Renewable Energy Risk and Reward: Risks and Technologies, co-produced by Lloyd’s, Imperial College London, and Oxford Energy Associates, features NER on page 10. Scroll to the bottom of this webpage to download the full report.

 

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Performance insurance solutions for breakthrough technologies

Innovation comes with risk, but that should not stop companies from paving the road to the future. New Energy Risk (“NER”), a California-based MGU, works with pioneers in the new-energy arena to support technology breakthroughs, advancing the critical projects needed to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy. To do so, NER structures customised performance insurance products that seek to mitigate technology risk for clients, and their customers and lenders as a result.

NER-developed policies are underwritten and issued by one of the affiliated insurance companies of AXA XL (S&P AA-) and administered by its subsidiary Complex Risk and Insurance Associates, LLC, licensed in California (#0I24307). Policies stand behind the client’s technology performance and ultimately protect project debt-lenders or end-customers from certain losses associated with the underperformance of an asset. By incorporating a double-trigger mechanism—wherein the technology has to perform below a pre-determined, conservative threshold, and the technology provider has to default on performance warranties that match or exceed the insurance terms—the policy seeks to align the interest of developers, customers, and investors with the insurer to provide technology risk transfer to the insurer, without introducing moral hazard or misaligned incentives.

With a team of scientists and insurance professionals, NER has developed a data-driven methodology for evaluating technical risk, bringing a new class of diversified risk to the insurance market. The company’s proprietary modelling uses Monte-Carlo analysis techniques that simulate a range of potential project outcomes to assess uncertainty around performance and reliability of a client technology, including the impact on relevant economics. The result is well-structured and profitable packages delivered in conjunction with insurance partners, and client access to financing that is minimally dilutive and optimally priced.

In only five years, NER’s clients have already deployed over $2 billion in capital, supported by AXA XL’s insurance companies, and their global reinsurers, including various Lloyd’s syndicates. NER’s diverse and global client-base represents a wide range of technologies and industries, from fuel cells and waste-to-value to nuclear medicine, all focused around the mission of mitigating global challenges through smart business. Clients include:

  • Fulcrum BioEnergy, a trash-to-biofuel developer building their first commercial facility in the US;
  • Bloom Energy, the leading supplier of solid-oxide fuel cells for reliable, resilient, and cost-effective on-site electricity;
  • RES Polyflow, an innovative plastic waste-to-fuel technology company building a recycling project in the US; and
  • SHINE Medical Technologies, a development-stage company working to become the world’s leading producer of medical isotopes.

Learn more about New Energy Risk at www.NewEnergyRisk.com

 

 

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