Opinion

Opinion

Repowering onshore wind: how ‘real’ is the opportunity?

19/09/2019

With the UK’s onshore wind industry calling on Government to establish a new strategy for the sector, a lot has been said of the potential for repowering existing projects and whether these projects can be delivered in a post-subsidy environment.

Opinion

Octopus reaches its tentacles into community energy

17/09/2019

The community energy sector in the UK has had a difficult time in recent years.  2018 saw continued reductions in the Feed-in Tariffs, and then in December 2018 the UK Government announced the closure of the Feed-in Tariff scheme to new applications from 31 March 2019.

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Solar Wars Part XI: The EC Strikes Back

12/09/2019

Solar Wars Part X considered the continued willingness of arbitral tribunals to accept jurisdiction to hear claims under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) by EU investors against EU Member States, despite the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Slovak Republic v Achmea (Case C-284/16), which held that an arbitration clause in bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between two EU states contravened EU law. As a result, Spain was on the receiving end of five awards made May – August 2019. However, not all Member States which reformed their renewable incentive schemes are in the same situation; and the European Commission (EC) is taking steps to reduce the prospect of future claims by demanding the reform the ECT itself.

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Established players refocusing, not retreating

06/09/2019

In Aberdeen this week more than 36,000 global oil and gas professionals have gathered to debate, lecture, promote and celebrate the achievements of the energy industry at the biennial SPE Offshore Europe conference and exhibition.

Opinion

Funding E&P in the UKCS

06/09/2019

After a number of very difficult years, a spirit of measured optimism has returned to the North Sea oil business.

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Relief from R&D costs

06/09/2019

The development of innovative technology solutions has never been more crucial to the oil and gas industry than it is right now.

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Carbon storage is an imperative of climate action

05/09/2019

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) seems to be everywhere at moment – in just the last week, two major reports have come out calling on governments in the UK to act on its delivery.  Over the last year, report after report has emphasised the necessity of CCS in tackling climate change, and the urgency of deploying it in industrial clusters around the UK.

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Time for a rethink in the Faroes

05/09/2019

It’s fifth offshore oil & gas licensing round is likely to be the final throw of the hydrocarbons dice for the Faroe Islands.

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Securing investment in UKCS oil and gas projects

04/09/2019

While it is becoming commonplace to hear the names of investors reported  alongside the names of their investee companies who have acquired UKCS assets, obtaining investment in oil and gas projects remains a complex area for independent oil and gas companies looking to grow their presence, or international organisations hoping to invest in the UKCS.

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Nuclear secrets and lies

03/09/2019

In the run-up to Offshore Europe 2019, I had a cracking conversation with Simon Gray, chief executive of the lively East of England Energy Group.

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