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Interview: Ted Brandt, CEO, Marathon Capital

Ted Brandt discusses the key issues confronting the renewable energy community and the expected development of renewables over the next five years.

Ted Brandt discusses the key issues confronting the renewable energy community and the expected development of renewables over the next five years. Ted co-founded Marathon Capital in 1999 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and a Marathon Board Member.

Marathon Capital is a Chicago based investment banking boutique focused on the global Energy and Infrastructure markets. Power Finance & Risk recently named Marathon Capital “Best Renewable Asset M&A Advisor” in the 10th Annual Power Finance Deals and Firms Awards. At Marathon Capital, Ted spends the majority of his time working with his colleagues to deliver the Firm’s M&A and capital raising services to our Clients and their Boards.













What would you say are the key issues confronting the renewable energy community at the moment?

A. The transition from being a tax code, subsidized industry in the US around the PTC for wind & 30% ITC for solar, into a future with lower or no subsidies. There will be a trough for several years after credit expirations but in the medium term the industry will be stronger.

B. The US public support is still strong for renewables, but it is an open question how much Congress & the administration will help. RPS standards have been extremely successful. Less well told is the dramatic drop in LCOE.

How do you see renewables developing in the next five years in the USA?

There will be a frenzy at each extension of the PTCs and through the end of 2016 for solar. Then, there will be a big drop in development activity for 1-2 years and then gradual pickup moving forward. Growth will be small, but significant with gradual increase.


Ted Brandt will present a session on 'Perspectives from renewable energy developers, investors, and analysts' at the 8th Renewable Finance Forum - West on November 5 - 6.

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