Topic: International Markets

International Markets Articles

External News

A $1 Trillion Fund Faces Activist Future With Green Agenda

Norway’s political establishment has started debating whether to use the world’s largest sovereign-wealth fund as a tool that could help shape the global agenda on green investing.
External News

Weidmann Warns Green QE Could Overburden ECB Monetary Policy

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann warned that giving preference to green bonds when conducting quantitative-easing (QE) policies risks overburdening central banks and could eventually endanger their independence.
Commentary

Europe’s Storage Market Set to Grow, Along With Merchant Risk

Europe’s energy storage sector is on the cusp of big new opportunities, but first, it will need to get comfortable with merchant risk. Large-scale systems are seeing new potential revenue streams at the EU level and in some markets at the national level as well. But exploiting such opportunities will require navigating increased risks, said Rory McCarthy, senior storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie.
External News

The Land of Opportunity for Off-Grid Solar

Africa is the land of opportunity for investors in decentralized off-grid solar, and two big deals in the past week suggest the market will continue to consolidate and scale up to address the continent’s 600 million people without reliable electricity.
Traffic on a street in Hunan Province, China

Traffic in Changsha, Hunan Province, China / Jakob Montrasio / CC BY 2.0

What Can the United States Learn From China’s Robust EV Development?

Although China’s conventional auto industry has never matched that of nations like Germany, Japan or the United States, the nation has managed to outpace rivals in the production and adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). Last year, the majority of all the world’s electric cars were sold in China. China’s electric vehicle purchases exceeded U.S. sales by 2015 and in 2018, over 1.1 million electric cars were sold in the country.
External News

How Will China’s Electricity Price Reform Affect Solar?

The nation’s plan for grid-parity solar – brought forward to ease a mounting public PV subsidy debt burden – could be left in ruins by a newly-announced scheme to part liberalize the electricity price, itself motivated by a need to bail out financially stricken state-owned power companies.