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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 associate Chadron Edwards, who interviews key business leaders and policy makers to investigate important trends affecting the energy and infrastructure space.
||CleanEp27: Representations and Warranties Insurance||Join us as Matt Heinz, Senior Managing Director at Aon Transaction Solutions, unpacks representations and warranties insurance, a product that is now considered an essential tool in closing deals. We will discuss the market-driven pricing of policies, buyer's and seller's advantages, special considerations for the energy industry and more.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp26: Tax Credit Insurance for Renewable Projects||Tax equity transactions have been a mainstay of financing renewable energy projects. While the general idea—using the tax benefits from renewable energy projects as a way to generate financing for their construction—is not very complicated, tax-equity participants are subject to a number of tax risks. We speak with Daniel Schoenberg, Senior Managing Director at Aon Transaction Solutions to learn exactly what is tax credit insurance and how it is used in the renewable space.||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp25: Energy Storage Drivers & Pitfalls, a Webinar with ICF||Please join us for a webinar from Norton Rose Fulbright and ICF on energy storage. Our own Kat Gamache and Deanne Barrow are joined by Judah Rose and Shankar Chandramowli from ICF to discuss market drivers of storage adoption and potential risks and challenges.||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp24: Net Metering and Community Solar Update||As the community solar market continues to expand, our associate Ana Vucetic joins us to provide an update on the market and takes us through important recent changes in net metering rules across several key states.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp23: Solar Revenue Puts with Richard Matsui, KwH Analytics||Richard Matsui, CEO of KwH Analytics, joins us to discuss the Solar Revenue Put, an innovative new financial product that may change the way many solar projects are financed. While the solar industry faces the potential impact of tariffs, we explore how this product can reduce project costs.||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp22: Cost of Capital||Please join us for a special episode featuring our 2018 Cost of Capital webinar. Partner Keith Martin moderates and is joined by panelists John C.S. Anderson of Manulife/John Hancock, Jean-Pierre Boudrias of Goldman Sachs, Jack Cargas of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ralph Cho of Investec, and John Eber of J.P.Morgan.||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp21: Interview with a Wind Energy Pioneer: Jacob Susman||Jacob Susman has been investing and developing projects in renewable energy since 1999. He led OwnEnergy from inception to its sale to EDF Renewable Energy, where he is now VP, Head of Origination. In today's episode, Jacob sits down with Todd to discuss what it takes to build a successful renewable energy startup and offers his insights on opportunities in today's market.||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp20: Tax Changes Affects on Transactions||Join Keith Martin, David Gillespie and Michael Masri as they take you through over a dozen provisions in the recently enacted tax bill that will affect transactions in the power and broader infrastructure markets. This special episode was recorded live on December 19 starting with an overview of the changes followed by answering audience questions.||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTax Bill's Impact on the US Power Market||A massive tax-cut tax bill that is in the final stages in Congress has significant consequences for the US power industry, especially renewable energy companies. Keith Martin, partner in the Washington office, joins us to discuss the implications.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp18: Mexico Power Auctions||Dramatic change is underway in Mexico's power sector. Clean energy auctions awarding long-term power purchase agreements have been a great success so far. The results of the third and most recent auction were announced in November, bringing some of the lowest prices for renewable energy in the world. We're joined by Raquel Bierzwinsky, partner in the New York and Mexico City offices, to discuss the auction and the reform of the Mexican renewables sector more broadly.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp17: Back-leverage Loans: Trends and Issues||Back-leverage loans have become the primary way to raise debt for tax equity-funded renewable energy projects in the US. Today, we're joined by Ralph Cho and Mike Pantelogianis, Co-Heads of Power and Infrastructure Finance, North America at Investec, to discuss the state of the back-leverage loan market.||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp16: Renewable Energy Hedges||To kick off Season 2 of Currents, we've invited Rob Eberhardt, partner in New York, to discuss financial hedges for renewable energy projects. Rob helped to develop an innovative new wind power hedge last year that attracted considerable attention in the market.||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp15: Cross-border Energy M&A Transactions||Mergers and acquisitions activity in the energy sector is on the rise, and cross-border transactions are driving much of this activity. In today's episode, we talk to Marwan Azzi, from our New York office, who gives us an in-depth view of how these transactions work and shares his insight on market trends.||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp14: Political Risk Insurance: Industry Overview and Trends||As political uncertainty continues to dominate the news, we take a closer look at political risk insurance: a valuable tool when developing projects in riskier emerging markets. Ken Hansen, partner in our Washington office, joins us to give a breakdown of the industry and major players, and discuss recent developments.||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp13: Spotlight on LNG-to-Power Projects||The global LNG industry has seen remarkable growth in a short time. Noam Ayali and Brian Greene, partners in our Washington, DC office, fill us in on the market, how these projects are developed and financed, and some of the hurtles you might face.||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp12: WIFIA and the US Water Infrastructure Gap||The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, “WIFIA,” is a funding mechanism that was enacted to address the US water infrastructure gap. WIFIA aims to encourage private investment in public water infrastructure projects, and the EPA announced this week that it had received 43 letters of interest in its first round of solicitations. In this episode, we speak with Jake Falk, Counsel in our Washington, DC office, to discuss the WIFIA program.