27 Feb '13, 2pm

Forecasting Finance in a Turbulent Renewables Industry

Forecasting Finance in a Turbulent Renewables Industry

But while the future may be bright, the present is still cloudy. According to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, new investment in clean energy fell 11 percent in 2012. So if the sky is the limit, why does the present horizon hang so low? Contributing factors “The economic crisis has made investors cautious about the energy sector,” said F&S analyst Vinod Cartic. BNEF said that as well as new investment being weighed down by regulatory uncertainty and policy changes in big markets such as the US, India, Spain and Italy, sharply lower prices of solar and wind technology also exerted downward pressure on investment. According to BNEF, overall global investment in renewables in 2012 was US$268.7 billion, down from $302.3 billion in 2011. F&S's Cartic termed 2011 “a stellar year for renewables deal-making”, so it is perhaps not surprising given the global economic crisis...

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