Tag: energy

S&P Global explain EDF’s downgrade in Energy Voice

Shortly after its announcement of the new £18 billion nuclear build in the UK, Hinkley Point C, French-based company Électricité de France (EDF) was downgraded from ‘A’ to ‘A-’. S&P’s Director of Utilities, Pierre Georges, elaborates on the downgrade in an article for Energy Voice. In the article, Georges notes that falling energy prices in …

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Not what it once was: S&P’s Michael Ferguson writes for Energy Voice on why nuclear may have had its day

  Nuclear power has been a staple resource for the North American energy sector for much of the past 50 years. But recent trends suggest that nuclear asset closures – particularly throughout the Midwestern and Northeastern U.S. – have been growing for some time. Exelon Corp.’s decision to retire its most reliable nuclear units in …

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S&P’s Michael Ferguson discusses implications of retiring nuclear assets in FTSE Global Markets

Following a number of nuclear asset closures throughout Midwestern and Northeastern US over the past few years, Director of US Energy Infrastructure at S&P Global Ratings, Michael Ferguson, warns of the implications that could follow continued low nuclear demand in FTSE Global Markets. Traditionally reliant on high profit margins necessary to meet high fixed costs, …

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S&P Global Ratings outlines LNG’s top ten trends: what to look out for in 2016

In an article for Energy Voice – a magazine focusing on the renewable, oil, and gas sectors – Simon Redmond, a commodities specialist at S&P Global Ratings, outlines the ‘top ten’ developments to watch out for in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market. Redmond explains that while LNG has historically maintained a relatively stable price, the coming …

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CfDs can pave the path for investment in clean energy for the U.K., says S&P in Responsible Investor

As the U.K. looks to source more of its electricity from clean, low-carbon sources, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s argues that the ‘Contract for Difference’ (CfD) scheme will play a vital role in encouraging the investment such power projects need. Writing for specialist magazine, Responsible Investor, Wilkins explains that …

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Ghana president’s visit to Scotland previewed in Scottish Energy News

As part of our work with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Moorgate has been working with the Ghanaian High Commission in the UK. On March 18th the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, visits Aberdeen to open the Scottish-Ghana Business Forum. There’s an obvious focus on oil and gas, so the event has been …

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The Gulf can no longer rely on oil to fund its infrastructure: S&P’s recent findings picked up by the specialist press

With low oil prices showing no signs of rising, Standard & Poor’s Dubai-based Director, Karim Nassif, suggests that the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) will have to seek innovative forms of financing to foot its ever-growing infrastructure bill. In his new report, Nassif says that while Gulf states have long-relied on high export revenues from oil to …

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S&P looks at green investment in the specialist sustainability press

In an article for specialist sustainability publication, Blue & Green Tomorrow, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Environmental Finance Research at Standard & Poor’s, explains that the Paris Agreement, which emerged from the United Nations’ COP21 conference in December, marks a milestone in the fight against climate change. The agreement sets …

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A new dawn, a new day? S&P explains the implications of The Paris Agreement

Last December’s climate change conference in Paris (COP21) saw governments from 195 countries approve a global climate deal – also known as The Paris Agreement – which sets out a series of unprecedented financial, technical, and legal principles that will govern greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts. Of course, critics argue the efforts may not go far …

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S&P’s Mike Wilkins writes for the AFP about the growing importance of identifying energy efficiency risks

In an article for the Association for Finance Professionals, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Environmental Research at Standard and Poor’s, explains that mounting government pressure to cut energy consumption and limit pollution means companies are increasingly looking to new energy-saving technologies and strategies. But implementing these new methods requires considerable …

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