UK Energy Security Bill introduced amid political turmoil has wide-ranging implications for the energy sector

On 6 July 2022, a day of significant political uncertainty, the Government published its long-awaited Energy Security Bill. Notwithstanding the current political turmoil, this is expected to survive to become the most wide-ranging legislative reform of the UK’s energy market for several years. The Energy Security Bill (Bill) was published and introduced to Parliament for … Read more

UPDATE ON THE OFFSHORE TRANSMISSION NETWORK REVIEW

INTRODUCTION The Offshore Transmission Network Review (“OTNR“) was launched in July 2020 to ensure that transmission connections for offshore wind generation can be delivered to support the UK Government’s ambitions to increase offshore wind power to 40GW by 2030 and to deliver on its Net Zero ambitions. In April, Ofgem published two Minded-to Decisions as … Read more

Key energy takeaway’s from the Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech delivered on 10 May 2022 announced a new energy bill (the “Bill“), which expands on the UK Government’s Energy Security Strategy, announced in April 2022. The Bill aims to reduce the UK’s exposure to the volatility of global gas prices, focuses on developing an energy system based on renewable energy and low … Read more

THE FUTURE OF THE UK ETS – UK GOVERNMENT PUBLISHED UK ETS CONSULTATION

At the end of March, the UK Government published its long-awaited consultation on the further development of the UK ETS (the “Consultation“), indicating the future capacity and scope of the UK scheme. The UK ETS was launched on 1 January 2021 to replace Great Britain’s participation in the EU ETS after the end of the … Read more

EXPANDING THE UK EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME TO COVER ESMISSIONS FROM WASTE

At the end of March, the UK Government published its long-awaited consultation (the “Consultation”) on the further development of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (“UK ETS”) indicating the future capacity and scope of the UK scheme. The UK ETS was launched on 1 January 2021 to replace Great Britain’s participation in the EU ETS after … Read more

CBAM NEWS – UPDATE ON THE EU’S CARBON BORDER ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Last year, on 14 July 2021, as part of the ‘Fit for 55’ package, the European Commission published its proposed regulation establishing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) that would put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products (see here for more). The mechanism is designed to avoid ‘carbon leakage’, in … Read more