||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: An Interview with Governor Pataki||In this special bonus episode, Governor Pataki discusses his political views and influences, what motivates him, and his advice for the next generation.||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp11: Gov. Pataki's Perspective on Energy and Infrastructure||In this episode, we're joined by the 53rd Governor of New York state, George E. Pataki, to discuss his views on the future of energy and infrastructure under the Trump administration.||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp10: How US Tax Reform Could Affect Renewables||As the Trump administration and the Republican Congress continue to work on corporate tax reform, we speak to Keith Martin, partner in the Washington, DC office and co-head of the project finance group, to walk us through some of the proposals and their potential effects on the US renewable energy industry.||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp9: My Favorite Project, Part One||Four project finance lawyers talk about their favorite projects in this episode. From racking up frequent flier miles traveling the world, to bringing a project to a war torn country, to only sleeping for 13 hours in an entire week, Todd Alexander, Doug Fried and William Nicholson talk about some of the highlights of their careers.||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp8: Tax Equity 101||Tax equity transactions have been a mainstay of financing renewable energy projects in the US. William Nicholson, associate in the New York office, joins us to give a primer on how these transactions are structured and key considerations that developers and investors should keep in mind.||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp7: 2017 Renewable Energy Outlook||The renewable energy industry saw a tremendous amount of success in 2016, but the new year brings some uncertainty, both in the US and abroad. In this episode, we speak to Todd Alexander, partner in Chadbourne's New York office, to discuss why he thinks 2017 will be continue to bring success to the industry.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Cost of Capital: 2017 Outlook||It is the start of a new year. The Trump presidency and the likelihood of corporate tax reform have added an element of unpredictability. On January 17, 2017 Chadbourne hosted a webinar among a group of project finance industry veterans about what to expect in the year ahead for tax equity, bank and term loan B debt and project bonds.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp6: Africa: Opportunities, Challenges and Effects of Trump||There is a tremendous amount of opportunity for energy and infrastructure development in Africa. In this episode, we speak to Chadbourne partner Ikenna Emehelu to discuss opportunities, challenges, the future of the Electrify Africa Act, and what a Trump administration means for the African energy and infrastructure market.||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLessons from the SunEdison Bankruptcy||The bankruptcy of solar power developer SunEdison has been one of the most discussed topics of the US renewable energy market in 2016. Christy Rivera, partner in Chadbourne's bankruptcy group, joins us to discuss outcomes, surprises and lessons learned from SunEdison's bankruptcy filing.||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp4: US Infrastructure and P3 Opportunities||President-Elect Trump has positioned US infrastructure investment as a top priority, and the topic was a rare source of bipartisan agreement throughout the 2016 election season. In this episode, we're joined by Chadbourne partner Doug Fried and Mike Parker, US Infrastructure Advisory Leader of Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC to discuss opportunities in the infrastructure sector and how the public-private-partnership ("P3") model is likely to play a role.||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: US Renewable Energy After the November Elections||The markets are trying rapidly to assess the effects of a Trump presidency on the energy industry. On Thursday, November 10, 2016, Chadbourne hosted a webinar with five experts in Washington who are close to energy and tax policy for an assessment of what the election results mean for renewable energy. The participants were: Keith Martin, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP (Moderator) Richard Glick, General Counsel (minority), Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and former senior policy advisor to the US Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes, Vice President, Federal Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company, and former Chief Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee Joseph Mikrut, Partner, Capitol Tax Partners and former Tax Legislative Counsel, US Department of the Treasury Kathleen Weiss, Vice President, Government Affairs, First Solar||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp3: Net Metering Programs and Policy Update||Chadbourne associate Megan Strand joins us to discuss net metering, an important tool in the continued deployment of distributed solar in the United States. As utilities and developers battle over net metering policy, we explore the different methods states are using to promote - and manage - net metering.||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp2: The Future of US Offshore Wind, Part 2||In part two of our discussion on offshore wind development in the United States, Chadbourne counsel Kat Gamache delves into the complex regulations that developers of US offshore wind projects should consider. Topics discussed include the Jones Act, the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA), and the recent Supreme Court ruling in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing. Kat also covers some of the challenges that these projects face when securing long-term, fixed-price power purchase agreements (PPAs) and government permits.||10/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp1: The Future of US Offshore Wind, Part 1||Benjamin Koenigsberg and Christine Brozynski take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the complex financing and construction of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind farm in the US. What hurdles did the team clear to make it happen and what does this mean for future projects?||10/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0: Introduction||Episode 0: Introduction||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great dialogue and insight from a reputable source, looking forward to upcoming topics.
Perfect for project finance professionals
Finally found a way to efficiently keep current on PFI issues, from trustworthy industry professionals. Love it, keep em coming.
Informative but hard to hear
Great SMEs as guests, but really frustrating to listen when the speakers' volume is all over the place during each podcast- or it's especially quiet which makes me crank my volume up to make out the dialogue. Turned the last episode off halfway after changing the volume up and down so many times in the first 10 minutes. If this could be fixed, I'd love to be a more regular listener.