Project Finance NewsWire

Publication | June 2018
Project Finance NewsWire

Project Finance NewsWire

The Project Finance NewsWire reports on new developments affecting the power sector, gas pipelines, LNG terminals, energy storage facilities, energy efficiency, biofuels, gasification, water, toll roads, bridges, ports, stadiums and other infrastructure. We report from the perspective of a law firm down in the trenches on deals. The NewsWire is published every other month and goes to 46,000 people.

In this issue

Big changes in how new power projects connect to the grid

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order in mid-April made significant changes in how power plants of more than 20 megawatts in size can connect in the future...

June 5, 2018

Proxy revenue swaps for solar

Risk-transfer products, such as volume puts or swaps, are now standard product offerings, serving as offtake arrangements in lieu of traditional power purchase...

June 5, 2018

Mexico issues ambitious transmission line tenders

Two major transmission line projects under tender this year in Mexico are attracting substantial interest from potential bidders.

June 5, 2018

Solar-plus battery projects take hold in Africa

Governments and utilities in sub-Saharan Africa are sending a clear message in recent meetings that what really interests them is solar projects with battery...

June 5, 2018

CCAs and risk management

A group of panelists talked at an Infocast community choice energy conference in La Jolla in April about the types of risks facing CCAs and how they manage them.

June 5, 2018

New tools to overcome barriers to financing impact projects

When traditional forms of funding are unavailable because private investors are risk averse, enthused philanthropic organizations have devised ways to minimize...

June 5, 2018

Infrastructure opportunities in the US

A group of panelists talked about the outlook and timetable for the Trump infrastructure plan and then had a wide-ranging discussion about other current topics and...

June 5, 2018

California update

Marin Clean Energy became the first community choice aggregator in mid-May to receive a credit rating. Moody’s Investors Service assigned it a Baa2 rating and...

June 5, 2018

Environmental update

The US Environmental Protection Agency proposed in late April to limit the scientific studies that it will take into account when writing future agency regulations...

June 5, 2018

In other news

Halting coal and nuclear retirements

Coal and nuclear power plant retirements may be halted for two years under an order that the US Department of Energy appears to be moving closer to issuing.

June 5, 2018

Tariff threats

Import tariffs and the possibility of an escalating trade war are being watched warily by US developers.

June 5, 2018

Power contracts

Power contracts are off to a good start.

June 5, 2018

Production tax credits

Production tax credits for renewable energy projects will remain unchanged in 2018 from 2017 levels, the Internal Revenue Service said in late May.

June 5, 2018

Master limited partnerships

Master limited partnerships are losing some of their appeal.

June 5, 2018

Hawaii

Hawaii is looking for a new business model for its regulated utilities.

June 5, 2018

Gas pipelines

Gas pipeline approvals have come under a spotlight.

June 5, 2018

North Carolina

North Carolina reaffirmed that solar rooftop companies may not enter into contracts to supply electricity to homeowners or businesses in the state.

June 5, 2018

Florida

Florida confirmed that contracts used by Sunrun to lease solar equipment to customers are not retail sales of electricity.

June 5, 2018

New IRS guidance

New IRS guidance may face delays.

June 5, 2018

Straddle tax years

Corporations with tax years that straddled year end 2017 got instructions on how to calculate their 2018 US taxes.

June 5, 2018

Carbon sequestration credits

Carbon sequestration credits increased slightly in amount.

June 5, 2018

Tax havens

British overseas territories, like Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, will have to post public registries disclosing ownership of...

June 5, 2018

US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Enforcement actions were down 50% in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the average number over the last 10 years.

June 5, 2018

Data points

Coal-fired power plants accounted for 28.1% of US electricity generation in the first quarter of 2018

June 5, 2018


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