Clean Energy Reports

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GT Offshore Wind Risk


Winds of change: Navigating risk in the offshore wind sector

November 2018

The global offshore wind market is expected to deliver a several-fold increase in capacity on today’s levels by 2030.

But what does this mean for stakeholders in an environment of increasing finance availability, decreasing government incentives and improving cost efficiencies?

To investigate this we surveyed over 100 offshore wind experts including lawyers, funders and consultants, from the UK and internationally, to understand their views on the risks and future development of the offshore wind market.

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Disruption in Great Britain's Energy Market

October 2018


This report, produced in collaboration with Addleshaw Goddard, focuses on the issue of "Energy Market Disruption" in the United Kingdom. It explores the impact of the maturation and increased deployment of these new disruptive technologies on the sector.

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Africa discount rates


Africa Renewable Energy Discount Rate Survey -2018

October 2018

The Grant Thornton renewable energy discount rate survey summary for Africa in collaboration with Renewables in Africa and Clean Energy Pipeline. Our survey focuses on the three most developed markets for renewable energy technologies in Africa: Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. We looked at the two fastest growing technologies – onshore wind and ground mount solar – and asked investors one simple question: What most closely matches the discount rate you would expect to see for the following secondary market deals? 

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TLT 2018


UK Clean Energy Investment Trends 2018 

May 2018

This report includes commentary from industry experts and not only looks back over the trends of the last twelve months but also considers what the future investment opportunities might be. Topics include: A turning point for storage? Are corporate PPAs a viable opportunity? Electric vehicle charging infrastructure; The new smart power investment opportunities. Heat project investment could be on the rise.

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The Smart Power Revolution


The Smart Power Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges

April 2018

The Smart Power Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges, a report by Baker McKenzie in collaboration with Clean Energy Pipeline, surveyed over 200 senior corporate executives, developers, investors, banks and service providers worldwide to discuss key issues for business. Key findings include: Investment in smart power is rising. More than 40% of the energy companies surveyed said smart power is now a core part of their business, while 37% have established at least one business line related to smart power. Among financial investors, 65% said they have financed at least one smart power project in the last year. Energy storage tops the list. Smart buildings and smart cities are gathering attention. Energy data monetization is hindered in part by privacy and data usage restrictions. The rise of “Tech-utility” is blurring the line between utilities and technology companies. Unfit and outdated regulatory regimes are hurdles to smart power advancement.   

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Corporate PPAs 2018: An international perspective

April 2018

Bird & Bird has published our updated report for 2018 on international Corporate Power Purchase Agreements (Corporate PPAs). Large corporations are continuing to set the agenda for the growth of renewable energy across the globe. Corporations globally purchased 5.4 gigawatts of clean power directly from generators in 2017 under a Corporate PPA. Corporate PPAs enable corporate consumers to procure renewable power directly from renewable generators, without necessarily being co-located, and allows both corporate consumers and generators to take advantage of a range of economic, reputational and sustainability benefits. 

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Renwewable energy discount rate survey


Renewable Energy Discount Rate Survey

January 2018

More than 100 investors, representing billions of pounds of capital under management, across ten strong renewable energy markets were asked about their views on levered and unlevered cost of capital across hydro, solar, onshore wind and offshore wind projects. Some of the key results are: Unlevered discount rates across Europe and North America average 6%, 6.5% and 7.5% for solar, onshore wind and offshore wind respectively; Unlevered discount rates in the Nordics average 5% for hydro; and Unlevered discount rates in Australia average 6.75% and 7.5% for solar and onshore wind respectively. 

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