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Louise Dalton


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Louise is a Partner in the Energy & Climate Change Team in London, specialising in the clean energy sector. 

She advises developers, investors, utilities and energy users on power projects, transactions and related regulatory and commercial matters both in the UK and internationally, including on power purchase arrangements, grid connection and subsidy arrangements.

Louise has a particular focus on flexible technologies, such as energy storage and electric vehicles, and the transition to Net-Zero.

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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Louise was named a Next Generation Partner in the 2021 edition of Legal 500, which noted that she “is a name to note in the renewables and energy transition space.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Working with Louise from day one was a game changer… she is as good as they get”.

Client feedback from April 2020

Relevant experience

  • RWE on the disposal of a 49% stake in the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm (219MW) to Greencoat, including leading on the due diligence, operations and management services and PPA arrangements.
  • Centrica in relation to the successful acquisition of the customer book of the licensed energy supplier, Robin Hood Energy.
  • Pivot Power in relation to the development of its multi-GW portfolio of transmission-connected battery storage projects and related private network arrangements, including advice on regulatory, issues and its acquisition by EDF.
  • The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in relation to the energy storage market readiness and potential across its 39 countries of operation, across CEE, CIS and MENA. 
  • EDF Renewables in relation to the acquisition of a 51% stake in Conservation Energy, an in-development 500MW solar and 500MW storage project.
  • GLIL, the £1.8bn infrastructure fund backed by Northern LGPS and Local Pensions Partnership, on its 49:51 equity partnership with Cubico, the global renewable energy investor, in relation to a wind and solar portfolio with a combined capacity of over 250MW.
  • Legal & General in relation to its investment into PodPoint, one of the UK's largest EV charging point providers, including in relation to due diligence matters.
  • SSE on the sale of a 49.9% stake in Stronelairg onshore wind farm (225MW) and Dunmaglass onshore wind farm (94.1MW) to Greencoat, including full due diligence, drafting and negotiating of the PPAs and MSAs and restructuring issues.
  • JPower and Development Bank of Japan on their successful acquisition of a 25% stake in the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm (860MW), including leading the due diligence process.
  • The lenders in relation to the financing of an in-development onshore wind farm project in Ånge, Sweden comprising 56 WTGs with a total capacity of 235MW, supported by a Corporate PPA with Norsk Hydro.
  • Eelpower in relation to various aspects of its energy storage portfolio, including project acquisitions, battery storage supply arrangements, financing structuring and revenue stream arrangements, including participation in the Balancing Mechanism.
  • Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm in relation to the disposal of its offshore transmission line to Transmission Capital Partners (TR4).
  • A major energy company on its proposed peer-to-peer electricity trading platform utilising blockchain technology, including advice in relation to electricity regulatory issues, interface with the regulator and its collaboration with a licensed energy supplier.
  • SSE Networks in relation to the procurement of generation capacity on the island of Shetland, including advising on regulatory arrangements and considering demand side response and energy storage issues. 
  • Vattenfall on the regulatory requirements in becoming an Independent Distribution Network Operator, including licensing, code and unbundling requirements. 
  • AIP on its successful bid to acquire Indigo Pipelines, the independent gas transportation network in the UK with approximately 180,000 gas connections.
  • Centrica on its successful acquisition of REstore, Europe’s largest demand side response company, including due diligence on its virtual power plant and internet of things arrangements.
  • A range of developers and large energy users on on-site, private wire and corporate PPA arrangements and related network issues.
  • On various electricity market reform arrangements in a wide range of jurisdictions, including GB, Romania, Egypt, Malaysia and South Africa.
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  • Energy Storage: Legal and Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities (June 2019, Globe Law and Business).
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  • 2009 – LPC, BBP Law School, London
  • 2008 – GDL, College of Law, London
  • 2007 – BA (Hons), University of Nottingham
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En­ergy stor­age
In May, UN sec­ret­ary-gen­er­al An­tónio Gu­terres called for a “glob­al co­ali­tion on bat­tery stor­age to fast-track in­nov­a­tion and de­ploy­ment – a co­ali­tion led and driv­en by gov­ern­ments, bring­ing to­geth­er tech com­pan­ies, man­u­fac­tur­ers, and fin­an­ci­ers.”
Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence AR4 – Key trends look­ing to­wards AR5
Over­view On 14th Oc­to­ber 2022 the UK Gov­ern­ment re­leased the draft timeline for AR5. The timeline pro­poses that the draft Al­loc­a­tion Frame­work out­lining the core auc­tion para­met­ers in­clud­ing the pot struc­ture...
The En­ergy Prices Bill: Re­think­ing the Lib­er­al­ised Mod­el
The En­ergy Prices Bill (the “Bill”) was in­tro­duced as emer­gency le­gis­la­tion to Par­lia­ment on 12 Oc­to­ber 2022 and rep­res­ents or man­dates the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed re­sponse to the en­ergy crisis cur­rently...
CMS closes series of high-pro­file bat­tery stor­age deals
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has closed five sig­ni­fic­ant bat­tery stor­age deals in re­cent months, re­in­for­cing the firm’s mar­ket-lead­ing po­s­i­tion in this space.  These in­clude: Ad­vising Zen­obē on two...
European Com­mis­sion pro­poses emer­gency mar­ket in­ter­ven­tion to tackle high...
On 14 Septem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished a pro­pos­al for a Coun­cil Reg­u­la­tion on an emer­gency in­ter­ven­tion to ad­dress high en­ergy prices (“Pro­pos­al”). This emer­gency...
CMS Elec­tric Vehicle Round-up Q2 2022
We are pleased to share the CMS Elec­tric Vehicle Round-up for Q2 2022 – an at-a-glance round-up of the key de­vel­op­ments in the UK EV space this past quarter. In this is­sue, we cov­er some of the fol­low­ing...
En­ergy Bill 2022: New Clar­ity on the Treat­ment of Elec­tri­city Stor­age 
On 29 Septem­ber 2017, Ofgem opened a con­sulta­tion on “Cla­ri­fy­ing the reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for elec­tri­city stor­age: li­cens­ing”, which closed on 27 Novem­ber 2017 (the “Con­sulta­tion”). The pur­pose...
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...
The fi­nal piece of the flex­ib­il­ity puzzle – BEIS pub­lishes out­come on large-scale...
In­tro­duc­tion On 20 Ju­ly 2021, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy & In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) pub­lished a call for evid­ence on “Fa­cil­it­at­ing the de­ploy­ment of large-scale and long-dur­a­tion elec­tri­city...
CMS ad­vises con­sor­ti­um on ac­quis­i­tion of fur­ther in­vest­ment in Ørsted's...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised a con­sor­ti­um com­prised of Equitix and The Re­new­ables In­fra­struc­ture Group (TRIG) on its agree­ment to ac­quire from Glob­al In­fra­struc­ture Part­ners (GIP) a fur­ther...
UK Gov­ern­ment to con­sult on fun­da­ment­al re­form of GB Elec­tri­city Mar­ket
The UK Gov­ern­ment’s De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) has pub­lished a wide-ran­ging con­sulta­tion on the most sig­ni­fic­ant piece of elec­tri­city mar­ket re­form in a dec­ade...
En­ergy Bill 2022: In­de­pend­ent Sys­tem Op­er­at­or and Plan­ner and gov­ernance...
On 6 Ju­ly 2022, the En­ergy Bill (the “Bill”) was pub­lished, which aims to drive the en­ergy trans­ition to­wards “cheap­er, clean­er and more se­cure en­ergy” as set out in the Queen’s Speech on 10...