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Update on Electricity Market Reform: The Capacity Market

This is the last of a series of three short client alerts summarising recent developments in the UK government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) programme....more

Update on Electricity Market Reform: Contracts for Difference

This is the second of a series of three client alerts considering recent developments in the UK Government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) programme. In the first alert, we gave an overview of the EMR programme. One...more

UK electricity market reform: the road ahead

The UK’s electricity market is evolving, with far-reaching implications for generators and investors in the renewables sector. As the draft Energy Bill progresses through Parliament this year, further detail is expected in a...more

Without any night light, will France save energy or fall asleep?

As of 12 July 2013, and applicable to all buildings that are used for professional activities, the lights will need to be switched off after working hours....more

German government compromise could lead to a reduction in consumer costs for renewable energy

On 13 February 2013, the two coalition parties in the German government reached a compromise on new measures which should lead to a reduction of costs for renewable energy for consumers. The changes are intended to come into...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: Competition Law and the Energy Sector – EU, UK, and Beyond; Looking Ahead to 2013

Since it is early in 2013 (according to the Gregorian calendar), this competition law update considers possible competition law developments in the year ahead. Rather than a “Janus” approach of rounding up last year, it...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: European Commission opens two abuse of dominance inquiries against Bulgarian and Romanian Energy...

The European Commission (“Commission”) has announced two formal proceedings to investigate potential competition law violations by energy companies in Eastern Europe. The Commission is investigating whether Bulgarian Energy...more

RoHS 2: New Obligations for Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors from 2 January 2013

On the 2nd of January 2013, the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 (RoHS 2) came into force in the UK. As previously reported on our blog of 18 May...more

REGULATORY: UK Competition Law: Playing the Energy Game; Regulating Market Outcomes by Suzanne Rab, Derek Holt*

With the nip of winter in the air, the announcement of price increases by Britain’s largest natural gas and electricity firms raises the perennial debate about the competitiveness of energy markets. In a surprising...more

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