Currents Podcast

Project finance, renewable energy and more

The Currents Podcast 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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Ep58: Energy Storage PPAs

Ep58: Energy Storage PPAs

Ep58: Energy Storage PPAs

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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...

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.

Ep66: Tax Market Update
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David Burton, partner in our New York office, joins us for an update on recent headlines in the tax market. We discuss the recent opinions of the US Court of Federal Claims, repowerings and more.

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 market

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,

Ep63: The Business of Repowering
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Ali Ghorashi, head of section, wind independent engineering at DNV GL, joins us to unpack the business of repowering, which has become relevant in the past few years.

Ep62: North American Development Bank
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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 and more.

Ep61: Solar Risk Assessment Report
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Richard Matsui, CEO and co-founder of kWh Analytics, and Dana Olson, solar segment leader at DNV GL, join us to discuss the recently published "Solar Risk Assessment" report.

Ep60: DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Office
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Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus, deputy director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, joins us to talk about what the office does and the programs it has funded in the past.

Ep59: Quasi-merchant Gas Deals
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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.

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...

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.

Ep56: The Orange Button Standard
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Jon Previtali from Wells Fargo and Tom Tansy from the Sunspec Alliance join us to discuss the orange button data standard, explaining what it is and why the solar industry is in need of a data standard.

Ep55: kWh Analytics' Solar Lendscape
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Richard Matsui, CEO and co-founder of kWh Analytics, joins us again to share the company's popular Solar Lendscape and discuss the current solar market.

Ep54: The US LNG Market
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John Mauel, partner in our Houston office, joins us to discuss the current US LNG market. We take the discussion from an overview of the global LNG industry to where the US market fits into the global...

Ep53: Practical Wisdom About Tax Equity
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John Eber, former CEO of JPM Capital Corporation, joins us for a conversation about lessons learned over a 30-year career working as a prominent tax equity investor.

Ep52: DNV GL's Energy Transition Outlook
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Marion Hill, business line director, renewable energy for North America of DNV GL, joins us to discuss the company's "2018 Energy Transition Outlook." We talk about the model on which the outlook is

Ep51: Working with the NY Green Bank
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Alfred Griffin, president of the NY Green Bank, joins us to discuss its mission, what types of deals it is authorized to do and the benefits of borrowing from it.

Ep50: Covariance Risk with REsurety
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Ep49: Grid Strategies on Electricity Market Design
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Rob Gramlich, President of Grid Strategies, joins us to discuss a recent report on reforms needed in the PJM and MISO electricity markets for renewable energy to become competitive.

Ep48: Mexico: Changes in Store?
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The new Mexican president already made headlines by halting construction work on the new Mexico City airport and requiring resignations of executives at state companies to reduce salaries.

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...

Ep46: Solar Revenue Put: One Year Later
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In Episode 23, Richard Matsui of kWh Analytics sat down with us to explain the solar revenue put. One year later, he joins us again...

Ep45: Potential Impacts from Wildfires on PG&E and Other California IOUs
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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...

Ep44: Post-Election Assessment: US Power Sector
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Listen to a discussion among Keith Martin and five veteran Washington lobbyists and power company office heads about how the US mid-term election results are likely to affect the power...

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.

Ep42: Title Insurance for Projects
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Scott Bank of First American Insurance sat down to discuss all things title insurance.

Ep41: M&A Due Diligence
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Ken Elser of DNV GL joins us to discuss when a company contemplating an M&A transaction should approach an independent engineer and more.

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.

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.

Ep38: The Future of Energy Storage
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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...

Ep37: Legal Perspective: Representations and Warranties Insurance
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The representations and warranties insurance (RWI) market is growing rapidly as the insurance expands in scope to cover more types of transactions...

Ep36: US to Review More Inbound Investments
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Amanda Rosenberg tells what the major changes are in a new law this month that gives CFIUS broader power to set aside inbound US investments and how they will affect the energy industry...

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...

Ep34: Legal Perspective: Back-leverage Loans
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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...

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...

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...

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...

Ep30: New York: Renewable Energy Incubator
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Alicia Barton, president and CEO of NYSERDA, talks about New York’s 50% renewable energy by 2030 plan, its goals for the offshore wind market and its stance on energy storage.

Ep29: Increasing Regulatory Headwinds
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Keith Martin joins Todd Alexander to talk about the likely outcome of DOE efforts to halt coal and nuclear power plant retirements, how the growing number of US import tariffs is affecting the market...

