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Latest ​Reports

TLT 2018

UK Clean Energy Investment Trends 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

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 Unfit and outdated regulatory regimes are hurdles to smart power advancement.


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Smart Cities in Europe: The future of the built environment

How can the built environment become smarter? What are the challenges and obstacles that might prevent this from happening?

These are the two core questions this report sets out to address. To obtain answers we spoke to some of the leading individuals in the smart built environment movement, from innovative technology start-ups and specialist consultancies to global multinational corporates, large real estate investors and government agencies.

Key findings include:

1. A huge range of innovative technologies, business models, architectural designs and new ways of thinking are being adopted to make the built environment smarter.

2. There are hard economic motivations for making buildings smarter. For large corporations, a ‘smart’ office headquarters is now essential to retain top talent and improve workplace productivity. For sophisticated real estate companies, the installation of smart technology enables higher rents to be charged.

3. New technology needs to be implemented at existing buildings, not just at new-build) if the built environment really is to become smarter.

4. Buildings can become smarter simply by making better use of information that already exists. Clever building owners can turn that data into an asset that can potentially be monetised.

5. The most frequently cited barrier to the built environment becoming smarter was that decision-making power resides in isolated silos, resulting in the safest and least innovative solution being procured. A more joined-up approach might result in a more efficient solution being procured.

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This report, based on a survey of more than 100 senior executives, explores what is driving the growing corporate renewables PPA market, what the primary risk factors are and how financing challenges can be overcome. 

Key findings include:

  • Corporate renewable PPAs are surging:In the US almost 1.6GW of renewables capacity was contracted in H1 2015, up from 1.4GW in 2014 and more than double the 600MW contracted in 2013.
  • Economic benefits drive PPA growth:Some 60% of surveyed corporates exploring renewable PPAs cited economic factors as their primary reason for doing so while 30% cited environmental motivations.
  • Price fluctuations are the biggest risk:Careful consideration needs to be given to risks that are unique to these deals. According to the report, power price fluctuations top the list of corporate renewable PPA risks, with additional risks including counterparty credit risk, accounting considerations and regulatory/subsidy issues.
  • Financing can be challenging:Financing renewable energy projects with corporate PPAs is more challenging than financing projects with standard utility PPAs due to the often lower credit ratings of corporates, more frequent fluctuations in power demand, collateral allocation and other issues.

​Smart ​Cities in Europe

This report provides insight into the development of smart cities in Europe. Specifically, it focuses on how the challenges cities face in becoming ‘smart’ can be overcome. The findings are based on a survey of 300 senior executives from technology companies, investment funds, banks, consultancies and government officials.