Allianz Risk Transfer (Bermuda) Limited (ART) and partners have developed an innovative risk management solution for hedging wind volume risks for wind farms. ART has executed a 10-year Proxy Revenue Swap with Capital Power’s Bloom Wind Farm, to be constructed near Dodge City, Kansas.
This new risk management tool for the wind power industry was created and commercialized through a partnership amongst ART, Nephila Capital Limited (Nephila), REsurety, Inc (REsurety) and Altenex, LLC (Altenex). The 10-year agreement will secure long-term predictable revenues and mitigate power generation volume uncertainty related to wind resources for the 178 MW Bloom Wind Farm.
“This new product line for the wind power industry will enable more efficient and cost-effective financing of wind generation projects,” said Karsten Berlage, Managing Director of ART. Due to the high upfront cost of modern utility-scale wind projects, it is important for investors in such projects to be able to secure long term stable revenues to underpin the investment.
Previously, traditional price-focused hedging solutions have been commonly used to try to address this, but this newly created Proxy Revenue Swap offers an entirely new form of revenue risk management for the wind power industry. Similar in concept to a tolling agreement or capacity payment, this novel structure swaps the floating revenues of a wind farm – those driven by the hourly wind resource and power prices – for a fixed annual payment. This transaction is the first in a robust pipeline of future wind financings and would also be feasible in other wind farm markets globally beyond the US.