlights and personal takeaways from this journey. Continue reading.