CBI NI energy conference: Dawson McConkey


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Presentation by Dawson McConkey, partner, real estates, McGrigors, at the CBI NI energy conference. February 2012

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CBI NI energy conference: Dawson McConkey

  1. 1. Legal obstacles to be overcometo achieve clean energy solutionsPresented byDawson McConkey, Partner, Real Estate © McGrigors LLP 2010
  2. 2. Legal obstacles to be overcometo achieve clean energy solutionsOverview• Mindset obstacles• Planning obstacles• Regulatory obstacles © McGrigors LLP 2010 2
  3. 3. Legal obstacles to be overcometo achieve clean energy solutionsWho are McGrigors?• Regional/National Law Firm of the Year: The Lawyer Awards 2010• Only law firm with offices in each legal jurisdiction in the UK• Full range of commercial practice areas but core sector focus on energy• Local team has been involved in wind (both on-shore and off-shore), anaerobic digestion, biomass, gas storage and landfill gas projects• Merging with Pinsent Masons in May 2012 to create a new £300m+ turnover business with the ability to provide an even greater level of service in a broader range of areas - both domestically and internationally © McGrigors LLP 2010 3
  4. 4. Legal obstacles to be overcometo achieve clean energy solutionsMindset obstacles• Reduce, reuse, recycle• Be clear in your own mind why you are considering clean energy• Is there a business case?• Are there incentives?• Evaluate the available technologies carefully• Be realistic (short term cost for long term savings) © McGrigors LLP 2010 4
  5. 5. Legal obstacles to be overcometo achieve clean energy solutionsPlanning obstacles• Demystifying the planning process (cost, timing etc)• Is planning required?• Front loading the application• Is an environmental impact assessment necessary?• Benefits of consulting widely © McGrigors LLP 2010 5
  6. 6. Legal obstacles to be overcometo achieve clean energy solutionsRegulatory obstacles• Equipment supply/balance of plant contract• Maintenance agreement• Grid connection agreement• Power purchase agreement• Accreditation for benefits (e.g. NIROCs) © McGrigors LLP 2010 6
  7. 7. THANK YOUAll rights reserved. The content of these pages may not be altered, reproduced, recorded, transmitted, stored in a retrieval system or made available in whole or in part in whatevermedium, without the prior written consent of McGrigors LLP.McGrigors LLP is a multi-national legal practice regulated by both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Law Society of Scotland. McGrigors LLP is a limited liability partnershipregistered in Scotland with registered number SO300918 and having its registered office at Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh. A list of members is open to inspectionat each of our offices. Any reference to a partner in relation to McGrigors LLP means a member of McGrigors LLP. © McGrigors LLP 2010 7