27 Apr '12, 5pm

In Climate of Cheap Natural Gas, Forecast for Renewable Energy Finance is Cloudy

Cost parity with fossil fuels has long been the holy grail of the renewable energy industry. When shale exploration in the United States began producing abundant natural gas, prices began falling and didn't pull the rip cord before hitting ten-year lows. What impact is that having on the renewable energy sector's ability to attract essential capital investment? Denis Du Bois asked Cascadia Capital CEO Michael Butler for his outlook from an investment banker's perspective. Denis Du Bois : Natural gas prices are at their lowest point in a long time. What effect is that market dynamic having on renewable energy investments? Michael Butler : As an investment bank we follow capital, and the reality is, capital is going into the natural gas industry and coming out of renewables. Capital is going into not only natural gas projects, but all the infrastructure that needs to be buil...

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