Our leading Renewables practice advises on all areas of the low carbon economy with a particular focus on the development, financing and operation of renewable energy assets and related infrastructure. Our clients in this sector range from sponsors and financiers to contractors and government agencies.
We provide advice on the full energy pathway from generation and storage, through connection to the grid, transmission, distribution and supply arrangements including corporate PPAs or sleeving arrangements.
We provide a specialist, integrated legal service to renewables projects across all relevant disciplines, including assistance with regulatory accreditations and entitlements, planning, permitting, grid connection, construction and procurement, supply, operation and offtake. We also advise in relation to a wide range of funding structures for such projects, including project finance and leasing.
We advise on the tightly regulated areas of the sector including electricity generation, distribution and supply as well as those that are not such as district heating networks, energy efficiency and demand side response.
Our involvement with a broad range of projects and clients across the sector means that we are ideally positioned to provide innovative and commercial solutions to new issues when they arise. We provide pragmatic advice to our clients informed by good market practice and a deep knowledge of the requirements of all project participants.
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Our multi-disciplinary renewables team provide our clients with a one-stop shop from site identification and project development through to financing, sale and, ultimately, decommissioning. In particular, we provide expert advice on the following areas:
Renewable electricity generation plays an increasingly significant role in ensuring energy security, both in the UK and internationally. In the UK, our clients have tended to focus on the following key technologies:
Internationally, we have advised on the acquisition, financing and development of a range of projects but with a particular focus on solar, onshore wind and geothermal projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. Internationally, we work with MDBs, DFIs and Governments as well as private sector investors, developers and contractors giving us genuine insight into the interests of all parties that need to be balanced to make a project succeed.
We tailor our renewables advice to meet our clients’ needs, depending on their own areas of expertise and their needs for any project. This is typified by our bespoke Active Diligence approach to acquisitions and financings that hones in on the issues of real importance to our clients and presents them with solutions rather than problems.
Energy storage is one of the most exciting and innovative areas of the energy market today. Recent innovations in key technologies (such as lithium ion battery cells), alongside a continued reduction in costs, have generated significant commercial interest as well as global growth in deployment.
BLP has the strength in depth to help those looking to utilise energy storage assets. Whether our clients are interested in behind the meter solutions, co-location of batteries with electricity generation or the use of storage by network operators, BLP is able to advise and add significant value.
In the UK, there are a number of specific regulatory and commercial obstacles that should be understood and overcome before investing in energy storage. BLP’s market leading planning expertise, combined with one of the City’s leading energy and regulatory practices, means we are ideally placed to advise on all aspects of energy storage development, helping our clients secure commercial advantage.
As the energy market evolves, electricity transmission and distribution networks will be required to incorporate dynamic solutions to accommodate both increasing capacity requirements and a changing energy generation mix. This creates challenges and opportunities for established participants and new market entrants.
BLP advises both DNOs and system operators in relation to the development of new infrastructure and the upgrade of existing network elements, both on and off-shore. Our market leading planning practice has unrivalled experience of securing development consent for large scale transmission infrastructure. Similarly, our regulatory and competition team has significant expertise in advising on compliance with distribution and transmission network regulation, both in the UK and EU context.
Our clients are increasingly engaged in the challenge of obtaining and managing grid connections through intelligent use of technology and commercial agreements such as independent connection agreements and PPAs.
BLP’s strong built environment and infrastructure practices, including market-leading planning, construction and projects teams, can provide advice from network conception to financing and completion. We provide advice on negotiating concessions, the heat network interface with any wider development, network extensions and regulatory and commercial approaches to structuring supplies to customers.
Heat networks are an increasingly important part of the UK government’s plans to meet the country’s needs for housing & infrastructure whilst also reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. Under district heating schemes, energy is produced from a local energy centre and then used to provide heated water or steam (and in some circumstances air conditioning) to nearby premises through a closed network, with water being recycled to the energy centre. Heat networks often utilise a low-carbon generation technology.
BLP has been at the forefront of developments in this sector, acting for a range of private sector and public sector clients, including local authorities, utilities, universities, NHS bodies, developers and development corporations. This experience working with a range of market participants means that we appreciate the different interests and perspectives that need to be balanced in order to ensure that a district heating scheme will succeed and can add real value to our clients.
International and national level greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments have driven the introduction of a range of EU and UK level measures aimed at reducing the energy consumption of businesses and organisations.
The promotion of energy efficiency in buildings is a major focus of these measures, as is the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and there are a number of service providers able to assist companies not just to comply with these requirements but to deliver financial savings as well.
BLP advises our clients on the commercial and financial arrangements needed to take advantage of these opportunities, whether that is through self-procured solutions or through energy performance contracts. Our position as the country’s leading real estate practice, means that we are particularly well placed to understand the needs and requirements of institutional investors in real estate and, more generally, to advise on the division of energy efficiency obligations between landowners, landlords and tenants, whether via green lease provisions or otherwise.
We also advise on their compliance with a broad range of these measures, including the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme, CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, the application of relief mechanisms under the Climate Change Levy as well as, of course, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.