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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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As green bonds go from strength to strength, China holds the key, says S&P

As investors around the world aim to decarbonise billions of pounds’ worth of their portfolios in a move away from a dependence on fossil fuels, government-led financial incentive schemes such as the promotion of ‘green bonds’ – a tax-exempt bond issued specifically to fund environmentally friendly projects – will be crucial. In fact, new research from …

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S&P tells PPP Bulletin: Public-private partnerships could be the solution for the Gulf

In an opinion piece for specialist magazine PPP Bulletin, Karim Nassif, regional expert and associate director at Standard & Poor’s, suggests the Gulf is on the cusp of a public-private partnership (PPP) revolution. Given the need to diversity funding sources for crucial infrastructure projects – a result of tighter public-sector purse strings thanks to a …

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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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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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