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James Wright

Associate

Contact
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

James is an associate in the Energy & Climate Change Team at CMS. He advises clients across the electricity, gas and water sectors in areas including regulatory matters, commercial transactions and projects. 

With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of excellence such as London and Aberdeen, the practice works across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience advising on power, oil & gas and renewables through to energy disputes, emerging areas and Energy Transition, CMS is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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Relevant experience

  • Various clients on regulation of the Capacity Market, the Renewables Obligation and Feed in Tariffs and the impact of these regulations on generation portfolio transactions.
  • Various overseas clients on electricity and gas market reform.
  • Electricity interconnector developers on various commercial and construction issues.
  • While on secondment to a client in the renewable generation sector, on various commercial and corporate transactions.
  • Various utilities in relation to land rights for electricity and gas apparatus.
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Education

  • 2014 – MA (Cantab), Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
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08/03/2023
Four-year ahead (T-4) Ca­pa­city Mar­ket Auc­tion for 2026-27 de­liv­ery year
Na­tion­al Grid Elec­tri­city Sys­tem Op­er­at­or (in its ca­pa­city as EMR De­liv­ery Body) pub­lished the fi­nal res­ults of the T-4 Ca­pa­city Auc­tion, re­lat­ing to the 2026/2027 De­liv­ery Year, on 3 March 2023 (pub­lished...
21/11/2022
En­ergy Sec­tor: Re­tained EU law re­form – bon­fire of laws or death by ju­di­cial...
The UK re­tained a sub­stan­tial body of laws and reg­u­la­tions based on the status quo at the end of the “Trans­ition Peri­od” fol­low­ing the UK’s de­par­ture from the European Uni­on. At that time, the Gov­ern­ment...
11/08/2022
Large En­ergy Users – Sum­mer 2022 up­date on elec­tri­city and heat mar­ket...
En­ergy poli­cy­makers are in the midst of an in­tense phase of activ­ity seek­ing to en­sure the Great Bri­tain en­ergy mar­ket is fit for the en­ergy trans­ition and to re­spond to the many chal­lenges be­ing faced...
13/08/2020
The en­ergy re­tail price cap: clean­ing the (ob­ser­va­tion) win­dows
There was much spec­u­la­tion dur­ing 2018 about wheth­er any of the en­ergy sup­pli­ers would dare to chal­lenge Ofgem’s im­ple­ment­a­tion of the en­ergy price cap man­dated by Par­lia­ment through the Do­mest­ic Gas...
22/04/2020
Elec­tri­city In­ter­con­nect­ors: Use of rev­en­ues is­sue re­solved 
On 11 March, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) de­livered its judg­ment on the re­quest by the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Court of Sweden for a pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing on the in­ter­pret­a­tion and valid­ity of Art­icle...
20/09/2019
CfD Al­loc­a­tion Round 3: an­oth­er step to­wards sub­sidy-free re­new­ables?
Earli­er today, the De­part­ment of Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) an­nounced the al­loc­a­tion of Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence (“Cf­Ds”) in the third CfD Al­loc­a­tion Round (“AR3”)...
16/04/2019
AI in en­ergy and wa­ter: the smart money is on in­tel­li­gent as­set man­age­ment
En­ergy and wa­ter sys­tems are ex­traordin­ar­ily com­plex and ma­ture. Their ma­tur­ity brings with it age­ing as­sets that need care­ful man­age­ment to con­tin­ue to real­ise their full value. Their com­plex­ity means...
10/04/2019
AI in en­ergy and wa­ter: power to the people
The largely un­reg­u­lated world of AI is chan­ging the heav­ily reg­u­lated world of en­ergy and wa­ter in provid­ing con­sumers the free­dom to choose how they in­ter­act with en­ergy and wa­ter sys­tems, led by de­vel­op­ments...
12/03/2019
The Fu­ture of Reg­u­la­tion – NIC Con­sulta­tion
On 18 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion (the “NIC”) pub­lished a con­sulta­tion titled “The Fu­ture of Reg­u­la­tion Study Call for Evid­ence” (the “Con­sulta­tion”) by re­quest of...
27/02/2019
Wa­ter re­sources in­fra­struc­ture - Draft NPS
On 29 Novem­ber 2018, the De­part­ment for En­vir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Af­fairs (“DE­FRA”) re­leased a con­sulta­tion on its draft Na­tion­al Policy State­ment (“NPS”) for Wa­ter Re­sources In­fra­struc­ture...
06/12/2018
DE­FRA re­leases Na­tion­al Policy State­ment for Wa­ter Re­sources In­fra­struc­ture
On 29 Novem­ber 2018, the De­part­ment for En­vir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Af­fairs (“DE­FRA”) re­leased a con­sulta­tion on its draft Na­tion­al Policy State­ment (“NPS”) for Wa­ter Re­sources In­fra­struc­ture...
03/12/2018
Se­lect Com­mit­tee re­ports on wa­ter in­dustry reg­u­la­tion
In May 2018, the En­vir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Af­fairs Se­lect Com­mit­tee (“EFRASC”) launched an in­quiry in­to the reg­u­la­tion of the wa­ter in­dustry. EFRASC’s con­clu­sions from the in­quiry were pub­lished...