Smart grid

Whether you are ensuring your project’s compliance with Ofgem regulations, understanding and maximising new technological developments, or working to secure grid contracts, it’s crucial your legal support understands the energy sector as much as it recognises your commercial and strategic objectives.

With years of experience to draw on, our energy team is familiar with all the problems of connecting to the grid or devising new smart grid options. In fact, we advised the Department of Energy and Climate Change on aspects of energy policy and are regularly involved in advising on the regulatory position of smart grid contracts.

Over the last decade, we’ve been involved in projects deploying more than 500MWp of energy. We also pioneered grid consortia agreements, grid sharing agreements, microgrid opportunities and local supply agreements.

We’ve helped to resolve grid problems, devise new solutions for battery storage, and have considerable knowledge of power purchase agreements, private wire and sleeving arrangements.

A number of the team are Elexon trained and they tailor their approach to a project to meet your specific requirements. From grid contracts and licensed supply contracts through to construction, planning (both contentious and non-contentious) and white label contracts, you can rest assured your needs will be handled by an innovative, pragmatic team of energy specialists.


Our smart grid expertise includes:

  • Grid contracts
  • Licensed supply contracts
  • White label contracts
  • Local supply
  • Grid share agreements
  • Corporate / M&A acquisitions & disposals
  • Debt and equity project finance
  • Infrastructure agreements
  • Energy and battery storage – PPA’s
  • Heat and energy supply
  • Planning (contentious and non-contentious)
  • Construction
  • Litigation and Employment
  • Ofgem accreditation and subsidy compliance


Our smart grid experience

  • Advising on a number of micro-grid projects at residential housing level and also at commercial scale (shared grid/private network). The micro-grids were ‘smart’ in the sense of matching different technologies with storage and use.
  • Advising on a demand side response project for a high energy user.
  • Advising a supplier on battery storage and aggregation projects for both domestic and commercial use.
  • Advising on the regulatory issues surrounding power purchase agreements, sleeving arrangements and supply.
  • Undertaking complex negotiations with Distribution Network Operators and Ofgem around alternative supply and grid consortium arrangements.
  • Mongoose Energy – we provided legal advice around the set up of the licence to supply electricity to include providing checklists of industry codes, regulatory compliance and acquisition of the supply licence.
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