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Renewable Energy: the new GOLD standard for investments

Britain has become the Saudi Arabia of offshore wind, with as much generating capacity in the seas as in the rest of the world combined.

Britain has become the superpower of Europe – more than double its nearest rivals in Denmark, and far more than the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Sweden combined.

The 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan delivered a massive blow to the credibility of nuclear power. Germany pledged to close its nuclear plants and other countries shelved plans to build  new ones.

The unstoppable march of unconventional oil and gas has reinvigorated the western oil majors and presaged a new golden age of hydrocarbons.

This has huge implications for global warming.

Clean energy has a huge role to play in the global efforts to stick to within the 2C target.    But there are fears the sector is till not growing fast enough to tip the balance away from the conventional sources of energy.

New financial and regulatory structures are being put in place to achieve the 2020 targets for renewable energy.  Project finance is tight.  However institutional investors and wealthy individuals are increasingly attracted to the renewables. All investors are looking at new investment opportunities , new asset classes.

If you have a wind farm, it generates a stable cash flow for decades. That can replace a bond-type investment.

“If you have a power generation asset supplying a market that’s going to be structurally short of power for the next few decades, and your fuel costs nothing, it can provide an annuity income stream- These are great investments” Financial Times

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One comment on “Renewable Energy: the new GOLD standard for investments

  1. Albene Mendy
    June 13, 2012

    Top notch article

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