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Fire risk transparency can help wind's growth

The US election is upon us and polling strongly suggests that the Democrats will be taking a full sweep in all the branches. But what would this mean for renewable energy?

EU falling short on wind investment plans

Are nations in Europe on track to meet wind targets in their National Energy & Climate Plans? And how can politicians unlock more investor support?

US owners hit by technician talent crunch

Americans go to the polls in three weeks and it feels like the future of the US renewable energy industry is at stake.

Not so fast, Mr. Johnson! Wind's 3 key questions

Wind convert or post-Covid opportunist? UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to flesh out his ‘Build Back Greener’ plan before we can answer that one.

Merkel amendments send mixed messages

The new EEG amendments are intended to help Germany increase renewable electricity capacity from 50% of total production now to 65% by 2030.

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.