Energy

Powering the economics of energy

Governments, regulators, energy companies, and their financial and legal advisors come to us for advice. They draw on our expertise in strategy, regulation, valuation, and competition policy. We are at the forefront of thinking and practice in energy and environmental economics.

A world of energy knowledge and experience

We help governments and regulators devise better policy and make more informed regulatory decisions. And we help businesses assess the commercial implications of these policies so they can respond effectively. 

Our work touches on all aspects of energy markets in Europe and beyond, with experience in more than 50 countries. We take a holistic approach, using specialists in competition, finance, due diligence, and dispute support.

Commercial strategy

Government and regulatory intervention is widespread, often driven by fundamental environmental challenges.  In this context, strategic decision-making is paramount, requiring a deep understanding of market dynamics and the associated risks and opportunities.  

Examples of these risks and opportunities include:

  • European market integration
  • Changing ownership models for energy infrastructure
  • Pressures on financial management and operational efficiency
  • The drive towards carbon-free energy

We combine our wide geographical experience with a clear understanding of market drivers and rigorous modelling to help clients understand their markets and develop strategies based on sound economics. By clearly drawing out the sources of value and risk, we support clients in their commercial and investment decision-making.

Regulation

We advise regulators and companies on how best to introduce, implement and adapt to regulatory frameworks.

Our experts have been shaping global regulatory thinking for decades - from the first price control reviews on newly-privatised industries in the UK, to the introduction of new regulatory regimes all over the world.

Our advice is always given with a clear understanding of the wider context. Because we work for both regulators and regulated companies, we’re trusted to be objective by all sides – and our clients benefit.

By using our expertise in behavioural economics, we help clients find new solutions to regulatory problems. Changing outcomes in energy regulation requires a deep understanding of the economic and psychological drivers of behaviour, both by customers and market players.

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Market design

Designing energy market institutions can have far-reaching implications - from incentivising efficiency in production and consumption, to attracting and sustaining private investment.

When designing effective and competitive market institutions, policymakers and regulators must appreciate the incentives of various stakeholders and understand the market structures and mechanisms that will deliver them.

We have experience in all aspects of energy market design, having advised private companies, public institutions and regulators across Europe on issues ranging from:

  • unbundling and restructuring requirements
  • cross-border arrangements and infrastructure investments needed for gas and electricity Target Models
  • design features underlying capacity mechanisms and procurement processes

We have an in-depth understanding of the legal framework of European energy markets, and decades of experience applying it.

Climate change and sustainability

The EU target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050 requires radical changes to energy systems. In 2050, two thirds of our energy should come from low carbon sources. Electricity and heat production need to be almost emission-free, despite higher demand.

Only a new energy model will make our system secure, competitive and sustainable. This will involve increasing electricity generation from renewable sources, using storage technologies and flexible gas fired generation as a relatively low emission way to complement intermittent renewable generation, exploring the use of carbon capture and, in some favourably disposed countries, increasing nuclear power generation.

Greater energy efficiency will help to deliver policy goals supported by new technologies such as smart metering. New approaches to heat supply need to be identified and implemented. Demand response will also increase the options for managing less predictable network flows from renewable energy. Energy taxes, tradable emissions rights, auctions for renewable generation contracts and renewable purchase obligations have all affected energy markets.

Can markets deliver affordable, diverse, secure and environmentally-sound energy supplies? How should intervention to address environmental concerns be structured? We work with governments, regulators and companies to analyse these questions and develop solutions.

Smart networks and retail solutions

A smart and flexible energy system lies at the heart of delivering secure, affordable and clean energy. Deploying smart technologies can optimise use of existing resources and reduce costs, even as more demand is placed on energy networks.

We have international experience in:

  • Smart meters, digital and network technologies
  • Maximising the benefits of better customer data
  • Changing tariffs and creating new products by understanding customer behaviour
Dispute resolution

Our dispute work ranges from strategic advice to providing expert reports and oral testimony. We are skilled not only in applying economics but also in articulating economic concepts clearly to lawyers, tribunal members and judges, using accessible language and avoiding jargon. Through our long experience in dispute work, we have also become skilled in assisting counsel to prepare the cross-examination of opposing expert witnesses.

We have been retained across a number of jurisdictions to provide advice on all aspects of litigation and arbitration proceedings, commercial and investment disputes, judicial reviews and regulatory appeals.

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Investment and transaction support

Climate change targets are driving ever-increasing volumes of investment in renewable energy. Integrating intermittent renewable energy sources on the grid means investment is needed in grid reinforcement, flexible generation and energy storage.

We advise regulators, networks, generators, suppliers, and investors on issues around investment in current and future generations of energy assets. Our approach is defined by economics. We blend this with innovative thinking, quantitative techniques, financial modelling, and sector expertise.

Our significant regulatory and commercial expertise, coupled with cutting-edge analytical techniques (including dispatch modelling, financial modelling, and cost of capital estimation) allows us to play a key role in conducting commercial and market due diligence of energy assets.

We also support private equity firms and other finance professionals on transactions in the gas and power networks, and both renewable and conventional power generation.