UK Government publishes further details of EMR

The Energy Act 2013 and its Energy Market Reform (EMR) is likely to have a major impact on the energy sector and smart grids, including as a result of the introduction of Contracts for Difference and a new Capacity Market. Previous articles provide a short summary of EMR as first proposed and Bird & Bird has continued to follow developments in this space since the Energy Bill was first published back in 2012.  Read more of this post

2014 Annual Report on DECC/Ofgem Smart Grid Forum released

DECC and Ofgem have published the latest Annual Report on the progress of the Smart Grid Forum (SGF). The SGF was established by Ofgem and DECC in 2011.  It brings together key opinion formers, experts and stakeholders involved in the development of GB smart grids.  Bird & Bird were recently invited to join the SGF’s Work Stream 6, which is focused on overcoming commercial and regulatory barriers.

The annual report states the SGF can celebrate another productive year with significant progress and delivery. Examples of recent progress cited in the report include:

The report also gives a short summary of each key Work Stream and of forthcoming work.