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Matthew Brown

Senior Associate

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

Matthew is a Senior Associate in the Energy & Climate Change Team.

Matthew has a track record of advising government, regulators, network companies, developers and investors on energy sector regulation, renewables, and wider transactions in the utilities sector.

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

  • The Department of Energy & Climate Change (as was) on Great Britain Electricity Market Reform.
  • SSE Energy Supply Limited in relation to smart meter roll-out.
  • Northern Ireland Electricity Networks on the introduction of contestability in connections in Northern Ireland.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Consulting Editorial Board Member - LexisPSL Energy
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  • Prosumers Rule, Utility Week
  • Staying Sharp in the Digital Age, Gas International
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  • 2007 – LPC, BPP Law School, Leeds
  • 2006 – GDL, BPP Law School, Leeds
  • 2005 – MA, English Literature, University of St Andrews, St Andrews
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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...
On-Site Power Solu­tions - Guide Launch
CMS re­cently pub­lished "On-site Power Solu­tions: A guide for large en­ergy users" and we would be de­lighted if you could join us on Tues­day, 5 Ju­ly 2022 for a pub­lic­a­tion launch and break­fast sem­in­ar tak­ing...
Dis­tri­bu­tion con­nec­tion charges to be re­duced: Ofgem pub­lishes its de­cision...
The title of Ofgem’s, “Ac­cess and For­ward-Look­ing Charges Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view” (“Ac­cess SCR”) does not shed much light on the sub­ject mat­ter. However, along with Ofgem’s sep­ar­ate but even...
On-site power solu­tions
A guide for large en­ergy users Across Europe there is a clear and con­sist­ent trend for large scale com­mer­cial and in­dus­tri­al users of elec­tri­city ad­opt­ing on-site power solu­tions. This is the res­ult of a range of factors, in­clud­ing:re­new­able on-site gen­er­a­tion be­ing one of the most clear-cut ways to help “green” a site’s elec­tri­city sup­ply and help the com­mer­cial/in­dus­tri­al user achieve their cli­mate change tar­gets;on-site power solu­tions hav­ing the abil­ity to provide re­si­li­ence of elec­tri­city sup­ply dur­ing times of sys­tem out­age or con­straint;avoid­ance of the net­work and policy charges typ­ic­ally as­so­ci­ated with elec­tri­city taken from the grid; an­dthe com­mer­cial op­por­tun­it­ies from lever­aging flex­ible on-site power solu­tions to re­duce con­sump­tion from the grid and/or to ex­port elec­tri­city onto the grid.However, while such op­por­tun­it­ies mean that on-site power solu­tions are of­ten an at­tract­ive op­tion, on-site pro­jects will gen­er­ally come with a com­plex ar­ray of leg­al op­tions and con­sid­er­a­tions. These range from:the fun­da­ment­al point that such pro­jects in­her­ently in­volve par­ti­cip­a­tion in a typ­ic­ally heav­ily-reg­u­lated arena (and of­ten the back­drop of a set of reg­u­la­tions rap­idly evolving to keep pace with the sec­tor), toa range of pro­ject/agree­ment struc­tures and parties (without a “cook­ie cut­ter” ap­proach) in­volved in pro­ject own­er­ship, op­er­a­tion and elec­tri­city sale and pur­chase, with sig­ni­fic­ant co-de­pend­ence between such parties, toa gov­ern­ment policy con­text that (while at face value of­ten pro-green) is of­ten in­creas­ingly con­cerned about grid and policy charges be­ing avoided through these types of pro­ject and wishes to see all mar­ket par­ti­cipants pay­ing a per­ceived fair share of such costs. In this guide we provide an over­view of these chal­lenges and op­por­tun­it­ies in Europe, with a view to as­sist­ing you in re­view­ing, up­front, the key is­sues of­ten as­so­ci­ated with on-site power solu­tions of this nature. 
New de­vel­op­ments in UK CCUS: BEIS pub­lishes de­tails of Dis­patch­able Power...
On 12 April, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) pub­lished two fur­ther up­dates on the pro­posed Dis­patch­able Power Agree­ment (“DPA”) and In­dus­tri­al Car­bon Cap­ture...
UK En­ergy Sec­tor: Sum­mer of Change
The sum­mer of 2021 may well shape the UK en­ergy sec­tor (and the re­lated sec­tors it im­pacts) for many years to come. Ofgem and BEIS re­leased over forty con­sulta­tions from June to Septem­ber. Some of these...
Ofgem is­sues call for evid­ence on TNU­oS re­form
In­tro­duc­tion On 1 Oc­to­ber 2021 Ofgem pub­lished a call for evid­ence in re­la­tion to Trans­mis­sion Net­work Use of Sys­tem (“TNU­oS”) charges levied on users of trans­mis­sion net­works in Great Bri­tain (the...
UK Gov­ern­ment an­nounces latest round of the Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence Scheme
The De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) has form­ally an­nounced the Fourth Al­loc­a­tion Round (“AR4”) of the Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence (“CfD”) scheme, which is to...
More change for net­work char­ging - Ac­cess and For­ward-look­ing Char­ging...
On 18 Decem­ber 2018, Ofgem launched a Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view (“SCR”) in re­la­tion to net­work ac­cess and for­ward-look­ing charges (see our pre­vi­ous Law-Now cov­er­ing the SCR here). Fol­low­ing its re­view...
AR4 up­date: What you now need to know about the next CfD round
On Fri­day 7 May 2021, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) an­nounced that the Fourth Al­loc­a­tion Round (“AR4”) for the low car­bon Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence (“CfD”)...
Busi­ness mod­els for CCUS – what’s new?
Fur­ther to its con­sulta­tion re­sponse, pub­lished in Au­gust 2020, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dustry (“BEIS”) provided an up­date in Decem­ber 2020 on po­ten­tial busi­ness mod­els for car­bon...
AR4: What you need to know about the next CfD round
On 24 Novem­ber 2020, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) pub­lished its re­sponse to the con­sulta­tion on the pro­posed amend­ments for al­loc­a­tion round four (“AR4”)...