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Robert Lane

Head of Regulated Industries

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
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78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
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State Aid in the en­ergy sec­tor
Cur­rent is­sues - Sum­mer 2014
Ofgem launch Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view on re­sid­ual net­work char­ging
On Fri­day 4 Au­gust, Ofgem launched the Tar­geted Char­ging Re­view (“TCR”) Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view (“SCR”), which will set out how it in­tends to al­ter ar­range­ments for re­sid­ual charges for elec­tri­city net­works, along­side oth­er mat­ters.
En­ergy Li­cence Modi­fic­a­tion Ap­peals: Pro­posed Change to Third Party...
On 24 Ju­ly 2017, the Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (the “CMA”) pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on new rules of pro­ced­ure (and re­lated guid­ance) to be ap­plied in li­cence modi­fic­a­tion ap­peals un­der the Gas Act 1986, the Elec­tri­city Act 1989, the Elec­tri­city (North­ern.
Gov­ern­ment pro­poses de-rat­ing changes to the Ca­pa­city Mar­ket im­pact­ing...
Fol­low­ing the re­lease of de­tails of the next Ca­pa­city Mar­ket auc­tions, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy & In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) is pro­pos­ing a num­ber of changes to the Ca­pa­city Mar­ket (“CM”) Rules in a con­sulta­tion pub­lished on 24 Ju­ly 2017 (the “Con­sulta­tion”).
The Fu­ture Flex­ible En­ergy Sys­tem one step closer
On Monday, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) and Ofgem jointly launched their “Up­grad­ing our En­ergy Sys­tem” plan on smart sys­tems and mar­ket flex­ib­il­ity (the “Plan”).
De­tails of next Ca­pa­city Mar­ket auc­tion con­firmed by BEIS
The De­part­ment of Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) has con­firmed the para­met­ers for both the next T-4 Ca­pa­city Mar­ket (“CM”) auc­tion for de­liv­ery in 2021-22 and the T-1 CM auc­tion for de­liv­ery in 2018-19.
Ofgem con­firms its de­cision to slash em­bed­ded be­ne­fits
Ofgem has de­cided to con­firm its ‘minded to’ de­cision to im­ple­ment an in­dustry modi­fic­a­tion that will re­duce the main ele­ment of the em­bed­ded be­ne­fits re­ceived by cer­tain gen­er­at­ors for pro­du­cing elec­tri­city at peak times, after a con­sulta­tion with stake­hold­ers.
Ofgem Tar­geted Char­ging Re­view Con­sulta­tion: Re­sid­ual Charges, Em­bed­ded...
Fol­low­ing on from the re­cent Tri­ads “minded to” de­cision, Ofgem has pub­lished a Tar­geted Char­ging Re­view (“TCR”) con­sulta­tion fo­cus­ing on (i) ‘re­sid­ual’ charges; (ii) smal­ler em­bed­ded gen­er­a­tion (“EG”) be­ne­fits; and (iii) stor­age charges.
Ofgem’s ‘minded to’ de­cision to cut em­bed­ded be­ne­fits
Ofgem has pub­lished its ‘minded to’ de­cision (to­geth­er with an Im­pact As­sess­ment) to ac­cept an in­dustry pro­pos­al to re­duce sig­ni­fic­antly the pay­ments that cer­tain em­bed­ded gen­er­at­ors re­ceive for pro­du­cing elec­tri­city at times of highest de­mand.
T-4 Ca­pa­city Mar­ket Auc­tion res­ults an­nounced: Ex­ist­ing gen­er­a­tion...
On 8 Decem­ber 2016, Na­tion­al Grid as the EMR De­liv­ery Body an­nounced the T-4 Ca­pa­city Mar­ket Auc­tion (the “Auc­tion”) pro­vi­sion­al res­ults. A total of 69. 77GW entered the Auc­tion (as we re­por­ted on here), of which 75% (52.
Em­bed­ded be­ne­fits up­date
Em­bed­ded be­ne­fits have been an im­port­ant source of rev­en­ue for dis­tri­bu­tion con­nec­ted gen­er­at­ors. The reg­u­lat­or, Ofgem, fore­casts that the value of these be­ne­fits will rise sub­stan­tially to a level that may not prop­erly re­flect the value of dis­trib­uted gen­er­a­tion.
The Fu­ture of Stor­age in the UK? – The Long-Awaited Call for Evid­ence...
On 10 Novem­ber 2016, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”), in co­ordin­a­tion with Ofgem, is­sued the long awaited call for evid­ence on “A smart, flex­ible, en­ergy sys­tem” (the “Call for Evid­ence”).
Pre-qual­i­fi­ers for the Ca­pa­city Mar­ket – will large-scale gas and...
On 14 Oc­to­ber 2016, Na­tion­al Grid pub­lished the re­gister of pro­jects that have pre-qual­i­fied for Decem­ber’s T-4 Ca­pa­city Mar­ket auc­tion for de­liv­ery in 2020/21. The breadth of tech­no­lo­gies that have pre-qual­i­fied provides an in­ter­est­ing in­sight in­to the fu­ture.
The gov­ern­ment is­sues its re­sponse to the EC­CC's Low Car­bon Net­work...
The UK Gov­ern­ment has re­leased its re­sponse to the En­ergy and Cli­mate Change Com­mit­tee’s (the “EC­CC”) “Low car­bon net­work in­fra­struc­ture” re­port. In the re­sponse, the Gov­ern­ment has con­sist­ently sought to bal­ance the en­ergy tri­lemma of provid­ing a se­cure, cost-ef­fect­ive.
New De­vel­op­ment for Hinkley Point C
New de­vel­op­ment On Thursday, 15 Septem­ber 2016, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy & In­dus­tri­al Strategy an­nounced  that a “re­vised agree­ment” had been reached with EDF and that Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to move for­ward with the new nuc­le­ar power sta­tion at.
En­hanced Fre­quency Re­sponse res­ults an­nounced
A total of eight stor­age pro­jects have been suc­cess­ful in the in­aug­ur­al En­hanced Fre­quency Re­sponse tender (“EFR”) run by Na­tion­al Grid, which awar­ded con­tracts to a total com­bined ca­pa­city of 201MW.
Up­date on Com­pet­i­tion in On­shore Elec­tri­city Trans­mis­sion
New De­vel­op­ments On Thursday, 4 Au­gust 2016, Ofgem pub­lished a fur­ther con­sulta­tion on com­pet­i­tion in elec­tri­city trans­mis­sion. The new con­sulta­tion sets out fur­ther de­tail on how Ofgem pro­poses to ap­point Com­pet­it­ively Ap­poin­ted Trans­mis­sion Own­ers (CA­TOs).
Call for Evid­ence: The Eco­nom­ics of UK En­ergy Policy
The Eco­nom­ic Af­fairs Com­mit­tee (the “EAC”), a se­lect com­mit­tee of the House of Lords, began an in­quiry in­to the UK’s en­ergy policy, titled ‘The Eco­nom­ics of UK En­ergy Policy’, on 21 Ju­ly 2016.