January 19 2018

Hurricanes, Floods Squeeze Insurance for Wind, Solar: Q&A

By Bryony Collins, Bloomberg New Energy Finance editorial team. This article first appeared on the Bloomberg Terminal and is available to BNEF clients on the web. The risk of natural catastrophe could reduce the availability of insurance coverage for some renewable energy projects in the Caribbean and Southeast U.S., according to GCube Underwriting Ltd., which has insured around […]

November 22 2017

Big Data Could Bring Upside to Renewables Investors: Q&A

Technology and big data will change how electric grids are organized and water is transported, creating upside for sustainable investors that may not be priced in today, says Lara Banks, a managing director at Makena Capital Management, which oversees about $19 billion. Banks, who oversees portfolio management and manager selection for natural resources at the […]

November 20 2017

How Japan Is Planning to Cut Sky-High Solar Costs: QuickTake Q&A

Japan will announce the results of its first-ever solar auction on Nov. 21. The aim is to reduce costs in one of the most expensive countries to generate electricity from the power of the sun. That’s a big deal because Japan is also one of the largest producers of solar power globally, leaving power users […]

November 20 2017

Smarter Grid Showed Its Value When Harvey Struck Texas: Q&A

By Richard Stubbe, Bloomberg New Energy Finance editor. This article first appeared on the Bloomberg Terminal and is available to BNEF clients on the web.  Competition, consumer choice and smart meters in Texas helped the grid to bounce back quickly after Hurricane Harvey struck Houston in September, two Direct Energy executives said in an interview with […]

November 14 2017

Battery Payback Falls ‘by 2-4 Years’ if Owners Aid Grid: Q&A

By Bryony Collins, Bloomberg New Energy Finance editorial team. This article first appeared on the Bloomberg Terminal and is available to BNEF clients on the web. Battery storage company Sonnen offers customers in Germany the opportunity to own their own electricity supply. It says solar panels and a Sonnen battery can supply around 75 percent of a typical household’s […]

November 2 2017

Goodenough Making Progress With Solid-State Batteries: Q&A

By Richard Stubbe, Bloomberg New Energy Finance editor. This article first appeared on the Bloomberg Terminal, available to clients on the web and on the Bloomberg Terminal.  John Goodenough, developer of the lithium-ion battery, was in Houston last week to receive the 2017 Welch Award in Chemistry and give the keynote address at the annual Welch Conference. Goodenough […]

October 23 2017

State Bank Eyes Tiger’s Share of India Rooftop PV Boom: Q&A

By Vandana Gombar, Bloomberg New Energy Finance editor. This article first appeared on the Bloomberg Terminal, and is available to clients on the web and on the Bloomberg Terminal. State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender, seeks a dominant financing position in every sector, including renewable energy. It has now set its sights on the emerging rooftop […]

October 16 2017

Asian Infra Bank to Reach $4 Billion in Loans by Year End: Q&A

By Vandana Gombar, Bloomberg New Energy Finance editor. This article first appeared on the Bloomberg Terminal, and is available to clients on the web and on the Bloomberg Terminal. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which has a mandate to invest in “environmentally friendly” projects, is on course to approve $2.5 billion of new loans in 2017, taking its […]

October 4 2017

Texas Solar to `Explode’ When Paybacks Fall to 5 Years: Q&A

By Richard Stubbe, Bloomberg New Energy Finance editor. This article first appeared on the Bloomberg Terminal, available to clients on the web and on the Bloomberg Terminal.  The residential solar market, already bustling in the central part of Texas, will boom statewide when the next step down in costs cuts payback periods to five years, Bret Biggart, chief […]

August 9 2017

Why Malaysia’s Readying for a Lower-Energy Future: QuickTake Q&A

By Y-Sing Liau Malaysia is the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas and the only net exporter of energy among Asia’s major economies. So it stands to reason that energy prices and output levels hold great sway over the economy, and Malaysia’s currency. Unfortunately for the Southeast Asian nation, oil prices have tumbled and […]

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