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Energy Transition Today, previously known as the Joint Venture Podcast, covers all aspects of the Energy Transition. From up-to-date information on the latest deals in the market to probing analysis of policy, technology, and financial trends. We bring you insightful interviews with key market players alongside the frank opinions of our market experts. 

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In this episode, Viola speaks with Julian Gerstner, Head of Storage EMEA and APAC at BayWa. Gerstner provides an in-depth overview of BayWa's strategy in the energy storage sector, focusing on its expansion, and highlights the unique opportunities and challenges in the market.Gerstner explores current market trends, including the saturation of ancillary services and newly emerging revenue streams. We also address the critical role of regulatory frameworks in driving storage investments and th...
The elections special

The elections special

2024-06-1437:15

In this episode, we delve into the recent elections across the world and their implications for the energy transition. Join us as we explore the election outcomes in the European Union, Switzerland, and Mexico. We also take a look at what will shape the newly called French election.And it's manifesto week in the UK. We delve into the plans of the UK's main parties, unpacking what a change of government could mean for the transition. Also in this episode, we unpack the latest news from th...
In this episode, Viola speaks with Alex Wilson, Managing Director and European Head of Corporate Structured Finance at CIBC Capital Markets. Alex gives a thorough overview of CIBC's European corporate banking strategy, highlighting its focus on energy, infrastructure, natural resources, and technology. He discusses the significant uptick in CIBC's structured finance activities, its strong relationships with North American sponsors, and its growing position in European markets.Alex also delves...
In this episode, we delve into France's latest efforts to bolster its offshore wind sector following the historic awarding of Europe's first commercial floating wind CfD. We present an analysis of Germany's EV market, which, unfortunately, is behind in public adoption. We also bring you the latest news on Brookfield's bid to takeover renewables developer Neoen. And finally, there's a general election right around the corner in the UK. We get in our early predictions for h...
In this episode, Viola welcomes Chris Williams, Managing Director, Head of Project Finance, London, and Global Offshore Wind at LBBW. Chris shares insights from his extensive experience in project finance, focusing on the evolving landscape of the offshore wind sector. The conversation covers a range of topics, including the challenges and opportunities in the offshore wind sector, with a particular focus on guaranteed revenue streams and the competitive landscape. Chris highlights LBBW'...
This week, we bring you updates from two of the market's most forward-looking segments, nuclear and hydrogen. We assess the UK's nuclear ambitions and ask whether there's hope for an SMR breakthrough, as well as a focus on the winners of the first European Hydrogen Bank auction process. We also bring you the latest on inspiratia's event series, breakthroughs in the long-awaited French floating tender, challenges and opportunities in Spain and Italy, and an explanation of what Biden’s new tari...
In this episode, Viola welcomes Adrien Pinsard, CEO and Founder of Telis Energy Group, a green energy development platform backed by The Carlyle Group.In this episode, Adrian shares insights from his 18 years in the sector and explains how Telis' decentralised model is designed to enhance local energy transitions across Europe. The conversation delves into the challenges and opportunities within the energy sector, particularly focusing on battery storage, agri-voltaic solutions, and the integ...
In this episode, we delve into the UK hydrogen allocation round's latest milestone and then examine the EU's efforts to bolster its hydrogen economy through the European Hydrogen Bank. Next, we turn to offshore wind, where we bring you the latest updates on both the UK's and New York's tender processes. Finally, we zoom into the UK's planning system and discuss how the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects system, is hindering rather than assisting renewable developments. ...
In this episode, we delve into many of the issues facing today's energy transition and discuss the solutions. In Europe, we bring you the latest on Lithuania's undersubscribed offshore wind tender process. We also highlight the rapid growth of the Spanish solar market in recent years, and pick out the key players, as seen in inspiratia's latest country focus report. While solar in Europe is booming, we further explore some of the consequences of overcapacity production and its impact on ...
In this episode, we explore key developments across the transport and energy sectors, from the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to pioneering zero-emission aviation. We also discuss the evolving roles of batteries, new data centres, and an intriguing debt consolidation. In this episode, we look at the recent uptick in the electric vehicle charging market, highlighting moves from Macquarie Capital and Italian forecourt owner IP. We also explore the innovative fi...
In this first special episode of a new series, Viola welcomes Neil Brown, head of capital formation at Low Carbon, for a thought-provoking discussion on the forefront of the energy transition. The conversation delves into the critical challenges and opportunities facing the industry as it moves towards a net zero future. With Low Carbon’s extensive experience in the solar and wind sectors, we delve into the financing of traditional renewables, how to meet the needs of a 'just transi...
In this episode, we dive deep into the heart of renewable energy's latest developments in Europe. Starting off with Norway's first offshore wind tender, which saw The Ventyr JV between Parkwind, Ingka Investments and NorSea being awarded the development mandate for the 1.5GW Sørlige Nordsjø II. We take the opportunity to take a driven look at Europe's offshore wind sector. Next, we turn to the solar industry, where we dissect a series of tender announcements across Europe, including the...
In this episode, we discuss the current state and future prospects of the solar energy sector in Europe, underscored by significant developments, challenges, and strategic shifts.We begin with a closer look at X-ELIO's recent financial closure of its 123MWp solar portfolio in Spain, and then on to Romania's launch of its first solar and onshore wind contract for difference (CfD) tariff auction with €3 billion of state aid scheme approved by the European Commission. We also bring you the lates...
Budgets within budgets

Budgets within budgets

2024-03-0831:34

In this episode, we dissect the UK's 2024 Spring Budget. With big updates on nuclear progress, auction timelines and a host of new money for different DESNZ programmes, we unpick the implications for the country's future energy sector.With over £1 billion now committed to the process, we examine all of the latest updates regarding the Contracts for Difference auction Allocation Round 6 and discuss why so much is riding on this year's tender results and what it means for the players involved.M...
In this episode, we delve into the evolving landscape of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in Europe, focusing on the comprehensive European PPA Report 2023, highlighting a record-breaking 14.13GW capacity procured through 198 deals. We dig into the report's findings, including the rise in popularity of virtual and cross-border PPAs, the crucial role of legal advisers in navigating these agreements, and the top markets and sectors in the PPA landscape, with particular attention to the gro...
In this episode, we delve deep into the rapidly evolving hydrogen sector, exploring key developments across Europe, the UK, and the US. We begin by examining the European Commission's recent €6.9 billion state aid approval and the latest developments in the hydrogen bank auction process, comparing these efforts to the Danish PtX tender outcomes. In the UK, we reflect on recent developments, including the progress of Scotland's Fife green hydrogen heating network project, and Equinor's Hy...
In this episode, we start by taking a look at Hy24's second fund, a €500 million initiative focused on hydrogen technology manufacturing. Then, at the new of the West Wind project in Orkney being approved, promising a 2GW capacity wind farm that could significantly impact Scotland's renewable energy landscape.Next, we journey to the US, discussing the finalisation of seabed specifications for two new offshore wind areas in Oregon, set to accommodate a 2.4GW capacity. Also, we look to Ne...
In this episode, we explore pivotal developments in Europe's renewable energy sector, including the acquisition of a solar portfolio in Ireland by Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust and the strategic changes in renewable energy investments by Orsted following a challenging few months. We also examine hydrogen initiatives, including Germany's strategy for hydrogen-ready power plants, Spain's substantial investment in hydrogen projects, and the European Hydrogen Bank's first auction. ...
In this episode, we explore Mirova's first close on the MET6 fund and Romania's first 2GW CfD scheme, which is currently delayed as it awaits EU approvals, and the UK government's controversial decision to exclude onshore wind projects from being considered 'nationally significant infrastructure projects'.In the offshore space, we cover New York's fourth offshore wind solicitation round, attracting high-profile bids from major developers into what has historically been a troubled market. And ...
In this week's episode, we start with key takeaways from our recent networking event in collaboration with Squire Patton Boggs, where market experts gathered to share an overview of the hydrogen industry's current landscape, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in technology, finance, and regulatory aspects.Our news team presents an exclusive story on H2 Green Steel's groundbreaking €4.5bn financing package for its hydrogen-powered facility in Sweden. We also bring you the late...
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