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S&P Global Rating’s Michael Ferguson discusses U.S. nuclear decline in Energy World

Energy markets in the U.S. are facing what seems to be major structural changes. While the Obama Administration attempts to pass the carbon-reducing Clean Power Plan (CPP) through the U.S. Supreme Court, nuclear generation – which is mostly carbon free – faces plant closures due to competing gas prices and rising unprofitability. In an article …

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S&P Global Rating’s Michael Ferguson discusses the fate of US nuclear in Energy Intelligence

The fate of nuclear energy in the US is being decided, in part, by the Supreme Court’s decision to ratify President Obama’s Clean Power Plain (CPP) as well as states’ legislation to preserve a dying nuclear industry through subsidisation and accommodating policies. For Energy Intelligence, S&P Global Rating’s Michael Ferguson discusses why nuclear energy will …

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S&P’s EDF downgrade reaches press following Hinkley approval

Following the UK government’s approval of a new nuclear build in Somerset, Hinkley Point C, S&P Global Ratings has downgraded French energy company, Électricité de France’s (EDF) credit rating from ‘A’ to ‘A-’. The cut considers the £18 billion nuclear project “complex” with high investments adding to the utility company’s already weak cash flow. The …

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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’s December edition of Infrastructure Outlook looks to Paris for a future energy framework

As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) draws to a close in Paris this week, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Environmental Research at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P), explores the likely outcomes in this month’s Infrastructure Outlook. Wilkins suggests that COP21 success would be the realisation …

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S&P analysis of European nuclear power debt picked up by City AM and Energy Live News

Europe’s reliance on nuclear power has given it the largest fleet of plants in the word. Yet as countries – notably Germany – begin to phase out their nuclear portfolio, the financial impact is set to be significant. The considerable costs of decommissioning nuclear plants and dealing with the fuel waste will highlight the financing …

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