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  • Developers of gas-fired and wind projects were united in their fury and dismay last year when Ohio’s House of Representatives passed House Bill 6 – the state’s nuclear and coal bail-out bill. The recent bribery allegations only add fuel to the sense of righteous indignation.
  • Several renewable energy and thermal power project developers made use of federal Paycheck Protection Program funding earlier this year, according to data released by the US Department of the Treasury on July 6.
  • After sifting through more than 100 nominations, Power Finance & Risk is pleased to announce the short lists for its 17th Annual Deal of the Year Awards.
  • Since the novel coronavirus crashed into the US economy in March, the project finance market seems, for now at least, to have settled into a new groove. But while loan margins have widened versus the exuberant pre-pandemic days, some officials still suspect that the market—especially for renewable energy—may be overheated.
  • Last week, we published a case study on the uncertain fate of Engie and Tokyo Gas’s Golden Eagle renewable energy portfolio in Mexico in the context of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s controversial energy policy (PFR, 6/25). But political risk is not confined to Latin America, and project finance bankers may do well to consider the risks in the US, too.
  • As Pacific Gas & Electric’s bankruptcy proceedings appear to roll inexorably toward resolution, owners of power and renewable energy projects tied to the utility through power purchase agreements are beginning to indulge in pleasant thoughts of a return to normal for their project finance arrangements.
  • The anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have led, among other things, to increased recognition of Juneteenth, the anniversary of the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans in the US.
  • One of the first pieces of advice a retail stock investor receives after opening their first brokerage account or downloading the Robinhood app is not to try to “time the market.” But in corporate finance – especially during weak markets – timing is everything. If a window of opportunity opens after a period of volatility, you go for it.
  • Eleven weeks after bankers and fund managers left Midtown Manhattan for coronavirus lockdown at home, the pace of activity in power and renewable energy finance in the US seems as hectic as ever. Indeed, disruption to the capital markets has created more work for some borrowers and unique opportunities for lenders.
  • It has been credited with producing Western Europe's mild climate, blamed for intensifying Atlantic cyclones, and used for centuries by sailors to speed their passage across the ocean, but could the Gulf Stream soon become a source of plentiful renewable energy? A recent demonstration project has brought the idea a step closer.
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