May 3 2012

McCrone: Memo to Policy-makers: Re-charge the Development Banks

Memo to policy-makers: re-charge the development banks Could one answer to the clean energy financing shortage in Europe be hiding right under the noses of the region’s policy-makers? The question is pressing because blockages in the supply of loans from European Union banks are posing one of the biggest threats to clean energy investment this […]

April 5 2012

Liebreich: It’s the Politics, Stupid

Locating the fifth Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York last week offered two big advantages. One was being at the heart of capitalism because, despite the economic turmoil of the past few years, it will still be private capital that delivers the wherewithal for the world’s shift to clean energy. The other was […]

March 31 2011

Liebreich: Risk – The Big Mispricing; and on a Heroic Scale

By Michael Liebreich Chief Executive Bloomberg New Energy Finance Twitter: @MLiebreich How many times have we heard institutional investors explain – often in their talking-to-children voice – that the reason they do not invest in clean energy is that they dislike sectors with policy risk? In the light of events in the past year, perhaps […]

January 26 2011

Liebreich: 2011 Preview: A Year of Falling Costs and Rising Valuations?

By Michael Liebreich Chief Executive Bloomberg New Energy Finance Twitter: @MLiebreich So the new year is up and running, and as is customary, this is the point at which I have to take a stand and put down on paper what I think it is going to bring for our sector. Overall my guess is […]

December 21 2010

Liebreich: Clean Energy 2010 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Michael Liebreich Chief Executive Bloomberg New Energy Finance This is the final Monthly Briefing of 2010, so it’s time to ask ourselves how the year will go down in history, and how that compares with our forecasts from the start of the year. 2010 will not go down as a vintage year for clean […]

November 26 2010

Liebreich: How to Conjure Up Progress on the $100bn Climate Challenge

By Michael Liebreich Chief Executive Bloomberg New Energy Finance Starting from Monday, the international Climate Change circus will descend on Cancún for the latest attempt at replacing the Kyoto Protocol, which is due to expire in 2012. Last year’s COP15 meeting in Copenhagen ended after two fractious weeks of protests and negotiations, with a document […]

October 28 2010

Liebreich: Power Struggles – The Growing Geopolitical Role of Electricity Markets

By Michael Liebreich Chief Executive Bloomberg New Energy Finance Between 1929 and 1933, in response to a vicious recession sparked by a credit bubble, European powers embarked on a rivalry which would see world trade collapse to nearly nothing within four years – creating the conditions which ultimately led to the outbreak of the Second […]

September 24 2010

Liebreich: The Perils of Protectionism

By Michael Liebreich Chief Executive Bloomberg New Energy Finance Take a Western world struggling to escape from recession and high unemployment. Add an industry which is growing rapidly but absorbing an increasing amount of government support. Sprinkle on some cut-price competition from an emerging economy, and what do you get? In our forecasts at the […]

September 24 2010

Liebreich: The Perils of Protectionism

By Michael Liebreich Chief Executive Bloomberg New Energy Finance Take a Western world struggling to escape from recession and high unemployment. Add an industry which is growing rapidly but absorbing an increasing amount of government support. Sprinkle on some cut-price competition from an emerging economy, and what do you get? In our forecasts at the start of the year, we identified protectionism as one of the key risks for the clean energy sector in 2010. And sure enough we are hearing a growing chorus of complaints around the world about unfair trade.

August 27 2010

McCrone: Watch the Debt Markets for Clues on the Next Twist for Clean Energy

By Angus McCrone Chief Editor Bloomberg New Energy Finance “It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it,” said Mr Spock. 2010 looks set to be a record year for clean energy investment, but not as we know it. At the start of the year, we predicted total new investment in clean energy in the […]

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