Topic: International Markets

International Markets Articles

A Road Map for Introducing Clean Energy in Developing Nations

Developing nations encounter multifaceted challenges when they seek to create clean-energy infrastructure. Responding to a need for a road map to help developers and decision makers solve these problems, EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) and Practical Action have published a report called “Building Energy Access Markets: A Value Chain Analysis of Key Energy Market Systems.”

Unilever and NRG Energy Set Joint Renewable-Energy Goals

On May 7, 2014, Unilever and NRG Energy announced the formation of a strategic partnership. The goal? To source 100 percent of the energy used by Unilever’s United States operations from onsite and offsite renewable generation by 2020. During a recent two-day conference, managers from both companies reflected on the progress they’ve made and the lessons they’ve learned during the past year.

Tumalow Shapes the Landscape of Energy-Storage Financing

Energy storage is inherently risky for many new customers. But Tumalow has proposed a new financing model to solve this problem. Founded by CEO William Gathright, Tumalow is not a typical energy-storage startup. In a conversation with Gathright, Clean Energy Finance Forum learned how Tumalow’s model could change the landscape of energy storage in the future.

Green Bond Indices Are Signs of a Rapidly Maturing Market

The green bond market is finally beginning to reach its potential as capital-seeking developers connect with yield-seeking investors at increasing volumes and scales. The launch of numerous green bond indices during the last year is a sign of the market’s growing maturity. These indices are also playing an important role in driving demand for green bonds among institutional investors.

Will Green Bonds Experience a Boom-and-Bust Cycle?

Green bonds are fixed-income, liquid securities that are used to raise funds for activities like clean energy finance, climate mitigation, and other sustainable initiatives. On April 15, in a panel titled “Business Response: Green Bonds,” experts at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit 2015 in New York City came together to discuss the green bond market’s accomplishments and challenges.

Finance for Resilience Chooses Winning Innovations

On April 15, delegates at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit 2015 in New York City nominated four winning innovations to accelerate finance for clean energy. These high-impact “interventions” were chosen from 52 ideas submitted to Finance for Resilience (FiRe) this year. FiRe is an open and action-oriented platform that collects and develops ideas that can add at least $1 billion to clean energy investment in their first three years.

Political Capital Needed for Clean Energy Finance to Flourish

Private-sector investment in clean energy continues to grow as costs come down and free-market dynamics begin to replace government subsidies. But this influx of financial capital is still not enough, according to speakers at “Creative Power: New Models for Growing Clean Energy Investment,” a discussion held at Bloomberg L.P. in Manhattan on Sept. 20 as part of New York Climate Week.