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We are thought leaders on energy policy and have unique credentials.

quotes Give ‘constructive and clear advice’ on renewable energy work. Legal 500, 2017

Energy policy and regulation are important and complex. Ireland is still heavily dependent on fossil fuesl imports, and in particular the volatility of gas prices and interconnection.  Renewable energy, in particular wind energy, continues to grow but planning and regulatory issues remain barriers.

 

Energy covers a wide range of matters from the traditional sources from coal, oil and gas to the various forms of renewable energy, including developments in energy efficiency.  We have vast experience in each of these areas.  We advise many of Ireland’s largest oil distributors and importers on a variety of issues from competition law to commercial agreements.  We have advised coal importers and distributors on various aspects of the regulation of the market including carbon reduction incentives.  We have advised the leading wind generators on the full suite of wind projects from planning to the final PPA, and represented renewable companies before the energy regulator on many areas from connection terms to dispatch.

 

The Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources sought our advice on policy and strategy for an electrical interconnector across the Irish Sea and we subsequently drafted the tender documentation for what is now known as the East West Interconnector, a €700m strategic project of national importance.

 

We have advised the industry in relation to connection terms to the grid and have advised clients and the government agencies on energy efficiency, in particular the implications of the Energy Services Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.  We have devised the latest government contract on EPC or energy performance contracting, local energy supply and CHP supply contracts.

 

Our overall approach is founded on a real understanding of the EU and international legal landscape, built up by lead partner Philip Lee and a strong specialist team. Philip has a well-established background in energy law regulation from his previous role as legal advisor to Shell.

 

 

Key areas where clients seek our advice

 

  • Planning and environment
  • Renewable energy projects – financing construction, connection and PPA
  • Gas distribution
  • Biofuels.  We have advised on changes to the biofuels regime which have now been incorporated in legislation.
  • Carbon trading.  We have advised the principle carbon trading auction house and advised government bodies on the distinctions between different carbon credits under the ETS system and other systems
  • Dispute resolution.  We have advised clients in various disputes with the transmission and distribution network operators and the regulator.

 

“These lawyers have a very deep understanding of this area, with knowledge of energy sector regulations and policy as well as the law”. Chambers Europe, 2015

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