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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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Europe’s offshore wind sector offers growing opportunities for investment, writes S&P’s Michael Ferguson

Europe’s offshore wind market is becoming an increasingly attractive investment option as it grows and matures. Writing a special report for Investment & Pensions Europe, Michael Ferguson, Director at Standard & Poor’s, describes how offshore wind will play a leading role in European power generation as technology costs continue to fall, efficiency improves and governments …

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S&P writes for PFI on why the US can learn much from Europe’s experience in offshore wind

Writing for Project Finance International (PFI), Michael Ferguson, Director and wind power specialist at Standard & Poor’s, argues that although boasting a mature onshore wind industry, the U.S. lags far behind Europe when it comes to generating wind power at sea, only seeing development of its first offshore wind farm in 2015 – around two decades …

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Power, politics and projects are the focus of S&P’s March issue of Infrastructure Outlook

In the March edition of Infrastructure Outlook – Standard & Poor’s monthly newsletter rounding up all the key rating actions and research relevant to infrastructure and project finance – Karim Nassif, an S&P associate director based in Dubai, explains that the Gulf Corporation Council is having to re-think its approach to developing the region’s infrastructure. …

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As offshore wind takes flight, S&P explains the risks to the environmental press

Having rated its first offshore wind project, Meerwind, Standard & Poor’s speaks to the environmental press about the credit risks associated with this rapidly maturing sector. S&P’s lead analyst on the topic, Michael Ferguson, recognises that while wind farms located at sea present greater challenges when compared to their onshore cousins – offering a less …

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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’s first rating of an offshore wind farm covered by the specialist press

The energy market’s transition from fossil-fuel dependency to a cleaner, greener system has been gaining significant momentum over the past five years. In particular, offshore wind has gone from strength to strength. As such, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services assigned their first ever preliminary credit rating of ‘BBB-’ to offshore wind project WindMW. Commonly known …

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SFS writes for Infrastructure Investor about the future of offshore wind

Following the G7 agreement to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century, governments worldwide are beginning to commit themselves to generating more sustainable energy. This is welcome news for the offshore wind sector, a burgeoning industry, which stands to play a leading role in reducing the world’s carbon footprint, says Roland Chalons-Browne, …

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Siemens Financial Services (SFS) launches new offshore wind content hub

In conjunction with the annual celebration of Global Wind Day, Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has launched a new content hub providing detailed information and thought leadership on the challenges related to financing offshore wind at the different stages of a project lifecycle. The landing page also includes infographics and key industry case studies – detailing …

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