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    23/02/2024
    Scotland

    Scottish wildcat group’s challenge to windfarm permission unsuccessful

    Wildcat Haven, a community interest company, sought to challenge the decision of the Scottish Ministers to grant permission for construction of a new wind farm at Clashindarroch Forest in Aberdeenshire. The Court held that Wildcat Haven had failed to establish that the decisions were attended by any error of law and there was therefore no scope for intervention by the court.In June 2023 Vattenfall’s application for the construction of a new wind farm in Clashindarroch Forest was granted under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 by the Scottish Ministers. The petitioners, Wildcat Haven,...
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    01/02/2024
    United Kingdom

    UK Government consults on AR7 and future CfD Allocation Rounds

    1. IntroductionOn 11 January 2024, the Department for Energy, Security and Net Zero (“DESNZ”) published a consultation seeking views and supporting evidence on the proposed changes to the seventh Allocation Round (“AR7”) of the Contracts for Difference (“CfD”) scheme and long-term policy considerations concerning future CfD rounds (the “Consultation”). Our commentary on the previous CfD AR6 consultation and the government response to this can be found here.2. Consultation on the Future of the CfD SchemeIn light of recent challenges faced...
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    31/01/2024
    United Kingdom

    A long time coming: DESNZ publishes long duration storage consultation

    The Government’s long duration electricity storage consultation, published on 9 January 2024 (the “Consultation”), aims to address the challenges and opportunities associated with investment into long duration electricity storage (“LDES”). The Consultation outlines a comprehensive policy framework based on a cap and floor support mechanism, including potential design parameters, eligibility criteria and delivery routes. The deadline for submitting responses to the Consultation is 5 March 2024.The Consultation states that deploying up to 20GW of long duration electricity...
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    16/01/2024
    United Kingdom

    Energy Sector: Is this REUL-ly happening? Update on the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023

    We reported in 2022 on the introduction to Parliament of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (the “Bill”). The legislation underwent some significant amendments before the ultimate enactment of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act (the “Act”) in June 2023. In this Law-Now, with the end-of-2023 sunsetting deadline just having passed (and even as the President of the European Commission publicly invites the younger generation to “fix” the UK’s departure from the EU), we briefly look at what has and has not changed since our previous...
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    15/01/2024
    United Kingdom

    Watt’s in store for Long Duration Electricity Storage in the UK?

    Introduction On 9 January 2024, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (“DESNZ”) launched a consultation seeking views on their proposal to introduce a cap and floor scheme for long duration electricity storage (LDES) and how to deliver it. The consultation follows on from commitments made by the UK Government in the Powering Up Britain: Energy Security Plan to put in place an appropriate policy framework by 2024 to enable investment in LDES projects, with the goal of deploying sufficient storage capacity to balance the overall system. Why is the consultation happening?DESNZ...
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    22/12/2023
    United Kingdom

    Great ex-formations – December 2023 update on CCS developments

    Since our July article on the development of the TRI licence, the evolution of the legal, regulatory and commercial landscape for the transportation and storage within repurposed geological formations of carbon dioxide (“CO2 T&S”) has continued apace. The Energy Act 2023, providing for matters including a new economic licensing regime for CO2 T&S (see our recent article on this here) and a framework for revenue support arrangements for CO2 T&S network operators (“T&SCos”), industrial CCS emitters and blue hydrogen producers, has been enacted. The Government...
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