Navigating the energy transition to net zero — the course is set

For decades, pressure has been building on the energy sector to decarbonise. In 2020, we witnessed a paradigm shift in the sector. Offering investors a low carbon future Pressure to decarbonize has been driven by growing evidence and awareness of the link between burning hydrocarbons and climate change, and the prevalence of hydrocarbons in our … Read more

Key TCA issues for the energy sector

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (“TCA“) establishes objectives for the energy market by providing for the facilitation of trade and investment between the EU and the UK (the “parties”) in the areas of energy and raw materials, and supporting security of supply and environmental sustainability, notably in contributing to the fight against climate change … Read more

Green finance and innovation – point 10 of the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan

In the final limb of its Ten Point Plan (the Plan), the Government acknowledges the significant investment required to achieve net zero through the developments and innovations elsewhere in the Plan. It seeks to leverage public and private sources of financing, increasing investment in research and development (R&D) while cultivating a green finance sector, including … Read more

Offshore wind – point 1 of the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan

The government’s recently announced “Ten Point Plan” reaffirms previously pledged support for the offshore wind industry, while introducing further supply chain requirements in the Contract for Difference (CfD) and trailing future updates to onshore and offshore network strategies. In November, the UK government announced a £12 billion “Ten Point Plan” to lead a “Green Industrial … Read more

CMA launches market study into the electric vehicle charging sector in the UK

The CMA has today (2 December 2020) launched a market study into the electric vehicle charging sector in the UK. The study will consider two broad themes: how to develop a competitive sector while also attracting private investment to help the sector grow; how to ensure people using electric vehicle chargepoints have confidence that they … Read more

HSF advises Aquind on successful appeal of ACER decision before EGC

HSF has advised Aquind (developer of the Aquind electricity interconnector) on its successful appeal before the General Court of ACER’s decision to reject an application for exemption pursuant to Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 714/2009 (the “Electricity Regulation”). In particular, the General Court found that ACER’s Board of Appeal had (i) incorrectly limited its … Read more

The electricity licence exemptions regime – so how is it all going?

With the aim of increasing its understanding on how the electricity licence exempt sector is currently operating, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a call for evidence on the exemptions from the requirement for an electricity licence regime. Exemptions regime review This call for evidence is part of a wider … Read more