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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

46 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
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
Read more
Great dialogue and insight from a reputable source, looking forward to upcoming topics.
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Currents

Updated 5 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: Ep40: Emerging Energy Infrastructure Opportunities

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Ren Plastina of Investec joins us to talk about energy storage and electric vehicles and how to be a first mover in both markets. He gets into energy storage from standpoint of a lender, what is going in the market and whether lenders are seeing deals that can actually be financed, as well as how the traditional project finance model can be used for EV charging infrastructure, a market that is still in the formative stages.

Oct 03 2018

32mins

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Rank #3: Ep31: CFIUS: A Closer Look

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Join us as we take a closer look at CFIUS, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the committee is charged with reviewing transactions in which a foreign person will gain control over a US trade or business. Amanda Rosenberg talks about the basics, national security, specific project finance concerns, lessons learned and what is happening today.

Jul 18 2018

18mins

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Rank #4: Ep35: PACE Securitization Overview

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Listen in as Patrick Dolan offers a general overview of securitization and then dives specifically into the niche market of property assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds. We cover which states are doing the highest volume in PACE securitizations, a history of the ratings, residential versus commercial and where he sees the future of the program.

Aug 20 2018

19mins

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Rank #5: Ep32: Capital Dynamics' View on the Solar Market

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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.

Jul 23 2018

27mins

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Rank #6: Ep50: Covariance Risk with RESurety

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Listen in as Lee Taylor, CEO of REsurety, joins Todd Alexander and Rob Eberhardt to give us a refresher course on covariance risk. Lee answers everything from what it is and why you should care about it to who wears the risk in a project and what commercial and industrial buyers can do about when facing it.

Feb 04 2019

32mins

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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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

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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: Ep39: Interview with an Industry Veteran: Steven Greenwald

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Steven Greenwald, senior advisor and former head of project finance with Credit Suisse, reflects on a rich 39-year history in the project finance industry. Steve shares what led him to become an investment banker, the secret to his longevity, how he has seen the business evolve, common mistakes to avoid and more.

Sep 25 2018

27mins

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: Ep45: Potential Impacts from Wildfires on PG&E

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Bob Shapiro joins us to discuss potential wildfire impacts on PG&E, including potential impacts to PG&E's counterparties. We dive into the relationship between the California legislature and the California Public Utilities Commission, the impact a significant loss to PG&E could have on power generators and more.

Nov 30 2018

21mins

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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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

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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: Ep57: BayWa's Innovative PPA Approach and Market Overview

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Jared Quient, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at BayWa r.e., joins us to discuss the innovative PPA structure the company recently used to finance its 100 MW solar deal in North Carolina, from there we expand the discussion to the environment for solar development in the US.

Mar 26 2019

25mins

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Rank #20: 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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