Tag Archive: renewable energy

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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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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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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Investors would do well to consider environmental factors, S&P’s Michael Wilkins tells the ICC

As world leaders meet in Paris, many are looking to their governments to drive the fight against climate change and contribute to the transition to a low-carbon global economy. To this end, directing future investment away from fossil fuel-based energy projects towards clean, green energy alternatives will be key, says Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of …

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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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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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Securitising sunshine: Environmental Finance talks to S&P about the future of solar asset-backed securities

Following Standard & Poor’s (S&P) key role in helping to bring some of the first solar power asset-backed security (ABS) transactions to the market, Environmental Finance interviewed Trevor D’Olier-Lees, Director US Utilities & Infrastructure at S&P, about the future of the sector. D’Olier-Lees stresses that the development of solar ABS relies heavily on approval from …

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