Ep28: The M&A Landscape
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Todd Alexander discusses the M&A landscape, macro trends in the market, valuations, assumptions, natural owners and more with industry veteran Ted Brandt of Marathon Capital.

Ep27: Representations and Warranties Insurance
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Join us as Matt Heinz, Senior Managing Director at Aon Transaction Solutions, unpacks representations and warranties insurance, a product that is now considered an essential tool in closing deals...

Ep26: Tax Credit Insurance for Renewable Projects
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Tax equity transactions have been a mainstay of financing renewable energy projects. While the general idea—using the tax benefits from renewable energy projects as a way to generate financing...

Ep25: Energy Storage Drivers and Pitfalls, a Webinar with ICF
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Please join us for a webinar from Norton Rose Fulbright and ICF on energy storage. Our own Kat Gamache and Deanne Barrow are joined by Judah Rose and Shankar Chandramowli from ICF to discuss market...

Ep24: Net Metering and Community Solar Update
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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...

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 solar projects are financed. While the solar industry...

Ep22: Cost of Capital
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Please join us for a special episode featuring our 2018 Cost of Capital Webinar. Partner Keith Martin moderates and is joined by panelists...

Ep21: Interview with a wind energy pioneer: Jacob Susman of EDF Renewable Energy
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Jacob Susman has been investing and developing projects in renewable energy since 1999. He led OwnEnergy from inception to its sale to EDF Renewable Energy...

Ep20: Tax changes affects on power and infrastructure transactions
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Ep19: Tax bill's impact on US power market
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Ep18: Mexico power auctions
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Ep17: Back-leverage loans: trends and issues
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Ep16: Renewable energy hedges
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Ep15: Cross-border energy M&A transactions
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Ep14: Political risk insurance: industry overview and trends
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Ep13: Spotlight on LNG-to-power projects
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Ep12: WIFIA and the US water infrastructure gap
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Bonus: An interview with Governor Pataki
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Ep11: Governor Pataki's perspective on energy and infrastructure
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Ep10: How US Tax Reform could affect renewables
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Ep9: My favorite project, part one
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Ep8: Tax equity 101
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Ep7: 2017 renewable energy outlook
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The renewable energy industry saw a tremendous amount of success in 2016, but the new year brings some uncertainty, both in the US and abroad. In this episode, we speak to Todd Alexander, partner in Chadbourne'

Bonus: Cost of capital: 2017 outlook
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It is the start of a new year. The Trump presidency and the likelihood of corporate tax reform have added an element of unpredictability. On January 17, 2017 Chadbourne hosted a webinar among a group of project

Ep6: Africa: opportunities, challenges and the effects of a Trump Administration
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There is a tremendous amount of opportunity for energy and infrastructure development in Africa. In this episode, we speak to Chadbourne partner Ikenna Emehelu to discuss opportunities, challenges, the future o

Ep5: Lessons From the SunEdison Bankruptcy
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The bankruptcy of solar power developer SunEdison has been one of the most discussed topics of the US renewable energy market in 2016. Christy Rivera, partner in Chadbourne's bankruptcy group, joins us to discu

Ep4: US Infrastructure and P3 Opportunities
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President-Elect Trump has positioned US infrastructure investment as a top priority, and the topic was a rare source of bipartisan agreement throughout the 2016 election season.

Bonus Episode: US Renewable Energy After the November Elections
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The markets are trying rapidly to assess the effects of a Trump presidency on the energy industry.On Thursday, November 10, 2016 Chadbourne hosted a webinar with five experts in Washington who are close to ener

Ep3: Net Metering Programs and Policy Update
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Chadbourne associate Megan Strand joins us to discuss net metering, an important tool in the continued deployment of distributed solar in the United States.

Episode 2: The Future of US Offshore Wind, Part 2
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In part two of our discussion on offshore wind development in the United States, Chadbourne counsel Kat Gamache delves into the complex regulations that developers of US offshore wind proje

Episode 1: The Future of US Offshore Wind, Part 1
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Benjamin Koenigsberg and Christine Brozynski take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the complex financing and construction of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the US. What hurdles did

Introduction
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Chadbourne & Parke is excited to announce that we have launched a new podcast featuring in-depth interviews on the latest developments in project finance. Chadbourne Currents talks to key business leaders and p