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Currents is a podcast published by Norton Rose Fulbright that features in-depth discussions on the latest developments in project finance. The podcast is hosted by partner Todd Alexander, who interviews key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space.

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Currents is a podcast published by Norton Rose Fulbright that features in-depth discussions on the latest developments in project finance. The podcast is hosted by partner Todd Alexander, who interviews key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space.

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Great insights

By Unhappy Daily user - Jul 05 2019
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Best way for a quick update of the trends and issues in the energy business. Very nicely unpackaged by the very knowledgeable moderator.

Excellent

By Harrington_ER - Oct 27 2016
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Great dialogue and insight from a reputable source, looking forward to upcoming topics.

iTunes Ratings

47 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
3
2
0
0

Great insights

By Unhappy Daily user - Jul 05 2019
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Best way for a quick update of the trends and issues in the energy business. Very nicely unpackaged by the very knowledgeable moderator.

Excellent

By Harrington_ER - Oct 27 2016
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Great dialogue and insight from a reputable source, looking forward to upcoming topics.

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Currents

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Currents is a podcast published by Norton Rose Fulbright that features in-depth discussions on the latest developments in project finance. The podcast is hosted by partner Todd Alexander, who interviews key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space.

Ep43: A Master Class on Ratings for Projects

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Greg Remec, Senior Director with Fitch Ratings, joins us to give a master class on ratings for projects, discussing what goes into a rating, how the different players affect the grade and more.

Nov 14 2018

32mins

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Ep47: Cost of Capital: 2019 Outlook

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It is the start of a new year. Interest rates are headed up in the broader market. Economists are split on where the US and global economies are headed. Share prices on world bourses took a beating at the end of 2018. On January 11, we had a conversation among a group of project finance industry veterans about what to expect in the year ahead for tax equity, bank and term loan B debt and project bonds.

Jan 14 2019

1hr 14mins

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Ep53: Practical Wisdom About Tax Equity

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John Eber, former CEO of JPM Capital Corporation, joins us for a conversation about lessons learned over a 30-year career working as a prominent tax equity investor.

Feb 25 2019

58mins

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Ep23: Solar Revenue Puts with Richard Matsui, KwH Analytics

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Richard Matsui, CEO of KwH Analytics, joins us to discuss the Solar Revenue Put, an innovative new financial product that may change the way many solar projects are financed. While the solar industry faces the potential impact of tariffs, we explore how this product can reduce project costs.

Feb 26 2018

18mins

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Ep64: Thermal Power Hedging

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Noam Berk of Dean Street Capital Advisors joins us to discuss interesting developments in thermal power hedging as well as key hedge products. We get into the details of tolls, HRCOs, RPOs, spark spread swaps, gas netbacks and more.

Jun 03 2019

30mins

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Ep28: The M&A Landscape

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Todd Alexander discusses the M&A landscape, macro trends in the market, valuations, assumptions, natural owners and more with industry veteran Ted Brandt of Marathon Capital.

Jun 18 2018

30mins

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Ep37: Legal Perspective: Reps and Warranties Insurance

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The representations and warranties insurance (RWI) market is growing rapidly as the insurance expands in scope to cover more types of transactions. David Barrett discusses RWI from a legal perspective: talking about the basics of sell-side and buy-side policies, typical pricing, premiums last year versus this year, the risks that aren't covered, special considerations for energy projects, the claims history and more.

Sep 11 2018

26mins

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Ep21: Interview with a Wind Energy Pioneer: Jacob Susman

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Jacob Susman has been investing and developing projects in renewable energy since 1999. He led OwnEnergy from inception to its sale to EDF Renewable Energy, where he is now VP, Head of Origination. In today's episode, Jacob sits down with Todd to discuss what it takes to build a successful renewable energy startup and offers his insights on opportunities in today's market.

Jan 17 2018

40mins

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Ep70: Solar Refinancing and M&A

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Richard Matsui, founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, is back to give us an update on their Solar Lendscape from the asset owners’ perspective. We get into their methodology, discuss the recent trend of refinancing and how refinancing is being built into models, strategic partnerships in the industry and more.

Aug 12 2019

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Episode 0: Introduction

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Chadbourne & Parke is excited to announce that we have launched a new podcast featuring in-depth interviews on the latest developments in project finance. Chadbourne Currents talks to key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting global energy and infrastructure markets. The diverse topics that we will explore include the future of US offshore, net-metering trends, Islamic finance and much more.

We hope you will enjoy listening to Chadbourne Currents. Please send us your questions on trends in the project finance space, and we will try to cover them in an upcoming show. You can reach us by email at Currents@Chadbourne.com, on our contact page, or send us a tweet at @CurrentsPodcast.

Oct 19 2016

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Ep71: BloombergNEF's New Energy Outlook

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Ethan Zindler, head of Americas at BloombergNEF, joins us to discuss their New Energy Outlook. We get into how the outlook differs from others in the market, some of the biggest and most surprising findings, the big shifts that are being seen in the US power sector, how costs of wind and solar are changing, and much more.

