Related insights: Energy and Natural Resources


Green Homes Grant - which energy saving works are eligible?

06 Aug 2020
Last month Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a circa £3 billion green investment plan, including the Green Homes Grant, as part of his Summer Economic Update. The UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now published further details on which energy saving works will be eligible for grants, which will be issued as vouchers.

Energy or waste? When a EfW plant contract is not a construction contract

02 Jul 2020
Energy from waste plants have been the subject of their fair share of disputes, one of the most recent being in relation to the development of a gasification plant at the Energy Works Hull facility (Engie Fabricom (UK) Limited v MW High Tech Projects UK Limited [2020] EWHC 1626). The judgment handed down by the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) last week concluded that the primary activity on the site was power generation rather than waste treatment meaning that the contract fell within an exclusion in the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (as amended) (Act) and consequently two adjudicator's awards in favour of the sub-contractor, Engie Fabricom, could not be enforced.

Upstream oil and gas in an uncertain world

25 Mar 2020
Green shoots in the oil and gas market predicted at the start of 2020 have fallen by the wayside. It was meant to be the year when the industry, particularly in Europe, got serious about ESG credentials and planning for a carbon free future. The oil market has suffered a double blow: the escalating impact on demand from COVID-19, and the promise of a supply side ramp up from Saudi Arabia (following disagreement on a supply cut with Russia, on 8 March).

To meet net zero government considers lifting block on new onshore windfarm subsidies

05 Mar 2020
On 2 March 2020 the government published a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme. The consultation states that in order to deliver the level of ambition required to meet net zero, government intends to run the next CfD allocation round in 2021 for both established and less-established technologies. Further, the consultation document reveals that government is considering allowing onshore wind schemes to again compete for subsidies in 'Pot 1' alongside other established technologies potentially including CHP, hydro, landfill gas and sewage gas.

WBD Accelerate supports Vero Power's growth plans

27 Feb 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD)'s early-stage company support offering, WBD Accelerate, has worked with Vero Power, a Distributed Energy Service Company (DESCO) with offices in the UK and Zambia creating profitable rural electrification projects, supporting its growth and expansion plans.