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China seeks to be undisputed green leader

Richard Heap explores China's desire to become a leader in renewable energy.

Ørsted, COP and MUFG discuss US offshore

Offshore wind is seeing more hook-ups and bust-ups than a student disco.

Insights in De-carbonization Mega-Strategies: Asian Offshore Wind and the Hydrogen Economy

Jones Day’s Elise N. Zoli and colleagues provide insight into the unique attributes of the Asian offshore wind sector and address challenges facing the Asian wind and hydrogen sectors.

BlackRock's Martin Torres and CPPIB's Bruce Hogg share fund insights

Last week we held our Financing Wind North America conference. One of the most interesting sessions was on the first day as Frank Getman, president and CEO at Great Bay Renewables, spoke to Bruce Hogg, managing director and head of power & renewables at CPP Investment Board, and Martin Torres, head of the Americas for renewables at BlackRock Real Assets.

Credit where it's due: de-risking off-take deals amid market volatility

In less volatile market conditions, renewable energy sellers could afford a more relaxed attitude toward off-taker credit. But in the post-Covid, post-subsidy environment, certainty around credit is now key to ensuring that PPAs don’t end up costing more than the seller bargained for.

Leader or laggard? Brazil's offshore choice

This month, Equinor has applied to the Brazilian Institute of Environment & Renewable Natural Resources for an environmental impact assessment that would pave the way for an up-to-4.7GW complex called Aracatu 1 & 2.

Masdar eyes US growth after 1.6GW EDF tie-up

This is Masdar’s second US deal, and it has hinted at more to come. Financial firepower certainly wouldn’t be a problem: Masdar is part of Abu Dhabi state-owned sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, which has assets under management worth $229bn. But is this a one-off or the start of a broader trend?

Vietnam needs a 'big club mentality'

One of the biggest trends we've seen has been Vietnamese offshore wind.

What can we read into €402.5m Nordex sale?

German manufacturer Nordex this week announced it is set to sell a 2.7GW pipeline of European development projects to German utility RWE.

Bard Offshore 1: 'How we turned it around'

Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets agreed to buy Bard Offshore 1’s owner in August and won European Commission support for the deal last September. How did Bard Offshore 1 overcome its history – and where is it going from here?