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Currents

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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Ep23: Solar Revenue Puts with Richard Matsui, KwH Analytics

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.

18mins

26 Feb 2018

Rank #1

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Ep78: Financing Renewable Energy: Present & Future

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.

49mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Ep62: North American Development Bank

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.

31mins

23 May 2019

Rank #3

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Ep47: Cost of Capital: 2019 Outlook

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.

1hr 14mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Ep42: Title Insurance for Projects

Scott Bank of First American Insurance sat down to discuss all things title insurance; in this episode we go from title insurance 101 and endorsements for project finance projects to how pricing breaks down and where he sees the insurer most often paying out.

35mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #5

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Ep71: BloombergNEF's New Energy Outlook

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.

27mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Ep33: IPPs, PPAs, and Chapter 11

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.

27mins

30 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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Ep32: Capital Dynamics' View on the Solar Market

We sat down with Benoit Allehaut, director on the clean energy infrastructure team at Capital Dynamics, fresh off the heels of its acquisition and privatization of 8point3 Energy Partners LP. Benoit shares his views on how much appetite there is currently in the market for solar, the effects of the new solar tariffs, PPAs, the future of energy storage and more.

27mins

23 Jul 2018

Rank #8

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Ep79: PTC Extension Legislation Update

Keith Martin, with Norton Rose Fulbright, joins us from Washington to discuss the likelihood that Congress will pass a tax extenders bill at year end and what tax changes of interest to the renewable energy industry are potentially in play.

11mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Ep80: kWh Analytics' Solar Lendscape: 2020 Update

Richard Matsui, co-founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, is back to give us an update on their popular resource, the Solar Lendscape. We discuss how many banks are currently active in solar, what that means for the market and how many are lending in the community solar segment. From there we discuss the solar revenue put, trends in merchant risk and more.

18mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Ep67: The M&A Landscape for Renewables

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.

17mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Ep24: Net Metering and Community Solar Update

As the community solar market continues to expand, our associate Ana Vucetic joins us to provide an update on the market and takes us through important recent changes in net metering rules across several key states.

15mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #12

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Ep34: Legal Perspective: Back-leveraged Loans

Jim Berger discusses back-leveraged loans from a legal perspective, going over the big picture of project structures as well as the most negotiated points in these transactions, the breakdown of benefits for sponsor members and tax equity investors, security packages, cash sweeps and more.

20mins

6 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Ep70: Solar Refinancing and M&A

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.

13mins

12 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Ep90: Taking Stock:Tax Equity, Debt and M&A

Tax equity for renewable energy was expected to be a US$15 billion market this year, and interest rates on bank debt had dropped to 125 to 137.5 basis points over LIBOR – before the coronavirus hit. Is financing still available for power and infrastructure projects? Has there been any change in availability or cost of tax equity, bank debt, B loans and project bonds? How have asset valuations been affected?Six key market participants talked about these questions and more. They are John C.S. Anderson, global head, corporate finance and infrastructure at Manulife, Ted Brandt, CEO of Marathon Capital, Jack Cargas, managing director at Bank of America, Ralph Cho, co-head of North American power and infrastructure at Investec Bank, Yale Henderson, managing director at J.P.Morgan and Max Lipkind, managing director and head of energy and power leveraged finance at Credit Suisse.

1hr 2mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Ep59: Quasi-merchant Gas Deals with Investec

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. .

30mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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Ep66: Tax Market Update

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.

17mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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Ep58: Energy Storage PPAs

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.

20mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Ep87: Coronavirus and the Renewable Energy Industry

Sue Wang, Ben Koenigsberg and Keith Martin join us to discuss the impacts of coronavirus on the renewable energy industry. We discuss how coronavirus is affecting daily life in Wuhan, the effect on loans, what sponsors should do after receiving force majeure notices, what might happen to renewable energy projects that are up against deadlines to start or finish construction to qualify for tax credits, how the M&A market is being affected, and more.

18mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Ep38: The Future of Energy Storage

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.

38mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #20