As the UK’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) coverage expands, the government and regulators remain wholly intent on allowing a competitive, market-driven approach to dominate. Both developer appetite and lender confidence are ballooning, but the absence of a more centralised approach might, in time, expose cracks in a fragmented system.
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The project financing backing the Baltic Power project has just signed – but the rest of the first wave of Poland’s embryonic offshore wind sector is facing delays. The country originally promised as much as 28GW by 2050 but the chances of success now look mixed due to inflation and critical cost increases.
Offtake is key to bankability – and when it comes to hydrogen projects, offtake contracts can be a major challenge. Leo Klie, Consultant and Columbia Climate School Graduate Student, explores promising offtake structures and solutions to overcome offtake challenges to EU green hydrogen projects.
Since the launch of Ofgem’s cap and floor regime, HVDC interconnectors have begun to transform into a project finance asset class in the UK. Nevertheless, projects such as the AQUIND Interconnector are still struggling under the weight of a bureaucratic and uncertain permitting process.