Category Archive: Renewables

S&P’s Luisina Berberian discusses the rise of offshore wind power projects in Energy Voice

Global investment in offshore wind projects is soaring – propelled by rising investment in renewables, lower market costs, greater climate change awareness worldwide, and developments in technology. With Europe still standing tall as the regional world leader in offshore wind power, other regions are fast recognising the benefits. While these regions try to emulate the …

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S&P Global Ratings’ report discusses the boom in offshore wind projects as technology improves and costs fall – covered by specialist press

In Europe, investment in the offshore wind industry has grown at an annual average rate of 30% in the past five years. Elsewhere – such as in the Americas and China – the industry is striving to follow Europe’s lead. But first these regions must overcome a raft of barriers, namely technological concerns, regulatory issues, and …

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S&P report warns that Argentina’s renewables plan requires a stronger regulatory framework to succeed

The Argentine energy sector faces a predicament. During peak seasons, the country’s inefficient electricity generators are unable to satisfy growing power demand – at best obliging the country to import electricity and at worst leaving some areas in the dark. In response, the Argentine government hopes to attract US$15 billion of investment (most likely from …

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Commerzbank releases the first 2017 issue of FI.News

The biannual financial institutions newsletter brings together Commerzbank’s experts to offer their views on the topics trending in trade finance. This issue deals with the ups and downs of international trade. Bernd Laber, Commerzbank’s Divisional Board Member for Trade Finance & Cash Management, asks how a bank committed to facilitating global commerce might address current …

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S&P Global Ratings’ dim outlook for America’s new gas-fired generators is covered by Project Finance International

An S&P Global Ratings report into America’s independent power producer (IPP) market concludes that generators are at the mercy of thin margins and waning power demand – which could force energy companies to restructure their operations or even lead to generator closures.   In an article written by Project Finance International, S&P’s senior director, U.S. energy …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson explains why American hydropower is undergoing a financing renaissance in an article for Business Green

At first glance, America’s hydropower generators may appear peripheral to the country’s grid, but according to Michael Ferguson, S&P Global Ratings’ Head of US Energy Infrastructure, there is more than meets the eye. Writing for Business Green, Ferguson argues that although new plants are all but prohibited, and many assets are fast approaching their useful …

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S&P’s Michael Ferguson shows that U.S. hydropower remains a promising asset in a feature for AlphaQ

Although hydropower’s future in America’s energy strategy is unclear following the election of President Trump, Michael Ferguson, director, US Energy Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, believes that U.S. hydro assets will remain resilient. In a guest commentary for AlphaQ’s February edition, Ferguson explains that, by leveraging hydropower facilities’ advantages – such as longevity, low variable cost …

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S&P’s Michael Ferguson explains why U.S. hydropower is experiencing a renaissance in an article for FTSE Global Markets

Donald Trump’s election victory has prompted discussion concerning a future overhaul to America’s energy policy. In turn, this has heightened uncertainty for many U.S. infrastructure investors – notably in renewable energy projects, such as hydropower. In an article for FTSE Global Markets, Michael Ferguson, director, US Energy Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, explains why these fears …

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S&P rating on MidAmerican Energy Co.’s first green bonds is covered by specialist press

S&P Global Ratings has assigned its ‘A+’ issue rating and ‘1+’ recovery rating to MidAmerican Energy Co.’s (MEC) – a subsidiary of Warren’s Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway – first “eligible green” bonds. MEC’s first mortgage bond issues, worth $375 million (due 2027) and $475 million (due 2047) respectively, will replenish the utility’s general funds that were …

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S&P Global Ratings’ research into the risks associated with U.S. hydro assets in the age of Trump featured in the specialist press

Despite the U.S. president Donald Trump’s agnostic approach towards climate change, a recently-published S&P Global Ratings report has found the 2,200 U.S.-based hydropower facilities are experiencing a financing renaissance. While questions have been raised due to the nation’s stagnating hydropower capacity and fears the resource will be side-lined under Trump’s administration, S&P believes a resurgence …

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