How much risk is common to all large industrial projects and which are specific to renewables?
There is a well-known set of risks that are common to all industrial projects – those are well understood, and there are a range of potential strategies to manage those internally (mitigation, structuring)
Is there a need at utilities and developers for a chief risk officer? If so, what are the three most important skills this leader would have?
A chief risk officer is seen as an increasingly important role in all industries, as the focal point for analysis and action of risk to the enterprise, internally and for outside stakeholders. Given the new risks that emerge for utilities and developers in the renewable space, there is even more for a need for such a CRO position. Ideally that leader would have a broad enough base of operational and financial experience to be comfortable with a spectrum of issues, be sufficiently quantitative to consider the tradeoffs in how best to manager risks individually and in the aggregate, and be a critical thinker to be able to make decisions and to articulate the rationale for those decisions to all constituencies over time.
How does cover help to get deals financed? How prolific is cover? Where do you feel there might be gaps?
Financing terms will always be a function of perceived risk for a deal. To that end, coverage that transfers real risk for a project, and provides a lower bound for performance and/or increases the confidence of the financier that cash flows will be received, will help the project to achieve better financing terms. In today’s market there are real gaps in coverage: there are scenarios which can easily result in impaired cash flow if the volume of the desired resource (wind, riverflow, sunlight) is less than expected. Coverage which ensures that the financier will receive cash flows throughout a period of natural volatility (and even more in extreme adverse outcomes) will allow them to offer less expensive and/or larger lines of finance for the project.
Many thanks Barney for your opinions on these important issues, we look forward to seeing you at the Renewable Energy Risk Management conference in London later this month.
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