Tag Archive: Renewables

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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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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S&P’s Middle East expert writes for Energy Voice on why low oil prices are shifting project finance strategies in the Gulf

Writing for specialist energy publication, Energy Voice, Karim Nassif, Dubai-based Associate Director at Standard & Poor’s, explains that governments in the Gulf Corporation Council are waking up to the impact of continued low oil prices. In particular, they are finding they are no longer able to meet the funding demands for key infrastructure projects. Nassif …

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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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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 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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Energy transition: experts map the road ahead in Siemens Financial Services (SFS) video

While the energy market has been moving from fossil-fuel dependency to a cleaner, greener system for some time, the transition has been gaining notable momentum over the past five years or so. Interest in offshore wind, in particular, is picking up. This was the general consensus of industry experts from the European Investment Bank, the …

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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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Corporate bond issuers get green fingers, says S&P report

A new report released by Standard & Poor’s, titled ‘Corporate Bond Market Shows Its Green Shoots’ suggests that global green bond issuance – aimed at funding environmentally friendly investments – more than tripled over the course of 2014. The report goes on to predict that green bond issuance will hit $30 billion, and potentially more, …

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