BP Plans $1B Wind, Biofuel Investments For 2011

BP plans to invest $1 billion in 2011 in its renewable energy business, roughly the same amount it invested last year.

During the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call, BP CEO Bob Dudley said that a bulk of the company’s green Capex would largely support biofuel and wind projects.

Since 2005 BP says its has invested about $5 billion in its renewable energy business.

Dudley mentioned that BP was planning to construct a biofuel refinery in the Southeastern U.S. in the next 12 months. This is likely BP’s wholly-owned Vercipia cellulosic ethanol facility in Highlands County, Florida.

As part of its biofuel buildup, this summer BP acquired Verenium Corps cellulosic biofuels business for $98 million.

In Brazil BP holds a 50 percent stake in Tropical BioEnergia and plans to invest $1 billion to operate two ethanol refineries.

As for wind, in the U.S. BP currently generates more than 1,200 megawatts of wind-powered electricity. In July it launched construction of the 250-megawatt Cedar Creek II wind farm in Weld County, Colo.

BP announced fourth-quarter net income, up 30 percent to $5.6 billion compared to the same time period a year ago.

Photo: DaveMosher, Flickr

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