Tag Archive: Renewables

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 Michael Ferguson shows that U.S. hydropower remains a promising asset in a feature for AlphaQ

Although hydropower’s future in America’s energy strategy is unclear following the election of President Trump, Michael Ferguson, director, US Energy Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, believes that U.S. hydro assets will remain resilient. In a guest commentary for AlphaQ’s February edition, Ferguson explains that, by leveraging hydropower facilities’ advantages – such as longevity, low variable cost …

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S&P’s Michael Ferguson explains why U.S. hydropower is experiencing a renaissance in an article for FTSE Global Markets

Donald Trump’s election victory has prompted discussion concerning a future overhaul to America’s energy policy. In turn, this has heightened uncertainty for many U.S. infrastructure investors – notably in renewable energy projects, such as hydropower. In an article for FTSE Global Markets, Michael Ferguson, director, US Energy Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, explains why these fears …

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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 Global Ratings’ research into the risks associated with U.S. hydro assets in the age of Trump featured in the specialist press

Despite the U.S. president Donald Trump’s agnostic approach towards climate change, a recently-published S&P Global Ratings report has found the 2,200 U.S.-based hydropower facilities are experiencing a financing renaissance. While questions have been raised due to the nation’s stagnating hydropower capacity and fears the resource will be side-lined under Trump’s administration, S&P believes a resurgence …

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Santander’s Mauricio Munguia discusses Chile’s renewable energy opportunities for Renewable Energy Focus

Chile is aiming to produce 70% of its energy using renewable sources by 2050. This will provide European companies and investors with significant opportunities, writes Mauricio Munguia, Santander’s Latin American Desk Head, for Renewable Energy Focus. Driven by the pledges made at last year’s COP21 climate change conference in Paris, economies across the globe are …

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How will Brexit impact the UK’s environmental policy? S&P Global findings covered by Environmental Finance and Business Green

In a new report from S&P Global Ratings, Michael Wilkins, Head of Global Environmental and Climate Research, explores the potential impact of Brexit on the UK’s environmental ambitions. He concludes that despite huge political and economic uncertainty, there are opportunities as well as risks on the cards. Covered in detail by top environmental publications Environmental …

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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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ICC, iGTB and S&P Global on why the Middle East is key for trade finance

In their April/May edition, Trade Finance explores the developments in Middle Eastern trade finance in a special feature on commodities. In the three page spread, we learn from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission’s Vincent O’Brien, chair of the Education and Market Intelligence Group, that a perceived increase in risk in the Middle East …

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April’s S&P Infrastructure Outlook reveals that the private rental sector has a new spring in its step

The issue of accelerating demand for housing in the U.K. and the fact that the private rental sector (PRS) is now the fastest-growing form of housing tenure is at the core of Standard & Poor’s most recent issue of Infrastructure Outlook, its monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news. …

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