Can Fossil Fuel Firms And Renewables Be Friends? This Man Thinks So

Dr Thomas Hillig, founder of consulting firm THEnergy, speaks to Impact4All about how fossil fuel companies can be 'friends' with renewables firms

Dr Thomas Hillig, founder of consulting firm THEnergy, speaks to Impact4All about how fossil fuel companies can be ‘friends’ with renewables firms

As the founder of one of Germany’s first boutique energy consulting companies, Dr Thomas Hillig knows a thing or two about Europe’s rapidly changing renewables market.

Munich-based THEnergy‘s clients span both traditional fossil fuels and renewables firms and the firm consults in sectors such as finance, micro-grids and innovation.

For the most part, Hillig says the changes he is seeing in the sectors are positive. Speaking exclusively to Impact4All in a video interview, he said: “I have plenty of customers from fossil fuel backgrounds; they all say their customers ask them for renewable energy solutions, both solar and wind.

“For them it’s very difficult to sign contracts at the moment that are purely fossil fuel; I think there will be a steady change towards renewable energy but this will also include fossil fuel companies who are integrating green energy into their portfolios.”

Hillig said many oil companies are actively investing in renewable energy players. “The fossil fuel guys have the money and the renewable sector needs it,” Hillig said.”We have to involve them as it makes it much easier. About five or six years ago, they [fossil fuel companies] were the enemies but, at the moment, they can be friends.”

The fossil fuel guys have the money and the renewable sector needs it. We have to involve them as it makes it much easier.

However, Hillig warned that not all types of fossil fuel company are equal. “There are different types of fossil fuel companies, for some it’s just CSR activity and others really believe in a green future,” he said

Referring to the European Union’s recently announced goal of 32 per cent green energy by 2030, Hillig said he gives more credence to organic market behaviour.

“We seen many goals announced. As prices of renewables come down, some of the goals were exceeded by the dynamics of the market so I have to say that I’m more a beliver in the market than goals from politics,” he said.

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2 comments

  • Stephen Zane

    August 1, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Dr Thomas Hillig is a fossil fuel company shill.

    He gets money from the fossil fuel industry to try to brainwash people into believing that we NEED the fossil fuel industry.

    The fact is that we DON’T NEED the fossil fuel industry and we must all work together to close them down.

    “The fossil fuel guys have the money and the renewable sector needs it,” Hillig said.

    Yes, the renewable sector needs the money but NOT the industry. And WILL GET IT through the many years backpayments of carbon tax the fossil fuel industry will have to eventually pay.

    Shills like Dr Hillig say these things because he and his funders know that their time is running out.

    ”We have to involve them as it makes it much easier. About five or six years ago, they [fossil fuel companies] were the enemies but, at the moment, they can be friends.”

    It makes things much easier for who, Dr Hillig? For you and your financial backers?

    Dr Hillig has been exposed.

    Shame on you, Dr Hillig. Shame on you for taking the blood money of the fossil fuel companies and shame on you for trying to greenwash the situation.

    Fossil fuel companies are the reason why we are in this mess in the first place.

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    • SHAMSUZZAMAN CHOWDHURY

      August 3, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Dear Stephen Zane,
      I agree with you. It’s false hope that Fossil fuel people will spare any space to Green players! We are in Bangladesh fighting both against the Fossil Fuel owners (FFO) and the government authorities who are beneficiary by the FFO. Now Bangladesh is a dumping ground for fossil fuel energy especially COAL even rejected by neighbor India!!
      Please keep in touch and share your efforts.
      Thanks for your right revealation about Fossil vs. green competition.
      best tregards,
      S. Zaman Chowdhury
      CEO, RENCO, (Renewable Energy Co.) Bang;ladesh

      Reply

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