Senior Partner & Head of Energy
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Senior Partner & Head of Energy
Challenges facing the market
Transport is one of the few sectors where we can see a very clear transition to a low carbon future, although the pace of change remains unclear.
Driven by action on climate change and air quality, the days of petrol and diesel vehicles are numbered. The government will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, although the UK’s Committee on Climate Change says its “net zero” target means 2040 is too late.
This transition will impact profoundly, and not only for motorists. Greater vehicle choice and improved charging infrastructure are needed, requiring better regulation and standardisation. More charge points will affect grid operation, whilst vehicle to grid exports will create commercial opportunities.
Whether you’re a fleet operator, infrastructure provider, funder, energy supplier, manufacturer, grid operator or landowner looking to install infrastructure for your staff or visitors, we have specialists to help you.
We understand the challenges you’re facing in the UK’s highly-regulated retail supply market.
Our understanding includes regulatory interventions designed to ensure customer choice and protection, competition and differentiation, and volatility in the wholesale markets. It’s never been more crucial to be one step ahead, with a sustainable. business model that has the interests of the consumer and a compliance culture front and centre. And when things don’t quite go to plan, we can deploy our insights and experience to help you get the best possible outcome.
The sector is at the forefront of a global push to meet ever more ambitious climate change targets.
In its May 2019 report, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change urged an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to “net-zero” by 2050. A step-change increase in deployment of renewables and other low carbon power generation power generation schemes is integral to this, combined with extensive electrification of transport and heating and a renewed focus on carbon capture and storage and development of a hydrogen economy
There undoubtedly remains a transition role for gas – although the controversy over fracking still rages on – and biogas developments are becoming increasingly commonplace. Flexibility looks set to be key, which has driven the rapid deployment of battery storage technologies, both grid scale and behind the meter. Whether you’re a developer, funder, landowner, retail supplier or technology provider – or indeed a business end user looking for on-site development opportunities or a corporate PPA – we can provide the help and support you need to get your project over the line.
Our energy systems are evolving to a new world of interconnected smart grids.
We will see “smart” energy systems in our homes and offices, interacting with electric vehicles and neighbouring local energy systems, and utilising emerging blockchain technologies to facilitate new ways of trading. At the same time, security of supply will be served by greater interconnections with our continental neighbours – notwithstanding Brexit.
The way our fixed power, gas transmission and distribution networks are regulated have been adapting in preparation, as has the manner of operation of the overall system. A game changer here looks set to be the increasingly rapid switch to electric vehicles, and the nature of the roll out of charging infrastructure. Whether you’re the system operator adapting to a new breed of service provider, a distribution network owner transitioning into the role of distribution system operator, a retail supplier with a new route to market, or an operator of a power or gas interconnector with continental Europe, we have the market insights and experience to help
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