Tag Archive: S&P

S&P’s Mike Wilkins tells Business Green that climate risk assessment is moving in the right direction, but not fast enough

Even after the 2008 financial crisis, new research by the 2° Investing Initiative and the Generation Foundation highlights how analysts and investors still largely ignore ‘white swans’ – non-cyclical, non-linear, long-term financial risks that short-term (1-5 years) focused financial analyses leave in the dark. In an interview for Business Green, Mike Wilkins, S&P Global Ratings’ …

Continue reading »



S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins explains why greater standardisation will allow green bonds to flourish in an article for RICS Property Journal

In light of intensifying environmental and financial pressures, a growing number of corporates are seeking economically sustainable properties that can reduce energy costs as well as fulfil corporate social responsibility commitments. With this in mind, the issuance of green bonds – debt instruments whose proceeds are used to fund environmentally sustainable projects – have been …

Continue reading »



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 …

Continue reading »



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 …

Continue reading »



Trump, energy and the environment – S&P Global Ratings releases the December issue of IFR Outlook

S&P has released the December edition of IFR Outlook, the newsletter of key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating news. In the front-page feature, Michael Wilkins, head of environmental and climate risk research, assesses global trends in climate finance. Looking back at the year since the Paris Agreement, he explains that continued development of the …

Continue reading »



Energy markets in the spotlight: S&P Global Ratings releases the latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating news – suggests energy markets around the world are under tough scrutiny. In the front page feature, Pierre Georges, director of EMEA utilities, explains that in an environment of weak power prices, Europe’s nuclear fleets face …

Continue reading »



S&P Global Rating’s Michael Ferguson discusses U.S. nuclear decline in Energy World

Energy markets in the U.S. are facing what seems to be major structural changes. While the Obama Administration attempts to pass the carbon-reducing Clean Power Plan (CPP) through the U.S. Supreme Court, nuclear generation – which is mostly carbon free – faces plant closures due to competing gas prices and rising unprofitability. In an article …

Continue reading »



For Environmental Finance, S&P’s Michael Wilkins discusses why two new assessment products could boost green investment

In a recent article for Environmental Finance, Michael Wilkins managing director and head of environmental & climate risk research at S&P Global Ratings, discusses why two new assessment tools will increase green bond issuance by bringing much needed transparency and standardisation to the market.   In his article, Wilkins explains that while investors are increasingly …

Continue reading »



S&P highlights Brexit’s impact on investor appetite for British infrastructure

The prospect of leaving the EU is spreading uncertainty among investors in the UK’s infrastructure, according to a new report from S&P Global Ratings. In the report, ‘Brexit Is Weakening Investor Appetite For UK Infrastructure Assets. But Not For Long’, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance Michael Wilkins notes that, while Britain has historically attracted more …

Continue reading »



S&P Global Ratings goes green with its latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news – is out now, and the outlook is green-tinted. This month, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Global Environmental & Climate Risk Research, describes a new product to analyse and …

Continue reading »



Page 2 of 512345