Regulated Markets & Low Carbon Innovation
The sale and purchase of energy and its transportation from the point of production is at the heart of the energy sector. As concerns for climate change translate into carbon reduction and management practices, new approaches to energy production, such as distributed generation, are being adopted, and the operation of networks is changing with network management becoming much more sophisticated. However, such developments have a cost, and as prices increase the cost and benefits of these developments are increasingly being questioned. With Pinsent Masons you will benefit not only from our understanding of the component parts of the energy business, but also how they interact and work as a whole. Whatever your business, we will be able to support and guide you through the challenges of today's regulated energy market, networks and low carbon innovation.
Our support in Energy Markets and Low Carbon Innovation includes advising on:
Regulated Markets: the sale and purchase of energy and carbon in markets subject to regulatory oversight and the management of risk through related products such as weather derivatives, including long term sale and purchase contracts, such as Power Purchase Agreements. We also advise on market developments and structures, including the current Electricity Market Review in the UK.
Network Regulation: the ownership and operation of networks in the regulated utility sector, including network connection, OFTOs, smart or future grids, smart metering and grid and other regulated operations.
Low Carbon Innovation: the application of various technology solutions to reduce the carbon impact of energy production and consumption. The technical solutions are characterised by their application at, or close to, the point of energy consumption and behavioural changes of consumers and distributors of energy, including ESCOs/MUSCOs, small scale and micro-generation such as solar, and green building management.
Experience in Energy Markets and Low Carbon Innovation includes advising:
- New Entrants and existing participants in the UK electricity market on green subsidies, the ROC rebanding exercise, and the impact of the Electricity Market Review.
- A consortium of 13 local authorities on their 3 year gas procurement tender exercise
- Banks and developers on power purchase arrangements for generation plant being constructed or extended.
- A major energy business on gas and electricity connections for two new build gas plants
- Property developers and industrial clients on connection issues with distribution networks.
- The Multi-utility solution for the 64 acre re-development of the brownfield site at Kings Cross in London.
- A county council on the structuring of its ESCo offering and low carbon generation solution including a community solar and energy from waste project.
- A developer on all aspects of a 5MW ground mounted solar project.