Chris specialises in the commercial aspects of energy projects. He spent six years in the energy and projects team at Herbert Smith, advising a range of investment banks and public sector clients in relation to a wide range of issues connected with the UK electricity and gas markets. Since joining the firm in 2006, Chris has specialised in advising renewable energy projects.
- The Department of Energy and Climate Change on the terms of the "Back-Stop PPA" as part of the new Electricity Market Reform package. This agreement provides a guaranteed route to market as it allows renewable projects to have a guaranteed purchaser for the power they generate
- Ofgem on the latest stage of the evolution of the model for the development of offshore transmission assets connecting offshore renewables projects with the existing onshore network
- A number of developers on the introduction of the new Contracts for Difference support mechanism, including advising on eligibility, the terms of the contract and bidding strategies
- One of the "Big 6" suppliers on the changes needed to their long term PPAs following the introduction of Contracts for Difference
- A large number of developers on electricity trading, Government support mechanisms and grid connection issues relating to the development, financing and sale of onshore and offshore renewable generation projects
- A number of major electricity consumers on their power and gas supply arrangements, the installation of on-site generation assets and energy efficiency measures
- RWE Npower on the £200m disposal of two energy supply businesses to Telecom Plus and the associated commercial arrangements relating to that transaction
- A major retailer on the potential arrangements to become a white label energy supplier and the licensing and industry document complications of adopting that type of structure
- A number of developers, suppliers and consumers on the arrangements for the supply of electricity from on-site and off-site generation projects "directly" to the consumer
- One of the "Big 6" generators on their core flexible supply agreements with key industrial and commercial customers.