Aug 21 2019

27mins

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Ep65: The Solar Market: Today and Tomorrow

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Tom Buttgenbach, CEO and president of 8minute Solar Energy, one of the most successful developers of utility-scale solar projects in the United States, joins us to discuss what he sees in store for the solar market. We get into how solar technology has affected the energy industry, Tom's forecast for the solar market and more.

Jun 25 2019

24mins

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Ep30: New York: Renewable Energy Incubator

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Todd Alexander meets with Alicia Barton, president of NYSERDA to discuss New York's 50% renewable energy by 2030 plan, their aims for the offshore wind market and their stance on energy storage.

Jul 09 2018

27mins

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Ep38: The Future of Energy Storage

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Michael Kleinberg, head of distributed energy resources and energy storage at DNV GL, joins us to talk all things energy storage. He shares an update on current technology trends of lithium ion, the cost environment, how projects are priced, key players on the manufacturing side and how these technologies are being deployed in the US. The residential market is awakening and Todd asks how much confidence can the project finance industry take from the numbers that the market is currently reporting.

Sep 17 2018

38mins

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Ep67: The M&A Landscape for Renewables

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Ted Brandt, CEO and founder of Marathon Capital, joins us again to discuss his overall perspective on how active the M&A market is for renewables right now and what he sees in the next six months. We discuss the shift in clients on the buy side, the market’s reaction to the influx of new products, how people are currently looking at the California market and more.

Jul 08 2019

17mins

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Ep33: IPPs, PPAs, and Chapter 11

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Bankruptcy lawyer Howard Seife sits down to talk about what happens when a power purchaser files for bankruptcy, using the recent Chapter 11 filing by First Energy Solutions as a case study. As we see more power projects financed based on projected cash flows from corporate PPAs, IPPs need to understand the credit risk presented by a potential bankruptcy of their counterparty.

Jul 30 2018

27mins

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Ep66: Tax Market Update

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David Burton, partner in our New York office, joins us to for an update on recent headlines in the tax market. We discuss the recent opinions of the US Court of Federal Claims in Bishop Hill Energy, LLC and California Ridge Wind Energy, LLC; what is driving the recent increase in repowerings from a tax perspective; and finally safe harboring panels: why people are doing it, how they are structuring their deals and more.

Jul 01 2019

17mins

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Ep58: Energy Storage PPAs

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Kat Gamache, senior counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright, joins us to discuss all things energy PPAs. We go into the biggest differences between traditional renewable PPAs and PPAs with storage, how pricing is handled, the types of batteries she is seeing in the market, lifespan terms in combined resource projects and more.

Apr 16 2019

20mins

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Ep25: Energy Storage Drivers & Pitfalls, a Webinar with ICF

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Please join us for a webinar from Norton Rose Fulbright and ICF on energy storage. Our own Kat Gamache and Deanne Barrow are joined by Judah Rose and Shankar Chandramowli from ICF to discuss market drivers of storage adoption and potential risks and challenges.

Mar 28 2018

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Ep1: The Future of US Offshore Wind, Part 1

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Benjamin Koenigsberg and Christine Brozynski take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the complex financing and construction of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the US. What hurdles did the team clear to make it happen and what does this mean for future projects?

Oct 21 2016

24mins

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Ep78: Financing Renewable Energy: Present & Future

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Live from the Wharton Energy Conference, Manish Kumar, managing director at The AES Corporation, Jackson Lehr, operating partner, infrastructure at Energy Impact Partners, Martin Torres, managing director at BlackRock and Peter Zhu, senior vice president at Macquarie Capital, sit down with Todd Alexander to cover financing renewable energy. The lively panel discusses everything from traditional PPAs and tax equity to the latest trends the panelists are seeing in the industry.

Dec 03 2019

49mins

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Ep77: Solar + Storage: A Look at the Market

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Fleming Ray, senior project manager, due diligence at DNV GL, joins us to discuss all things solar plus storage. We get into the federal and state policies surrounding the market, the outlook for the next five years, the core technical due diligence focus areas, the integration of battery testing results including DNV GL’s recently published Battery Scorecard, and more.

Nov 25 2019

22mins

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Ep76: FERC's Proposed Changes to PURPA

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Bob Shapiro, partner in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Washington office, discusses FERC’s proposed changes to PURPA. We go over what PURPA is and why it was created, its relevance today, the most significant changes that FERC is proposing and how those changes will affect the market.

Oct 24 2019

19mins

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Ep75: The Business of Hydro with Hydro-Québec

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Serge Abergel, director of media relations at Hydro-Québec, joins us to discuss how being state-owned affects the company's business decisions, how much energy the company exports and where the energy is being exported. We get into the business of hydro, its environmental impacts, the challenges of exporting to the northeastern US and more.

Oct 07 2019

21mins

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Ep74: Radiant REIT: Solar Market Disruptor

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Jim Spano, co-founder of Radiant REIT, joins us to discuss the evolution of the solar market and the idea behind his new company. Radiant REIT has an interesting business model for providing long term fixed-rate debt to solar projects.

