Key issues and topics affecting renewable energy today
The renewable sector is constantly evolving. The insights below will provide a vision for the future, insights into trends and addresses where there is room for growth in the industry across a variety of topics and business issues.
The Future of Renewables
As the demand for clean, sustainable energy grows, cities and towns nationwide are leveraging renewable energy through programs like community solar. CohnReznick and CohnReznick Capital experts discuss this and other innovative trends shaping the future of renewable energy.
Inclusion in Energy
InsightAccounting primer for C&I renewable energy buyersMost commercial and industrial buyers of renewable energy use a contract structure known as a virtual Power Purchase Agreement (“vPPA”), which exposes them to significant financial volatility, driven by commodity prices, project performance, and the weather.
InsightFinancing considerations for commercial solar into 2020 and beyondThe commercial solar business is flourishing. Various purchasers are coming together to complete projects, and more communities are developing solar projects. Yet, despite the economic benefits, commercial solar is financially challenging.
On-demandHow Renewables Can Get Into The Zones – The Opportunity ZoneJoel Cohn, Britta Von Oesen, John MarcianoPotentially one of the most beneficial tax incentives in decades, Opportunity Zones might be a boon to the rapidly changing renewable energy industry, particularly given looming ITC and PTC step-downs. However, complex IRS requirements, a tight investment deadline (12/31/19), and a long vesting period (7-10 years) to reap maximum tax benefits make it especially challenging for investors and developers to leverage this opportunity.
Insight2019 Trends in Utility Renewable Energy FinancingU.S. utilities of all sizes are now actively investing in lowest-cost energy options while also seeking low-carbon alternatives as states step up their clean energy mandates, with various states looking at 50 to 100 percent clean energy standards between now and 2050. Although the path for utilities to achieve scale in renewable investment varies, there are some interesting near-term issues that are relevant to a large swath of utilities.