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GCube Newport Beach Finds A New Home

Posted on June 22, 2015

Earlier this month, the GCube Newport Beach team moved office. The team can now be reached at the following address: GCube Insurance Services, Inc. California 100 Bayview Circle, Suite 505 Newport Beach, CA 92660 877 903 4777 949 515 9981…

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Market Spotlight: Kenyan Geothermal

Posted on June 22, 2015

When we think about the world’s most promising geothermal power markets, Kenya is perhaps not the name that immediately springs to mind. Iceland, with its unmistakably volcanic landscape, geysers and lagoons, arguably has the longest history of making use of the Earth’s heat, while the USA currently leads the way in terms of operational capacity.…

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Interview: Dan Fallon, AES Transformer Loss Control Program

Posted on June 22, 2015

As the renewable energy market expands overseas, the logistical task of transporting project-critical equipment becomes ever greater. Transformers, in particular, are notoriously difficult to transport, resulting in long lead times for repairs and replacement. We ask Dan Fallon, Strategic Marketing Director at the AES Transformer Loss Control Program about how the business is looking to…

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Interview with an Underwriter: Charlie Richardson on Weather Risk Hedging

Posted on June 22, 2015

As the proportion of renewable generation in the global energy mix continues to grow, so too does the financial risk posed by the inherent volatility of the resources that make it possible. This risk affects not only renewable energy producers, but also an ever-increasing number of players throughout the value chain – from developers, installers…

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GCube Launches Unscheduled Maintenance Protection Plan

Posted on June 22, 2015

GCube Insurance Services Inc, (GCube) the specialist renewable energy underwriter, has announced the launch of Beyond Balance Sheets: Unscheduled Maintenance Protection. This unique, first-to-market service enables financial directors and risk management teams to more effectively manage their long-term operations and maintenance budgets and rapidly reduce the requirement for excess working project capital.…

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Message from Chief Executive, Fraser McLachlan

Posted on June 22, 2015

The changing landscape of international renewable energy development is constantly throwing up new challenges for investors in the sector. While new growth and construction continue to gain momentum overseas in the encouraging South American, South-East Asian and African markets, political enthusiasm appears to be on the wane throughout Europe, North America and Australia. Onshore wind…

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Client Interview: David Mounter, Manager Renewable Asset Development, Hydro Tasmania

Posted on March 17, 2015

The Australian wind energy market is experiencing a slow growth period as enduring uncertainty around the Renewable Energy Target continues to impact investor confidence and hamper new construction. We speak to David Mounter, Manager for Renewable Asset Development at Hydro Tasmania, for his perspective on how developing long-term O&M strategies can guarantee the ongoing productivity and…

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Event Review: Onshore Wind Risk Seminar

Posted on March 17, 2015

At a specialist GCube event hosted at The Shard in early February, risk managers from the leading developers, utilities and independent power producers, highlighted wind turbine gearbox failure as their leading concern as wind projects mature and manufacturer warranties expire. The findings echoed a recent GCube report on gearbox failure that showed losses can reach up…

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Profile: CUO Stuart Burchell

Posted on March 17, 2015

Early in December 2014, we announced that Stuart Burchell was to become our Chief Underwriting Officer, leading our global team of underwriters and based here in our London office. Stuart has been at GCube for 4 years, and his appointment builds on his wider industry background, and his experience garnered at GCube looking after onshore renewable…

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Special Report: Grinding Gearboxes – Better Call Roy

Posted on March 17, 2015

Despite the recent evolution of direct drive systems, the gearbox remains an integral part of the vast majority of operational wind turbines worldwide. It is the central component of the drive system and a critical interface between blades and generator. Unsurprisingly, it is also one of the most expensive single components of the system as…

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