Sep 30 2019

28mins

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Ep73: Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform US Energy

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Russell Gold, senior energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and Michael Skelly, a senior advisor at Lazard and founder of Clean Line Energy Partners, join us for a discussion about Gold’s new book on the ultimately frustrated effort by Clean Line Energy Partners to build four independently-owned transmission lines to move wind electricity from the Midwest to other parts of the country.

Sep 11 2019

46mins

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Ep72: The ITC Extension Bill

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Jessie Robbins, senior director of structured finance at Sol Systems, joins us to talk about the ITC extension bill. We talk about whether developers still need to worry about safe harboring, how the ITC step down works, whether safe harboring is worth it, how module prices are affecting developers' decisions and more.

Sep 04 2019

16mins

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Ep71: BloombergNEF's New Energy Outlook

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Ethan Zindler, head of Americas at BloombergNEF, joins us to discuss their New Energy Outlook. We get into how the outlook differs from others in the market, some of the biggest and most surprising findings, the big shifts that are being seen in the US power sector, how costs of wind and solar are changing, and much more.

Aug 21 2019

27mins

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Ep70: Solar Refinancing and M&A

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Richard Matsui, founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, is back to give us an update on their Solar Lendscape from the asset owners’ perspective. We get into their methodology, discuss the recent trend of refinancing and how refinancing is being built into models, strategic partnerships in the industry and more.

Aug 12 2019

13mins

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Ep69: The Re-entrance of US ExIm Bank

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John Schuster, founder and president of JLS Capital Strategies, LLC and former vice president and head of the structured finance division of US ExIm Bank, joins us to discuss US ExIm Bank’s re-entrance into the market. We discuss what happened, his prediction for the future of the bank, as well as his thoughts on working with the bank and other development finance institutions to finance overseas.

Jul 29 2019

16mins

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Ep68: The Current State of the California Market

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Jan Smutny-Jones, CEO of the Independent Energy Producers Association, joins us to discuss the California market. We discuss the current appetite for new investment in the state, how people are reacting to CCAs and mitigating their risks, how the market looks in the aftermath of the wildfires and more.

Jul 16 2019

19mins

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Ep67: The M&A Landscape for Renewables

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Ted Brandt, CEO and founder of Marathon Capital, joins us again to discuss his overall perspective on how active the M&A market is for renewables right now and what he sees in the next six months. We discuss the shift in clients on the buy side, the market’s reaction to the influx of new products, how people are currently looking at the California market and more.

Jul 08 2019

17mins

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Ep66: Tax Market Update

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David Burton, partner in our New York office, joins us to for an update on recent headlines in the tax market. We discuss the recent opinions of the US Court of Federal Claims in Bishop Hill Energy, LLC and California Ridge Wind Energy, LLC; what is driving the recent increase in repowerings from a tax perspective; and finally safe harboring panels: why people are doing it, how they are structuring their deals and more.

Jul 01 2019

17mins

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Ep65: The Solar Market: Today and Tomorrow

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Tom Buttgenbach, CEO and president of 8minute Solar Energy, one of the most successful developers of utility-scale solar projects in the United States, joins us to discuss what he sees in store for the solar market. We get into how solar technology has affected the energy industry, Tom's forecast for the solar market and more.

Jun 25 2019

24mins

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Ep64: Thermal Power Hedging

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Noam Berk of Dean Street Capital Advisors joins us to discuss interesting developments in thermal power hedging as well as key hedge products. We get into the details of tolls, HRCOs, RPOs, spark spread swaps, gas netbacks and more.

Jun 03 2019

30mins

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Ep63: The Business of Repowering

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Ali Ghorashi, head of section, wind independent engineering at DNV GL, joins us to unpack the business of repowering, which has become relevant in the past few years. We discuss the key valuation drivers, the technological challenges, how the financing structure differs from a preconstruction project and more.

May 28 2019

22mins

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Ep62: North American Development Bank

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Alex Hinojosa, Calixto Mateos, Carlos Carranza, and Salvador Lopez of the North American Development Bank, join us to talk about why the bank was formed, the types of projects it finances, how it is governed and more.

May 23 2019

31mins

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Ep61: Solar Risk Assessment Report

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Richard Matsui, CEO and co-founder of kWh Analytics, and Dana Olson, solar segment leader at DNV GL, join us to discuss the recently published "Solar Risk Assessment" report in which they, along with industry experts from eight other companies, share their quantitative insights on solar production risk.

May 13 2019

33mins

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Ep59: Quasi-merchant Gas Deals with Investec

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Ralph Cho and Mike Pantelogianis, Power & Infrastructure Finance Co-heads for Investec in North America, join us to discuss quasi-merchant gas deals. They go into how the projects are set up, who takes the merchant exposure, different types of hedges available and more. .

Apr 23 2019

30mins

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Ep58: Energy Storage PPAs

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Kat Gamache, senior counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright, joins us to discuss all things energy PPAs. We go into the biggest differences between traditional renewable PPAs and PPAs with storage, how pricing is handled, the types of batteries she is seeing in the market, lifespan terms in combined resource projects and more.

Apr 16 2019

20mins

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