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Editor's letter: Hold on to your hats

The focus on finance in this issue of New Power has shown up some interesting trends. Slow, risk-averse infrastructure investment is entering the energy industry, funding assets and networks for the long term. As it does so, the venture capital that has been driving the renewables industry in its early years is looking for new opportunities with more risk and, potentially, more return. Storage and distributed generation has been its home, but now other areas may offer a more tempting target. Knowledge industries, apps, IT and big data are among the most important.

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