Tag Archive: renewable energy

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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S&P’s Mike Wilkins tells InfraNews that green infrastructure financing can evolve – despite Trump

The last five years has seen significant growth in climate-related infrastructure financing, but the election of Donald Trump raises new questions to that expansion. In the first of a new series of articles for InfraNews, S&P Global Ratings’ Head of Environmental and Climate Risk Research, Michael Wilkins, explains how, despite obstacles, environmentally-friendly infrastructure investment can …

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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’s Michael Wilkins discusses gauging project risk in Energy Storage Journal

In an article for Energy Storage Journal –a quarterly journal dedicated to energy storage and smart market grids – Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance ratings and head of environmental research at S&P Global, highlights the importance of risk assessment in making energy storage infrastructure commercially viable. In the article, Wilkins highlights the incremental …

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Santander’s Mauricio Munguia explores Chile’s renewable energy opportunities in Renewable Energy World

With 261 renewable energy projects currently in the pipeline, Chile offers renewable energy companies a market teeming with potential. In a recent article for Renewable Energy World, Santander’s Latin America Desk Head, Mauricio Munguia, discusses the opportunities presented by the market, for both private-sector initiatives and export. Indeed, with an ambitious aim to generate 70% …

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S&P Global Ratings outlines the need for consistent policy on the UK’s CfD regime in Energy World

In an exclusive article for Energy World – the monthly journal of the Energy Institute – Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance ratings and head of environmental research at S&P Global, sets out the importance of the UK’s ‘Contracts for Difference’ (CfD) feed-in tariff scheme for reforming the country’s electricity market to include a …

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S&P Global Ratings explores the future of energy storage in new report

New research, recently published by S&P Global Ratings, identifies energy storage as “the final piece in the global energy transition puzzle”. Lead analyst of the report, Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance and head of environmental and climate research, suggests that energy storage technology is a key component of the global shift to increased …

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Brexit risks and the energy transition are hot topics at the S&P Global Ratings Annual Infrastructure Finance Seminar

The S&P Global Ratings Annual Infrastructure Finance Seminar kicked off last week at Haberdasher’s Hall in the City of London. Journalists, investors, bankers, analysts and politicians alike gathered to engage in two of the most important discussions affecting the UK infrastructure sector today: the ongoing energy transition – from carbon intensive processes such as coal-burning, to …

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Siemens Financial Services’ CEO of Global Energy Finance takes to LinkedIn Pulse to explain why natural gas and renewables make the perfect couple

The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, or COP21, hosted last December, has pushed the issue of clean energy to the top of the global political agenda – with a number of key governments making strong carbon-cutting pledges to reduce global warming by stepping up investment in renewable energy projects. But with a global energy …

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