Currents is a podcast published by Norton Rose Fulbright that features in-depth discussions on the latest developments in project finance. The podcast is hosted by partner Todd Alexander, who interviews key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space.
Ep127: Residential Geothermal Energy
Kathy Hannun, president and co-founder of Dandelion Energy, joins us to discuss residential geothermal heating and cooling. We dive into her background, why she decided to form Dandelion Energy, how geothermal heating and cooling is an efficient, clean alternative to fossil fuel heating, the challenges and opportunities in the industry, what innovations are needed in order for geothermal to go mainstream and more.
Ep126: Bitcoin and the Energy Industry Explained
JohnPaul Baric, CEO of Aurum Capital Ventures Inc., joins us to explain the relationship between bitcoin mining and the energy industry. We dive into what bitcoin mining is, why bitcoins are scarce, how bitcoin mining is a new way to monetize energy, how miners interact with the power grid, who is currently funding miners operations, where he sees the bitcoin space going in the next five years and more.
Ep125: What's New in the Market
The November elections carry significant potential upside for renewable energy companies. The election is factoring into construction-start strategies. A FERC order involving Broadview Solar has many solar developers up in arms. More than 3,400 companies have filed suit against the Trump administration to get back duties paid on Chinese products. A test case involving COVID-19 claims under business interruption insurance policies was decided in September. The tax equity market remains a tale of two cities. Keith Martin, partner in Washington, gives a lively half-hour update on what is new in the market.
Ep124: ESG and Solar Energy Infrastructure
Yuri Horowitz, CEO of Sol Systems, joins us to discuss the convergence of social and environmental impact principles on solar energy infrastructure. We talk about what motivates corporations to take action, the challenges of implementation, how corporations are integrating ESG into their solar procurement strategies, Sol Systems’ recent groundbreaking solar power community investment agreement with Microsoft and more.
Ep123: 2020 Solar Production Index
Richard Matsui, CEO and founder of kWh Analytics, joins us to unpack a new kWh study that found US utility-scale solar projects are underperforming P50 production estimates on average by 6.3%.
Ep122: Highlander Transaction: sPower's 620 MW Solar Plant
Brian Callaway, vice president, structured finance at sPower, and Conor McKenna, managing director at CohnReznick Capital Markets, walk us through the Highlander transaction, sPower’s 620-MW solar project and the largest solar plant east of the Mississippi. The pair discusses the developer’s vision for the project, how they were able to bring together so many high-profile counterparties, the challenges they faced to get it across the finish line, how they handled ESG and NIMBY, the complex financing structure and much more.
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Best way for a quick update of the trends and issues in the energy business. Very nicely unpackaged by the very knowledgeable moderator.
Perfect for project finance professionals but poor audio quality
Finally found a way to efficiently keep current on PFI issues, from trustworthy industry experts. Love it, keep em coming!!
Also, I'd be happy to see these go a bit longer and deeper into the subject matter.
HOWEVER, if Norton Rose is reading this, PLEASE have an audio technician take a look at (1) the recording equipment and (2) the post processing. It's terribly "grainy" sound. The host and guests really need to be mic'd up appropriately, and the audio should be recorded/released in higher fidelity. It comes off as very amateurish and would only take a couple of minutes and <$100 to fix.
Great source for project finance news
Excellent podcast for keeping up with current trends in project finance from a reputable source. Topics span energy and infrastructure, including renewables.