IP in the energy transition: An obstacle or a facilitator?

The Director of the US Patent and Trade Mark Office, Kathi Vidal, has described how important the US system of patent protection is to the development of a clean-energy future in an address to the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (see the full address here). Read more

GENEX meet BESS Challenges and Opportunities

The PFI Global Energy Report 2022 includes a case study on GENEX’s recent financial close on their stand-alone 50MW/100MWh lithium-ion Bouldercombe Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). This article was written by members of Energy Sector team, partners Elizabeth Charlesworth, Peter Davis, and Kristen Percy, with solicitor Antonia Xu. To access the PFI Global Energy Report … Read more

EGYPT – A GREENER FUTURE WITH HYDROGEN

Egypt has recently announced a partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the development of a hydrogen strategy as part of the government’s ambitious energy transition plans. It was reported that Egypt would allocate $40 billion to fund the implementation of the strategy, with the aim of achieving a production capacity … Read more

UK SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL MANDATE – UPDATE

On 7 March 2022, the Department for Transport published a summary of the responses to its recent consultation on the introduction of a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) mandate. The summary details replies from 79 respondents, who included airlines, airports, trade associations and fuel producers and suppliers. Jet Zero consultation The consultation arose out of a … Read more

Winds of change: an update on Australia’s offshore wind industry

Australia has made significant strides in its offshore wind industry in recent weeks, with the regulatory regime expected to commence on 2 June 2022. Victoria has announced Australia’s first offshore wind energy targets, and the Commonwealth Government released the exposure draft of the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Regulations 2022 for public comment. These are important steps … Read more

Fit for 55 – EU reveals suite of proposals to combat climate change

The EU has revealed its ‘fit for 55’ suite of policies, which extends to about 2,000 pages and is designed to take a pro-active approach to combating climate change and to introduce a suite of proposals aimed at making Europe ‘the first climate neutral continent in the world’. Fit for 30: striking a balance The … Read more

UK North Sea Transition Deal – a closer look

As we reported last week on this blog, the UK Government published its landmark North Sea Transition Deal with the UK oil and gas sector. We look at these developments in more detail in this post. Introduction                                      … Read more

UK’s Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy: one step closer to net zero?

On the 17 March 2021, the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a comprehensive 175 page decarbonisation strategy placing the industrial sector at the core of the UK’s ambition to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The strategy, which BEIS describes as the “world’s first” to set a specific vision for … Read more