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Wind Economics, Finance & Policy David Lipschitz at Retech 2009 by Mind Map: Wind Economics, Finance & Policy David Lipschitz at Retech 2009
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Wind Economics, Finance & Policy David Lipschitz at Retech 2009

Speakers

Matt Ferguson

Rich Krauze

Ed Feo

John Eberg

Finance

Fed govt pays 2/3rd of capital cost of wind projects

Cos need some capital of their own

getting expertise for capital

cost of capital is up

cost of equipment and construction is down

although cost of some turbines is up and others is down

debt?

different kinds of financing

construction financing

cost of tax equity has gone up

is there a VC market

JPM: 100MW wind farm is $200 million

risk has changed

are there loan guarantees?

is underwriting available?

[it seems like the red tape is much more and that financiers don't want to take any risk! ie the split between business risk and financial risk has changed]

Policy

effect of the stimulus bill

grants

risks

number of people who can participate should increase

PPA's, ITC's

How do munipalities get financing?

consider the legal environment

Economics

consider the fuel, ie wind, sun, water, etc, for these projects

need to have a great project

need experience, eg in project management and implemented projects

are there strategic relationships and partnerships you can take advantage off

there is a flight to quality

high scoring

consider the underlying project economics