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The clean energy investment figures are built up from a proprietary database of more than 100,000 deal and project records collected and maintained by over 100 analysts and researchers based in 15 locations worldwide.
Our research stands out for its comprehensiveness, geographical reach and the level of detail with which investment transactions are tracked. This enables our team to spot and analyse energy industry trends as soon as they emerge.
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What the data shows
The latest BNEF figures show dollar investment globally falling in 2016 in dollar terms, with bright spots in offshore wind and acquisition activity. What’s new?
1. Overall investment falls by 18%.
New investment in clean energy fell to $287.5bn in 2016, 18% lower than the record investment of $348.5bn in 2015 and 9% lower than the $315bn invested in 2014.
2. Equipment costs keep falling too.
The 2016 setback in global investment partly reflected sharp falls in equipment prices: cost-competitiveness improvements in solar and wind power mean that more megawatts can be installed for the same price.
3. China and Japan cool down.
After years of record-breaking investment, the two countries cut back on building new large-scale projects and shifted towards digesting the capacity they have already put in place.
4. Offshore wind heats up.
Capital spending commitments hit $29.9bn in 2016, up 40% on the previous year, as developers in Europe and China took advantage of bigger turbines and improved economics.
5. Acquisitions in clean energy break the $100bn level.
This totaled $117.5bn in 2016, up from $97bn in 2015. Behind this surge were a rise in renewable energy project acquisitions to $72.7bn, but particularly a leap in corporate M&A to a record $33bn.
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